+Tim & June Posted February 26, 2003 Share Posted February 26, 2003 This thread was started in order to continue the useful discussion about guidance for new cachers (I hate that term "newbies") which was started HERE. There have been a number of contributions in that thread and all have their merits and are based upon experience. Thanks for your input you guys. As admin, we have seen our workload go up tremendously from new cachers who place caches before they have found many. This usualy results in us sending fairly long emails to the placers of caches trying to get things in order. I hate to think what it would be like if caches didn't have to be approved. Hey, don't think we are complaining, we're not. We are very glad to be able to help, honestly. We think the most important thing about placing a cache is "go out and find some first". If you are in an area well populated by caches, find 15, or even 20 and then start planting a few. I know this is more difficult if you live in or near a cache desert, but please try to find a number first. We are in danger of the quality of caches going way down. Take the example of a cache which is an old tin, thrown in a hedge accessed after climbing over a fly tip 10 yards from the parking place. The cache contains a few sheets of paper stapled together as a log book, and the swaps are no better than the content of cheap Christmas crackers and there is no stash note (no cache in particular in mind here). If a new cacher finds this as their first find, they are likely to think that this is the standard and dash off planting caches which follow that example. So the moral has to be "find a variety first". Quality is the name of the game, place your caches at your favorite spots so people leave thinking, "that was interesting/beautiful" etc. The container is most important. It must be waterproof, and resilient. Old margerine or ice cream tubs are rarely effective, they leak, break easily and are generally way too flimsy. We use ammo boxes which are much easier to conceal because they blend in with the background and are 100% watertight. Others prefer to use tupperware type containers. Whichever way you go, get some zip-loc bags (freezer dept local supermarket) to put your treasures in. Always carry a few spare for when you visit a cache or your own swaps if nothing else. If your chosen location is a monument on a hill, for example, never place your cache actually at the monument, (or other point of interest), walk a couple of hundred yards away and plant it there. You have still brought someone to your favourite spot, but they will be able to hunt for, and rehide your cache without having to worry so much about onlookers. It is a good idea to avoid wrapping your cache up in a polythene bag. Critters will chew it and once the hole is large enough, poke their head in and possibly get trapped. Carrier bags could be a problem for larger critters if they get the handle wrapped around their neck. Never put foodstuffs in a cache, critters will smell it and try to get to it and chew the container. If a dog walker is walking his dog, and the dog is forraging around in the roots of a tree, the owner is likely to go investigate. At the very least the dog/other critter is going to expose your carefully hidden cache. The exception concerning foodstuffs is tinned goods, we often leave little tins (ring pull) of fruit (Fruitini) in caches because it's very refreshing (for the finder) on a hot day. I dont think there is a risk of animals smellig canned goods. On the subject of content, generally if a young kiddie should not have it, it should not be in a cache. For the new cachers, I guess it is easy to feel isolated here, but it takes time for a dialogue to build up, please give it time. We really are not being aloof or eliteist, you are all very welcome. If you need some help or clarification, ask and it will be freely and warmly given. You can ask here in the forum but if you have emailed us directly, please be patient, we occasionally get inundated and it takes time to get around to replying to all. If you have not recieved a reply, please try again in case we have stumbled. Tim & June (Winchester) See June, I told you that sign which said 'Unsuitable for Motor Vehicles' was wrong ! Quote Link to comment
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