View Full Version : It's Cache Maintenance Time!



WhereRWe?
04-08-2009, 04:42 PM
If you've placed geocaches, it's time to start spring cleaning. RULOST2? and I visited quite a number of caches lately that wet wet, had soaked logs, and rusty"junk" for swag. I don't know why, but many caches seem to absorb water over the weekend (sloppy winter cachers getting snow in the cache? LOL!)

IMHO, caches should be checked at least one a year, and ASAP if a problem is noted in the log. Forget about raking leaves and picking up broken branches from the lawn at home! Get out there and maintain the cache! :D:D

dubord207
04-08-2009, 05:27 PM
I try to carry a bunch of replacement logs with me, varying sizes, a few baggies and a rag. It just takes a second to help out fellow cachers and just replacing a wet log helps everybody and usually elicits a "thank you" from the cache owner. I replaced 9 logs last weekend and one today. While cache maintenance is a necessary part of the game I prefer a pro-active approach. After winter caching, a lot of caches seems to end up out in the open and it's also helpful to get them properly hidden again. I found one last weekend that was completely out in the open, probably re-hid when the snow helped the hide but obviously not where the hint said it was supposed to be. Replaced as the cache owner intended and on to the next one!

Had a tick on me Sunday so be aware! Summer is coming!:)

WhereRWe?
04-08-2009, 05:45 PM
I replaced 9 logs last weekend and one today. While cache maintenance is a necessary part of the game I prefer a pro-active approach.

We carry extra log BOOKS with us all the time, and have replaced some ourselves (if missing, or full). But we draw the line at replacing soggy scraps of paper in film cans. LOL!

Besides, the log book really belongs to the cache owner. I think it's up to them what becomes of an old one - even a soggy one.

:D:D

Mapachi
04-08-2009, 07:28 PM
I try to carry a bunch of replacement logs with me, varying sizes, a few baggies and a rag. It just takes a second to help out fellow cachers and just replacing a wet log helps everybody and usually elicits a "thank you" from the cache owner. I replaced 9 logs last weekend and one today. While cache maintenance is a necessary part of the game I prefer a pro-active approach. After winter caching, a lot of caches seems to end up out in the open and it's also helpful to get them properly hidden again. I found one last weekend that was completely out in the open, probably re-hid when the snow helped the hide but obviously not where the hint said it was supposed to be. Replaced as the cache owner intended and on to the next one!

Had a tick on me Sunday so be aware! Summer is coming!:)

I keep a running list. When a cacher logs in that a cache needs maintenance or a log is wet and needs to be replaced I add it to the list so I can go out and get a bunch at one time. If it seems real bad I disable it for a while. Sometimes when a cacher will replace a log for me. I send a thanks to the cacher and cross it off my list. It saves me gas and time. Sometimes people are lackadaisical about caching and don't want to be "put out", so to say. We all need to try and treat people like we would want to be treated. I try and treat all cachers as my friends........They are aren't they?

dubord207
04-08-2009, 07:29 PM
The first time I replaced a soggy log, I contacted the cache owner and asked if she wanted me to send it to her. NOT! She said, and I quote " I have read all the logs, why would I want that soggy old thing. Thanks for replacing it for me." I suppose there are some cache owners that might want to check and make sure there were no "voodoo" logs, but most are very thankful for a fellow cacher helping out.

So if I find one of your caches, and somebody didnd't close it properly and the contents and the log are mush AND I have a replacement log with me, what's your pleasure...allow me to do a good deed and lend a helping hand or just post a maintenance note? That's my point. I don't think that would or should be considered inappropriate, do you?:confused:




Besides, the log book really belongs to the cache owner. I think it's up to them what becomes of an old one - even a soggy one.

:D:D[/quote]

Haffy
04-08-2009, 07:34 PM
What I generally do is just place a new logbook inside a new baggie along with the old logbook and inform the owner of this. I used to keep my full old logbooks for reference and reminiscing.

WhereRWe?
04-08-2009, 07:36 PM
So if I find one of your caches, and somebody didnd't close it properly and the contents and the log are mush AND I have a replacement log with me, what's your pleasure...allow me to do a good deed and lend a helping hand or just post a maintenance note? That's my point. I don't think that would or should be considered inappropriate, do you?:confused:

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This is turning into a political argument which I don;t want to see in these forums.

We've found several caches lately that badly needed maintenance. I felt that it would be a good time to mention that - with spring coming - it's a good time for ALL cachers to do maintenance on their caches. If you want to do ... whatever... that's between you and the cache owner.

If you visit one of our caches and think it needs maintenance, I'd appreciate a "heads up". :D:D

Mapachi
04-08-2009, 07:42 PM
Political argument!!?? I hid a cache behind a BUSH in CLINTON OBAMA self! Lets argue about that! LOL

brdad
04-08-2009, 07:43 PM
If a log in one of my caches was wet but salvageable, I would appreciate it if it was saved for me. I have seen plenty that are way beyond saving, however.

WhereRWe?
04-08-2009, 07:43 PM
What I generally do is just place a new logbook inside a new baggie along with the old logbook and inform the owner of this. I used to keep my full old logbooks for reference and reminiscing.

