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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.

If you start with a decent cache container, you'll have less trouble. Make sure it is sufficiently sized so that it wouldn't need constant changeover and one that is water proof and hide it so that it will be best protected from the elements.

Ammo cans, systema and clip 'n' lock containers are the best options. Use a container that is water-proof and has a rubber seal. 35 mm film containers, magnetic key holders and Eclipse tins are not water proof. 

Place all papers inside a double sealed plastic pocket and include a silica bag to absorb any moisture that seeps in.

Geocaches that attract a lot of traffic are more prone to have the log sheets fill up quickly and experience accidental damage due to trampling. They may also have more muggles travelling past, making harder for geocachers and easier to be accidently found.

Always include your contact information and consider including your email or mobile number on the outside of the container. 

Consider the distance the geocache is from your home. Geocaches that are close by will be easier to maintain. Consider enlisting a friend or family member who lives nearby to help you maintain your geocache whenever someone can't find them or if they report a problem.

Typically, cache finders are the best source when it comes to ascertaining the condition of your caches. Read the logs and act on any maintenance requests. While one DNF doesn't necessarily warrant a maintenance visit, three or four should warrant a visit to the geocache. Finders should remember that geocache owners rely on logs to alert them to any problem, so make a note of any issues regarding the geocache or placement. 

If your geocache is experiencing a high number of DNFs, despite being there, consider modifying the geocache so that it isn't so challenging, after all you do want it found eventually.

If you geocache is themed and contains themed goodies, you may need to replenish them periodically to ensure they maintain the theme.

Check your geocache after heavy rain to make sure the containers is waterproof and the contents are still dry.

As a finder, you can assist geocache owners by carrying spare containers, log books, stash notes, pencils, sharpeners, magnets, glue, tape, bags, etc, to replace any that are missing.

If the container is constantly damaged, consider replacing the container with a more sturdy design. If you cannot replace or check the geocache, due to time or distance, you should also consider  adopting it out to a local or archiving the geocache.

If it is continually muggled then the location may not appropriate, and replacing it will only encourage more muggling. 

Finally, if you do archive your geocache, remember to do the right thing and retrieve the container so that it doesn't remain in the environment as geotrash.