Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: How useful are the Clues?
started by: Morseman

Posted by Morseman on July 21 2002,10:58 am
One of the things that annoys me are clues which are, to put it mildly, about as much se as a chocolate teapot (or cofee pot, if you prefer).

You probably know the sort of thing, you are stood in a wood or a forest, the GPS signals are poor to non-existant, EPE over 100, DOP = 10.  You've searched for a hour or so and then decide to give up and use the clue.

You sit down and work out the short sentence which comes up with the blindingly helpful "The cache is hidden at the base of a tree".  "Well" you think "now why didn't I think of that?"

It's got so bad that I now decode the clue before I go, to see if it's going to be of any use to me.  ;-)

The other thing that gets me, is a clue which says "the picture shows the location", now, the problem here is - how would you download and print the picture, to take with you, without looking at it and possibly spoiling the fun of looking?

Thanks - Just wanted to get that off my chest.  ;-)
Posted by Hinge Thunder on July 21 2002,12:15 pm
Having a bad day Morseman?  :p
Posted by Rob on July 21 2002,4:16 pm
I agree totally on this. For me, the hint or clue should just about, if not totally, tell exactly where the cache is. I saw one clue that simply said, “Keep Looking”.

The hint is the last resort. You’ve tried to find the cache, you don’t know if it was stolen and you’ve finally given up and said, “OK just tell me where it is!”

Because I think of caching as family entertainment I hate the idea of people going away empty handed. If you’re a purist and you’ve gotta put out a difficult cache that can only be found from the coordinates, at least say so in the description. At least then, the people with one day on the weekend to spend with their kids will try for an easier one.
Posted by mikechim on July 21 2002,6:13 pm
I agree on this to a point as well, though I do prefer a clue setup that gives a little hint, then more detail, then says where it is.  I usually don't decode the clues beforehand (on my travels I did for the easy ones I bagged, just cause there was no challenge (terrain or intellectual) anyway so rather have the cache and get out instead of searching for a needle in a haystack.  Other then that I don't use the clue unless I'm thoroughly frustrated.  The park here or take this road or chek the pic clues are useless, I'm assuming the people who do this also are the same ones who always decode the clue before going out.
Clues that contain info that should have been given in the directions ie avoid this area it's private property etc, really annoy me.
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