CacheCrazy.Com: WHY NOT WEDNESDAY? - It's Geocache Maintenance Time Again

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY? - It's Geocache Maintenance Time Again

With spring maintenance upon us, I thought I would share this from GC.com newsletters 3/15/12 and 3/30/12  


In geocaching, like in life, it's all about the small things. That's especially true when you crack open a geocache and discover all the small things inside. The little objects at the bottom of the geocache are trade items, also known as "swag." You are welcome to take a trade item from a geocache, so long as you replace it with an item of equal or greater value.
A trade item might be a small toy, a signature item from a local geocacher, or a fun trinket. But sometimes the small things inside a cache can be a big disappointment. With more than 1.6 million geocaches around the world, the swag in some of those caches is less than desirable.
Here's what you can do to change that. Check out these four quick tips:

• Choose trade items that you would enjoy finding in a cache
• Fun items to trade include small toys, patches, pins, or an item that symbolizes who you are (a signature item)
• Never put food or scented items in a geocache (animals are especially good geocachers when they smell food)
• If you wouldn't want to carry an item in your pocket, don't put it in a geocache

For ideas on good swag items, click here
You may also find Trackables at the bottom of a cache. These are not swag, but items owned by other geocachers that are meant to travel from cache to cache. Trackables are etched with a unique code and generally include the text "trackable atwww.geocaching.com." When you take a Trackable from a cache, you are not required to leave anything in its place, but you should move it on to another geocache and log its movement. (Read about Trackable etiquette.)

Sometimes nature takes a bite out of geocaches. Cache containers end up battered by weather or broken from regular use. Does one of your geocaches need a new logbook, is the container cracked, or did the pen or pencil in the cache disappear? The changing of the seasons is a perfectly timed reminder to check your caches.
And geocache maintenance is not just for geocache owners. Courteous geocachers often help with cache maintenance, which helps increase the quality of the game for all. It's easy. You simply bring additional supplies such as an extra geocache container, swag, logbooks, and pens on your geocaching adventures. That way you're prepared to help out another geocacher by fixing a cache that needs maintenance on the spot.
If you go geocaching on the spur of the moment and don't have supplies to fix up a cache that needs maintenance, visit Geocaching.com and report a 'Needs Maintenance' log on the cache page.
If you are a geocache owner here are three ways to help make geocache maintenance a breeze:
1. Place a cache that is durable and requires little or no upkeep
2. Periodically check on your cache both in person and via the cache page to see if there are any issues
3. If you see a 'Needs Maintenance' log on the cache page, fix the cache and post an 'Owner Maintenance' log



Finally something from the newsletter worth reading! I'm starting my spring maintenance right now, how about you?

3 comments:

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

I'm all for cache maintenance, but before that Bloodhounded does this article need maintenance. It's the first CacheCrazy blog where I can't see the pictures on it? Is it me, have I paid my electric bill or am I being punished for finding my first Munzee which isn't geocaching!!!!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

ha, ha, thanks Heather! Try it now, cache maintenance post maintained by (CMPO) Cache Maintenance Post Owner, lol! Let me know.....

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

"That's the way to do it", great bit of maintenance, I had taken my glasses off twice and cleaned them, but still no picture. All back to normal thanks to the CMPO. Taaaaaaa Muchhhh.

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