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How to geocache with quality

How to Geocache with quality

Geocaching is about adventures & experiences

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.

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  1. I’m a novice geocacher to say the least, but I’ve already experienced this lackluster treatment of the game first hand. So far I’ve been out to over 10 different geocaches both urban and “naturey” and every single one has been impossible to find. I blame some on the movement of the cache from the co-ordinates as well as the overwhelming use of micro’s/nano’s in my area. It is frusturating to say the least. I’ve gone from enjoying the adventure, to my life’s journey being to find a cache someday.

  2. I have recently quit geocaching due to the litter it causes in our area we have a cacher that throws containers out everywhere its terrible. geocachers are drama and overcompetitive its a game people not a life !!!

    • Sorry to hear that. I think a lot of people are fed up with the trash that is out there. The best thing we can do is to encourage them to improve the quality of what they put out.

  3. I am new to geocaching. I kept hearing about it and decided to finally check it out. From what I learned off of really interested me and I joined! My excitement went downhill very fast. I have found 8 caches which all consist of trash. People literally empty their junk drawers into these containers. I am terribly disappointed. So I have decided to create my own caches that have historical, educational and native items of my state. I am hoping this will start a trend and to inspire people. As well as every cache I find, when I log my find, I will leave a comment on how their cache is not appropriate or following guidelines! I want to look forward to going out on a find not dread it or worse, throw in the towel and be done with all of it!

    • What a great attitude. I get quite a few comments from people who are turned off geocaching because of the rubbish that people put out there. If more people put a bit of effort into their caches things would improve.
      You might also like to check this post by clicking on the progeocaching link, above in this comment.

  4. Please no more stickers (they fall apart), no more business cards, no more rocks, dimes, nickels, pennies and coupons. Yes to more swag that means something to both children AND adults. Yes to more caches located not just any old place, but to places of interest in your local area that others may not know about. Couple of examples – - local pocket parks, local views, local museums, objets d’art, county/city recreation areas and the like.

  5. I love geocaching. I have found some geocaches that need attention and a lot of great ones out there. If there is one that needs attention, I will clean out any garbage (for example if something has rusted and there is a puddle of rusty water).
    My daughter and I just finished and will place tomorrow a “surprise surprise” geocache. We went to the dollar store and got some good items. We bought some party bags and placed items inside. We marked on the outside of each bag if it were for a child or an adult. We have also left empty bags and a stapler for others to put their swag inside. We can’t wait to see how things go with this cache! My daughter and I have also been watching a lot of videos to learn to make some more creative caches of interest.
    :) Happy Geocaching!!

  6. you should check out a blog that basically shares your opinion, but puts the onus on finders and groundspeak, as well as cache owners.

  7. I started geocaching two years ago. It was frustrating at first because I didn’t have anyone to go with and nano’s were impossible for me. Then a very nice local cacher took me under her wing and taught me lots of things I didn’t know. At first I only looked for the large ones but soon got bored with the “junk” that I was finding. Now I enjoy getting the harder ones but there are still lots of them that are all alike. I have started making more creative ones and I think the other local cachers are too.

  8. I am so new to this it’s scary, I found Geo-caching while looking up a Coordinate for a NOS marker while on vacation in Maine as I used to be a land surveyor. We were sight seeing near the Nubble Lighthouse and when I looked up the marker online I found a site that showed an icon of what looked like a green box and was titled “Nubble Trouble” and that peaked my curiosity. It took me awhile to put 2 and 2 together, when online the coordinate of the little green box was almost right on top of the marker was…hence my confusion. So once I realized what was going on I signed up at Geocaching…I/we have done a couple of hunts, 1 in York, ME with my wife and 1 near our home on Cape Cod with my 13 year old daughter and no luck…but I found the fun is in the search..I agree wholeheartedly with many of you that I would like to see a cache that has historical, educational and native items of the area that it’s in. I am looking forward to creating my own caches in the future and my family and I have already put some thoughts together. If anyone has any tips I would greatly appreciate the input…happy hunting.

