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How do you hide caches to stump them? Hiding strategies


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I see no-one has mentioned this one in Vancouver--I won't say where--but the cache is hidden inside an upright galvanized pipe that is used to support a garbage can in a public park. (There are bushes and trees nearby that serve as a decoy and many cachers are fooled before realizing where they should be looking.)

To score the cache, you have to remove the cap on the pipe. It fooled me at first because it wouldn't move. You then find the cache in a clear plastic tube suspended by a chain hanging from the cap. Most ingenious!

 

Oh, and one other one: a cache hidden in a birdhouse attached to a tree in the woods, about 7' off the ground.

 

[This message was edited by Pharmadude on August 27, 2003 at 06:53 PM.]

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Originally posted by pater47:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=9314 is one of mine that has gotten several 'clever hide' critiques because it's not in a typical hiding spot.

This one tickles me because hundreds of people drive or walk right beside it every day, with dozens actually looking at it, but after roughly a year and a half, it has yet to be plundered.

Several cacher, even after finding, realize an extra challenge of "ok, I see it. Now how do I get to it?'


 

Okay, this one is intriguing. Might have to look for it on Nov. 8... before Bama beats up on ya'll! icon_wink.gif

 

Joel (joefrog)

 

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for ye are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!"

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Since there seems to be nobody from my neck of the woods in these forums, I'll describe my recent micro/mini hide.

It's on a children's playground attached to a airplane that they can climb on. The structure sits only about a foot off the ground and there are three posts on either side that run to the sand below to hold it up. Attached to two psots on each side are plastic discs that are black to simulate wheels. I took a small round tin and painted it black, attaching a bolt with glue to the center to replicate the bolt holding the other wheels on. I then put magnetic tape on the back and attached it to the third post as another wheel.

It's in clear sight of everybody but should go un-noticed by muggles.

My only concern is that some little kids may knock it off while playing, but it is somewhat protected...we'll see I guess.

 

Just waiting for the approval to go through. I'll post a pic in a day or so when I go to check on it.

 

(on second thought, I really should have placed the cache a week or so before submitting it so I could verify that it wouldn't be discovered....oh well. Lesson learned, but I hope it works out!)

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http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=de5db2c4-6a4d-4066-8b4a-b339c65504aa

 

Above is the best cache I ever found. It was extremely challenging - to the point where after you found the first leg you said "Holy S -- I can't WAIT to see the second." It also made you WANT to find it and get him back for making it.

 

This cache hooked me. If you live anywhere within 2 hours of this cache and haven't checked it out - shame on you!

 

This cache is an excellent example of a cache that was challenging enough to make you think and sweat, it had nice prizes to trade for and it challenged me to try to create one near my home that can hopefully stand up to its example.

 

Shut up and cache!

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Originally posted by Kite & Hawkeye:

 

I love a challenge, but I would also be irked if I went to a difficulty 1 cache that took an hour of searching. I'd suggest rating it higher and just saying it's challenging -- people may complain anyway, but they won't really have a leg to stand on.


 

I'd have to agree here. The whole point of the rating system is to inform the hunter of how hard it will be to find. We (Team Vaxcave) have a micro out there FFF#2 that is rather difficult and we've recieved emails saying so. But come on look at the rating, it's not gonna be a cache that you walk up to and say "Oh, there it is." It's only .4 miles from parking but so far since we moved it (only a few inches) no one has found it. It is appropriately rated for difficulty at a 4.5, according to the guidelines this may take an experienced cacher hours to locate. It is not in plain sight but if you pay attention to the flora and what is out of place you'll get it. What I'm really waiting for is Leprechauns to hunt it before I decide if it's TOO hard, or impossible. Just my 2 cents. Personally I like to be stumped when I get to the coords, I want to have to think about it and have some fun trying to think like the owner did.

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Originally posted by Kealia:

Since there seems to be nobody from my neck of the woods in these forums, I'll describe my recent micro/mini hide.

It's on a children's playground attached to a airplane that they can climb on. The structure sits only about a foot off the ground and there are three posts on either side that run to the sand below to hold it up. Attached to two psots on each side are plastic discs that are black to simulate wheels. I took a small round tin and painted it black, attaching a bolt with glue to the center to replicate the bolt holding the other wheels on. I then put magnetic tape on the back and attached it to the third post as another wheel.

It's in clear sight of everybody but should go un-noticed by muggles.

My only concern is that some little kids may knock it off while playing, but it is somewhat protected...we'll see I guess.

 

Just waiting for the approval to go through. I'll post a pic in a day or so when I go to check on it.

 

(on second thought, I really should have placed the cache a week or so before submitting it so I could verify that it wouldn't be discovered....oh well. Lesson learned, but I hope it works out!)


 

That rocks! That is the kind of cache hide I like to see. If you can get your hands on an old hard-drive (check with your local computer repair shop), dig the magnet out of it. They have really strong holding power. It may surprise you how strong they are.

 

http://fp1.centurytel.net/Criminal_Page/

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That rocks! That is the kind of cache hide I like to see. If you can get your hands on an old hard-drive (check with your local computer repair shop), dig the magnet out of it. They have really strong holding power. It may surprise you how strong they are.

 

http://fp1.centurytel.net/Criminal_Page/

 

Great idea! Thanks! I have 5 old computers and hard drives laying around colelcting dust so I think I'll go grab one. I went by the cache last night to make sure it's still there and it appears to have gotten through 72 hours of muggles so I think it's going to be OK. Forgot my camera though...I will get a pic up soon-

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I like 'hiding in plain sight' caches a lot. The more obvious the better. It's fun to find, but after the fact... knowing that EVERYONE ELSE can see it too makes the cache even more exciting icon_smile.gif Only you knew it was something interesting/special.

 

I have one cache like this that I like a lot. But I won't give specifics... there are some people lurking that have not stood up to the challenge of the knock list yet icon_wink.gif

 

One day I went to check on it and there was a fair in town (It's at the busiest intersection of Lake Orion... not as busy as Chicago, but still gets decent traffic) and someone had tied a rope for a banner a few inches from it and didn't see it.

 

I think it's muggle-proof for the moment. But right there in front of their noses if they knew to look for it.

 

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Assimilating golf balls - one geocache at a time.

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