A couple of times this summer I tried doing noseeum, a micro cache near Huntsville.  The cache is rated 5 as it is quite hard to find.  This cache is typically found via brute force.  You spend a few hours on your hands and knees looking for the cache.   This was okay the first time but after a third hour on my knees I’d had enough.  The CO was kind enough to send me a picture of the hide to satisfy my curiosity.  It is a neat hide but with new growth on the ground the cache is nearly impossible to ‘see’.

I went out today to do a cache that is rated a 3.  The cache is in a pile of rocks 3m X 20m.   Three cachers logged finds in the first two days and the last 4 cachers have all logged DNF’s.  Some other cachers did a nearby cache but I don’t see them logging this one so maybe they didn’t try it.  Now that the rock pile is well disturbed you are never sure if you are in the right area.  A cache rated 3 is supposed to be hard.  I like hard, what I don’t like is brute force.

I thought about it some today when walking back to my car.  Why don’t I find these kinds of caches fun?  That’s when it dawned on me that I don’t like the brute force approach.  That’s not why I cache.  I cache so I can get outside and maybe see some interesting places.  Piles of rocks or on my hands and knees does nothing for me.  This is just my personal opinion.  I’m sure there are people out there that like this kind of challenge.


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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