Out of staters placing caches
I was wondering how some of you felt about out of staters placing caches here in Maine? From what I have see of caches. It is hard enought for some of the Mainers to take care of there caches so how can we expect out of staters to take care of them when they get looted or need some tender loving care?
What's the point, though?
I guess I don't understand why someone would want to place a cache far from home and depend on someone else to maintain it. If a local person really wants to take care of it, then they should own it. I like going out of state (or the country) to find a cache placed and maintained by a local, sort of a gift from them to an outsider, just as it is especially fun to see a visitor from outside of Maine find my cache. :)
If you place it. Maintain it.
I'll put in my 2 cents worth.
I think that the Geocaching listing requirements cover this. Here is a quote from their page.
I think that the person placing the cache has an obligation to maintain it or provide for someone to maintain it.
Placing Caches on Vacation / Beyond Your Maintainable Distance
Placing caches on vacation or outside of your normal caching area is unacceptable and these caches may not be listed. As the cache owner you are obligated to be in a position to manage your caches, and caches placed on vacation require someone else to maintain them for you. It is not uncommon for areas to be cleared, trails to be blocked or closed, objects used for virtual or multi-caches to be moved or removed, etc. You must be able to react to negative cache logs and investigate the location quickly. Please be responsible. This guideline applies to all types of caches including virtual caches.
The territory in which a geocacher is able to maintain caches responsibly will vary from one person to the next. An active geocacher who regularly visits areas hundreds of miles apart can demonstrate their ability to maintain a cache 100 miles from home. A geocacher whose previous finds and hides are all within 25 miles of their home would likely not see their cache listed if placed 250 miles away from their home.
If you have special circumstances, please describe these on your cache page or in a note to the reviewer. For example, if you have made arrangements with a local geocacher to watch over your distant cache for you, that geocacherís name should be mentioned on your cache page.
If you find a cache that is not being maintained then post a recommendation that it be archived. Once that is done then a new cache can be placed there.