Yup - I've done this. Physical logs often have a lot of interesting stuff that isn't reflected in the online log. And many people - like us, Parmachenee, and others - use interesting stickers, stamps, etc., that are interesting to review.

dubord207
04-08-2009, 07:47 PM
This isn't at all political. It's all about how we play the game, what we give, and what we take. I'll continue to do what I can to help out where I can. You started a post and I simply offered my opinion on how we like to address cache issues. Hard to believe that's an issue for you or anybody else for that matter! This isn't about you or me, just the game and how we play.

Mapachi
04-08-2009, 07:52 PM
Yup - I've done this. Physical logs often have a lot of interesting stuff that isn't reflected in the online log. And many people - like us, Parmachenee, and others - use interesting stickers, stamps, etc., that are interesting to review.

Yes, I agree with you on this Bruce. I enjoy reading my old cache logs. When I do go to my caches I spend time thumbing thru the log before puting it back.

Ekidokai
04-08-2009, 10:22 PM
I thumb through the logs every time I find one. That is one of the great things about this adventure.

Mainiac1957
04-09-2009, 05:40 AM
I have several of my hides that have been self maintaining over the years. Nothing better than a first finder after the winter posting that the cache is in great shape and dry. Gotta love ammo cans. I do however have a few that I need to get out and fix. They are on my ever longer growing to do list for this spring. I will get them done, soon I hope.

Mapachi
04-09-2009, 08:31 AM
I thumb through the logs every time I find one. That is one of the great things about this adventure.
NOT IF IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

Ekidokai
04-09-2009, 10:23 AM
NOT IF IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

If it raining, I'm not out there.

Mapachi
04-09-2009, 07:49 PM
If it raining, I'm not out there.
SISSY!.......... "Help me I'm melting!" (Wizard of Oz 1938)

fins2right
04-09-2009, 08:21 PM
I try to carry a bunch of replacement logs with me, varying sizes, a few baggies and a rag. It just takes a second to help out fellow cachers and just replacing a wet log helps everybody and usually elicits a "thank you" from the cache owner. I replaced 9 logs last weekend and one today. While cache maintenance is a necessary part of the game I prefer a pro-active approach. After winter caching, a lot of caches seems to end up out in the open and it's also helpful to get them properly hidden again. I found one last weekend that was completely out in the open, probably re-hid when the snow helped the hide but obviously not where the hint said it was supposed to be. Replaced as the cache owner intended and on to the next one!

Had a tick on me Sunday so be aware! Summer is coming!:)


I purchased a Maxpedition bag online for caching. One of the pockets I call my "Cache repair stash". Does anyone get insulted if someone repairs their cache? I always try to write something in the log and arrainge to mail back the old log. I'm assuming that I'm doing the right thing?:confused: (P.S. the "Max" bag is incredible, up to military specs. Lots of storage, heavy duty. No I do not own stock in the company:))

fins2right
04-09-2009, 08:23 PM
Yup - I've done this. Physical logs often have a lot of interesting stuff that isn't reflected in the online log. And many people - like us, Parmachenee, and others - use interesting stickers, stamps, etc., that are interesting to review.


Where did you find a vendor for the stamps?

dubord207
04-10-2009, 05:55 AM
In the warmer months, I wear a fly-fishing vest loaded with everything from tick removers to duct tape, logs, batteries,baggies, pencils, bug spray and a first aid kit. If I read a log in advance that the cache container has fallen apart, I replace it. And I agree that the log is the property of the cache owner and always ask if the owner wants the log. This generates goodwill for sure. I had a nice e-mail this morning from a cache owner that thanked me for covering up a cache left in the open. I guess "Do onto others" has a place in the world of geocaching.,

WhereRWe?
04-10-2009, 07:45 AM
Where did you find a vendor for the stamps?

RULOST2? and I log our finds with a 1/2" x 1 3/4" stick-on label we print ourselves. (Sorry - but can't figure out how to show an example. LOL!)

If you want a custom designed rubber stamp, a company like this (http://www.thestampmaker.com/Products/Justrite-Curlz-Deluxe-Stamper-Kit__JUSTRITE_CURLZ_DELUXE.aspx) can help.

For regular rubber stamps (like our "Where's George (http://www.stamp-connection.com/collection/wheres_george_rubber_stamps.html)" stamps), I've used this company (http://rubberstampsnow.com/).

Just look through the log next next time you find a "regular" cache (if you can find one), and you'll probably see several examples.

:D:D

Team V3
04-10-2009, 04:16 PM
I think its great to see people willing to do some maintenance on others caches when they see something that is out of place or needs a replacement. I don't see any issues UNLESS it changes the nature or location of the hide. I would be thankful if someone did that for mine and I would gladly do that for others as well.

As far as I am concerned, it is the combinations of everyone's efforts and personalities that makes geocaching such an enjoyable game.

WhereRWe?
04-10-2009, 04:39 PM
As far as I am concerned, it is the combinations of everyone's efforts and personalities that makes geocaching such an enjoyable game.

I fully agree! And if you find one of our caches and think it needs maintenance, by all means let us know and we'll take care of it as soon as possible.

:D:D