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Placing a geocache

Maintaining a geocache

Being a geocache owner doesn't end when you hide a container and have it listed on the internet. Every geocache owner should take maintenance of their geocaches seriously. 

Many geocachers become annoyed when they find an unloved geocache with a wet logbook or damaged contents. Other become frustrated by unavailable geocaches that sit idle or calls for maintenance that go unanswered. Unmaintained geocaches are not a good advertisement for geocaching - particularly to new players and muggles.

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HTML for cache pages

If you’re tired of your geocache listing page looking dull and drab, there are a number of ways you can add colour and formatting.

The simplest approach is to use either a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) or an HTML editor (e.g. Dreamweaver) to design your page and save as HTML.

Open the .html file using Notepad or TextEdit and copy the text between the lines <BODY> and </BODY>. Unfortunately, most of these programs create surplus HTML coding, which makes later editing cumbersome and time consuming.

An alternative is to learn HTML coding and use Notepad or TextEdit to create your own. Note: make sure you select plain text, not rich text (RTF) when writing your HTML.

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Finding archived caches

Before placing a new geocache, it's worth taking a look at the 'geocaching history' of the location you have in mind. It may be likely that one, or more, geocaches have been placed in the area before but have since been archived. It may be that the area is frequented by muggles, is regularly cleaned by the land manager, or just isn't suitable for a hide. This information can be useful, to avoid your new geocache following the same fate.

While geocaching.com retains the details and logs of archived caches, it isn't easy to find them. Thankfully, geocaching.com.au does. Here is one way in which you can find archived caches in your region.

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Tips on hiding

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Some additional points to consider before placing a geocaching (adapted from the The Geocaching Association of Great Britain guidelines.

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