I love this satirical video from MonsterCatAmbush and DJHobby about how NOT to place a geocache.
This ticks all the boxes on what constitutes a trash cache.
- uninspiring location;
- poor concealment;
- inaccurate co-ordinates;
- sodden or non-existent logbook;
- a micro or nano.
They call it a S.U.X. geocache - Someone's Unfortunate eXperiment.
Please people, this is NOT how to place geocaches.
Don't do it this way! You are just littering the countryside with plastic trash.
Check out the video.
DJHobby is well known around Bloomington, Indiana for his innovative puzzle geocaches. In this interview he gives some tips on how to solve puzzle, or mystery geocaches.
Some of the tips he suggests include:
- Understand that Groundspeak rules say that a cache should be no more than 2 miles away from the initial co-ordinates, which narrows down where you need to look;
- Look for patterns in the numbers;e.g. N for north.
- Puzzle designers use a variety of encryption methods including braille, morse code, the letters on a telephone dial; keyboard - numbers above the letters, etc.
- Google Earth. Use the ruler tool to look at the area within 2 miles of the posted co-ordinates;
- Try to using Fizzycalc;
- Use code-breaking websites e.g. look up code-breaking on Wikipedia;
- Look at the source code on webpages. (e.g. right click somewhere on the web page and select "View Page Source). Clues are often hidden there.
- Google is your friend. Search on terms used in the description.
Apologies for the poor quality sound. It was a rainy day and we did the interview in a noisy restaurant. I have put captions in there so that you don't miss anything.
In this video, MonsterCatAmbush in Bloomington, Indiana gives away the secrets of his latest geocache. He built a very sneaky birdhouse geocache that you can't open... that is, unless you solve the puzzle and let the birdy help you find a way in.
If you live near Bloomington you really need to check out this video. Of course he only shows you how to open the geocache - not how to solve the puzzle. For that you'll need to do some ornithological research.
This is another example of a high quality geocache. Hopefully you find some inspiration for your next geocache. I know of at least one geocacher who was inspired to build a more creative geocache since watching MonsterCatAmbush.