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Tip of the Day 8/12:Power caching rules

Mrs. Captain Picard wrote some guidelines that she finds useful for power caching (nabbing lots of caches in a day). Thanks,Julie! Here they are:

  • Go in a group. Four works well because you can fit four in a car. Then you have a driver,a navigator (who can sit in the car and figure out the next route when the seekers are looking for the cache),and two people to jump out and find and log each cache.
  • Have a plan. Know which caches you’re going to and in what order.
  • Weed out long multis and puzzles for which you don’t have the solution. A long multi in power caching is anything over two stages.
  • Have people load each GPSr the same way,so when someone calls out the name of the cache,everyone can find it that way in their GPSr.
  • Weed out time-consuming hikes by looking at the terrain rating. Not all high-terrain caches are hikes,though!
  • Use a route optimizer,like in Microsoft Streets and Trips,to optimize your driving route.
  • Have one person in charge of the list,reading the notes ahead of arrival.
  • Have a dedicated driver whose only job is to park well and be the first one back to the car so it will be unlocked and ready to go again.
  • Set a time limit and keep an eye on the clock to keep pace with your goal for the day. Why waste time looking when there’s another cache on your list waiting to be found? No one likes a DNF,but then no one likes looking for an hour for a cache that isn’t there,especially when you don’t have time to burn.
  • Have a cooler in the car so you don’t waste time at the convenience store.

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