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Positives & Negatives Of Geocaching

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1. Healthy Distraction from everyday stress


1. Distracts me from everyday responsibilities



2. Met some great new friends


2. Met some very strange new people who think I'm their Friend



3. Keeps me out of trouble


3. Keeps me out of trouble



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-It's a family activity.

-Going places we have never been to.

-I now take more time to notice my surroundings.





-Spending even more time online. <_<



Ticks and thorns are not all that bad, but mosquitoes :D

Edited by Milbank
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On the Plus side...

I'm getting out there

There's a REASON to get out there

The pictures I'm taking are pretty amazing


On the Minus side...

I absolutely DESPISE snakes, and they are out there

Some folks don't tend to their caches, so I don't know if I'm screwed up or if the

cache is actually gone.

People look at you strangely (and, in some cases, call the police) when you're feeling

up a "USA Today" machine at a Cracker Barrel. This is the main reason I've

decided to stop looking for micros.


C'mon, folks, let's get some good "Traditional" caches out there!

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:D Geocaching is incredibly fun and, at times, challenging.

:D It’s a motivation for me to do more physical activity.

:D It’s a great reason to get out and explore new areas.


:D It can be frustrating and even dangerous.

<_< It can be addictive, causing other, more important things to get neglected.

:D It increases the amount of money I spend on gas, car maintenance, etc., as well as on AA batteries.

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:) Any excuse to tramp through the woods is a good excuse.

:ph34r: Looking for toys in the woods keeps the kids motivated.

:D It's an activity the whole family can enjoy.


:unsure: At some point, you've got to travel farther and farther to get finds.

:) I don't see nearly as much wildlife in the woods with the kids along.

:) Yet another eccentric hobby I have to explain to people, still it's cheaper than golf.

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1. Been to places I never would have visited.


2. Gets my lazy butt off the couch and outside.


3. Met alot of nice people.


4. Met the love of my life because of geocaching.


5. Fun


6. Have learned some new things


7. I know my way around the Chicago area really well now.




There's negative aspects of geocaching??

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Been to many places I normally would not have gone

Being able to get out hiking and exploring




Getting handcuffed

Getting poison oak, again, and again, and again, and . . . (Yes, I do know what it looks like. I guess I am just a very lucky guy.)

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- Great fun and exercise with the kids - teaching them there IS more to life than gameboy

- find interesting, new and beautiful places every time

- meeting new people with similar interests





- Found out Poison Ivy is not my friend

- getting Dog Poo that was on the trail out of a five year olds sneaker is not fun

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Positives: Doing something that the whole family, of all ages, can enjoy together.

Getting outside

Finding out things and places I didn't know about


Negatives: Poison Ivy....I can get it just by looking at a picture.

Crude and rude emails from cachers who can't find a cache you've hidden and demand that you tell them where it is, among other things.

People who destroy other's caches


The positives, of course, far outweigh the negatives.

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  • A fun reason to be outdoors with a goal in mind
  • Setting a goal and actually accomplishing it
  • Meeting wonderful, like-minded people, both on-line and face-to-face


  • The worry my husband suffers when I'm caching alone
  • The frustration of knowing a cache may only be 20 feet away, but I can't get to it
  • I don't live in a cache-dense area and wait impatiently for new caches to be placed nearby

These are the first to come to mind, though I'm sure there are others. The positive reasons outnumber the negatives ones by far, however.

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:) finding places I didn't even know about

:) meeting nice people

:ph34r: honing my observation and navigational skills



:D having a hard time to explain the new hobby

:) total loss of sense of time while caching (got me considered MIA on a friend's birthday party where I arrived 2 hours after the start)

:unsure: cachers inflicting damage in the vicinity of caches

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:) Cache events-it's always great to meet and greet with other cachers!

:) Hidden, out-of-the-way places I would not have otherwise known about.

:ph34r: Being sneaky on the retrieval, right in front of non-cachers!


:) Trashy caches with trade-down, busted-up swag.

:unsure: Having a 1/1 turn into a 4/4.

:D Batteries dying out with only .1 to go!

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Positives :o


- Chance to discover new places I have never been before. This is the big reason I still like virtual caches, even if they don't have a "Wow" factor.


- Physical Exercise -- we now have an excuse to get and do something rather than an "aimless" walk.


- Helped me justify the purchase of a GPS unit to my wife.


Negatives :D


- Increased expenditures on fuel and vehicle maintenance.


- Explaining geocaching to friends and relatives who "just don't get it." I now resort to just saying we are going hiking.


- Makes the hours spent in the office all the more pointless and frustrating.

