CoyoteRed Posted July 24, 2009 Share Posted July 24, 2009 And moreimportantly, are puzzle caches really in the spirit of geocaching? Absolutely! Yes, in that there really needs to be a mental part to the hobby. Heck, even simply going to the gym has a mental component. In geocaching the mental part is "how do I get from where I am to the cache?" There's always going to be a mental part. Even sans "puzzles" and what some might consider a purely physical hunt there comes a time where you have to figure something out. Climb up a cliff and you'll have to figure out what kind f gear you need or whether you need training. A cache in the middle of nowhere will need trip planning. Just right there you have a puzzle of where you need to park your vehicle or figure out some other transportation for you to the trail head. Sure, those are all fairly trivial mental exercises, but it's all a matter of degrees. Next, you arrive at ground zero and discover the cache it up a tree with no limbs reachable from the ground. You have to figure out how to either get the cache down or get yourself up there. There you go, a puzzle. The puzzles can get harder and harder keeping from the prize. Where the puzzle is in the hunt can get pushed back further and further until it is at the very beginning. Then you're looking at what looks like a completely different animal when, in fact, it's on the same continuum--you've just not seen everything in between. The only thing about puzzles-caches is they are placed in the "unknown" category because the starting point is not published. This is so you know you have to do something before you hit the field. That way you don't show up and it's the middle of a retention pond and you think the cache is at the bottom. Quote Link to comment
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