How to Maintain a Geocache
Locate a geocache in need of repair.Many geocaching websites have a special marker indicating if the geocache needs repair. If not, you can check the log to see if the cache is damaged or waterlogged, and make accommodations.
Find and examine the cache.Often, a damaged cache will not be in the location it started, so it may require some searching. Once the cache is found, take it someplace dry, and if necessary, wipe off dirt and water.
Check for holes.Make sure there isn't and cracks or leaks in the cache. If there is, apply duct tape.
Label the Cache.Geocaches should always be labeled so that they are not mistaken for trash. For smaller caches, use a waterproof sticker that says something along the lines of, "Official geocache, do not remove!". If the cache is large enough though, you can use your stencil to spray paint the outside. It is recommended to use a geocache specific stencil, but letter stencils can also be used.
Check the contents.Make sure there is, at a minimum, a log. If the log is full, take a picture of it, and replace it. Make sure to email the owner the photo, or put the photo on a geocaching website. If the cache is missing them, put in a and a pencil.
Return the cache.Once all the necessary improvements are in place, use your GPS to navigate to theexactcoordinates, then use the cache description to place it in the right position.
- If possible, tell the owner that you fixed up their cache for them.
Things You'll Need
Spraypaint and stencil
Extra log paper
Geocache Information Note
GEOCACHE SITE - PLEASE READ
Congratulations, you've found it! Intentionally or not!
What is this hidden container sitting here for? What the heck is this thing doing here with all these things in it?
It is part of a worldwide game dedicated to GPS (Global Positioning System) users, called Geocaching. The game basically involves a GPS user hiding "treasure" (this container and its contents), and publishing the exact coordinates so other GPS users can come on a "treasure hunt" to find it. The only rules are: if you take something from the geocache, you must leave something in the geocache, and you must write about your visit in the logbook. Hopefully, the person that hid this container found a good spot that is on public property and is not easily found by uninterested parties. Sometimes, a good spot turns out to be a bad spot, though.
IF YOU FOUND THIS CONTAINER BY ACCIDENT:
Great! You are welcome to join us! We ask only that you:
· Please do not move or vandalize the container. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone else who finds it. · If you wish, go ahead and take something. But please also leave something of your own for others to find, and write it in the logbook.
Geocaching is open to everyone with a GPS and a sense of adventure. There are similar sites all over the world. Currently, the organization has its home on the Internet.
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