Progeocaching interviews Usat31 about what makes a good geocache. There are so many geocaches out there with few redeeming features. They are little more than plastic trash. It's always good to talk to experienced geocachers to find out tips from them about how to geocache.
Here Usat31 shares his thoughts on what makes a good cache and gives some tips on how to geocache.
As you become more experienced in learning how to geocache you'll find that one of the rewards is the pleasure of finding the treasure at the end. After you expended considerable energy to find the thing it's something that makes it all worth it.
... unless it's a wretched micro! Man, I hate those things.
Not only are they hard to find but it is a pain to unroll a tiny scroll and find a space on it to jot your signature in microscopic letters. There is no joy at the end, only pain. A lot of people think the same. Check out what people DON'T like about some caches here.
Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out.
Did I just repeat myself?
Go for quality.
If you're a creative type who can design and construct unusual containers, then my choice of container is an ammo can. These things are relatively cheap, rugged and totally weatherproof. They last for years and you rarely have to maintain them. Stuff it full of quality goodies and find a fabulous location in which to hide it.
Sometimes an ammo can is too big and obvious for the location you have chosen. This is where you get to use your imagination. There are so many creative ways to hide things that will avoid using a nano or a micro. In fact you can purchase all sorts of camouflaged containers (e.g on eBay) that you don't need to think up something yourself.
By being unique and creative you will enhance your reputation in the geocaching community and people will look forward to doing your caches. You never know, they may come and ask you for advice on how to geocache.
I receive requests from people who are learning how geocache and are looking for some pointers.
The thing that I like to emphasize is that you are part of a community and what you do affects what people think of you. It's a bit like being a tradesman. People don't care if you're a nice person or not, they appreciate high quality work which leads to having a good experience. They are tuned into their own personal radio station WII-FM (What's In It For Me). So the quality of your work reflects who you are.
This applies to placing caches, writing logs and the care of trackables (travel bugs, gecoins etc.)
You can find tips about how to hide and find geocaches in other posts, but the important thing is to be a good geocacher and contribute to the community. If you don't people may think you're an idiot and you'll develop a poor reputation. On the other hand, if you follow these simple suggestions and take a little more care, you will be well regarded.
So the mantra is: QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY in everything that you do.
This is probably the best tip that I can give you.