magnetic nano geocacheI was so amazed the first time I saw magnetic nano cache.   I remember it quite clearly.   I was in a parking lot parked in front of a sign.   Where could the cache be.   Turns out it was in the gap between the sign and the U shaped posed that held the sign.  I think this was a very clever hide.    I also remember the time I almost went crazy looking for a green micro in the middle of the woods, with no hint provide.   The cache could have been anywhere!   I did eventually find the micro but I left very frustrated.  I didn’t feel any sense of reward for having finally found this cache.  I walked away asking – why?

Over the years of doing my own DIY projects I’ve learned that having the right tool for the job makes the job go a lot easier.  This is also true when hiding a geocache.  The right container for the situation makes all the difference.   Whether you are picking a geocache container or camouflaging the one you have there are only two reasons to hide a cache from view:   make it hard for muggles to find it or make it hard for geocachers to find it.   The small magnetic nano the I remember finding was hidden in a very public location.  Muggles would have found that cache for sure if it wasn’t hidden as well as it was.    To me that is a good use of a nano.   The micro that I took forever to find was hard for both cachers and muggles to find.  The difficulty rating for that cache was a bit low considering the available options for where the cache might be hidden.   I didn’t find that a very good implementation of a micro geocache.    I don’t mind micro caches I just liked to be warned in advance.  Magnetic nanos can actually be quite winter friendly if intended to be that way.  It’s my belief that caches are placed in order to be found.

Not everyone is going to agree with how I think nano caches should be deployed.   I have rarely if ever complained about a micro cache in an urban or suburban environment.  Myself and many others just aren’t fond of a “nano in the woods”.   I actually have one multi-cache that has three stages two of which are micro sized containers that contain redirects.   The containers are hidden well enough that a muggle won’t easily find them but not so hard that a cacher won’t find them.  Additionally the final stage has an interesting container.   As a result this cache is fairly well received even though it uses micros in the woods.   The final container typically leaves cachers feeling good about the find.  I think that it’s that last feeling the determines how a nano cache or any cache is received.

If you are going to hide a nano or micro cache I hope you do it in such a way that the finder feels rewarded for the search.


I have been writing the cachemania blog since 2008. I'm interested in the development of geocaching and the many ways that people play the game.

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