Thursday, September 29, 2011


By Big Al


Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back and do what?

The other day I received an email from a cacher who had found one of my caches. He stated that it was wet and needed the CO’s attention. I decided that I had better get out there and check it out. So the next morning I headed to work a little early and stopped to check it out.

I arrived at GZ and the first thing I noticed was that the cache was not exactly where I had placed it the first time. Also, the guy was right; it was wet inside, but the log was dry. I removed everything out of the container and wiped it out with some paper towels that I had brought along. I think I’ll start carrying some of them in my caching pack from now on. Once I had it cleaned out and dry I put most of the swag back in, but left out the stuff that has been in there since day one. I figured if no one has taken it by now it needs to be removed. I then put some cool swag back in its place. That got me thinking about something; do you place the cache back exactly where you found it?

Sometimes when I arrive at GZ I have trouble finding the cache and then I realize that maybe someone else did not put it back exactly where it was supposed to be.

You know how it goes; you find the cache and your kids paw through the swag while you’re signing the log book, and then when the stuff gets put back inside your kids say “I’ll put it back dad”, so you let them. The only problem is that they don’t really put it back where it was. Then the next guy comes along and finds it and the same thing happens all over again. Before you know it your container is not where you placed it.
I therefore submit that we all change how we approach a cache when hunting for it. I am resolved to REALLY take notice where a cache is placed when I arrive at GZ. Is it in a stone wall? Is it in a pile of logs?

Is it under a rock? Is it hanging from a tree branch? Is it in a bush? The where is just as important as the how.
So next we look at how it was placed.  If it’s covered with bark and sticks I’ll be sure to do my best to recover it just the same way as when I got there. I’ll ask myself “how high in the tree is it” before I take it down.

                                            Is that high enough?

                                        Do you see the ammo can?

I’ll look at how the rocks were placed around the cache so I can place them back in the same order. Maybe the top rock is covered with moss and if I don’t place it back the same way it won’t look natural. Always remember that a cacher is looking for things that are not natural looking, or things that just look out of place.  

I’ll also watch my kids rehide the cache to make sure they put it back like we found it. If I can do this, and you could too, then maybe we’ll have better luck at finding those caches, and making sure they are placed ever so carefully back just as we found them.

I realize that some caches are just plain hard to find and that is okay, but this is a way that we can make sure that the cache we find is placed back just as we found it so it’s ready for the next cacher to find.  I think we can all make a difference in cache placement and that will keep the game fun for a long, long, time. 


Dave said...

Great article. I agree with placing things back exactly as found. I didn't consider the "kid put it back, location slowly drifts" issue. Something I"ll have to keep in mind as my boy gets older and he takes an active interest in the hobby.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Good point! We recently had a DNF on a cache and when the CO checked on it, she said it had been re-hidden no where near it's original location. Unfortunately, this particular multi stage cache is an hour away from our house, so it was disappointing to not be able to do the cache because of that.


I have gone to such lengths as to replace the "missing" cache only to have a seeker log, "we found two caches". I went back out and sure enough, the original moved about 20 feet away! I never even considered that It might have been misplaced. Now I know better and it's kind of fun to try and find your own cache, lol BUT, good topic, great writing and a learning point for all us CO's everywhere.

Ann said...

I also try to replace as found. Sometimes the cache is in full view so I/we recover it. Last week we were in a small park, I found the cache and as I replaced it I heard a squeak and even bigger squeak from me then another one, by this time it was as quick as I could get the cache hidden. 2nd in command was standing on the path with our little granddaughter "Yes I heard you" was the reply when I told him I heard a squeak, I am a WIMP :-(

Dodger said...

I remember finding a cache once - nothing really noteworthy about it. Not much of a hide, but who am I to say? After all, it wasn't my cache. So I signed the log, re-hid as found, and moved on. Couple days later, I see somebody else found it. Among other things, that cacher's log said, "Re-hid much better than found." I'll admit, I was a little jacked, like I didn't re-hide it properly or something. Oh no, I only "re-hid as I FOUND IT" as per the rules. Oh well. As they say, "Avanti."

Ann said...

Yes we put back the cache where we find it. Just the other day we were in a wood geocaching and searching for one that we knew was hanging from a tree and well hidden, as second in command lifted it down he placed a marker (tissue hanky) from his pocket so we knew where to replace.

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