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  1. ET Highway Question

    For those of you that have done the ET Highway where did you buy the 35 mm film cannisters you took with you? Josh / Team 150%
  2. ET Highway Question

    Larry thanks for reply. Looks like you can buy them in large quantities from China but I questioned what the quality was. I know they aint got to be perfect but didnt want complete junk. Josh / Team 150%
  3. 2018 Texas Challenge Meeting

    This event has been cancelled. Low number of “Will Attend” and I had to leave town for work emergency. Josh
  4. Ladies & Gents, Several of us have started working together to form the 2018 Texas Challenge Team for SE Texas. We are going to hold our first event (GC7CV3W) on 10/12/17 on the NE side of Houston (yes I'm aware some are going to Roundup on the 12th......only so many days in the month lol). After that we plan to have an event each week on Thursday for a month in each corner of Houston. This year we hope to encourage more participation than in the recent past and start planning earlier than in recent years so we are more competitive when its time for Challenge in Denton. I suggest reading the event page and attend even if you think we aren't interested in actively competing as we are looking for noncompetitive support as well. Finally....even if you have no interest in competing or supporting the team no worries....come join us for some great food....I mean who doesn't like that? Josh - Team 150%
  5. The ones I have found recently have been in pretty bad shape.
  6. GSAK Use

    Guys, I downloaded GSAK (latest version. 8.X) last night and pulled in my 10 pocket queries which of course has some duplicate caches. My first question is does GSAK automatically delete the duplicate caches as you import the different queries? If not how do you tell it to do that? I can't find instructions online that are clear on this. The second is do you have to tell GSAK to merge the 10 different queries or does it does it automatically export everything loaded as 1 .gpx file? If you have to physically tell it to merge them prior to exporting how do you tell it to do it? Josh
  7. Kayaking on Lake Houston

    Ralph, You saved the day with the camera! I got so busy trying not to burn the dogs I only got 6 pictures. Awesome write up as well! We are already trying to figure out how to do a repeat in the fall on a different section of the lake. Josh
  8. 2017 Texas Geocaching Challenge - Tyler, Texas

    Roundup 2017 is in Abilene and hosted by West Texas....I call that central or north but hey whatever lol. 2018 Challenge is Denton hosted by North Texas.
  9. TEXAS Series in GBP - last winter season

    Mcguyvertwo and I need one on the X (DNF), the A, and the S. I know parking is closed on the east side but is it still possible to come in from the east side? We plan to do them but it will be mid February before I can do it due to moving.
  10. Strange Coordinate System

    Here is a decent and easy to understand article on GPS surveying: http://water.usgs.gov/osw/gps/ Here is a CalTrans document on GPS aacuracy requirements for different surveys. 5 mm is the most stringent requirement and used for monuments, etc. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/row/landsurveys/SurveysManual/05_Surveys.pdf
  11. Strange Coordinate System

    Food for thought: After I saw the accuracy claim I called the surveyor I work with that surveys our deep water well locations (think surveying a spot 10,000' under water) subway tunnels, and surveys in the GPS systems on ships (ie he is one of the best surveyors in the world). He told me 2 things. The first is the most accurate survey possible is about 5 mm by waypoint averaging in 30 min increments over the course of the day to grab different satellite constellations and then performing post processing using tie in points for reference that have been surveyed multiple times over the years. The second is that there really is no "survey grade" GPS. Without the post processing our handhelds pulling off GLONASS, GPS, WAZ, etc are just as accurate if left to waypoint average for the same length of time. Without post processing he says the best accuracy to expect is ~ 3 ft. I confirmed this as he surveyed our farm for us with me clearing survey lines. At the GPS points he waypoint averaged at for 30 minutes and then post processed I can match within 3 to 6 ft if I waypoint average for 3 minutes. Team 150%
  12. Kayaking on Lake Bastrop

    Awesome trip....can't wait to grab the rest at Roundup!
  13. For outrunning gators on CLAPS?

    Kenny....see the max weight capacity limit on it? You and I aint gonna fit hahaha. Its interesting concept but a jet powered aluminum tunnel hull jon boat can do the same and more. Less draft, more load, more stability. The yak is maybe 100 lbs lighter but most arent going to be putting it on their car roof or pickup bed at ~175 lbs so they both end up on a trailer anyway. Josh
  14. Anybody Want to Adopt My Choo Choo Series?

