+cimawr Posted August 26, 2006 Share Posted August 26, 2006 I'm new to geocaching - started a few weeks ago - and am wondering what the ettiquette is on doing maintenance on somebody else's cache. The cache in question has a "matchbook" theme, with finders being requested to leave or trade interesting matchbooks or matchboxes - it's a cool idea. However, the it's in the woods, with a ground-level hiding place, and the container used is a *nonwaterproof* disposable Glad container. When I found it, the container's interior was coated with nasty black mold, some of the non-theme contents were also moldy, and the matchbooks were soggy and ruined - and the whole thing stank; I mean literally had a bad smell <G>. Even the logbook, in a baggie, was damp and smelly. When I logged my find, I noted the condition, said that IMO the container badly needed replacing, and also stated that I'd be happy to take care of it should the cache owner so desire - I walk my dogs in the park where it's hidden nearly every day, so it would be easy to do. I've got some nice waterproof containers (originally intended for fishing gear) that are around the same size as the original container, and could transfer the logbook and non-ruined contents - maybe adding a new logbook and a geocaching note (currently there's none) - and rehide as the original. However, I've gotten no response from the cache owner... so, my question is, would it be kosher for me to just go ahead and do it, then post a note to the cache page? Or is that a big breach of ettiquette? Quote Link to comment
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