+LifeOnEdge! Posted April 5, 2006 Share Posted April 5, 2006 Before I pose the question, I want to be clear that I am NOT criticizing this act, but would like to know how others see this. In my part of the country (look this up for yourself please) there are a growing number of cachers who go out with a buddy to cache. When caching turns to cache hiding, these buddies ride along to save gas and to also hide their own caches. In short, two guys go out and hide caches, each publishing their own caches. Those caches are approved and published and the race begins. Immediately following a first find post, the "buddy" logs his "find" and states that he was "ATHLN." Basically, this means that they were with the hider when the cache was hidden AND are posting a find for their effort. Not only is there pride for finding a cache before any others, there is a similar pride for being Second-to-Find. Also, it seems to be appropriate to hesitate some with posting a first find log, so that others are equally motivated as you were to go out and find the cache, hopefully to be first. This ATHLN activity blows both of these concepts out of the water. Third-to-find, when you were really the second one to find the cache is really deflating. Usually, the cache owner of a ATHLN team wants you to post a find as soon as possible, so thier buddy can slip in their find log. Tonight, I found a cache that had been published for 24 hours. I did not expect to be the first to find. When I open the log I see three posts. Two dated the day the cache was hidden (three days before today.) The third log was the cache owner's ATHLN buddy. I didn't know if I should claim a FTF, a Fourth-to-Find (which I would not have done), or what? I honestly don't know who was there, when, or how they found the cache. Now we are reduced to ALL these questions. I would have been so mad if I had rushed out there last night to get a FTF, only to see logs that were two days old! How do *you* feel about this? Is this new to you? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Are *you* a ATHLN buddy with anyone? Personally, I feel this is completely in Bad Form. Why even count your finds and celebrate at times if you are playing like this? Should I even care? Please let me know your thoughts. LifeOnEdge! Somewhere in ... well ... the US Quote Link to comment
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