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#41 HoustonControl

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

She was nicer than I would have been! :stirpot:  :2funny:


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#42 georeyna

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

You go Whitney!! 

Hi Mr. Marshall, Thank you for your interest in the Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research (GEAR) Study! We are excited to learn more about the sport and its impact on physical activity.  I understand your concerns about the amount of surveys and the reward for completing them. However, due to limited funding we are not able to compensate each geocacher with one trackable per every three surveys. We plan to send out a trackable after the first six surveys completed and another trackable if you complete all twelve surveys. I hope you will consider participating in GEAR because of its potential impact on the sport, as well as the trackable rewards. If you have any other questions about the study please email me.  Thank you!
Whitney



#43 Baytown Bert

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

Let's see... 1.  Wear the pedometer every time I go geocaching and log the steps for 3 months and then submit the info to get a reward.  sounds like a win!  :(


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Or reset the trip meter on your GPSr to figure the miles traveled and divide by, oh, 2.3 feet per step, to get the number of steps taken and report that.  Make sure you leave the unit on when driving so it looks like you're REALLY getting a lot of exercise! 


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

Sounds like a great way to get some data of highly questionable value.  No doubt that some reports will be inflated (HC...) and some data will not be recorded (oopps, forgot to take my peds today.)


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

I got my packet today.  I hope this pedometer LASTS 12 months!


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#47 Baytown Bert

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

Mine came today and it had the woman's phone number in it.  I guess she saw my photo somewhere.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

I tried out the pedometer on my evening walk and, as long as it was clipped on in an vertical orientation, it was very accurate.  At least mine was.


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#49 Baytown Bert

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

Ha ha.  You said "vertical orientation,".


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

Nice color...the pedometer should be really easy to find when it falls off in the woods or really tall grass.  :angel:



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

I got my packet today.  Now I need to find time to geocache.  I walked three houses down the other day from my mother's house for a cache.  I wonder how many steps that was.  8)



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

Maybe I should put the pedometer on the dog.  He always does lots more steps than I do. 


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

just saw these posts and walked out to the mailbox.  Mine's here too!!!


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

Got ours today. Pretty blue!



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

Green for me.  

 

You guys think they want us to track every cache we work - in the booklet (cache id)?    Steps between each cache or total for the day, what's your take on this?


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

if every cache, it's going to be a lot of work to keep track of steps between each. Trying to remember to and then actually recording the info.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

Mine came in the mail today.  

 

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

if every cache, it's going to be a lot of work to keep track of steps between each. Trying to remember to and then actually recording the info.


It's recording how many steps you take for the whole day when you go caching.  Personally, I'll count days where I go out caching for the better part of the day.  I don't think they're interested if I took four steps to get an LPC on my way to work one day.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

According to the little booklet thing it looks like they are going to want it on a cache by cache basis number of steps and cache id. Does anybody know if Kirbydox joined the survey. If so they will have to have a dedicated full time person putting in her info. Eagle
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

Well, that being the case, my booklet is good for about 102 caches.  I will reiterate, the reward(s) do not match the effort it will take to keep up with this.  YMMV


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