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Pros: Nice family time together, get to see some great places I'd probably never go otherwise, seeing my two year olds face light up when we find the "treasure".


Cons: The only thing I can think of is the fact that it's on my mind almost every wakeing moment! I'm at work... supposed to be working... but I'm fantasizing about finding that specific geocache... :D



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- getting out and seeing/learning things I never knew before (for example: Charles Lindberg made his first solo flight here in the state of Georgia)

- finding an activity that my wife enjoys almost as much as I do

- Meeting other geocachers and hunting with small groups




- Poison ivy :D

- $1000+ of GPS equipment (StreetPilot 2610 and (2) Garmin 60c + software)

- DNF's

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- Discovery of "hidden gem" locations I never would have otherwise discovered, both near my home as well as in areas throughout the country where I travel


- Bonding opportunities with like-minded (and differently-minded!) people, both on the trails when team-caching, and here in the Geocaching community


- Meeting great fellow cachers at Event Caches, and the fact that they're willing to accept this transplanted Yankee here in the heart of Deep Dixie


- Where else can one find an obscure "The Princess Bride" reference??

3) ROUS. Egad, it's horrible!




- Metro areas where certain cachers have chosen to BOMB the area (as opposed to placing IN MODERATION) with caches in less-than-desirable locations just to bump up their own Hide stats and their fellow local searchers' Find stats, and then have the temerity to just say "If you don't like my caches then don't hunt for 'em" when the effort to travel to the locations has already been expended


- "Micro fatigue" - and again, the issue is not that ALL micros suck, it's that TOO MANY micros in a given area, placed "just anywhere" with no thought as to the VALUE of the location, creates white noise


- The fact that Virtual Caches have become severely limited for approval, resulting in "micro pollution" in so many areas instead


- (Have I mentioned that I'm sick of thoughtlessly-placed micros, a trend and an evolution of our game which was NOT an issue when I started back in '02, to the point where my caching activity has dropped at least 50% from its previous levels, in just the last several months, for that reason alone?)


-Dave R. in Biloxi

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It seems that many cachers from "Up Nawth" speak about Ticks when they actually mean Chiggers. As a lifelong resident of Texas, I don't remember ever seeing a tick in South Texas, but have read many forum posts about the area being infested; they're endemic in the piney woods of East Texas, however.


Tick: A pin-head sized insect that attaches itself to your skin and must be carefully removed to avoid leaving its head imbedded in the skin. To safely remove, tick experts warm their (the tick's) behind with a hot ember -- we don't use cigarettes anymore. After a few hours of sucking your blood, the tick can become like a brown marble, up to 3/8" in diameter.

Click here to see.


The deer tick can carry Lime (or Lyme) Disease, an extremely serious infection. If you're caching in deer country, watch out for the little bullseye-shaped lesion caused by that insect.


Chigger: Virtually invisible insect, often called a redbug, that the victim seldom sees because it's so tiny. He does, however, see and feel the itching bump that's left by the chigger, beginning the next day and lasting for up to a week. Probably no creature on earth can cause as much torment for its size than the tiny chigger. Chigger mites are about 1/20 inch long, usually bright red, have hairy bodies, and travel rapidly. They reside in grassy areas.

Click here to see a chigger.


Chiggers do not burrow into the skin, but insert their mouthparts in a skin pore or hair follicle. A single chigger may remain on your skin for hours, producing a dozen or more itching bumps. You can avoid a lot of bites by showering soon after exposure to grassy areas that are infested.


Afficianados treat the bumps with a coating of clear fingernail polish or New Skin. If the bumps become red and infected, doctors recommend they be treated with an antibiotic cream (Neosporin is our OTC choice).

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1. Well cameod hides forcing me to "THINK" vice tearing up the environment.

2. The tongue-in-cheek humor some people put in their hides.

3. The sense of accomplishment when finding a difficult hide.




1. "Mongo" hunters who tear up the environment

2. Hunters who think its all about the numbers

3. "Finders" who do not take the time to conceal the hide as well as they found it. They are in a hurry to satisfy item 2 above.

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1. All the exercise I got by bicycling about 600 miles total to most of the caches I did this past Summer.

2. Meeting some very cool and nice people at the two Event Caches I attended.

3. I love the outdoors and getting to play with the coolest toy I own while being outdoors just made it all that much better.




1. Caches that don't get maintained or cache containers that just won't hold up to the elements. About half the caches I have found were wet inside.

2. People who don't know how to play nice in the Forums.

3. People who take Travel Bugs then either lose them, don't log them, or just don't care what they do with them. TBs are other people's property. If you take a TB, play right or don't play at all. :(

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