Pathtags shjpped accidentially to germany

This article is only relevant for germany.

We have produced a first amount of tb-rescue pathtags which were supposed to b offered via pathtags.com.

Now accidentially they were shipped to my home in germany – so we are doing a “garage sale” of them in germany.

New production is in progress and they will soon be offered also in the US.

tb-rescue World Record: Coin rescued after 5 years and 1 day

From time to time we receive stories from either the owner a trackable that got rescued or somebody who had a special experience while being on a rescue mission.
This one is the new world record*: The Coin was stuck in a cache for 5 years before “B4alltime” got the notification from tb-rescue.com  and went to save the Coin. But read the whole story (taken from the original with authors permission):

Found on a tb rescue mission exactly five years + one day after this coin was placed in GCHPEX, which was disabled the following day and never reactivated or found again until today.
We initially dismissed the rescue request because of the low likelihood of finding the coin after 1,827 days of being lost.

To make matters worse the State Park where this cache was placed was closed two years or more ago due to budgetary problems, so we weren’t sure whether we would be trespassing if we looked for it.

But, we love a challenge and this was a good one, so we left home 50 miles away under gray skies, wind and rain. One we arrived, access was not quite as close as we expected due to gating of the road leading to the cache, and it was raining, Nevertheless we bundled up and brought out the umbrellas and our special geocaching tool.

It was a quick hike, easy access to the old geozone but would anything be left of the old cache ? Rox was the first to notice a small, colorful decoration on the ground , below that a moldy wad of paper that might once have been a log. Nearby was a tiny toy car, so we had found the containerless cache but there was no geocoin on the ground.

So out came our special geotool the “Coinmaster 4900D“, our old metal detector. Progressively sweeping the surrounding area we found 1 to 3 inches underground
1)Several wads of aluminum foil.
2)A nail
3)A spike, probably left over from the railroad days.
4)The top of an old can.
and then…
5)China Town Geocoin. Buried in the sandy soil, its paperwork soggy and moldy, but the coin itself looked fine.

Major celebrating ensued.

And now we shall re-prepare the appropriate paperwork and try to get this nice but long-slumbering coin back on its way.

Doc&Rox

*unfortunately we did not keep the number of days that a TB was stuck in a cache before it was rescued so far. But we have never heard of any longer time than 5 years + 1 day so we will assume this IS THE CURRENT WORLD RECORD.

two new race rulesets on tb-run.com

We just activated two new race types on tb-run.com:

distance fair
In principal just as the normal distance race. But here, we only consider the first ‘placed’ log of every cacher. This prevents that cachers keeping trackables, dipping them in every cache and helping them to get high mileage. In case there is more than one log on the first day we will consider the one with the highes mileage on that day.

long jump
Also quite like the normal distance race. But if one cacher moves a TB several time we consider only the log with the highest mileage – the longest jump.
This prevents cachers keeping trackables, dipping them in every cache and helping them to get high mileage.

You can find a description of all race rules here.

A big “thank you” goes to team ‘WantedDeadOrAlive‘ for support and testing of the new rules.

In case of isses or questions please leave feedback in the blog comments or contact us at webmaster@tb-run.com.

 

tb-rescue und tb-run… the current status

Hi all. I know, I did not send a single life sign during the last month. Neither in the blog, nor as replies to your emails.

But I was completely snowed under due to private and business projects.
Originally I planned to use thewinter season to implement many ideas for tb-run and tb-rescue and be able to proudly remove the “beta” label from both sites.

But what can I say… I did not and still both sites are running with almost no issues.

I have the impression that 90% of all “my TB is stuck” cases are covered by the current tb-rescue technology.
The service has become well established and seems to be stable.

We receive lots of new rescue requests every day and our server sends out thousands of mails every day to potential rescue teams in the relevant areas. Seems like the western caching civilization is mostly covered – see Map.

The banner ads from Groundspeak on gc.com do supply us with new interested geocachers every day and we have exceeded 8000 registered users.

What else is on the todo list?

Well, first of all we have the topics that are most aksed:

  • Watch more than one area
  • Have nice statistics about the races
  • And my main issue that tb-rescue does not handle some processes too well.
    One example is: if a TB owner does not mark his trackable as missing, even though a rescue team has confirmed that its gone –  (sigh!).
    In this case, the rescuer does not get a rescue point and the request is kept open forever.

Ahh.. the „most Wanted“ functionality is still the creation of rescue request for TBs that are stuck at another CACHER:-) .

For this, please also read “Rescue a TB that is stuck at another geocacher“.

Well.. Other than that… The situation at tb-run.com is even better: Everything is working fine.
By now we have more than 500 races with over 3800 Trackables in total.

We dont have a standstill, improvements are just postponed :-)

Thats it for now, Yours sincerly, Sascha
(currently crossing the atlantic during a flight… having some time to let my mind wander….)

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