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My First Geocache Placed-Disgusted

I wanted to put out some geocaches because I didn’t want to be one of those who hunts but doesn’t hide. I already have 161 cache finds and hadn’t yet put one out. My husband bought me some geocache containers for Christmas and I couldn’t wait to put them out.

Trying to find a place that is approved is another story. My first try was rejected by geocaching.com and I was so disgusted. I searched for the perfect spot, hid it cleverly, got the coordinates average so it was right on and sent it to geocaching.com. I got a refusal notice. It was too close to another cache. They use “as the crow flies” measurements to see how close the other one is. I was instructed to move it a bit farther away from that cache. We went back and retrieved the cache and looked the area over. Unless I was to place this cache near a raging creek or near a big power box or busy road, I wasn’t going to be able to do it. This place had meaning to me and I wanted it there, it was the perfect place but they’d have you put it in a substandard place just to meet a measurement. There is so little urban green space left to hide caches and I’m not a fan of urban caches where you have to use stealth and worry someone is reporting you because they think you are hiding drugs or placing a bomb. I finally got a different one approved elsewhere but it’s not in a good spot.

I read that the Pennsylvania State Parks are charging $25 now to put a cache in their parks. Forget that! I heard Ohio state forest lands were now off limits to caching but on a groundspeak forum I saw that it wasn’t decided yet and that it wasn’t off limits at least not yet. Whatever. It’s getting harder to put caches out and get them approved. Between Geocaching.com’s ridiculous saturation rules (which makes you use more gas and pollution than you should have to retrieving caches) and the government’s long greedy fingers which are growing like Pinocchio’s nose, I wonder how long geocaching will be popular. Ohio has so many places that require permits before you can hide a simple little geocache. We are drowning in regulations, permits and fees. You can’t do anything anymore without a permit. Yes, I’m still disgusted. Geocaching is a fun, wholesome time outdoors and it is being ruined by bureaucracy.

2 responses

  1. geonarcissa

    I’d rather see them implement fees than just ban it.

    Sucks about the proximity issue, but it happens to all of us. Next time, try checking with your local reviewer before going out and placing the cache. You can also put a watch on the cache that’s in the way, and if it ever gets archived, you can nab that special spot.

    June 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    • fenwr

      I wouldn’t want to see fees. People are already strapped for cash. They use our tax dollars for these places and use our tax dollars advertising to get people to come to these places. Geocaches get people to visit these places so I don’t think they should be penalized for it.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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