Many geocachers think that the quality of geocaches needs to improve. The aim of Progeocaching is to try to improve the quality of geocaches by showing how to geocache in a quality way by improving skills and changing attitudes towards geocaching. Most geocachers would agree that it's not about finding plastic boxes in the outdoors. It's about voyages of discovery and having great experiences that enrich our lives.
The "Pro" in Pro-Geocaching is about professionalism. It's about having an attitude that says "I care" about the quality of my work and that I want to give people a great experience when they find one of my caches.
Is it just me, or is the quality of geocaches is getting worse?
Sometimes it's hardly worth the effort of finding yet another LPC (light pole cache) at a mall, or some waterlogged micro at the local 7/11, or any number of caches without any redeeming features. It's not that difficult to learn how to geocache in a quality manner.
So why has geocaching become so dumbed down that the life has been sucked from it, and we are left with a zombie form of its old self? Do many people have a poor attitude in how to geocache properly?
Apparently a lot of people think so. In a recent survey of over 1,000 geocachers, it was found that most geocachers are dissatisfied with the quality of the caches that they find.
The survey also found that one of the main reasons that most people do geocaching is because of the adventure and experiences that they have. They think that there is too much "plastic trash" out there that detracts from their experiences because people don't take the time or go to the effort of learning how to geocache properly. If they are not enjoying it they will probably get bored with the whole thing and drop out.
So why are there so many trashy caches?
Part of the problem is lack of skill in how to properly place a cache. However most of the problem is to do with a "care-less" attitude. Many people simply don't care about the quality of their work.
We interview well regarded top geocachers and report on outstanding geocaches with the aim of inspiring others to create high quality geocaches .
Hopefully we can encourage each other to improve the overall quality of our geocaches.
Let me know your thoughts.