Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: Where do you like to place your cache?
started by: Quinn
Posted by Quinn on Aug. 17 2001,6:40 pmNow I know I am going to get some very silly answers from this question, but do any of you have a certain type of terrain or location you like to place your caches?
I do my best to be different from the rest of the pack by making each a tad unique from the last. But I think if i could keep a set patern it would be to place them in a knot-hole of a tree, or maybe just keeping them above the ground some. Most caches once you are in the general area you kinda get the feel for where it is going to end up. Like if you are in an open field or path most the time you can expect to look for a downed tree or maybe some thick brush.
Some of the best ones I have found were placed in roch piles, tree trunks, fallen logs and some even under the ground ( but legal to dig for)
So what do you look for when out placing a cache? do you just go until you find a place of interest? or do you have something already set in your mind that you would like to use?
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Posted by Road Kill on Aug. 17 2001,8:52 pmWell I think I've found the most unique log pile at the south end of Silver Lake. Yet it looks so much like all others. Can't say more than that.
Posted by Guest on Sep. 18 2001,5:06 pmI'm beginning to think everyones favorite spot is in the middle of the tallest poison ivy patch they can find!!
Posted by Gimpy on Sep. 19 2001,12:47 amI try to place most of mine in an area that takes a bit of a hike or in an area with some nice scenery, but not in a spot that takes a lot of hill climbing or bushwacking. This I think makes them an enjoyable hunt, but also a hunt that allows folks to bring along the kids without fear of them getting hurt. I also now research the topo maps for the area first.I'll never forget the first cache I placed. It was my first cache placement, so I wanted to make it a good one.I headed to Mendon Ponds Park, still snow on the ground, and parked at the edge of one of the main roads. Grabbed my gear & headed to a trailhead. Started along the trail,up one hill, down the other side, bushwacked a little, up another hill, along the side of another hill(packed with snow),down another path,bushwacked a little more & then down a hill at about a 45 degree angle(again coverd with snow), to a spot that I thought was perfect. Took about 30 minutes of slipping & sliding & bushwacking. But I saw at the end of my trek, a fallen tree that was a perfect spot.I placed the cache, got a good set of co-ordinates, & I figured I had placed a real gem of a cache. Took the same route back out. Got back home & posted my first cache. At the time, Quinn & I were about the only cachers in the immediate area, & I impressed myself with putting one out that was going to give the cache guru a difficult time. The next day, Quinn logs the find, & says,no problem! I say,Ya,Right. I call him up at home and say,No problem,huh. Turns out,me being a tenderfoot with this caching stuff, I had no idea what a topo map was. He has me pull up the map, & sure enough, what took me a miserable .75 mile hike through all kinds of hills & snow & brush, was a pleasant .2 mile walk from a parking lot along a clear path from the other side. So goes the story of my first cache placement, Mendon Ponds Cache, & a lesson well learned. Out of the 30 or so people that have logged that cache, I do believe I was the only one that took that pathetic route to get to it.
Posted by Guest on Jan. 20 2003,8:48 amI would love to go to Florida and place a cache next to a beach. The snow and cold out here in Rochester is making me sick. It's affecting my job and my geocaching activity. I can't wait till springtime because then I will have a
better attitude. I will remember the cold snowy months when I'm seaching for a cache in shorts.
Casey (my son) and I did manage to hide another cache yesterday, though. Snow or not!
Posted by Scout on Jan. 20 2003,10:19 am
Check out my < Key Cache >. It's on the southernmost beach of the continental US.
(It's also farther south than two caches listed on gc.com claiming to be the cache farthest south.
Posted by South Cache on Jan. 20 2003,11:43 amFirst I want a place with unique features. Something for people to see in the area, historical landmarks, wildlife or something. I scout the area and look for natural hiding places the are already created for me. Hollow log, hollow stump or some other natural feature. I then chase out the animal living there and move the cache in.
Of course I have only placed three caches so what do I know...
Posted by Cracker7M on Jan. 21 2003,12:53 amWhen searching for/finding a cache, I know I expect there to be something worth seeing or learning other than finding a box filled with trinkets out in the middle of plain woods, with no reason for it being there other than to pad someones hide count.
So, keeping that in mind, i will be placing my caches either near a unique landmark, view, or someplace that has a history that I can share.
I have several ideas already planned for some caches that will include quick, interesting, historic stories on some local locations.
I hope I dont flood the Nunda valley with too many caches, but there WILL be several, and I will concentrate on making them informative on the history of the selected locations.
Posted by 4x4van on Aug. 12 2003,11:33 pmAlthough I've found about 20 caches, I've only placed one. But the caches I enjoy are the ones that are not 20' from where I can drive to! I use Geocaching as an excuse to get out in the great outdoors with my son and do some hiking. He's young (10) so we don't head out 10 miles into the wilderness, but I definitely want to spend at least an hour or so hiking in to the cache site. I enjoy sites that have some significance, whether historical, or even just because of the awesome views or great area. And although I personally prefer not to drive up, park, get out of the van, and say "Okay, it's 25 feet that way!", there is obviously the need for those types of caches, too: People who have physical limitations or very young children need cache sites too. And of course newbie cachers can easily get their feet wet with some easy to find caches before heading out deeper into the woods!
