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ezchaos
05-08-2006, 07:14 AM
I'd like some opinions and advice, please. I hid my cache, 10th Anniversary Cache, on Oct 31st of last year. Since then, the cache has racked up over 55 "found it" logs, the majority of which were positive. The cache is located on Mackworth Island in Falmouth. For you who aren't familiar with this location, it's an island with a nice trail running around it's perimeter. It's a very popular location and is heavily visited even during the winter.
Because of the number of muggles who visit, I wanted to hide the cache in a location where they couldn't easily stumble upon it. At ths same time, I wanted to put it in a place where cachers could make a find without muggles watching. An added challenge was making sure my cache was the proper distance from the one other cache on the island.
So, the place where the cache was hidden is maybe 30 yds (estimate) off of the trail. The vegetation can get a little thick and the ground can be wet. I'm sure the plant life will get even thicker during the summer.
Recently, there was one log where somebody said they couldn't find the cache and they didn't want to trample the wildlife. Then, this past weekend, two people logged their find, but they suggested moving the cache closer to the trail to avoid trampling nature. They were also surprised at how far off the trail the cache was.
I'm probably being too sensitive here. As I said before, a majority of the logs for my cache have been positive. My idea of placing a cache is to make it somewhat challenging. What's the point of placing a cache two feet off of a heavily traveled trail? Also, I love to bushwack and get out in the woods, so if I have to actually step off of a trail, it's not a big deal. We live in Maine. Nature is everywhere. You can't help but trample it sometimes.

Thoughts?

Here's the link to my cache:http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=63ab6fa1-d377-45c8-9645-4ff09fdc2ea7

d76
05-08-2006, 07:32 AM
I'd like some opinions and advice, please. I hid my cache, 10th Anniversary Cache, on Oct 31st of last year. Since then, the cache has racked up over 55 "found it" logs, the majority of which were positive. The cache is located on Mackworth Island in Falmouth. For you who aren't familiar with this location, it's an island with a nice trail running around it's perimeter. It's a very popular location and is heavily visited even during the winter.
Because of the number of muggles who visit, I wanted to hide the cache in a location where they couldn't easily stumble upon it. At ths same time, I wanted to put it in a place where cachers could make a find without muggles watching. An added challenge was making sure my cache was the proper distance from the one other cache on the island.
So, the place where the cache was hidden is maybe 30 yds (estimate) off of the trail. The vegetation can get a little thick and the ground can be wet. I'm sure the plant life will get even thicker during the summer.
Recently, there was one log where somebody said they couldn't find the cache and they didn't want to trample the wildlife. Then, this past weekend, two people logged their find, but they suggested moving the cache closer to the trail to avoid trampling nature. They were also surprised at how far off the trail the cache was.
I'm probably being too sensitive here. As I said before, a majority of the logs for my cache have been positive. My idea of placing a cache is to make it somewhat challenging. What's the point of placing a cache two feet off of a heavily traveled trail? Also, I love to bushwack and get out in the woods, so if I have to actually step off of a trail, it's not a big deal. We live in Maine. Nature is everywhere. You can't help but trample it sometimes.

Thoughts?

Here's the link to my cache:http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=63ab6fa1-d377-45c8-9645-4ff09fdc2ea7

I havent been to the cache in which you describe so it is hard for me to comment.
The only thing I have to offer is that in the skeme of things this should be a sport of leave no trace. That is a broad spectrum of things including trampling. If I was in the north maine woods and was placing a cache I wouldnt hasitate to put it off the trail. But in a highly travelled area (which this sounds like it is) I would try to keep it close to the trail. You could make it a micro then you dont have to worry about it. Good luck:)

WhereRWe?
05-08-2006, 07:52 AM
I agree with DAve.

And you need to remember that any cache placed off a trail will have a path beat down eventually. Not something I assume a lot of people would want to see at your site. :) :)

brdad
05-08-2006, 08:17 AM
I haven't done this particular cache, either, but have visited the other one on the island twice. I prefer my caches away from the trail as well, but social trails can be an issue after a while. I would reccomend revisiting the cache in person and seeing for myself just how the vegetation is being affected. You could possibly move it to a better locaion for a period of time and ask the approver to edit the coords accordingly. I seem to remember several places on the island with heavy tree cover and not much ground vegetation. to be damaged.

ezchaos
05-08-2006, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the replies.

