Placing Geocaches

The correct procedures that go into placing a geocache. Whether you’ve placed one before, or not, anyone can benefit from this episode!







Placing a Geocache:

  • Finding the right place – scoping it out
  • Checking for saturation
  • Getting permission
  • Placement

Checking for Cache Saturation

  • Before placing a new cache in a chosen area, go geocaching there. Other people may have already placed their own geocaches there, some of which may have multiple stages.
  • Importantly, any new cache must be in compliance with the Cache Saturation section of the Listing Guidelines. Below are some tips that can make this process easier for you.

Before you place your container

  • Load the caches of your chosen area into your GPS device and go geocaching. When you find a good place for your cache, check for “nearest” caches on your GPS device. If you see any caches at a distance of .1 miles or less, this is not a good place to hide your cache. In the field, it’s a good idea to look within .12 miles from your proposed cache site, allowing for some error in the GPS device’s reading.

After you place your container

  • Use the Seek a Cache , specifically the “Latitude Longitude Search”. Put your proposed cache coordinates in the latitude and longitude boxes. This will produce a list of nearby caches with distances from your coordinates, including the distance to any Premium Member Only caches. This allows Basic Members to avoid being too close to those PMO caches when placing theirs.

After you create your cache page, the “nearby caches” link on the page will also produce this list.

  • If you see any physical cache within .10 mi (528 ft or 161 m) of your proposed new cache, your cache is unlikely to be published. Some multi-caches start with virtual stages, and you may be able to place a physical cache near these caches. A reviewer will be able to help you with this query (see below).

Important: This list will not show you hidden stages of caches in the area, puzzle solutions, stages of multi-caches, Wherigo finals.

Other things to consider

  • Hidden stages of a multi-cache or Wherigo
  • The final location of a mystery or puzzle cache
  • Unpublished caches which are in line for review ahead of yours
  • If you see mystery or puzzle cache with bogus coordinates within 2 miles of your chosen location, its final location might be near your proposed cache. Many, but not all, multi-caches and Wherigo caches start and finish in the same area. However, there is no limit on their range, so even if don’t see a multi-cache nearby, there may be a stage of a multi in the area.

What can you do about those caches which you can’t “see” online?

  • If concerned about encountering the hidden parts of other caches, contact a reviewer with your cache coordinates for a saturation check. This should be done before placing the cache container.
  • Create a cache listing, with a title like “Coordinate Check”. You can add additional waypoints if you’d like more than one spot checked (use stage of a multi-cache waypoint type).
  • Add a Reviewer Note explaining that the cache is not in place and you would like a saturation check.
  • Either enable the cache, or email your local reviewer with the GC Code of the cache. To find your local reviewer, check for a recent Published log on a nearby cache. Follow the link of the reviewer’s name to their profile, where you can email them through the site.
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