Associations – CacheMania http://www.cachemania.com Geocaching Can be Addictive Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 The End of Geocaching http://www.cachemania.com/end-of-geocaching/associations/2011/09/ http://www.cachemania.com/end-of-geocaching/associations/2011/09/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:45:38 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1314 I am a little concerned that geocaching might be on the downward slide.   What makes me think this?  The length of online logs.   I’m noticing a trend in the logs I’m seeing towards shorter logs for new cachers.  I ran some numbers on a cache I just published and cachers with more than […]

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I am a little concerned that geocaching might be on the downward slide.   What makes me think this?  The length of online logs.   I’m noticing a trend in the logs I’m seeing towards shorter logs for new cachers.  I ran some numbers on a cache I just published and cachers with more than 500 finds wrote logs longer than 150 characters, 50% of cachers with fewer than 500 finds wrote shorter logs.   As much as I like to read longer logs the length of the log isn’t the issue.   Twitter has shown us that you can be brief and be interesting at the same time.  What this is showing me is that we have developed a geocaching culture of take without enough give.

I try and make my caches interesting.   I’ll try unusual hides, interesting places, something to make it more than a numbers run.  My only reward for doing this is to read the logs of people that find the caches.  If I spend a few hours on the creation of a cache I would hope it warrants a longer log than TFTC.  Unfortunately not all cachers feel as I do.

I know that if I do 20 caches in a day it is hard to write something unique for all the finds but I try.   I’m not concerned with the logs on power trails.  I’m thinking of caches where the cache owner put a bit of work in to the cache but the finder didn’t reciprocate with a suitable log.  How does a newbie cacher know how long a log should be?  Who is teaching cacher etiquette?

Unlike baseball or soccer or darts there are no geocaching leagues.  We don’t start out in peewee and progress up to Triple A.  It is for this reason that geocaching associations and geocaching vendors provide a critical role in the success of  geocaching.   Without these related organizations there is no one to teach new cachers etiquette or technique.   A film canister is NOT a suitable cache container where I live but where do you go to learn that?

If you are like me and would like geocaching to continue for a long time then please let hiders know you appreciate their effort by writing complete logs.   Here’s something that geocaching listing sites like geocaching.com can easily do:  add a character count to the log submission.   Let me sort, group or search by log length.  I don’t need favourite points if I can see the log length.   If every log for a  cache is less than 50 characters then I know it’s not is cool as a cache where every log is longer then 200 characters.    You could even go as far as showing the average log length at the top of the log entries.

If you are supporting geocaching education let me know and I’ll tweet about it.   Something everyone can do to support the geocaching community is to join their local association.  These associations and groups are great ways to learn about geocaching.

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Ottawa Geocaching http://www.cachemania.com/ottawa-geocaching/associations/2010/08/ Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:13:06 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=612 I’m not sure what is going on up in Ottawa but it appear there is a new website for Ottawa Geocaching.  The old site appears to have been summarily shut down.  I hate it when this kind of thing happens.  There are better ways to transition to a new website.   Hopefully I’ll get the […]

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I’m not sure what is going on up in Ottawa but it appear there is a new website for Ottawa Geocaching.  The old site appears to have been summarily shut down.  I hate it when this kind of thing happens.  There are better ways to transition to a new website.   Hopefully I’ll get the full story soon.

UPDATE

From what I have heard it appears that there is a bit of a turf war over Ottawa Geocaching domain names.   It’s because of stuff like this that I believe in formalized associations.  It’s all fun and games until someone gets upset and takes their ball home.

