After checking my geocache ‘Chirpy Chirpy TweetTweet in Spring Wood’ . I came to the conclusion that I really need to get active! My current weight loss regime can only go so far ! I enjoyed the geocaching activity over the weekend, and yesterday on another post lunch exercise geocaching walk even climbed a tree! I shouldn’t have had to climb that high but that’s because the owners co-ordinates were out by 130ft. Do placers not know how to take an average reading these days?
I’d promised to do maintenance to my Geocache Chirpy Chirpy Tweet Tweet in SpringWood early in the month so this morning i set off with new battery in pocket
Drove to the parking spot and set off down the Steep path followed by a couple walking their Dogs. I managed to leave them behind and went to find the Chirp 10-15 minutes later whilst i was hanging out on a Limb trying to replace the chirp I was aware the were watching me and so I had to explain what Geocaching was all about…
Once the Chirp was checked and co-ordinates chirped to my Garmin successfully of I set to check part two. This was in excellent condition apart from some slight gnawing by squirrels
I decided to do a couple of local caches didn’t find one but then realised it had been disabled when I checked the details on my iPhone rather than on the Garmin 62S on the way to the second I slipped and fell down a hill and in the process lost my Pen somewhere so couldn’t sign the log but posted a photo instead !
heres details of the route from the parking spot
This short excursion around the woods brought me back home Red faced, nettle stung and realising just how unfit I am !
A recent email from one of the local Geocachers ‘Eeeee Bi Gum’ about concerns that I was Archiving my caches, has led me to some irritation. Not about he emailed me asking if my remaining caches could be adopted rather than archived but he mentioned the discussion and concerns on the Yorkshire Geocaching Forums. A quick search on the Yorkshire Geocaching website turned up nothing ! Strange I thought until I noticed mentions of updating profiles, I took a guess and looked on the Bane of my life, that Creeping Cancer that is Facebook. Sure enough the discussion that was mentioned by Eeeee Bi Gum was there. This is my Irritation… Certain People were already in the Process if divvying up my caches in PUBLIC before they had ascertained in private what was actually going on !
The image of Vultures Circling a wounded animal and having a go at it when its not dead sprang to mind
I had decided to archive both my York based Caches and any Micros that I have. I gave grown increasingly Disillusioned by the numbers of nano caches over the years that seem to have descended on the scene like a snow storm, placed without much thought and in some instances dangerous locations. Or scattered about the countryside under every Stile to make up a circular walk rather than making it a true Multi. Too many people are too obsessed by Numbers…
I have also come to the conclusion that older caches should be allowed to be archived and not kept on for eternity..
At some point People visiting caches will start to have an effect on the local environment, quite often leading to a noticeable path leading to the geocache, at this point Geocachers stop searching and just follow the path.
A less active cacher like myself who has other hobbies like Brewing Beer should be able to archive their older caches and let other/newer cachers be creative with some of the better locations providing they don’t re hide in the same location and perpetuate the effect that an old cache has on it’s local environment !
People seem to forget or overlook the following.
Step 5 – Maintaining Your cache
Once you place the cache, it is your responsibility to maintain the cache and the area around it. You will need to return as often as you can to ensure that your cache is not impacting the area negatively, and to check that the container is in good shape.
Does the area look disturbed? Are visitors disrupting the landscape in any way? If you eventually have concerns about the location, remove the container and make appropriate changes to your online listing.