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The basic geocaching rule is that looking for cache must require GPS usage. This fact is clearly stated in the guideliness:

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All geocaches must involve GPS use. Inside buildings, GPS signal is either unreliable or not present. To follow the GPS rule, indoor caches must have an additional stage outdoors. Coordinates at the entrance to the building are not enough.

 

Despite this, it is a common practice that events are hosted indoor. They obviously do not follow the above mentioned GPS rule.

 

The question is, why such events are accepted?

 

I technically don't see any difference between navigating to traditional cache inside, lets say, a public library, and navigating to event cache at the same place. Why event there is allowed but traditional not? (it is not a commercial place, it is not available too rarely; reviewers decline traditionals in such places due to GPS usage rule).

 

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2 hours ago, dadoskawina said:

I technically don't see any difference between navigating to traditional cache inside, lets say, a public library, and navigating to event cache at the same place. Why event there is allowed but traditional not? (it is not a commercial place, it is not available too rarely; reviewers decline traditionals in such places due to GPS usage rule).

Personally, I think traditional caches should be allowed indoors.

 

I've found a number of outdoor caches where there was no GPS reception at the cache location. It was still possible for the CO to use a GPS device to determine the coordinates at GZ, and it was still possible for seekers to use a GPS device to determine GZ from those coordinates. And similarly, it would be possible for the CO and seekers to use a GPS device for an indoor traditional cache.

 

But it makes the volunteer reviewers' lives easier to have a simple rule to enforce, so Groundspeak simply prohibits traditional caches indoors.

 

And as GeoElmo6000 wrote, events are different and have their own rules.

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51 minutes ago, igator210 said:

Caches are allowed indoor, usually with permission from the facility. 

Let me fix that for you.

Non-traditional caches are allowed indoors, provided that there is an outdoor stage involving meaningful GPS usage, and provided that the indoor stage is not located inside a commercial business.

 

Back on topic, event caches can be indoors and the event must take place at the posted coordinates.

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On 6/11/2024 at 9:59 AM, dadoskawina said:

The basic geocaching rule is that looking for cache must require GPS usage. This fact is clearly stated in the guideliness:

 

Despite this, it is a common practice that events are hosted indoor. They obviously do not follow the above mentioned GPS rule.

 

The question is, why such events are accepted?

 

Curious, have you ever seen an event cache that didn't have coordinates listed on the cache page?   Thanks...

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