  9. Wife and I have about sixty finds, and a lot of the comments are true, but we aren’t going to let other people actions affect what we do. When we come apon trash we bag it up and tote it out, “cache in – trash out”. As for the prizes, most are kid oriented, but cachers are urged to always “trade up” and everyone is happy. We also replace wet logs and put them in new dry bags.
    A lot of caches are hard to find, and the GPS signal does bounce around. So we find if we come at it from different angles, it helps alot. And the more you find the better you become. Our reward is the experiance and seeing all the different places we normally would not have seen. Thats the real prize.

  10. I came to your site from your youtube videa of crashing while hang gliding. No offense, but if you want to encourage geocaching by others, you might want to start by dedicating the “about” or some other part of your site to simply telling people what geocaching is. That’s what i wanted to find out, but you don’t have a basic explanation in either the “about” part or the “how to geocache with quality” part. I gather people hide stuff and then others look for it using gps or clues of some kind but that’s about it. Good luck.

  11. Just started.. and I mean just. I head out tomorrow for my first searches. While I was searching and finding out about geocaching in general I ran into some videos about geocache quality and was immediately impressed as it fits with how I see geocaching as an activity. What is the point in hiding something somewhere that people just stop their vehicle and step out and thats that?? makes no sense to me. I already have gathered some ideas and much enjoyed the interesting and unique cache box videos I have seen online. (Plan on building some unique ones myself in the future) So thanks to this site as some of them came from here.

  12. I think this is a locational issue. In my local (100km radius) most caches good. Well hidden, well thought out. Most have good swaps, at least 2 of 3 of small or bigger my son loves and does a swap. We always replace with better than we take.

    But, let me finish. Along the major highway, there is a lot of junk in them, and cache contents is a lot less valuable or interesting. They are also filled with business cards and other things of no interest. I would not consider them a bad cache, but they aren’t as good.
    I have also never found a nano cache which was worth doing, and as a result, now completely ignore they exist.
    I do not enjoying caching in cities, they are not any where near as interesting, the odd one was okay, but if I lived in a city, I would hate caching.

    I see the issue, but I would have much preferred to see these surveys done based on location.
    I think you will find the greater the population density the worse the caches, and in low population densities, the caches are great.

  13. I totally agree, I started caching about a year ago and was very enthusiastic about it, luckily some of the caches in my area (Kendal, UK) are very interesting (location, history) but the containers are quite disappointing :-(
    So I decided to place a few of my own, trying to place the cache in a interesting location,
    putting information about the history of the area on the cache page and making custom containers,
    this worked well for my first cache until it went missing :-(
    after discussing this with a few other cachers in the area I found out this seems to be happening quite a lot :-( this made me think about giving up on making custom containers, but I persevered and made the cache PM only, it seems to be working :-) and I’m getting quite a few fav points too :-)
    I’ve only placed 3 caches so far, the least creative was a camouflaged bison tube but the area made up for it :-) got a few more in the works, just ironing out the details.

    The question is.

    How many cachers get annoyed with their caches going missing and stop being creative?

    Happy caching

    Team Purple+WKD

  14. In Utah there just seems to be a abnormal amount of of trashy caches. Water logged. Forgotten. Missing. Poorly thought through. I think it’s due to a ton of family who gear up, get excited about the new hobby, place a few caches, and then after a period time forget all about it. There seems to be a major lack of creativity or multual respect for caches. When I visit a cache I always try to leave it in better condition/placement than I found it. Sadly I can’t say the same for many people who visit my caches. They seem to be so hard on them, cross threading tubes and haphazardly rehiding them. After thinking through placements and designs, it bums me out that my caches are so easily wrecked.

  15. There are alot of what I would consider “trashy” caches in the area where I live also. It is as though people are hiding them just to say they did rather than remembering why we all love geocaching in the first place. For some, such as children, it’s all about the treasure you may find. For others it’s the challenge of the hunt. There is also, of course, discovering new places that one may have never found otherwise, and we all appreciate coming across new and creative containers that we’ve never seen before. So there is nothing worse than excitedly heading out the door, gps in hand, and arriving at GZ to find it’s just a magnetic guardrail cache, which fits absolutely none of the desired criteria. And though I have not placed any of my own caches yet, my team and I are in the process of designing what we hope will be one-of-a-kind caches that get people excited. Though we can’t stop them from filling the containers with a bunch of garbage, we can at least make sure that the thrill of the hunt and the find is fun and exciting; I would challenge other cachers to do the same.

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