How to find good geocaches

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How to find GOOD geocaches

Geocaching has a common problem: you don't like all the caches you find. Sometimes you have good days, sometimes you have bad ones. Sometimes you wonder "why did I come here?" and sometimes you wonder "how would I have ever found this cool spot if there wasn't a cache here?". What you may like will likely differ that what other people like.

GeoQO can help you. So can just changing how you think about Geocaching in general.

The first step: Admit you have a problem

There are geocachers that have actually quit participating because they're fed up with "lame micro caches". The first step in preventing your unhappiness is realizing you are or are heading that way. If you realize this, then read on to find out how you can start having fun again or maximizing your fun. It doesn't require that you use GeoQO and this is just a general philosophical rant. But, GeoQO does have tools that may help you.

The second step: Find out who you are

You need to decide what type of geocacher you are. Generally, there are 3 types of geocachers (in Yamar's humble opinion):

  1. Someone who likes being outdoors, hiking, being in nature.
    • Hiking 2+ miles to get to a cache is a very good thing, not a bad thing.
  2. Someone who cares about the numbers.
    • They like to find as many caches in a day as possible.
    • High difficulty ratings, long hikes, etc. are not condusive to this activity.
  3. Someone who enjoys the creative caches.
    • Micros are typically fine, as long as they're amazing camoed

Who are you? Are you all 3? Just 1? A mix? Something else? Deciding what you like most is a very important step in making sure you have the most fun in the future. It's possible, you rotate. I like days of high number counts sometimes, I enjoy amazing camos, and what I target next is not always what I did the day before. But if I can figure out what mood I'm in ahead of time, I'll have a much much better day while caching.

The third step: Take action

  1. Be willing to ignore caches you don't like.
    • this may require that you use something like the ignore lists
    • You will be helped by the GeoQO Rating and tagging system.
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