It’s that time of year again. Time for my annual trip to Flagstaff to check on the geocaches I placed there.
Some new geocachers get started, get a few finds under their belt and then decide to HIDE a geocache without ever realizing that there is on-going work associated with it.
Geocaching.com simply says:
- Owner is responsible for geocache page upkeep.
- Owner is responsible for visits to the physical location.
But what does that MEAN? That means that as the cache placer you need to be ready to go check on your cache if you get notes saying that it needs maintenance. Notes might be that the log is wet or full. Or the cache seemed to be either too hard to too easy to located.
When Should You Archive A Geocache?
Geocaches were never designed to be a permanent fixture in the landscape. Of course it’s fun to find a cache that’s been around for years (especially one that gets a lot of traffic!) but at some point you need to think about archiving it.
And archiving doesn’t JUST mean archiving it on Geocaching.com – you also need to go pick up the cache container and deal with it!
Here are three ways you know it’s time to archive a cache:
1. The only container that will fit there is also prone to damage.
I have a great pill-bottle cache. It’s the ONLY size container that will fit in this spot. But it leaks! It’s fine February – June when we get little rain, but come monsoons… The cache turns into a soggy mess. It’s time to either pony up for an expensive cache container or archive the geocache.
8 years ago • Cache Containers