I've been back to the location a few times since Halloween. Also, I've walked this trail several times over the years. In the part of the island where the cache is, there usually isn't much ground vegetation. It's mostly medium-large trees. However, near the cache, there are some vines going up some small trees.

As for a path being created, I don't think that will happen. The main trail curves around quite a bit and I doubt cachers would leave the trail at the same point. Maybe I'm wrong though.

I'll have to keep my eye on new logs that get posted. Maybe I'll do some recon on the island for another spot. My wife and I originally searched for quite a while before we found this current location.

Trezurs*-R-*Fun
05-08-2006, 08:50 AM
I have done this cache back in late fall. I think it's in a suitable location and Its not so far off the trail as to be an issue for me personally. Like others have said, if a "geotrail" becomes prominent you may have to relocate the cache but like you mentioned the area may be immune to the "geotrail" secondary to the type of cover.
I really enjoy this island and have enjoyed both caches greatly. As far as "trampling" and LNT, its up to the individual cacher to be aware of their actions and the potential damage it may cause.

My two cents.

Happy Caching!!!!

WhereRWe?
05-08-2006, 08:52 AM
As for a path being created, I don't think that will happen. The main trail curves around quite a bit and I doubt cachers would leave the trail at the same point. Maybe I'm wrong though.


That's good. We've been to quite a few caches where you don't even need the GPS - just follow the path. It's quite humorous, really... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

ezchaos
05-08-2006, 10:02 AM
That's good. We've been to quite a few caches where you don't even need the GPS - just follow the path. It's quite humorous, really... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

I know. Obviously it's nice to have easy cache's available for families with young children. However, not all cachers are in this situation. Isn't it nice to a have a little bit of a challenge sometimes? Even if you have to *gasp* step off of the trail and maybe get your shoes a little dirty. Otherwise, what's the point of purchasing and using a GPS?

Slate
05-08-2006, 01:13 PM
I think that the cache placement it fine. Although the cache is hidden off the trail, it is still within sight of the trail. I remember the area as being pretty open with little underbrush, so I don't think that a trail will form to the cache. There were some small wet areas, but they were easily avoided. There aren't many potential hiding spots nearby so people aren't going to be trampling the area down looking for the cache. I did get a little tangled in some of the vines, though, but that was only because our dog insisted on going around/under them opposite of me, so the leash caught on the vines.

Team2hunt
05-08-2006, 06:48 PM
The Team did the cache back in the fall. As I remember there isn't much chance of a geotrail being started. My only comment is, there are numerous signs that ask you to stay on the trail. There are only a few places where it is allowed. One is at the fairy hut clearing near the cache. I'll bet though you may be within 500 feet from the other cache on the island. Final thought, leave it where it is and see what happens. You evidentially live nearby and can visit it as needed.

Hiram357
05-08-2006, 07:48 PM
i personally dont much care for bushwhacking off of trails like that, one way to hide it closer to the trail is by good camofluage, the container counts (ammocans are easy to camo because you can paint em tape em, whatever, but finding the right spot is sometimes tricky) the smaller lock and lock containers are easier to hide because you can hide them in thinner places... or like dave said, just make it a micro.

kayakerinme
05-08-2006, 10:17 PM
I hadn't visited this cache but it was on my list of after-work caches so I decided to do this one today, given this discussion. I'd be squarely on the side of moving this to a different location.

There are some geopaths being created here, particularly through the tangles - one to the west and one to the east. The wet areas to the west of the cache are full of footprints, and now mine are included. Like me, the other visitors here are trying to avoid to previous person's tracks but instead are widening the problem.

In most other places, I would be okay with this placement. It's a little damp but no problem; there are lots of muggles but no problem. However, there are no less than 6 signs that either say stay on the trail or do not go off the trail. I think they mean it.

I understand the challenges associated with placing the cache given the popularity of the place and the location of the other cache (It's about .25 miles away). But there has to be some other place this cache can be located to without having these problems. IMHO, if you get another 100 visitors here (families/teams and small children especially), the area around the cache is toast.

tat
05-09-2006, 06:28 AM
I'd ask the owner for advice on where to place the cache.

