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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY - The Other Side Of Geocaching According to Hedge

I came across Hedge's Ramblinz and decided that his work had a place at CacheCrazy.Com. 

So I asked, he offered and here it is, like it or not - The Other Side Of Geocaching According To Hedge. A series of looking at our sport from a slightly different perspective.


Geocaching Quality Control.

I'm reaching out through the internet and lifting high QuestMaster for all to see. With these words, you become one of my caching heroes.

>>If you hide more than one cache per month, that's probably too many.

We don't need more hides. We need quality hides.
In a better vanished time, people must have actually read the Tips on Hiding Your First Geocache and they must have actually gotten the part about "Ultimately you'll want to place a cache in a place that is unique in some way. The big reward for geocachers, other than finding the cache itself, is the location. A prime camping spot, great viewpoint, unusual location, etc. are all good places to hide a cache". We used to take this business very seriously. We considered it a duty to deliver people to special places that they might not otherwise have known about. We never even considered hiding caches in uninteresting places like a Wal-Mart parking lot because we would have been ashamed to hide such a cache for our fellow geocachers.

That was then... This is now...
The community of geocachers is different. Too many of the new players just don't get it. Where, pray tell, is it written that the object of this game is to write one's name on the greatest number of waypointed stationary? It's a numbers game for many of them and they're just not going to bother with the old way of doing things. It's too much work for one measly point in their game.

Excellence, in their way of thinking, is achieved by aiming at the easiest targets and hitting them. Their precious find count is typically a gauge of their "talent" for picking out the easy ones and enduring the tedium of finding them all. It's all fine and well to play the game this way but it's probably not wise or healthy to brag about about one's degree of anal-retentiveness, which is often the case, whether they will admit it or not. In that better vanished time, fellow geocachers shared stories about the great caches they had found. Today it's more about how many guardrails they have kissed. These folks are the biggest bores that ever were.

I really don't see that this game is going to be getting any better anytime soon. It's too easy for the numbers cachers to populate the list with more than their share of lame hides because typically they have already relieved themselves of any responsibility to provide an interesting location, a decent container, swag, and proper maintenance. The quantity of caches they hide is pretty much all that matters to them. The good caches ultimately get lost in the mix and it follows that anybody who might enjoy a quality cache in the old school tradition just isn't going to give geocaching a second look when they key in their zipcode and see that this is a game of hide and seek the microscrap in parking lots.

I'm fortunate that I discovered geocaching when I did and that I got to play the game before the mass hiders of junk appeared on the scene. With due diligence and a little luck, it's still possible to find a decent cache once in awhile.



Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Oh Hedge do I agree with you on this point and have written my own blog on a similar point. You have just stirred my Mrs Grumpy again. Well said and a point well made.

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

Well written post. I shared this on G+ to get the word out.

I don't really mind if folks want to hide an LPC at Walmart. An uninteresting cache for an uninteresting place seems appropriate. Be nice to at least have an interesting cache in an uninteresting place. If you can't make the location memorable, at least make the find memorable.

What really grinds my gears is when people find those amazing views - those mountain top vistas with no one around for miles and miles, and they mark the location with a micro hanging in an evergreen bush. Gah!

Really this is a commentary on society in general - everyone wants the quick and easy, and few seek the challenge or appreciate the quality of anything, let alone a cache. Its too easy to go for the numbers, and play the popularity game.


I'm looking forward to this series, I like that Hedge speaks the truth and isn't afraid to make his point. Watch for "The Other Side Of Geocaching According to Hedge" on Wednesday's in the coming weeks.
Thanks Hedge

BigAl said...

Well said Hedge. Just recently I found a micro in a very large woods. My thought was "why not place a very unique cache here instead." To each his own. I have to admit that I did hide a small bolt cache. But the other cache near there is a nice ammo can that takes you to a beautiful pond and nature trail. I hid the ammo can for those who really like a nice cache, and the bolt was hidden just to let those who need an extra smiley get it. I know I for one appreciate a nice quality hide in a nice place where I have never been before. I look forward to hearing more from you. No toes stepped on here.

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