The one cache that my son and I placed is about a 30-45 minute hike, up some fairly challenging terrain. But the site itself and the views from the site are well worth the effort.
I want my site(s) to be somewhere that a potential seeker will say to themselves, "This looks like a cool one to go look for.", which is why I haven't yet placed any more than just the one. I will carefully consider and put alot of thought into a site beforehand.
Posted by Scout on Aug. 13 2003,7:04 am
In some areas of the US, that limits you to lands like national and state parks, some of which have restrictions on leaving behind things like Tupperware or ammo boxes. In large metropolitan areas, probably not one in a hundred caches requires a hike of an hour. So, if you have some of these long-hike caches in your area, you're lucky.
Posted by 4x4van on Aug. 21 2003,12:01 pm
That's true, I failed to consider the more urban areas in my reply. I guess I sometimes have a tendency to take some things for granted, such as my proximity to open areas, that some people don't have. Although, even urban caches should at least be interesting for some reason. Of course, you could always park a mile or two away from them and make it into a longer hike.
Posted by Team Lyons on Nov. 10 2003,4:15 pmjust finished up making my "hiding spot" for my next cache. I haven't picked a place to hide it but when I do it will be fun to read the logs of people woh have found it or not. I went down to my brothers farm and searched through his fire wood pile till I found a piece that was cut real low to the ground so it would be tapered. The trunk weighed about eighty pounds before I went to work on it. First thing I did was cut the lid. Since the trunk was seasoned for fire wood you can't see fresh cut marks on the top. Next I drew a rough outline of a .50 cal ammo can in the center of the trunk. Then I cut it out with a chain saw. I then finished the lid by screwing four screws into the bottom leaving about a half inch exposed then I drilled four holes into the trunk to match the lid and walla! I now have one cool hiding spot and a cut finger tip from cleaning the chain on the chain saw.
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 10 2003,6:25 pmThat sounds like a great deal of work not to mention a great deal of fun to look for. I myself would like to give that one a go!
Posted by Scout on Nov. 10 2003,8:06 pm
After hiding the cache in the log, be really devious and put the log back in the wood pile, somewhere near the bottom. This is an especially good technique if you want the wood pile moved.
Posted by cenobite07 on Nov. 12 2003,9:14 pmGood job on the creative container!
I prefer caches with a bit of a challenge or great view. Since I got started in caching for the excercise, a nice hike is good too.
I try to make mine with all of the above if possible. If I've got a cool spot I'll try to show off as many aspects as possible.
If I just found a neat park, I'll try to add some distance or challenge to the cache to make it engaging. I'd like to think some folks actually have to pick their brains to find them.
For me, the biggest letdown is seeking a cache that turns out to be a total "drive and drop". I did one recently (not listed here ) that was actually less than 150 feet from the recommended parking. It might have been ok if the intent was to build a kid-friendly cache but it was under an overpass next to a very busy road with broken glass and trash all around. Why bother?
Posted by Cracker7M on Nov. 13 2003,7:40 amHmmm....That sounds like coincidentaly similar to a cache I recently did up on the west side....If it is, it even had a broken container already...
Posted by cenobite07 on Nov. 13 2003,4:31 pmHi Cracker,
You can rest assured, they've replaced the cracked container with yet another disposable gladware box that was leaking when I was there.
Posted by Tahosa on Dec. 09 2003,9:10 amI basically have 5 levels of Cache Placement:
1. A simple intown virtual
2. A compounded intown virtual
3. A virtual and traditional multi intown
3. A long uphill hike to the coords
4. A long uphill hike that is a multi
Now to just to get them transferred from the frogs site and over here.
Posted by Volvo Man on Dec. 09 2003,12:16 pmI like to have a good balance of caches to hunt, all types have their place and followers. I totally agree that there should be plenty for those with disabilities or limitations to go hunt. When I go out for a days caching, I like to hit at least 4 caches. If they are all long hikes from the parking, then I often run out of time, as I've exhausted most of the caches in my local area, and I only get 1 day off work a week, I don't always like to wake up at 6 am to go caching.
I also quite often get a good amount of slack time in my working day, as a field engineer with a fixed workload, sometimes I get an hour or two to spare, if I can hit a couple of 30 minute caches in that time, then I do. To this end, I keep saved copies of all the caches in my area on my laptop.
As for hiding, I like to add some kind of secondary purpose to the location. one of mine is a virtual for an awesome museum, and another is in an urban park that has 3 other caches. when I went to hunt them, I forgot to waypoint the parking spot, and decided that the perfect spot I found .25 miles from the parking lot would also make an ideal return waypoint for any of the 3 other caches, as the paths to all of them split just above the hiding place.
I have a series of caches ready to go locally, but I'm having a little trouble finding enough containers for them. this series, I have decided is going to have the theme of small urban parks, surrounded by houses. there are about 20 of these parks in the area, and most people who don't live there have no idea that they exist. They will also be a fun challenge to find suitable hiding spots, as nearly all the foliage is around the edges, butting up against people's gardens.
I haven't decided if I'll make them a handful of multi's or a series of regulars yet. I throw it open to the floor in another thread.