+dzdiver Posted June 16, 2004 Share Posted June 16, 2004 (edited) Recently my wife and I were visiting an area and did some geocaching. We came across a cache location that caused some concern. The cache was described as being a micro with historical significance. It did contain a warning not to attempt the cache at night. Previous logs showed that the site may have been a transient camp at one time. Upon arriving at the location I quickly decided that this was a higher than normal crime rate area for this city. The location was an old abandoned building in a commercial area. The building was near highway overpasses. After taking some precautions for physical safety in event of an encounter with a criminal, we approached the building. We saw signs that the area is still frequented by transients. We saw human waste, broken beer bottles, and drug paraphenelia on the ground. The place was also an eyesore with trash, no yard maintenance, etc. Just as we were deciding that scoring another cache wasn't worth the health risks present at the location, my wife found the container. We logged our visit. An on-duty LE Officer stopped by just as we were getting ready to leave. I identified myself as an off-duty Officer from outp-of-the area and explained our reason for being at the location. He told me that he stopped by when he saw us. He said that he thought that we were tourists and were lost. He was concerned for our safety. He then told me that the area was a problem area for transients, assaults, etc. He said that he didn't think the location was suitable for a family themed game. We had a brief but nice talk with him about geocaching and we all left. After we returned home, I thought long and hard about how to log this cache. My wife and I have found about 135 caches so far and have never come across a location as bad as this one. I didn't think that the cache page adequately described the hazards of the location. I honestly didn't think that the location should be a cache, but felt that it wasn't up to me to decide. I logged our find and went on to describe the hazards. I described our visit with the LE Officer and his explanation of the hazards. I stated my opinion that the location was not suitable for families or children. I also sent an email to the cache owner telling him in more detail that I thought the cache location was inappropriate. I kept all of my comments in my email and log professional. He sent back a response that basically stated that everyone makes their own risk assessments and I don't have to do it. He also deleted my log. I agree that everyone should be able to take as little or as much risk as they would like within reason. I do rather extreme sea kayaking, have SCUBA dived in very dangerous conditions, and have made several skydives. I don't want anyone telling me that I shouldn't do those things. But, I did make INFORMED decisions about each. When the cache owner deleted my log and didn't update the cache page with the present conditions, I felt that he did this community a disservice. I also felt slighted as I put a good deal of effort into my log. The reason for this post is to get feedback from this community. What should I do if anything? Nothing at all? I have sent an email in an attempt to contact the cache approvers for that area. Any and all feedback is appreciated. DZDIVER Edited June 16, 2004 by dzdiver Quote Link to comment
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