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Thread: Should caches that do not have a FTF be given hints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kacky View Post
    As to getting hints from someone other than the owner, that's just the way people are playing the game. I try to remember that I want people to find my cache, after all. Would you rather dnf my cache, go home, email me and wait for an answer, plan another trip and wait some more - or just call your buddy that you have on speed dial and log it already?
    I would rather go back home and have to admit my failure to the owner and beg for a hint. It is much more humbling than being able to call a friend just to be able to log the cache. Making more than one trip to a cache usually makes it more memorable as well!

    Plus by phoning a friend, you are depriving the cache owner of part of the fun of owning a cache, this is especially true with the higher difficulty caches.
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    I agree. I tend to ask the cache owner for hints. However, I have asked others for suggestions on the best place to park after I have already solved and gotten the proper coords and know the GENERAL area.
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    The 470, some of Laughing Terry's caches, and many more have given me difficulty from time to time. Nothing though compares for me like that of Abbey's cache in N.Windham. After hours of looking, and I might add looking where I should not have just out of frustration, then logging on to the site to read a post like this. Saw this one while still driving in the driveway....found this one in just a few minutes....quick stop and grab. Then go back and look some more...then all of a sudden that little light goes on in your head and you realize like so many before you that it was right there all the time. Got to love those caches. It would have been ruin for me if I had called a friend that first day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    the 3 Penny Bridge?
    Just to clarify Andy, that would be the "2 cent" bridge, one penny too many....
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    I agree with other comments - leave it alone. RULOAST2? and I once got a FTF on a cache that had been placed almost 2 years earlier! LOL!
    Wow, that cache was a little insane. I had to pan out almost to the end of the maps just to figure out where it was. My guess is that there is not too much life out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    Just to clarify Andy, that would be the "2 cent" bridge, one penny too many....
    THAT's why I had trouble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    I agree with other comments - leave it alone. RULOAST2? and I once got a FTF on a cache that had been placed almost 2 years earlier! LOL!
    There are still some 'active' caches that were placed years ago and never found. 16 out of 62 caches in Russia were placed at least a year ago and never logged. This jem is from 2001 on the arctic coast.
    http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...&log=&numlogs=

    There is one on lake Baikal (the deepest lake in the world, holding 1/5 of all the worlds fresh water) that was placed in 2003, and after many DNF's, was found this summer for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fins2right View Post
    Wow, that cache was a little insane. I had to pan out almost to the end of the maps just to figure out where it was. My guess is that there is not too much life out there.
    It's on a "First Nation" (Indian reservation) in northern Quebec - literally the end of the road.

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    I try not to give clues on a FTF, but I'm a push-over and I'll spill the beans everytime. Hard to believe I used to have a top secret crypto security clearance!

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    Well, I actually tried to delete this post about the FTF, and thought I had, but was surprised to see it on here when I checked back a few days later. Guess it did prove for some interesting discussion. My opinion would be that we should not be giving hints amongst each other, such as phone a friend, as it takes away from all the hard work and imagination the cache placer put into making it a challenge for the caching community. Some of these hiders must have thought long and hard to come up with some of these ideas and containers. When we don't contact them personally for hints and/or enter a DNF on the cache page ,it kind of takes away from their ownership of the hunt. I think now I would rather correspond with the owner for any hints ( after the FTF has been found) and let them enjoy their great hide, then have a friend spoil it for them by giving their own hints. Thats my 2cents ! Of course its a game with our own rules, so there you go.....HMMM....If you played my way that means Laughing Terry and others could be getting a lot of contacts.......

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