+WadleClan Posted December 28, 2020 Share Posted December 28, 2020 A search has so far not helped me find this answer... What exactly are the parameters on "Not Available in Winter"? I ask because I cannot find a definition in the list of attributes. Also, I've seen different reactions to people who post this attribute or people who ignore this attribute. There is one series near me, where the CO states in the description, the caches are not available during a specific date range due to hibernating animals. Fair enough. I'm not so keen on the fact that they then post a shame page of those who ignore this, but I respect the limitations set. (No, I have never been listed on that page, as I read their description and followed their rules.) It is VERY clear in the cache description there are months the caches are not available and why. However, there are a number of other caches where I see this attribute crossed out, stating the cache is not available in winter. The cache description does not state any limitations though. I just looked at one cache to try and find and found this attribute. I also noticed someone just found the cache and logged it yesterday (27 Dec.). This is where the confusion comes in. If the cache owner does not state anything in the description, how do I define winter? Is it determined by it getting cold out and animals are potentially hibernating? (Then one must estimate if it is cold enough.) Is it determined by snow because it will be too difficult or unsafe to find the cache or reach it? (Then winters with no snow, the cache is available.) Is it determined by the official start of winter 21 December? (Then the cache must be available again starting 21 March regardless of weather based on date criteria.) Or is this completely subjective and as the searcher, it does not matter whether I find the cache or not when the attribute is in place, if the description does not explain it? In the case of the above mentioned cache, I wrote the CO and will await an answer. However, this is not always forthcoming. I am trying to keep to my daily cache goal, but I am getting more limited in the surrounding area and with so many caches now including this attribute, it's a little more difficult. I also don't want to go against any official rules. So just trying to get a clear answer (if there is one) to make sure all is friendly. Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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