Search Members Help

» Welcome Guest
[ Log In :: Register ]

 

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

reply to topic new topic new poll
Topic: Multi's or Regulars?, Which do you prefer?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
Volvo Man Offline
Navicache Dude




Group: Members
Posts: 65
Joined: Oct. 2003
    Posted: Dec. 09 2003,12:22 pm QUOTE

what would you prefer to see in your area for urban caches, a lot of regular micros with just a log, or a handful of multi's with the same micros & hiding places, but each micro would have a clue, either to the next micro, or the final cache, which could be a small regular caches for small trades.

In the case of Multi's, what's a good number of stages? 3-5 or 8-10?

Please help me decide how I'm going to structure my 20+ hiding place project.


--------------
Life is a succession of choices, choose wisely when you can as most of the choices are not made by you.
Back to top
Profile PM AOL 
Scout Offline
Cache Master




Group: Members
Posts: 721
Joined: June 2001
    Posted: Dec. 09 2003,12:28 pm QUOTE

Maybe I don't understand, but are you suggesting that you might place 20 micro caches in an urban area, with each one leading you to the next in a chain? Doesn't that mean if any one of the 20 goes missing, the chain is broken and so, too, the cache? And isn't that 20 times more likely to happen than for regular micros?

--------------
Scout  ( http://GPSgames.org )
Back to top
Profile PM 
PC Medic Offline
Cache Master




Group: Super Administrators
Posts: 1452
Joined: Dec. 2001
    Posted: Dec. 09 2003,3:40 pm QUOTE

While I like the idea of multi-stage caches, I can see where a combination of micr and multi cacges could have problems as Scout has pointed out.

For multi-caches I prefer the method where you are taken to different signs or objects which contain clues to the next step.


--------------
'PC Medic'
Back to top
Profile PM AOL YIM 
Renegade Knight Offline
Navicacher




Group: Members
Posts: 35
Joined: Sep. 2003
    Posted: Dec. 09 2003,7:24 pm QUOTE

I like regulars.  Especially when I drive a long distance to find a cache.  There are several multi caches I've done part of, hit a snag (or broke my rig) and have never made it back too and likely never will.

--------------
Terracachers
Back to top
Profile PM 
welch Offline
Caching Maniac




Group: Members
Posts: 154
Joined: April 2002
    Posted: Dec. 10 2003,2:45 pm QUOTE

I'd like a mix  :D  If all caches in an area are similar it could get boring. Sometimes I wanted a couple mile hike, and sometimes I only have time for a quick stop.

--------------
Back to top
Profile PM 
Volvo Man Offline
Navicache Dude




Group: Members
Posts: 65
Joined: Oct. 2003
    Posted: Dec. 11 2003,12:45 pm QUOTE

In this particular case, I want the cache series to take cachers to all of these urban parks, although I would never consider a 20 stage multi as a lot would probably look at the number of stages and not bother with it.

Unfortunately, these parks are mostly fairly barren where finding clues at particular points are concerned, no plaques, statues etc, mostly flowers and the frequently changed displays of some kind. Therefore, to do the project, physical micros in the parks are a must.

The question I'm asking is should they be 20 individual micros (not my favourite idea), or 3 or 4 groups of micros that lead to the final cache with a log.

I'd really like to try at least one with the treasure hunt trail style, where you have to start at the first and you then get the co-ords for the next and so on. (although I would at least post how many stages there were, and perhaps the entrances to the parks as co-ords.)

I agree that if one goes missing, then the chain breaks down, but this is always the case with multis, at least with a cache, you have a little more control than if the local authorities decide to demolish the building that gave you the final digit or something. Plus, I work all around these parks, and it would be easy to keep an eye on them.


--------------
Life is a succession of choices, choose wisely when you can as most of the choices are not made by you.
Back to top
Profile PM AOL 
Scout Offline
Cache Master




Group: Members
Posts: 721
Joined: June 2001
    Posted: Dec. 11 2003,1:01 pm QUOTE

The idea of creating a short chain of micro caches seems to appeal to you. It will appeal to many others, too. Go for it.

The thought of one micro disappearing and breaking your chain reminds me of a problem I had with a multi. I placed one stage in a nature area of a local park. I noticed orange surveyor flags nearby, but didn't worry too much. A few weeks after I listed my cache, I found the entire nature area bulldozed down to bare dirt. Needless to say, my clue was history, too. Later I learned that a city-owned water park was going in where the nature area was. Worst example of a plundered cache I ever experienced.

