Before you seek one of our geocaches, know this...

1. The Disclaimer: Cache seekers assume all risks involved in seeking a cache. Geocaching, hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities involve risk to both persons and property. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience, that must be considered prior to seeking or placing a Cache. Be prepared for your journey and be sure to check the current weather and conditions before heading outdoors. Always exercise common sense and caution. In no way shall the cache placer be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with the use of this website or use of the information contained within.

I wish I didn't have to say the following things, but because of what has happened at some of our caches, I must.

2. After you find one of our caches, please put it back the way it was originally hidden. Please, PLEASE, don't try to make it stick out a little more, leave it uncovered, or do anything that makes it easier for the next hunter because you think it's too difficult to find. Remember, it's NOT YOUR CACHE. If you want to make it easier for geocachers to find a cache, go ahead and make one of your own, spray paint it blaze orange, hang Christmas lights on it, and assign it a rating of half a star.

3. Don't leave food items inside the caches. Animals will sniff them out no matter how tightly sealed they are. They will pry open or chew their way into the cache container. This includes candy bars, power bars, jerky sticks, dried fruit, and so on. As far as we have heard, animals don't care for mints such as Altoids and TicTacs, so those may be OK. Also, don't leave liquids of any kind inside a cache. Unless you can say for certain that you will return to the cache before the weather turns cold to remove the item, the liquid may freeze and burst and ruin other items in the container.

4. No matter how tight the container is, seal everything in plastic bags in the container. Even if rain or melting snow does not get in, condensation will form inside the container and soak the paper and other items.

5. Use the parking coordinates. When we post coordinates for parking, we do so for a reason. Don't try to take a short-cut that looks closer on the map. You will probably not have as much fun and you may end up trespassing or getting injured.

Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now.


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