I wonder if he is using a smart phone to hide the caches?
I hope no one uses a smart phone to hide Geocaches. This is just not accurate for hiding one.
Too many folks need to catch up on this. Times have changed and so has the tech.
Several "smart phones" has much more accurate radios and compass components that equal or better some high-end GPSr units. The difference between an iPhone4 using geosphere software with averaging - easily equal to or better than most dedicated GPSr units - and say an iPhone3 with any app is night and day. It's like comparing a trimble to an $99 etrex.
You guys who are blindly beating on ALL connected smart phones are missing out on a very powerful tool, that is as good or better than your Garmin in every way except battery life and sometimes canopy penetration. That's a fact. The latest Droids and iPhone hardware is incredible. The software is finally leveraging the incredible hardware.
Please do your homework and please be specific when you knock "smart phones" You obviously have not been exposed to these fantastic little gadgets setup and used properly. At this point, it's not about the device, it's about the application being used, and the person holding the unit.
I have proven this three times hunting against an Oregon 450, Garmin 60CSx and a Garmin 62s. Each unit was in the hands of an experienced cacher who thought smart phones are junk. I smoked them all to the caches and made believers out of each. I'll take an iPhone 4 armed with geoSphere app against any consumer GPSr if I could have only one device. I use the GPSMAP 62s everytime I go out because it has better battery life and because it does hold sats better under canopy where I like to cache most. However, if you forced me to pick only one device for a contest, I promise you I'd take the phone.
I believe we have a lot of closet iPad, iPhone, Droid users out there who have yet to admit this for some reason, but it's time to let the cat out of the bag. The right smart phone with the right app is a killer geocaching tool. If I am Garmin, I'd be quaking in my boots right now...seriously.
I think it would be a really fun "shootout" event to pit two teams of our local "elite" cachers, one team using only smart phones and the other using only consumer GPSr units. My money is definitely on the phone team.
To sweeten the deal, the second part would be for each team to place 5 hides in varying terrain using their respective devices. Then, have a commercial surveying quality unit assess each teams hide coordinates to see just how accurate the placements were. I believe everyone will be surprised by the results.
Just a thought.
Let me know when you plan on doing the FCL. I'll tag along with my 62s. I wanna watch while you navigate those tall pines with your Smartphone.