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Geocaching: don't hide a Cache near electricity pylons!

Updated on December 14, 2015

What is Geocaching?

A Geocache is a small waterproof box containingg a few varied bits and pieces (usually of little value), a logbook and a pen or pencil. It may also be a hidden item like a small pot disguised as a stone or a small magnet on the back of a sign. Using their GPS receiver, the cacher records the coordinates of their cache and returns home to log its existence on a website.

Another player will see the listing about the cache, enter the coordinates into their GPS receiver and go in search of it.

When they find it, the finder may take something from the cache and leave something in return, and for posterity, enter a log in the logbook.

When the seeker returns home they should log on the website that they have found the cache and pass any comments they wish. These logs are important to the cache hider; it is part of their “reward” for hiding the cache.

I'm not a stupid person, but I did do a silly thing with my first ever geocache hide in Colchester this week. I should have known as I hid the magnetic nano cache not to put it where I did. In fact, I committed the cardinal sin of geocaching.

I stuck it to an electricity pylon. D'oh.

So it wasn't long before I received the following email review of my cache. Something to bare in mind in the future and a good point well made:

"I'm just reviewing your new cache submission. The cache appears to be located on or by an electricity pylon. My colleagues and I have discussed caches in such locations and have concerns about how people searching for them would be perceived. Caches on road signs and other street furniture would probably not arouse suspicion as people look for them because people would reasonably be expected at such signs. However pylons like these would not have people wandering around them other than officials from the companies responsible for maintenance there. Such people would be wearing appropriate safety clothing. Any person not fitting the above criteria may cause concern to members of the public which could risk a call to the police or a direct challenge to the person searching for the container. If you were to get permission from the company that owns/maintains the pylon that would be fine but perhaps it may be best to move the cache away from this location."

From the guidelines:

"Select an appropriate location and container. Think about how your container and the actions of Geocachers seeking it will be perceived by the public. Although your geocache will be hidden with landowner permission, concerned passersby who are unaware of geocaching may view people searching the property as suspicious. For example, a Geocacher will likely be wrongly suspected of being malicious if a cache is hidden in full view of an office or apartment windows."

You may view the full guideline here .

"I am temporarily disabling your cache while you decide how to proceed. When you're ready for me to review the cache again either enable it from the cache page (Navigation box on the top right) and add any information or questions in the comments box or if you are editing the cache tick the box 'Yes this listing is active' and add any information in the 'Note to reviewer' box at the bottom. This will bring it back to the top of the queue for review."

Needless to say I moved it. It made sense!

Other places not to hide Geocaches

Other places not to hide Geocaches include:

  • private property (unless you have permission)
  • places of scientific interest
  • military land
  • underground
  • anywhere which might endanger a person trying to get to the cache


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