+Thrak Posted April 13, 2011 Share Posted April 13, 2011 I've seen some absolutely HORRIBLE hides by newbies. Caches placed on posted private property, caches placed in front yards of residential neighborhoods, caches placed in idiotically horrible containers, caches placed with coordinates that were incredibly far off of the actual location of the cache. Of course I've see ALL of those things done by cachers with more than 1,000 finds as well........ When I first heard about geocaching from a neighbor, I went home and made an account so I could check out the forums and see what it was all about. At that time, the "conventional wisdom" seemed to be that one should find 100 caches before placing any so they could see examples of different types of hides, different types of containers, get an idea of how to properly rate terrain and difficulty, etc. I took it to heart and used it as a guideline. At that time it worked well as an education in geocache placement. That was in 2005. There were enough caches available in my area for me to find 100 in a 2 month period and there was a fair amount of diversity regarding containers, types of hides, etc. If I was starting out today, the first 100 finds would end up being micro caches placed in town. It wouldn't give me the same type of education at all. I still think it's a good idea to get some finds under your belt before placing a cache but, given the proliferation of LPC caches and other micro caches, it doesn't surprise me much that even folks who do go out and find a bunch first, STILL place LPC caches, micros where a regular would work well, caches placed in inappropriate spots, etc. New cachers simply don't encounter the types of hides that used to be the norm. I REALLY miss the types of caches that I used to find when I started and the loss of the "is this somewhere I'd like to be taken" factor. Yes, I've placed a few guardrail caches but they were simply part of a series where you would gather information that took you to the final two locations that are WELL worth going to. Anymore, it seems that caches are placed because there's a spot without a cache rather than because it's a place.that is interesting or beautiful or something of that sort. Quote Link to comment
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