Friday, February 28, 2014

Some Geocaching Log Etiquette

There are many rewards for geocaching - the puzzles, going into a new environment, and the finding of the cache. With everything going on, you may be motivated to share your experiences with others. At the same time, it takes creativity to sum everything up. Here is how to have geocaching log etiquette.

Online Cache Log

1.Don't only use geocaching abbreviation and "lingo.  
After writing a meaningful sentence or two, you could end your log with one of the common acronyms but don't make it the only thing in your log.:
TFTC = Thanks For The Cache
TFTH = Thanks For The Hike
TNLN = Took Nothing, Left Nothing
SL = Signed Log.


2.Be precise about geocoins and track ables. Always note down in both the trackable and cache log if anything is missing. This way, the trackable owner will be notified where it went missing and who the last person to hold it was - as well as notifying anyone who searches for the cache. Write down any track ables that you take or leave, despite it appearing/disappearing in the trackable list. A lot of trackables have travel missions, so it's always interesting to read if something goes to another country or overseas.

3.Treat the cache as your own and log down any conditions.
Whether the log is damp/wet, almost filled with signatures, or missing, notify the owner immediately. In such an emergency, you can use a notification icon pertaining to the situation. If you can, take a photo of the cache's condition to post with your 'needs maintenance' log. Don't wait for a cache logbook (log sheet) to be completely full before reporting it. Note the almost full log in your online log.

4.Take the time out to write any experiences on your journey. Every cache is placed in a different environment. Any muggle obstacles? Wildlife? Hiking experiences? How easy or hard was it to complete the puzzle? Did you take anyone with you?

5.Avoid leaving any clues.The entire concept of geocaching is like "finding the treasure at the end of a rainbow". Don't spoil it for other people by describing the immediate area (or "ground zero"). If you have the need to, always cipher (encode) that section of your log.

6.Take pictures around the area, never of the actual cache position.
Autumn foliage, snow cover, animals nearby, historical statues, and other interesting sights can enhance your online log for others to enjoy.

Physical Cache Log

1.Acknowledge the size of the cache. The smaller the cache, the smaller your log must be.

2.Know the limitations of a nano/micro cache: The date and your nickname are plentiful. Always leave room for other people! Be sure to double check on the owner's requests on the online log if a nickname or initials is sufficient. Securely and tightly roll the paper log back up. Always be sure to place it in the lid or cap of the cache before twisting the cache closed upside down. When it's placed in the body of the container, it unravels and expands back out. This makes it harder to close the proper way, as well making it harder to open for the next person.

3.Leave a thankful note and small summary on a larger notepad.
Tell what you saw or who you brought along for the trip.

4.Use geocaching abbreviations and "lingo" for quick appreciation.

Some cache owners love to keep old logs as souvenirs, so show your appreciation on paper as well!

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