View Full Version : FTF or nothing???



Fins_Up
02-20-2011, 08:13 PM
I got a few FTFs this weekend and it got me to thinking. Is it just the winter that is keeping the numbers down on the new caches I have seen published lately or does a cache lose it's desirability once someone has the FTF? I don't go after too many FTFs (the 3 this weekend make up 1/5 of my grand total). I see the draw and I enjoy the thrill of getting there first but I enjoy finding a great hide that challenges me just as much.

JustKev
02-20-2011, 08:18 PM
For us, the snow really puts a damper on how well we can cache. I finally broke down and got a cheap pair of snowshoes but Pam doesn't have any and not sure her knee would hold up well anyway. We'll start hitting them harder again as the weather warms up.

WhereRWe?
02-20-2011, 08:19 PM
I got a few FTFs this weekend and it got me to thinking. Is it just the winter that is keeping the numbers down on the new caches I have seen published lately or does a cache lose it's desirability once someone has the FTF?

For many of us, geocaching slacks off in winter. LOL! Many caches are just not available, and for the ones that are... A lot of us geocachers are a little older, and we get cold easily... :D:D

benandtina
02-20-2011, 08:21 PM
That most definitely isn't the case for us! Our first few FTFs were extremely exciting, but the novelty has worn off for us and we just cache! Hopefully it is just the winter and people still start enjoying your caches soon!

Mainiac1957
02-20-2011, 08:28 PM
I still like making a FTF run. But then I like most all caches. Even some of those blasted puzzle that I can't usually solve. As far as winter caching. I slow down in the winter although I never stop. But hey that's just me. So far this year I have found 57 caches. Not a bad start.

firefighterjake
02-20-2011, 08:29 PM
Seasonal cacher here . . . winter is for snowmobiling . . . Spring, Summer and Fall are for caching . . . well that and ATVing, processing firewood, camping, etc.

kayakingeko
02-20-2011, 08:33 PM
For me, I have only 1 FTF out of 165 total, but I'm after the hunt, don't get me wrong I love getting a FTF, but that's not my #1 goal. The difficulty for me this time of year is the lack of light at the end of the day, I usually work 7 days a week until at least 1pm and it gets dark at 4-5 so not a lot of time to cache. Looking forward to spring and caching from my kayak!

Team2hunt
02-20-2011, 08:33 PM
For many of us, geocaching slacks off in winter. LOL! Many caches are just not available, and for the ones that are... A lot of us geocachers are a little older, and we get cold easily... :D:D

I can see how the harsh winter has made it difficult to cache for those who prefer the warmer weather. I have found 68 caches since the ground has been covered by the white stuff. A few of them had to be dug out of several feet of snow. Dressing for it is half the battle.

As a good friend once told me.......there are no mosquitos, dogs barking, lines of people watching you, and the woods tend to be very quiet and peaceful in the winter months. Thanks for the tip, and hope to see you on the trail before the snow melts.

shuman road searchers
02-20-2011, 08:54 PM
It does seem that this winter is quieter than in past years and yes I have been known to find a FTF once in a while. Going to Bangor tomorrow so I hope to add to my yearly total!!

brdad
02-20-2011, 09:02 PM
The FTF craze faded out for me quite a while back but it is still fun if it happens, especially when I didn't even realize it was a new cache, which I have done a few times. I haven't actively rushed for an FTF for a long while. Perhaps the last time was the cache like it's 2001 cache, and that was less of a rush for FTF than a push to complete it - it was a good challenge FTF or not, and we were not about to compromise the fun for an FTF.

We just don't get out in the Winter so much, and less this year because of several variables, weather and otherwise. But we'll be out in full force soon (at least full force for us).

Gob-ler
02-20-2011, 10:27 PM
I go at it all year long. My best month usually is February but that is because we take a weeks vacation and head to Maryland (thats where I am right now) and usually the weather is a bit easier there than home or Maine. I have logged 189 caches since the first of the year and that I think is a bit below normal for me but then again I am getting a bit older.

FTF's? I still do them and still enjoy the thrill of being the first person there to find the cache just the way the owner intended it to be.

Cache on!

brdad
02-20-2011, 10:32 PM
FTF's? I still do them and still enjoy the thrill of being the first person there to find the cache just the way the owner intended it to be.!

Hmm, so if someone is second to find it's not the way the owner intended it to be? They end up in the wrong spot or hidden the wrong way that quickly? What're you doing to these new caches? :D

Just kidding with you, but that is perhaps one of the better reasons to be FTF. I am constantly amazed how far my Old 470 cache moves between finds, it has even been left on the wrong side of the train.

dubord207
02-21-2011, 08:47 AM
We've done less this winter then in year's past due to the sheer amount of snow. We've dug out GRC's and others but enough already!

It might help if more cache placers add the winter friendly attribute, or any attributes for that matter.

I did have one good run in January (200 in one day) but not many since. Stay tuned as we take our caching south tomorrow and I have caches loaded!:)

fins2right
02-21-2011, 09:31 AM
I too have been slacking lately. I'm also experiencing the worst case of cabin fever in a few years and cannot wait until this snow is gone!

I've only found 4 or 5 FTF's. My first one was awesome (Thanks Mapachi). I remember getting the notification, running down the hallway to load the gps, maybe going slightly over the limit to get to Belgrade and being the first. That was fun. I have lost :rolleyes: two FTF's as I've pulled up and seen other cachers signing the log before me. It's a really fun aspect of the game, but I'll go find the cache anyway.