Another cache had a stage in a nature area. One clue in the multi was a manhole cover to a storm drain. The manhole cover was completely surrounded by trees and shrubs and tall grass. A few months later, I discovered that the city had "improved" access to the storm drain by bulldozing a path to the drain and laying down a gravel road. So much for a hidden clue in the woods. Now cachers have a road through the woods leading right up to it.

I don't know what this has to do with your micros. Maybe yours will stick around and serve faithfully for many years!


Edited by Scout on Dec. 11 2003,1:03 pm

--------------
Scout  ( http://GPSgames.org )
Back to top
Profile PM 
apogee Offline
Navicacher




Group: Members
Posts: 13
Joined: April 2004
    Posted: April 16 2004,11:42 am QUOTE

Had a thought about missing/difficult intermediate caches.  Has anyone tried a multicache with multiple routes?  If one branch proves impossible, you could backtrack and take an alternate route.

I haven't even tried a multi yet, but the prime consideration for me would be whether it's feasible to complete in one visit.  If it's getting late in the day, I'd defer to a regular cache hunt.


--------------
no signal loss here
Back to top
Profile PM 
PC Medic Offline
Cache Master




Group: Super Administrators
Posts: 1452
Joined: Dec. 2001
    Posted: April 16 2004,4:23 pm QUOTE

Quote (apogee @ April 16 2004,1:42 pm)
I haven't even tried a multi yet, but the prime consideration for me would be whether it's feasible to complete in one visit.  If it's getting late in the day, I'd defer to a regular cache hunt.

I guess this would depend on the multi you are attempting. I have seen some that all stages are within the same park or general area (walk from one to the next), I have seen others that require covering greater distances.

--------------
'PC Medic'
Back to top
Profile PM AOL YIM 
JeepCachr Offline
Navicacher




Group: Members
Posts: 30
Joined: Mar. 2004
    Posted: April 20 2004,10:12 am QUOTE

It seems to me that a building or sign post would be more permenant than hiding a micro. I can't imagine a park that didn't have a single sign.

Your going to spend more time maintaining your 20 stage then other people are going to spend looking for it. I don't think I would even attempt a 20 stage micro. That might be because I'm not a big fan of the micro and its hard enough to keep the kids attention long enough to do a 2 stage with the secound stage having trade items.

If each stage is a nice location why not make 20 seperate caches or some smaller multistages?
Back to top
Profile PM WEB ICQ 
cachekidds Offline
Navicache Dude




Group: Members
Posts: 48
Joined: Dec. 2003
    Posted: April 23 2004,6:36 am QUOTE

I like regulars the best. Not a big micro fan either, though I have hidden one of them.
Back to top
Profile PM 
strikeforce_sunset Offline
Navicacher




Group: Members
Posts: 16
Joined: Sep. 2002
    Posted: April 25 2004,12:56 pm QUOTE

Quote (Volvo Man @ Dec. 09 2003,2:22 pm)
what would you prefer to see in your area for urban caches, a lot of regular micros with just a log, or a handful of multi's with the same micros & hiding places, but each micro would have a clue, either to the next micro, or the final cache, which could be a small regular caches for small trades.

In the case of Multi's, what's a good number of stages? 3-5 or 8-10?

Please help me decide how I'm going to structure my 20+ hiding place project.

It depends on my mood, and the weather. Good mood (gm) and good weather (gw) = anything goes. (Gm)  bad weather = usually single stage or 2-3 step mulits. Bm & Bw = usually single stage. If on a mission to arrest cannonball tb = where their at :) .  At any rate " If you put them out there, cachers will come get them. I (IMHO) prefer multis less than 5 stages, with each stage bringing me to a good spot ( view, item of importance, history, or something worthwhile), not just a micro.  20 is a lot of micros, you might break it down to 4/5  sets as one cache. If one part goes missing, cachers can go to another part, instead on getting dead ended. :wave


--------------
We are not lost, we wander, and sometimes ponder.
Back to top
Profile PM 
11 replies since Dec. 09 2003,12:22 pm < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

 
reply to topic new topic new poll

Quick Reply: Multi's or Regulars?
iB Code Buttons
You are Posting as:
Guest
Do you wish to enable your signature for this post?
Do you wish to enable emoticons for this post?
Track this topic
View All Emoticons
View iB Code