The #1 FAQ I receive is: We’re coming from (insert far away place) -- Can I replace one if it's missing?
Yes. After you find some you’ll know what you’re looking for. Most of them are not designed to be difficult to find. Maybe difficult to get to. But not to find. One exception might be CLAPS #3. But nature does have a way of getting to these and things can get overgrown. Give a thorough look first up and down at logical spots YOU would hide it first. Remember, GPSr accuracy is not perfect between the trees.
I would prefer if you used a Soda Tube, but you can use anything so there is at least something there temporarily. Please be sure to take a good reading of cords and post in your log what it is and the new cords. Or e-mail me for any series except CLAPS IV (e-mail Crankset Cacher if it is on CLAPS IV).
FAQ #2: I have never kayaked before. Can I do this?
Yes. You’ll have the hang of it after 15-20 minutes of paddling around. You don’t have to do a whole series. Come do something different, have fun, and score some smileys.
FAQ #3: I don’t have a kayak. What do I do?
Pinky’s is THE rental place for geocachers. I have no connection with them. Tell them you are a geocacher. Depending upon your route, you’ll get extra services included, like drop-offs at unique locations and pick-ups at other places that are not on his 'scheduled' route. http://www.pinkyskayakrental.com/ They rent kayaks (single and tandem), canoes, paddle boards (just not recommended in the gator-filled sections) and jet skis. It’s recommended you call Pinky to make the reservation and discuss your plans. I think they even take credit cards now.
Those I know are welcome to borrow my tandem yak if 1) I’m not using it and 2) you have a way to haul it. I have ratchet straps. You need a pickup or a roof rack. E-mail me. Quality beer works in lieu of rental fee. Those I don’t know, e-mail me.
FAQ #4: What do I need to bring?
See attached CLAPS Paddle Checklist.
FAQ #5: What series should I do / what are the put-in and take-out spots? How should I plan to do the CLAPS Challenge in one day?
See the attached CLAPS General Information document. It will list the pros/cons of each and put-in and take-out options and recommendations for shuttling cars. Still have questions? E-mail me. Glad to help.
FAQ #6: I don’t want to do this alone.
Join us for a CLAPS paddle event (normally spring, fall, and nighttime in December).
Post something on the HGCS Metro Mashups section. Others may wish to join you.
Host your own paddle event. That will get people out there!
NOW – Current status:
I want to give a big thank-you to TexasWriter and CornDoll for their recent maintenance assists. In three consecutive days they hit all but about 6 CLAPS caches in some really, really hot weather.
Here is the current status as-of the post date:
CLAPS 1-17: All are good.
CLAPS Alphabet A-L: All are good.
CLAPS II 1-6: All are good.
CLAPS III 1-13: #6 and #12 may have issues (I'll try to fix this weekend) but all others are good.
CLAPS IV 1-9: 5-9 are good. 4 may have an issue. 1-3 not checked recently but probably good.
CLAPS V 1-16: All are good.
So if you are planning a run, especially if the timing is a ways out, be sure to PM me or contact me via my gc.com profile. If I can get out before you I'll check what I can in advance to minimize DNFs for you. I can also hook you up with a spare soda tube and zip ties, too.
Hope this is helpful. I'll update this as things change.
EDIT: By popular demand, the General Information download has been upgraded and made into a full Resource Guide, complete with route maps, parking / launch spots, etc. I deleted the old one. 9/6/2012.
Edited by cachestacker, 06 September 2012 - 12:50 PM.