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MrLarry Offline
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    Posted: Aug. 26 2009,3:34 pm QUOTE

As I'm looking through the cache listings I do not see when the cache was last found.  I don't know if the cache is unavailable or no one has located in months or years.  My question is how can I tell if the cache is still active?

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    Posted: Aug. 27 2009,6:44 pm QUOTE

If there are no logs, then it hasn't been found.  

There are a couple of things I'd do to see if non-virtual cache that haven't been recently logged are still active / available.  First, I'd check to see if it is / was cross-listed on geocaching.com.  I often find that that caches that were originally cross-listed have been "orphaned" over here by their owners.  Usually, you can look up the cacher's name on GC and check to see if they have a cache under the same name.  Even if has been archived over there, it will still show up in their list of owned caches.  You can generally get a sense of whether the cache might have been archived there, but kept active here.  I haven't found an example of that in my area, however.  It's generally be pretty clear that the cache is no longer there.

If you can't find the owner on GC or if they don't appear to have a matching cache over there, I'd drop them an e-mail and see if they believe it to be in place.

If you can't contact them or don't here back from them, I would be fully prepared to log a DNF if you still decide to go for it.

If you do find that it is an "orphaned cache", you can send PCMEdic an e-mail and request it be administratively archived.  I'd also suggest posting a note on the cache page about your findings, so other prospective searchers will be aware of the situation.


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