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Are Earthcaches Becoming More Popular?

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I've notice that within the past two 6 weeks a lot of cachers have came though my area and only focused on my earthcaches.

 

On some of my earthcaches, they have to drive right by some of my other regular caches and one of my earthcaches is just 38' feet from my 1/1 caches.

 

Is the popularity of earthcaches on the rise? I hope so.

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I would hope so as well. We plan our vacations and road trips around Earth caches, but we also try to get as many traditional caches as we can.

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It's a good question. I've set up a few earth caches and anticipated that "yes" earthcaches are becoming more popular. I figured people would be really interested in checking them out, but they haven't received as much attention as expected.

 

Cap Sauer Esker

Lemont's Limestone Fen

 

Still with the flood of SO many dang micros, particularly in parking lots or in parks that don't show me anything (personal opinion), I thought that maybe setting up something different like earth caches would offer an alternative to the above-mentioned caches. I figure an earthcache is essentially a virtual cache; they're pretty easy finds, but maybe the actual learning requirement turns away some people.

 

I'm not putting down anyone in my area or anyone who doesn't seek the cache. Again, I just thought there'd be more people coming around.

 

When I recently drove back to Chicago area from Minneapolis, for the most part I only hit virtuals and earthcaches. Even now I regret not going to seek a few other EC's that were a little more off my route than I expected, but oh well.

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I am finding that the earthcaches in US National Parks very popular, especially Yellowstone and Zion. The comments say that cachers are happy to have something to go after while in the park.

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I've notice that within the past two 6 weeks a lot of cachers have came though my area and only focused on my earthcaches.

 

On some of my earthcaches, they have to drive right by some of my other regular caches and one of my earthcaches is just 38' feet from my 1/1 caches.

 

Is the popularity of earthcaches on the rise? I hope so.

I would have to say YES. Although I only have 3 EC’s the responses are always very favorable.

 

As for your [biT] ECs, I will have to say that in Ohio there are a handful, perhaps 6 or so, cachers who have done excellent work in the area of ECs. My dad lives in Delaware County so I’m back and forth quite a bit from Pittsburgh and usually make it a point to hit an EC while I’m out that way.

I think one measure of success is the “tie-in” w/ the park systems, particularly the Ohio Historical Society. It would be nice to see more ECs here in western Pennsylvania.

 

BTW… I really enjoy the SMSI Series.

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The BIG downside to the National Park ECs is that they usually cost money to get into :(

 

I am finding that the earthcaches in US National Parks very popular, especially Yellowstone and Zion. The comments say that cachers are happy to have something to go after while in the park.

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It seems like there was an explosion of new ECs but then the development of new ones tapered off a bit (at least locally). I’d say, yes they are still quite popular with some folks. We have several teams in WI that plan caching trips around doing ECs. Some of these teams even plan multi state trips in order to do ECs. But then there are those who will avoid these caches as they don’t like that the words on the pages don’t match their system of beliefs.

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In Portugal I can definitely say that its a very BIG YES

 

Definitely! Daniel has been doing an outstanding job in Portugal for earthcaching.

 

Geocachers are really now more geo-aware. :(

 

Keep it up!

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I think it is the end of summer vacations. Now everyone is back in school, so trips out are less frequent.

 

I saw a similar pattern last year.

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In Portugal I can definitely say that its a very BIG YES

 

Definitely! Daniel has been doing an outstanding job in Portugal for earthcaching.

 

Geocachers are really now more geo-aware. :ph34r:

 

Keep it up!

 

Nice to know someone is paying attention. Thanks Sup3r :blink:

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A rising tide lifts all boats. As interest in caching as a whole increases so does interest in the individual cache typees that make up the larger activity.

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Seeing how you are a seasoned veteran in regards to EC finds, could you elaborate more on the quality of ECs being placed?

 

Earth Caches are increasing in quantity, but the quality is sure falling by the wayside.

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Took me 2 years, 11 months to get my platinum pin

 

In the last 2 weeks I have done enough ECs to get double platinum!

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In South Africa, Earthcaches have definitely taken off.

 

Initially there were very few, and not many people bother to do them.

 

I have been placing a few around some high cacher density areas, and I have seen a large uptake in cachers logging the caches in the past few months.

 

A number have even bought layman's geology books and quote them in the answers! Also - they have spawned a bunch of new earthcaches around the country.

 

So yes - Earthcaching has been initiated and has taken off in South Africa

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Sorry but I am just now discovering the EC forum.

Around here, micros are on the rise. As you folks know, it takes very litle effort for a lamp post cache but an EC, that's tough both in finding and placing! I have dedicated myself, by being inspired by folks like Cav Scout, to put ECs at the top. I have a goal this year to place 35 and find 100. Help me! :D

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... I have a goal this year to place 35 and find 100. Help me! :rolleyes:

 

Placing 35 will be a challenge!! Buy a book detailing the geological treasure of your local state(s), find out which ones aren't claimed yet, and go find a suitable place for people to visit!

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I have a goal this year to place 35

 

If you do I may just have to move since there are already over 300 I still need between TN, KY, and OH. :rolleyes:

 

- Rev Mike

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Sorry but I am just now discovering the EC forum.

Around here, micros are on the rise. As you folks know, it takes very litle effort for a lamp post cache but an EC, that's tough both in finding and placing! I have dedicated myself, by being inspired by folks like Cav Scout, to put ECs at the top. I have a goal this year to place 35 and find 100. Help me! :rolleyes:

You can also check out the GSA Field Guides for ones that haven't been set up yet.

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