The reason I say this is because I did not follow my own advice! Last night, I learned through GC.com that the land owner is concerned about the "social trails" that have formed over the years to my cache and two others. In the next few days, I hope to find an acceptable solution.

parmachenee
05-09-2006, 11:53 AM
I'd ask the owner for advice on where to place the cache.

The reason I say this is because I did not follow my own advice! Last night, I learned through GC.com that the land owner is concerned about the "social trails" that have formed over the years to my cache and two others. In the next few days, I hope to find an acceptable solution.

Asking the land owner is a good idea even if it is a preserve and placing them in the least destructive hiding place is very important to keeping friends. I just moved one because of the geotrail to it although it was only 20ft from the path. I replaced it in a different spot along the path, even closer, but with no possiblilty of a geotrail being created. Another one I have in a preserve is placed so you don't have to move anything or disturb anything but is still well-hidden within 10ft of the trail. I have been the third person to find a cache and was able to follow the geotrail to it already! I did this cache last fall with leaves still on the trees and had to wander around a little before finding the cache. Under fully leaved-out trees gpsr readings will cause much searching and more destruction. I would consider moving it and using a creative hide...there are certainly many options. Just my opinion.

ezchaos
05-09-2006, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the comments. I've disabled the cache until I can find another location on the island.

Team2hunt
05-10-2006, 06:59 AM
However it first happened we have all started talking about ways and places to put out caches. This is Maine not NJ, or NY. We have a beautiful state and need to keep it that way. Recently, my position has changed to more restrictive placing of caches. Thanks to you. I know Hoamdezinahs plans on making this a topic at the event this Friday night. Let's keep this going and maybe even adopt a few guidelines for placing new caches. I will think twice before I place a cache. We can make a difference. Otherwise it may come to a cache at every lamp post. ;)

Haffy
05-10-2006, 09:57 AM
Or a Dalmation on every fire hydrant? ;(

Hiram357
05-10-2006, 04:47 PM
However it first happened we have all started talking about ways and places to put out caches. This is Maine not NJ, or NY. We have a beautiful state and need to keep it that way. Recently, my position has changed to more restrictive placing of caches. Thanks to you. I know Hoamdezinahs plans on making this a topic at the event this Friday night. Let's keep this going and maybe even adopt a few guidelines for placing new caches. I will think twice before I place a cache. We can make a difference. Otherwise it may come to a cache at every lamp post. ;)

I agree with that, my perspective has changed quite a bit over the years after seeing what some caches in the wrong spots and cachers with the wrong idea can do to an area.

ezchaos
05-16-2006, 02:19 PM
Using some of your suggestions, I went out to Mackworth on Saturday in the pouring rain and removed the cache from its original location. The new location is a short distance away, about 15-20 feet off of the main trail. I also did away with the ammo box and created a small cache out of pvc pipe parts. Basically, it has four pieces that fit together and and each end has a screw top. There's enough room in it for a small log and a couple of golf pencils. The parts were cheap and I'd like to use this design elsewhere, although I'd like to use bigger parts so there'd be more room to put stuff.

Again, thanks for the help.

Slate
05-16-2006, 03:25 PM
I would have stuck with the ammo box if you could find an suitable location. I'm not a big fan of the PVC pipe cache. I don't think that is nearly as weather tight because they often don't get closed well enough, and sometimes when they are closed you can't get it open again because the threads are dirty, frozen, or cross-threaded.

Hiram357
05-16-2006, 05:23 PM
Using some of your suggestions, I went out to Mackworth on Saturday in the pouring rain and removed the cache from its original location. The new location is a short distance away, about 15-20 feet off of the main trail. I also did away with the ammo box and created a small cache out of pvc pipe parts. Basically, it has four pieces that fit together and and each end has a screw top. There's enough room in it for a small log and a couple of golf pencils. The parts were cheap and I'd like to use this design elsewhere, although I'd like to use bigger parts so there'd be more room to put stuff.

Again, thanks for the help.

the only downside to using PVC... is that it looks like a pipe bomb... :eek: