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I've been working at getting my 100th cache since July 2006. I was wondering what the average amount of time it takes people to get that milestone. If you know me, I am still in Middle School and do a lot of extracurrecular stuff. Whats it take others like me? I've been really working at it though. :laughing:

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I started caching in high school, so i know what its like with homework and stuff. It took me 5 months to get to 100, but I was a senior in HS and could drive. For a middle school kid, keep going. I know its hard to find time and transportation. Maybe find some buddys to spend a day with your family and go find a few. You shouldn't be too worried about hitting an average. In fact, many cachers quit before they get there. Just keep having fun.

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I started hunting geocaches in October of 2002. I bagged my 100th find in October of 2004. Today I logged my 146th find. As much as I enjoy hunting caches, I am not obsessed with it. Some folks don't go to the bathroom in their own housees without their GPSRs in their hands. I live in the heart of the California Silicon Valley were there are thousands of cute little MICRO CACHES hidden in high traffice areas in devious ways. I've almost stopped hunting those silly hides. I find it to be a waste of time. I cut my teeth hunting real geocaches in ammo cans that had lots of goodies in them. It seems the sport has migrated to the silly thoughtless micros in my area today. What a pity.

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It took me 113 days to find my first 100 caches back in 2002 when they were further apart.

 

The fastest I ever found 100 caches was about nine hours, in 2004 -- that was a fun day. The longest was 261 days, from summer 2005 to spring 2006 -- I wasn't enjoying geocaching so much then. My average lately is 100 caches every five or six weeks.

 

It all depends on how much fun I'm having. If I'm in a good mood I will find more; if I am not having fun I don't go out as often. During winter weather, my find rate tends to drop off a bit. By May it is back in full swing.

 

So, as long as you are having fun, it doesn't matter whether you find 100 caches in 100 days or 1000 days. It is not a race and there are no losers. Everyone who's enjoying themselves is a winner. :ph34r:

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It took me exactly one year to find my first 100 caches....and that was pushing myself pretty hard! My 200th was found six months after that and my 300th in the next three months. That pretty much reflects the growth of geocaching in our area.

 

At this point I'm pushing myself to find my 3000th on February 12th which will be the 6th anniversary of my first find (difficult to do considering the weather and schedules). That's 500 finds a year...of course it took me 2 and a half years to find my first 500!

 

I like the pace I'm moving at just fine. :ph34r:

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Took me about 5 or so to find first 200, but pace has slacked off considerably. Hit most of the nearby caches that are worth looking for, now I pick up a couple or so when traveling or when a new one is posted in my area. I've also become much more selective; I won't get out of the car for a LPC. I focus on the ones I enjoy which are in natural areas and involve some hiking.

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Took me about 2.5 years after I got started.

My record for finding 100 is 32 days.

I generally get around 200 per year the past 2 years.

An interesting related statistic would be how long it took people to reach a milestone number of forum posts. StarBrand, while you average around 200 cache finds per year, your forum posts average over 1,000 per year. :ph34r:
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Took me about 2.5 years after I got started.

My record for finding 100 is 32 days.

I generally get around 200 per year the past 2 years.

An interesting related statistic would be how long it took people to reach a milestone number of forum posts. StarBrand, while you average around 200 cache finds per year, your forum posts average over 1,000 per year. :ph34r:
I agree. People with a huge number of posts make me sick.

 

Unfortunately, for many of us, there is no way to get that data since the posts in the old forums aren't tied to our account.

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Joined in '02-- have found 51 caches. So I figure I'm on pace to find number 100 in about 2014. =P

 

I don't call it slow-- it's *leisurely*.

 

I call it..."you try dragging a 5, 3 and 1 year old out by yourself see how many caches you find! ;)

 

I agree. I only have a four year old, and while he might tolerate looking for 1 or 2 caches at a stretch he would rather do something else pretty quickly.

 

I read a post awhile back about some woman that got 1000 in her first year. I've got 262 after just over a year . Now that I have found all but three within 10 miles from home it's getting more difficult to get large bunches unless I some time off of work. Despite a stead snow most of the day yesterday I took the day off (it was my birthday) and grabbed 10 caches. I also had 5 DNFs, two due to muggle activity (one involving a firetruck), two because they were inaccessible due to snow conditions, and one that I just couldn't find.

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I agree. People with a huge number of posts make me sick.
LOL :huh: I see you aren't in the category of frequent posters!

 

sbell111, it was good to meet you in person at the MTGC meeting on Sunday.

Shhhhh!

 

I work hard at fostering my snarky, antisocial image. You're going to ruin it.

 

(It was good to meet you and visit with everyone.)

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