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Tip of the Day 9/3:Hints Can Fool You

In our Find It Friday tip,we’d like to give you a clue about what to do when searching for a cache.

Clyde England,the developer of Geocaching Swiss Army Knife,told us this story. It’s an example of how hints can actually throw you off the trail:

“The cache that was set on the banks of a river. The clue said it was a magnetic micro. I assumed it would be attached to something metal. I looked for maybe two hours. I was totally frustrated,so I rang up the guy who placed the cache and he 4x4 under rocks Joy of Geocachinggave me a hint. It turned out that the mention of the magnetic micro had nothing to do with at all with the location of the cache. It was hidden in a tree. The actual container was a magnetic micro,but it wasn’t attached to anything metal.”


We also like the hint that one of our favorites geocachers (whose name we’ll withhold to protect the identity of the cache) used for one of his hides:“4×4 container under rocks.”Veteran geocachers know that “4×4″usually refers to a Lock &Lock container about the size of a sandwich. But in this case,the target was a Nissan Pathfinder 4×4. And yes,there are rocks on top of the roof (see photo).

So don’t assume the hints are always meant to help you. Sometimes they can actually do the opposite!


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