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Geocache Hider: Tips to Level Up Your Geocache

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Revisit Your Geocaches, Leave Them Feeling New

 

Let’s paint a mental picture: on cold, dark, rainy, frost-bitten, locust-infested nights—and all other nights—your geocache waits, hoping for intrepid explorers to sign the logbook. But if your geocache is lonelier than you expected, it might ultimately be waiting for a very special someone: you. Geocaches don’t just require maintenance; some may need some more tender loving care. If your geocache isn’t getting the “Found it!” after “Found it!” logs you think it deserves, there are options to help up the find count.

  • Rewrite the description: Be creative, add some humor, local insight and upload a few pictures to the geocache page.
  • If you’re not fundamentally changing the experience, choosing a sturdier container or adding a splash of personality to your geocache will help cultivate Favorite Points and lead more people to your adventure.
  • Double-check your coordinates. People might be trying to find your geocache, but are led astray.
  • Did you choose a container size on your geocache page? If the container is listed as “size not chosen” it might discourage people from searching for your geocache.
  • Get advice from a notable geocache maker in your neighborhood, attend a Maker Madness event to up-level your geocaching hiding game.
  • And if you’re not interested in maintaining the geocache anymore, it’s okay to archive your geocache and open up the location to other hiders, or even adopt it out to another geocacher.  ​

What advice would you offer to new geocache hiders? Share your maker advice in comments below or on the Geocaching Facebook page.

  • flyfishercacher

    Here are my thoughts

    1. Make sure your selected size and the size in the description agree.

    2. I personally have given up on the micros, minis, nanos, and all forms of tiny. They are a waste of time. Too small to find and too small to hold anything interesting.

    3. Be sure to include the Geocaching information card. It may save your cache from being inadvertently stolen or discarded by the local groundskeeper.

    4. I like to participate in moving travel bugs around. So I am always looking for Bug Hotels. If your cache can be a Bug Hotel, advertise it as such. It needs to be big enough, easy to find, located near high traffic patterns. Hide it well enough for protection but not enough to make it a mystery hunt.

    5. Clean out the cache occasionally and verify its integrity. Some people think pocket lint qualifies as SWAG and a soggy log book really turns me off. I can’t believe someone interested enough to put out a cache would not be thoughtful enough to make sure it is watertight and stays that way. Don’t wait for the red wrench.

  • zargfinders

    Don’t place a cache for the sake of a cache! Pick an interesting container, location, history or story, or even better, a combination of these things.

  • SilleB

    Regarding the topic of trackables

    1) If you are a cache owner and your cache comes up missing, make the necessary notifications and mark it as missing from your cache.

    2) If you are a cacher, and the cache doesn’t contain any trackables as noted on the cache page, place that information in your log so that the cache owner can followup with the trackable owner; or you can send a note to the trackable owner.

    It is very disappointing to most cachers, especially the smaller ones, when you go for a trackable only to find there are none there.


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