April is only 6 weeks away!!

farmer and wife and "G"
02-21-2011, 08:14 PM
We enjoy FTF as much as anyone else but it is not that important. The main reason we don't do much in winter is that we don't care for it as much on the days that the foot prints lead right to the cache. Now that I read what I just wrote it sounds like a bad excuse because there probably are many caches where this is not a problem. Kind of sounds like we are just getting old.

pjpreb
02-21-2011, 08:25 PM
I haven't actively rushed for an FTF for a long while.

Get out of his way if he is rushing for a popsicle or popcorn though!! :D:):p:p

Sudonim
02-21-2011, 08:26 PM
We enjoy FTF as much as anyone else but it is not that important. The main reason we don't do much in winter is that we don't care for it as much on the days that the foot prints lead right to the cache. Now that I read what I just wrote it sounds like a bad excuse because there probably are many caches where this is not a problem. Kind of sounds like we are just getting old.

Sometimes the footprints lead you somewhere, but not the cache! If I get a cache in the snow, I try to mess up the tracks with some decoys too.
And if I had a DNF, then my tracks aren't going to help you a bit!

JustKev
02-21-2011, 08:42 PM
Get out of his way if he is rushing for a popsicle or popcorn though!! :D:):p:p

I see you've met BRDAD!!!! :D:eek::D

dufzor
02-21-2011, 10:20 PM
The FTF craze has not worn off yet, but I don't have many FTF's YET. :)
For me the snow is not an issue, since I have my pink "Barbie" snowshoes to run around on, but as brdad has said "Sometimes life gets in the way of caching." and that's the way it is for me right now and gas costs are SO prohibitive.

ltlindian
02-22-2011, 03:28 PM
I hate caching in the snow. I just find it so unfun. (Is that a word?) The amount of light in the day makes a difference for me as well, since I work 8-5 all week. Plus whether the kids have sports stuff going on or not. Its just less busy like that in the summer plus the 15 hrs of daylight helps! :) I haven't found a cache since November, I think. We should be finding some in April as we are heading to Vegas and Grand Canyon. I am so excited!

CARoperPhotography
02-22-2011, 06:04 PM
MainePublisher is refusing to publish my caches which means by default, you won't see many new caches published

farmer and wife and "G"
02-22-2011, 06:59 PM
Sometimes the footprints lead you somewhere, but not the cache! If I get a cache in the snow, I try to mess up the tracks with some decoys too.
And if I had a DNF, then my tracks aren't going to help you a bit!

Guess I never thought about following the tracks of a DNF. If we had followed tracks to the wrong area and spent some time hunting that would be pretty funny. Always more than one way to look at a situation.:)

Fins_Up
02-22-2011, 07:33 PM
I love winter caching. No bugs, no ticks and the trails are usually empty. I like running into other cachers but I don't like muggle avoidance when I am trying to find a cache. I am not off to a fast start this year due to a busy schedule. I have 34 finds so far. Last year at this point I had 63 finds. That is the way it goes though. I am sure other months I have more time to cache. I enjoy it all year around.

JustKev
02-22-2011, 07:53 PM
MainePublisher is refusing to publish my caches which means by default, you won't see many new caches published

Come on, Chadd, this is really beginning to sound like a broken record. If, and I stress the word "if", you have a legitimate complaint against the Maine Publisher this is absolutely not the place to continue to air it. As a user of this forum and someone who really enjoys geocaching I am asking you to please take this to Groundspeak and have them decide if you have a reason for complaint. This forum does not publish caches nor does it have any control over how the Maine Publisher performs his *voluntary* duties.

The reason I place emphasis on "if" is because I haven't heard of any other cacher who thinks the Maine Publisher has a vendetta against them.

Once again, please take this through the proper channels and stop posting antagonistic posts on the forums.

Fins_Up
02-22-2011, 09:15 PM
Wrong thread for this! Please keep it to caching and not about Maine Publisher.

Fins_Up
02-22-2011, 09:17 PM
One of the other things that has slowed me down this year is that I have to travel further to get to caches I haven't found. I can't go out and quickly pick up a few nearby.

shuman road searchers
02-22-2011, 09:31 PM
One of the other things that has slowed me down this year is that I have to travel further to get to caches I haven't found. I can't go out and quickly pick up a few nearby.


There is a nice new multi in the area.:D

Fins_Up
02-22-2011, 10:45 PM
I have my eye on that one. I was planning on last weekend but all the new caches in Waterville/Winslow lured me there.

JustKev
02-23-2011, 07:37 AM
There is a nice new multi in the area.:D

This is horrendous. It is so cruel. Make a post here about a nice new multi in the area and dangle that carrot then sneak in and grab the FTF and all the glory.

You big meanie. :D

shuman road searchers
02-23-2011, 07:51 AM
This is horrendous. It is so cruel. Make a post here about a nice new multi in the area and dangle that carrot then sneak in and grab the FTF and all the glory.

You big meanie. :D

I waited for a whole day and only went after another cacher had a dnf. I had to rub it in to her don't ya know!:D:cool::D

JustKev
02-23-2011, 08:05 AM
I waited for a whole day and only went after another cacher had a dnf. I had to rub it in to her don't ya know!:D:cool::D

Yep, I can understand it. After all, we FTFed one of her DNFs in the past. :D

fins2right
02-23-2011, 04:14 PM
One of the other things that has slowed me down this year is that I have to travel further to get to caches I haven't found. I can't go out and quickly pick up a few nearby.


I found that same thing in the Waterville area. Of course, with 60+ caches in Augusta, I'm back to the reason that I'm just lazy. :D