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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stale Caches

 
While DLC is out hunting deer, we'll bring to you another food-for-thought topic...

When is enough enough when it comes to a cache? 

Let's use DLC's Re-Hidden Lehigh as the example. 

Hidden Lehigh was originally published on August 11, 2007 by cachers frenchfrynfrosty.  It's a tough four stage multicache with an ammo can final.  Under ffnf's watch, the cache saw 17 Found Its and 14 DNFs. 

 

The cache hadn't seen a ton of action, but those that did try it seemed to like it.  Toward the end of summer 2010, DLC adopted the cache with the hopes of breathing some new life into this seldom-seen multi.  We kept the spirit of the original hide and just made a few changes for artistic license purposes.  The cache was re-enabled on Labor Day weekend 2010 under the title Re-Hidden Lehigh.  Since then, the cache has been found exactly one time and by some folks that had also found it under the original banner.  So obviously they enjoyed the cache, and we appreciate that.

Now I'm not losing any sleep over this - if nobody goes after it, nobody goes after it.  I mean, gee whiz, there are a million-and-a-half caches throughout the world from which to choose.  The law of averages dictates that some are going to fall through the cracks.

But that leads to my question...

When do you pull the plug?  Why not archive these stale caches and hide something brand new?  Why not let somebody else have a particular area after a certain length of time? 

One find in the last year-and-some months...

Only 17 finds in over 4 years...

It's not a cache that requires special gear or anything like that.  It's not terribly difficult terrain.  In fact, it's actually pretty much flat.

But it's not a boring cache, either...

It's just...

Stale.

Do you know of any stale caches?  What should a CO do with them?

2 comments:

BLOODHOUNDED said...

I hear you loud and clear. But do not despair, sooner or later someone will come out and log it and appreciate it even more. What I do with my "stale cache" (yes, even Bloodhounded has one of them) is challenge a geocacher. I seek one who has found a few of mine and I email them and "suggest" if they could help me out and let me know how that one is making out. The geocacher gets an extra reward (pat on the back) for going out, finding it and reporting back to me the results. And I get the down and dirty on the cache and it gets found! Win/win.

NO WAY should they be archived for being past their "best if used by" date. Like a fine wine, when you crack that geoseal after a year or so the smell and feel of a vintage cache can't be beat!

BigAl said...

Stale caches? I guess it can happen to the best of us. I like your suggestion BH. It really is a win/win situation. I figure if we hide them they will come; eventually. Now about pulling the plug. Don't do it. Leave it out there. There are plenty of new cachers who will come along and find it. Now if it has been attempted and you're getting a lot of DNF's then maybe you need to reconsider the situation. And that's my 2 cents worth.

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