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The other day, I came up with an idea for a really cool cache. It will take some planning, and I have a cool theme for it, but I was wondering what everyone else's opinions on it were.


Basically, it's a letterbox, but using photographs to lead you to the cache instead of a written description.


I'd take pictures of the trailhead, and then any turns on the trail, and then finally, a picture detailing the cache location.


All in all, geocachers would have around seven pictures that they'd have to use to lead them to the cache.


I'm not explaining it really well, because I never can quite explain cache ideas until they're actually put together. But I think it's a lot cooler than I'm describing.


Does anyone know of any caches that use a similar idea?

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So the finder would have to memorize all the pictures before heading out? Or would they take them with and return them when finished?

My idea right now is to have all the pictures in a PDF file that will be downloadable from the cache page.

You don't even have to bother with a PDF (which would have to be a link to another site, since you can't upload a PDF here). Just load the images right to the cache page.


(edit: missed a word)

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Yeup. A Thousand Words is such a cache.


It was fun, I did it last fall. It was a really interesting hunt. The pictures are not listed in sequence, so part of the challenge is figuring out how to get to the trailhead.

Here I thought I had an original idea. Sissy's latest one is the result of a failure to find a good spot for this to work. (It become too non-descript to work well.) I was going to scramble the photos, as well.


As for the searcher using the pix, I was going to have them on the cache page, but also a couple of sets near the trailhead and hope they got returned.


[EDIT: clarity]

Edited by CoyoteRed
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Okay, my next question is something hopefully a reviewer can help me out.


How would this sit with the proximity guidelines. I mean, it's sort of on the line in my mind. On one hand, it's just sort of directions to the cache, on how to follow the trail, and so there'd be no problem with proximity guidelines. On the other hand, you could consider each picture a virtual stage of a multi-cache.


I'm hoping not to have any of the pictures in a place where this would even be a problem, but it's just something I was wondering about.

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And here I was, thinking I was original... :rolleyes:

I bet if you think about it, there's still plenty of ways to be creative and original with this basic concept.


I remember now seeing a cache listing someplace (and I wish I could provide a link - perhaps someone else will) which used a video clip instead of photos to do what we're talking about here. The whole film was in kind of a fast-forward mode, so it only took about 30 seconds to show the whole trip from the parking area to the cache. I think it ended up near a rabbit cage or something. Quite clever. :P

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