+purple_pineapple Posted February 22, 2008 Share Posted February 22, 2008 On this thread here Alan referred to an e-mail discussion. Everything is very amicable, and he has obviously been careful not to identify me on the other thread! However, I was hoping to see some responses to the comments about special equipment and what that cache rating should be... One of the caches is RTB - Colley Hill (apologies for linking my cache, I hope its alloweable under the circumstances! ) The special equipment is listed on the page, and none of it is particularly outlandish. Now Alan's opinion (apologies if I misquote slightly wrong) is that any cache that requires, shall we say, additional equipment should have a high difficulty or terrain rating. As we can presume that the only thing a cacher is expected to have with them is a GPS, (I agree with this) then anything additional is special equipment, be it a torch, a socket set, or a cuddly toy! My opinion is that the special equipment doesn't affect the difficulty or terrain per se, especially as we have given a list of things that may be required. All these caches can be easily retrieved (many from a wheelchair) with the aid of the suggested equipment. My own opinion is that there is a difference between special equipment which we can reasonably expect a cacher to have (torch/screwdriver/magnet) and know how to use, and the sort of specialist equipment such as ropes, boats or scuba gear, which many cachers won't have, or know how to use. Caches that require these should be rated much higher. Unfortunately, we have no way (I think) in distinguishing between these two extreme of "additional" equipment. Regarding his other point, the Additional Logging Requirement (ALR) is merely that the cache is retrieved in such a way that the cache container isn't destroyed. There is a history to this that I don't want to go into, but that is the only additional requirement. I feel most caches intrinsically have this ALR, but it is only on these caches that we have had to mention it... (for example, a cache container closed with screws - am i within my right to delete a log from someone who crowbars the box open?) Opinions please! I know Alan's thoughts through e-mail, so I hope he doesn't mind me posting this! I expect he'll be along to put his side of the debate soon! Dave Quote Link to comment
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