South Jersey Caching & Safety: Things I've Learned...Or Things I've Done Wrong (Part 2)
|Things I've Learned...Or Things I've Done Wrong (Part 2)|
More helpful advice from an experienced cacher!
Know what container size you are searching for! I’ve probably wasted more time looking for a micro when it should be a small or vice versa…only takes a second to check and it will pay off.
Geo-stickers on your vehicle will help when you plead your case with the local busybodies and/or constables. They will be less likely to bother you further if you display logos…
Try to recognize the cache owner’s style, hiding techniques and number accuracy. Some GPS units/owners are consistently off by as much as 40 feet. I like to circle the area leading to ground zero instead of making a beeline to it, that way I can skunk Moose on the FTF !
Don’t wait to engage your 4WD (if you have manual) into 4X4 mode. Some vehicles need to be moving to switch into that mode, if you get stuck, you wont be able to get out using your own power.
Remember that you never know WHAT you will find in the woods or in a remote location ;) . Deviants and criminals need cover for what they are up to also…
Don’t expect cachers to initial or write small in the logbooks. Or to use both sides, bring a pencil, or put the cache back ‘as you found it’. It just ain’t gonna happen 100% of the time.
When placing a cache, if available, check your unit’s satellite accuracy. 40 feet accuracy turns into 100 foot, soft numbers that can turn people off to your cache. If you are near a cedar swamp, obstructions, valleys, hills, heavy tree cover or the like…maybe a spot with better accuracy would be better.
Morning caching requires carbohydrates.
Try to avoid getting a flashlight, mp3 or CD player, fan or anything else that uses AA batteries. Chances are they will wind up in your GPS unit!
When you are in a bad reception area, any compass is your best friend.
Again…water is a good thing to have!
When driving off-road, putting on your vehicle’s headlights is common courtesy. You are MUCH more visible to bikers, runners, horses and hikers.
A good hiking stick will help you find the cache faster without disturbing the environment. A couple of pokes into a pile of dirt, leaves, needles, snow or stump debris will reveal the container. ( A ‘must have’ in snow…)
Try to log a FTF as soon as possible. Someone may drive 50 miles to do that ‘unfound cache’, only to find that someone was there the day before.
If you want to meet other geocachers, hang out at an unfound cache the day it posts. Someone will show up.
Use your newly developed outdoor tracking skills. View the area carefully and find where others have been before you.
Rent, beg, buy or borrow a floating something, and go out and do that hydrocache you’ve been eyeing up. You’ll feel better when you find it and will have a great story to tell.
People love to read logs and look at pictures before they go to a cache. I know, I’m one of them.
Know your physical limitations. Sometimes you just have to say, “ I don’t think so….”
If you are looking for a 1.5 difficulty container for 20 minutes, something is not right.
Eyewear can save your day!!! Goggles, glasses, shades.
Convertibles are fun in the woods until the ticks, needles, pollen and other goodies drop into your car while you are logging in at the cache site.
Carrying an extra couple of logbooks of different sizes can really help out a fellow cacher. Nobody will mind if you replace a full logbook with a new one.
Oftentimes, .20 mile from the trailhead or parking area can turn into an hour’s worth of walking round trip. Give yourself enough time and check that terrain rating. A 3 terrain can give you a beating you will not soon forget!!!