Hello and welcome to yet another blog which will help you understand Geocaching a little bit more. In this blog I will explain how to hide your very own Geocache.
Before you hide your first Geocache, Geocaching.com suggest to find at least 20 Geocaches before you hide your very own. They suggest this as you’ll be able to understand what it takes to hide the Geocache, like the location and how to create an enjoyable experience for every Geocacher.
Here is how you hide your fist Geocache,
Find The Perfect Location For Your Geocache
Before you decide where to place your Geocache you need to find a location which means something to you, but if you’ve found a location that is just purely for the Geocache, find another location. Once you have found the perfect location, you must follow a set of guidelines written by Geocaching.com , I won’t list all of them but here are a few.
• Get permission from the land owner if the location is on private property
• Your Geocache location must be at least 0.1 miles (528 feet or 161 meters) away from any existing Geocaches
• Do not damage property which includes historical sites and archaeological sites
• Stay away from restricted areas
Before your decide on a Geocache container, it must be suitable for a logbook and waterproof.
If your Geocache is find by a non-geocacher, to avoid any confusion follow these tips.
• Label your container as a geocache
• Include “instructions for finders”
• Choose a transparent container to show that the contents are harmless
Geocache Contents – Your Geocache must contain a log book as a minimum and it must be physical, replaceable, easy to sign and enclosed within the container. The contents must also be family friendly and not contain any illegal items or dangerous materials like drugs, lighters, knives or alcohol.
Submission and Review Process – When submitting your Geocache listing on Geocaching.com , you must follow these steps.
• Get accurate GPS coordinates – you must physical go to the location with a GPS enabled device
• Place your Geocache at the location – you must place the Geocache before you submit your listing so it is ready to be found when the listing is published
• Don’t hide Geocaches far from home – Geocaches must be maintained regularly so it is important not to hide the too far from your home
During Review – once you have submitted your Geocache listing, a community volunteer reviewer will review the listing against the guidelines and regional policies. They do not visit the physical location when reviewing your listing.
Communicate With Your Reviewer – It is important to communicate with your reviewer as they may need more information from you. They might need you to describe the location of the Geocache, the Geocache container and how it is hidden.
Cache Page Content – It is important that your cache page is family friendly as Geocaching is a family activity. So your cache page must not include the following –
• Commercial Content – For example, advertising/marketing, links and logos
• A Geocacher being required to register to another website
Cache Owner Responsibilities
Maintaining Cache Page Online – once you have your listing published you should do the following things when maintaining the listing –
• Always monitor the Geocache logs for any problems that may have been reported
• Once you have done any maintenance to the Geocache, you need to post an owners maintenance log
• If the Geocache coordinates change for whatever reason, you must update the Geocache page
• Disable your cache page when the cache is not available or if you need time to fix any problems that may have been reported
• You may occasionally have to make trackables as missing on the cache log if they are not in the cache.
• Delete any logs that my appear as being false or inappropriate for people to see
Maintain Geocache Container – To keep you Geocache in proper working order for everyone to use, Geocache owners must,
• Visit the Geocache regularly
• Fix any reported problems such as replace full or wet logbook, replace broken or missing container
• Make sure the location for the Geocache is still appropriate
• Remove the Geocache container within 60 days of the cache page being archived
And that’s it! That is how you hide your first Geocache and maintain it in the long run, I do apologise for the long blog but there is a lot important information about hiding a Geocache.
I do hope that you have learnt something from this blog, thank you for reading!
Featured Image – Luke
Information – Edited from Geocaching.com and Adapted by Luke
Images – Geocaching.com