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Guelph Hiking Trail Club not against Geocaching http://www.cachemania.com/guelph-hiking-trail-club/associations/2010/04/ http://www.cachemania.com/guelph-hiking-trail-club/associations/2010/04/#comments Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:17:02 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=545 I learned a few days ago that several geocaches were removed from the Guelph Radial Line trail.  I was puzzled at first as to why the Guelph Hiking Trail Club would remove the caches.  It turns out it wasn’t really the Guelph Hiking Trail Club that took exception but rather it was the property owners […]

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I learned a few days ago that several geocaches were removed from the Guelph Radial Line trail.  I was puzzled at first as to why the Guelph Hiking Trail Club would remove the caches.  It turns out it wasn’t really the Guelph Hiking Trail Club that took exception but rather it was the property owners who have given the Guelph Hiking Trail Club permission to use their property for the Radial Line Trail.   Whenever placing a case it is important that we seek permission of the land owner.  Unfortunately this is not always easy.

This is what Kathy Somers the President of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club had to say when I asked why they had removed the geocaches.

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club (GHTC) has not taken exception to geocaching on our trail….
However we have learned that caches have been placed without landowner or GHTC permission and some geocachers are bushwhacking across private lands and yards to get to the caches.  To these behaviours, we do take exception.

For me geocaching is about finding  interesting locations and not about trailblazing.  We do our community a great disservice when we do more bushwhacking than is absolutely required.   I’ve never understood why a geocacher would hide a cache 50m off a trail.  A muggle is no more likely to find a cache that far from a trail than a well hidden cache 5m from a trail.  As geocachers we participate in an activity that relies on the goodwill of others to allow us to continue to enjoy our activity.  We need to be mindful of this.

There was one log entry that Ms Somers included in her email that highlights what we shouldn’t be doing:

“even threw a couple of short running bushwhacks in just for kicks.”

Bushwhacking may be for kicks today but doing it leads to the kinds of drastic steps taken by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.  No one wants to have their cache removed.  We go to a lot of effort to place them.  We need to do a little more effort and reach out to the property owners of where we want to place the cache.   I haven’t done that every time I’ve placed a cache and I should.

I think organizations like the Ontario Geocaching Association needs to reach out to groups like the Guelph Hiking Trail Club and find ways to work together.   We need to make related organizations aware of geocaching so that we can work together.   We need to work within the rules of what stakeholders will allow or we will in short order find fewer places that are accepting of geocaches.

Here are some things we can do to ensure we respect land owners rights

  • remain on the marked trail
  • use stiles rather than climbing fences
  • walk around farmer’s cultivated fields rather than across them
  • respect signs that say “danger / keep out” and “no trespassing”
  • avoid disturbing wildlife/property
  • get landowner or land manager permission before placing a cache.

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Ontario Geocaching Association http://www.cachemania.com/ontario-geocaching-association-2/associations/2009/12/ Sat, 05 Dec 2009 01:53:12 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=401 I made some changes to the Ontario Geocaching Association website today.  The biggest change is the I highlighted the fact that there is a free membership to the association.   All you need to do is sign up. That’s it.  No strings attached.  If you want to go further you can buy the paid membership […]

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I made some changes to the Ontario Geocaching Association website today.  The biggest change is the I highlighted the fact that there is a free membership to the association.   All you need to do is sign up. That’s it.  No strings attached.  If you want to go further you can buy the paid membership but that’s up to you.

So if you are not already a member and you live in Ontario why not click on over and complete the
Free Membership Application.

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Ontario Geocaching Association http://www.cachemania.com/ontario-geocaching-association/associations/2009/11/ Wed, 04 Nov 2009 21:59:58 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=362 I have volunteered my services to the Ontario Geocaching Association.  I will be helping with the website.  Today has been a busy day getting the site monitoring tools in place.  If you are not already a member then I encourage you to join.  It’s currently only $5 for a lifetime membership.   Your contribution supports […]

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I have volunteered my services to the Ontario Geocaching Association.  I will be helping with the website.  Today has been a busy day getting the site monitoring tools in place.  If you are not already a member then I encourage you to join.  It’s currently only $5 for a lifetime membership.   Your contribution supports the association’s efforts to raise awareness and act on behave of the Ontario Geocaching community.

Please send me your suggestions on what we could do with the OGA website.

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