Spring Cleaning: Time for Geocaching Maintenance
One of the greatest family activities in RVing and Camping is the sport of Geocaching. Host Andy “HeadHardHat” Smith works with Courtney Wallin to educate Novice and Expert Geocachers alike. This week’s topic involves maintaining geocaches that you have hidden, and helping keep cache sites in good repair.
What is involved with Geocache Maintenance?
- Geocache Maintenance is a necessary part of Geocaching when you are a geocache owner.
- In many cases geocaches need to be checked, repaired if necessary and restocked. It is up to the individual geocahe owners on how much they choose to participate with geocache maintenance.
What do you mean by how much they choose to participate?
- Some geocachers do a fire and forget type of geocache hide. In other words they do the hide and feel it is the geocaching community’s responsibility for maintaining or restocking a geocache. Others feel that if they are going to put out a geocache that restocking a geocache is a maintenance issue that is dealt with regularly.
How often should a geocache be maintained?
- A geocache as often as necessary. On average once a year may be all that is needed. On the other hand for some geocaches that are visited more often it may be needed more.
What is meant by geocaches need to be checked?
- Geocaches go through a lot of wear and tear. Many factors can include:
- The environment it is in.
- How much the geocache is found (opened and closed)
- The materials that the geocache is made of
- External factors, weather, fires, animals, being muggled
It is wise to check the condition of the geocache on a regular basis?
- Do geocaches need to get repaired?
- All the time, a geocache can be damaged due to all the factors we just discussed and to help keep the contents inside safe and dry it will be necessary to repair a geocache when damaged and sometimes replace the container entirely.
Things inside a geocache that may need replacing:
- Log Book – periodically get filled up depending on how many people find it, get moist and unusable.
- Pens – Go empty, clog, freeze
- Baggies – Lose seals over time and usage
- Swag items – Depending on what can get mildew, wet, etc.
Signature Swag Items
What are signature swag items?
Signature swag items are uniquely made (either personalized or hand made) to identify a specific geocacher.
- The Fraygirls – Signature owl and other bird stuffed animals
- Hand Painted Bottle Caps
- Wooden Nickles
- Art items like Troll Faces – made of baked ceramics
- Golf balls
First Aid Kit Restock
- It is always important to have your automobile and geocache first aid kit looked at on a regular basis.
- Items can loose their potency when out in the hot/cold/damp
- Band-aides of varying sizes are always good to check and replenish
- Salves and ointments may need replacing
- Bandages and tape are used frequently and may need replacing.
The idea is to keep your first aid kit as prepared as possible for any time of the year. It is always good to keep them up to date and stocked.