    Thot....if you leave them in place a little longer myself and mcguyvertwo are going to do the series on a Saturday or Sunday soon. Unfortunately I live on NW side of town and rarely venture down town so I couldn't adopt / maintain them. Josh
  15. Strange Coordinate System

    I'm guessing it is a measured distance from a boundary line / point. We use a similar method to describe oil well locations within the lease section. Josh / Team 150%
  16. Repellents

    Thermocell's are awesome if you aren't moving like BB says. We use them regularly on our patio (one hung below my wife's and my chair). I also use them in the deer stand and the deer don't seem to smell them either but they do kick out a visible puff of "smoke" every once in a while. Josh
  17. Marking Caches in High Tree Cover

    Guys, im curious how yall grab your coordinates for caches placed under heavy tree cover? Do you: 1 - Grab one mark and hope for best? 2 - Grab multiple marks and average them? 3 - Grab mark in open area and step off adjustment? <--- What I usually do. 4 - Grab mark in open area and use tape for adjustment? 5 - Other Josh
  18. Oregon 450 or 450t?

    Anybody got an Oregon 450 or 450t they are looking to sell so they can upgrade? Mine just bit the dirt and while I have a 600 as well I prefer the interface and screen of the 450. Josh
  19. Oregon 450 or 450t?

    Bert, its the same one I mentioned in the other post. I had given up and resigned myself to buying a new one but the last try, after writing the above post, fixed it so its back in business. I still want to buy another as a backup however. Like you I have found I don't like the flat screen GPSs. I am constantly forgetting to lock the screen on my 600 and next thing I know it's telling me my altimeter reading or distance to Mt Everest. I rarely have that issue with 450. GASTX PM coming shortly. Josh
  20. Oregon 450 crashing on boot

    Resuscitating (sp) old post as it saved my Oregon 450t. I had tried both methods Bert (computer reboot) and cachestacker (finger in corner reboot) already with no success. I was about to give up when I found this post so I decided to try a combination of the two. Who knows why and I still can't explain how but it worked. Josh
  21. I10 East Caching

    Guys & Gals, Im planning a 66 county cache run along I10 when I travel back home to Georgia in April. Any recommendations for caches along I10 or within 1 county that just cant be missed? Josh
  22. I10 East Caching

    Troglodyte & cachestacker, Thanks for the recommendations and Ill definitely check those out. The Fountain of Youth Earthcache is actually off the same exit I usually make my last stop for gas at. Bert, Since those are so close to home Im going to save them for when I get over in the Baytown area. Ive actually already grabbed one passing through to cover that quad. Josh
  23. TEXAS Status

    Guys, Mcguyvertwo and I hit the TEXAS Series this morning. Biked out to near the top of the T and hit it, the E, and all of the X except the two in the southeast corner. Found all of them in good shape except a DNF at one on the northwest corner of the X. Overall Noble Road is flooded in loose mud, the T is flooded about 4 to 6 inches but clear for easy walking. The E is now a mixture of flood and briars. The X was mostly dry with LOTS of briars. The X took us the longest because the caches were harder to find in all the new growth. This area is going to be near impassable in a couple of years due to the briars. Finished grabbing all the caches back to parking at South Barker Cypress. Left parking near 6:30 AM and got back to truck at 2:00 PM. I left a chain in the tree where we stashed the bikes on Noble Road. If you are interested in using it PM me and I'll give you the coordinates. Josh
  24. TEXAS Status

    FamilieRyan, Wish I would have known. Mcguyvertwo and I are planning to cache the S and A on one of the next two weekends to finish off TEXAS. We could have handled maintenance run for you. Josh
  25. Tarpon 140

    Considering a getting a yak. Out of curiosity when you read the manufacturers max weight ratings do they tend to get them right, under estimate, or over estimate. I've seen comments both ways. I'm particularly interested if you have a Wilderness Systems kayak as it seems odd to me that the Tarpon 120, 140, and 160 all have similar max weight ratings. Yes I know the 120 is 2" wider than the 140 and 160 but still the ratings don't seem to correspond very well to me from a physics point of view (eg. The 140 and 160 have same rating). Josh