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I'm new to caching and so far it has been so enjoyable. My problem is the gash I now carry as I reached for the hidden cache, only to find the remains of a dirt colored beer bottle edge greeting my hand. I guess I'm wondering if others have experienced the same issue? I'm not talking about obstacles presented by mother nature, I'm talking about broken bottles, barbed wire, rusted metal, etc. I now pack gloves and if any search is near the ground, the gloves are on.

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I carry gloves while out Geocaching but they generally go with the trash bags so I can grab the litter and do some CITO on the way in or out. As for grabbing the cache - I generally walk away from any cache that is hidden amongst a pile of trash and rusty sharp items. So no problems here.

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I figure most accidents are just part of the game. I've seen caches with broken bottles, just carefully picked them up and removed them they went looking. If I didn't see something and got scratched or cut etc I just keep going. Scars heal and disappear, no biggy.

 

(I'm a girl sitting here with finger and toe nails painted and done up nice, used to go every other week to get a manicure, etc, but I've also been on "mudding" adventures, camp outs and hard labor community service jobs. So go figure)

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I carry gloves while out Geocaching but they generally go with the trash bags so I can grab the litter and do some CITO on the way in or out. As for grabbing the cache - I generally walk away from any cache that is hidden amongst a pile of trash and rusty sharp items. So no problems here.

 

Well said! If you place a cache in a pile of discarded trash, I will not waste my time looking for it. Why anyone would want to bring me to a landfill is beyond my comprehension. I do, however, carry a pair of work gloves in the vehicle for when I stick my hand blindly into cracks and crevices. The though of a black widow hiding in there has always be a bit unsettling to me. :)

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Well I normally don't wear any, but if I clearly can't see in a spot, I normally grab a stick or use my hiking pole to check it out first. I haven't had any incidents yet besides getting the occasional ant bite. You just have to be "gentle" and don't go thrusting your hand into dark holes and such. :)

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Well I normally don't wear any, but if I clearly can't see in a spot, I normally grab a stick or use my hiking pole to check it out first. I haven't had any incidents yet besides getting the occasional ant bite. You just have to be "gentle" and don't go thrusting your hand into dark holes and such. :)

Me too - poke it with a stick first to see if anything bites back.

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It helps to have a designated Geocaching backpack or something to grab-and-go. Besides maintence items such as ziplock bags, and a spare lock-n-lock I have gloves and hand sanitizer. I have black, military style gloves which are great for wilderness caches, for climbing and reaching into holes for the GRAB. More importantly, I carry thinner agile latex type gloves for the Urban caches. I find that any cache hidden below belt level has been possibly urinated on by man or beast. It is best to go urban caching the day after a good rain, long enough to have dried but still soon after a fresh rinse. I hate when something is mysteriously sticky. Guess I have to get used to that sensations when I have a kid. I hear they are sticky, like, all the time. ~shivers~

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Unfortunately it seems like some of the good places to hide a geocache are also good places to toss drug paraphernalia, trash, bags of dog poop, etc.

I disagree... any place that collects these things is not a good place to put a cache.

AMEN! Makes you wonder what it is about the hider's life that make them think this place would have any significance. or be enjoyable.

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I've been lucky with my hands so far, no cuts from reaching for a cache. Around here most everyone eventually gets a bit of "desert pinstriping" on their legs or arms. My worst so far was walking over some old barbed wire hidden in the tall grass/weeds. First time wasn't so bad, daytime, it just grabbed my shoe and the bottom of my pants leg got ripped. Second time I hit barbed wire, night caching, it wrapped around my left leg (ripping my jeans and taking a nasty bite on my shin) and and my right shoe = I face planted <_< Havta protect the GPSr in my right hand and the flashlight in my left, ya' know ? :unsure:

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Let's see...thorns, bats, trees hitting me...nothing garbage related yet.

 

Aside from the gloves I suggest a walking stick. It helps to have something to poke around with and to navigate on logs with (would have helped friday as I came home muddied up and cold). However I haven't found a good walking stick yet!

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I carry gloves while out Geocaching but they generally go with the trash bags so I can grab the litter and do some CITO on the way in or out. As for grabbing the cache - I generally walk away from any cache that is hidden amongst a pile of trash and rusty sharp items. So no problems here.

 

Well said! If you place a cache in a pile of discarded trash, I will not waste my time looking for it. Why anyone would want to bring me to a landfill is beyond my comprehension. I do, however, carry a pair of work gloves in the vehicle for when I stick my hand blindly into cracks and crevices. The though of a black widow hiding in there has always be a bit unsettling to me. :anibad:

 

I agree. I try to use a stick to make sure nothing is on the hole.
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