528ft/161m Distance Rule Between Caches

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A few searches online led me to believe that the distance rule is pretty strict and that I should not violate them. However, as I was picking a place for my cache, I became aware that there are a bunch of caches that violate this rule. Leaving be bamboozled. So does this mean that this rule is merely a suggestion. That caches will get approved no matter what the map says?

Here is a picture of the map I'm seeing where a bunch of caches are inside each other's radii:

I don't see any cache saturation guideline violations on that map.  The red circles can overlap each other, but not past the center point of the circle.  For a better explanation, see this helpful guide prepared by one of my fellow Community Volunteer Reviewers.

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The radius of each cache shown here is 161m. So if two radii touch, the distance from cache to cache is twice 161 m = 322 m

2 hours ago, Mausebiber said:

The radius of each cache shown here is 161m. So if two radii touch, the distance from cache to cache is twice 161 m = 322 m

Oh sorry, I'm stupid. In my head, I was thinking each radius was 80.5 m, so each cache can't overlap each other.

3 hours ago, Keystone said:

I don't see any cache saturation guideline violations on that map.  The red circles can overlap each other, but not past the center point of the circle.  For a better explanation, see this helpful guide prepared by one of my fellow Community Volunteer Reviewers.

This should be pinned or shown on the page for submitting a cache. This is very helpful indeed. Where would I find this guide again? Is it posted somewhere on here?

1 hour ago, liluzibird01 said:

This should be pinned or shown on the page for submitting a cache. This is very helpful indeed. Where would I find this guide again? Is it posted somewhere on here?

It may look different depending on how you access it, but when I go to geocaching.com and click on play: hide a geocache, I get this page:

6 hours ago, liluzibird01 said:

Where would I find this guide again?

Just save the link given by Keystone as a bookmark.

On 7/18/2024 at 3:37 PM, liluzibird01 said:

A few searches online led me to believe that the distance rule is pretty strict and that I should not violate them.

And this is only for physical geocaches, virtual geocaches (including earthcaches) don't have a proximity rule.  Adventure labs have no rules, they're the wild west of a game similar to geocaching.

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Just now, GeoElmo6000 said:

virtual geocaches (including earthcaches) don't have a proximity rule

This is correct - with one caveat. I encourage earthcache hiders to use coordinates that are not right on top of an existing geocache. That way, one listing isn't hiding another listing on the map. Usually an offset of 100' / 30m or so is sufficient.

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