Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly Mailer

To DNF or Not To DNF?

Geocaching is full of codes and clues to decipher. You can offer other geocachers a clue about a cache before they even begin their search. When you log a DNF (Did Not Find), you’re telling geocachers that the cache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the cache owner know that they may need to check if their cache container is still at the posted coordinates.

If you’re a geocacher who logged any of the 8,530,163 DNF’s posted to Geocaching.com so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. So maybe DNF means more than “Did Not Find” — maybe it also means “Doing (the) Next (cacher a) Favor.”

Go to the official Geocaching.com Facebook page to discuss your thoughts on logging DNF’s.

International Geocaching Day Success

You did it! You made International Geocaching Day the biggest day in Geocaching.com history. More than 94,000 geocachers from around the world charged into the wilderness or perhaps walked casually down the sidewalk to find a geocache on August 18. A souvenir for the day could be earned by logging a “Found it” for a physical geocache or an “Attended” on an Event Cache. Thank you to all those cachers who organized the more than 250 events, including 3 Mega-Events, on International Geocaching Day this year.

International Geocaching Day is the third Saturday of August each year. Next year it will be commemorated on August 17, 2013

  • Roxane Bukacek

    August 17th is the 3rd Saturday in 2013….August 20th, 2013 that you have listed in the article is on a Tuesday… ???

  • waterloo.bob

    Yup, it’s the 17th in Canada too.

  • simrebel

    I try to log the DNF’s with some insight of what I did to find the cache, So the cache owner might have a better clue if it’s there or not, hate the people who log one to say it’s not there, just to go out and check and it’s still there

  • DNF seems to be huge humiliation today. Many places where nobody has search long time, you can still found large areas with huge “geo erosion”. DNF is not humiliation, it’s tells caches state this moment or then when you have searched it. There should not be any shame. There is lots of people who not logs dnf’s. They invent different stories why they don’t write dnf logs. “You have to search cache over 30 minutes or even 1 hour. After that you can log dnf, not before that.” Many cachers seems to be make “own” rules what suits to be best for him or her. DNF not make any cacher worse than other. Everybody has great moments and bad moments. Sometimes you can’t see cache what is not even hide. 😉 Some rules changes make this hobby more competition against other cachers and statistics should be nice to watch. It’s affects many cachers, even those who deny it. Human race is competitor.


    Even down here in the wilds of the southern hemisphere, the 17th appears as the 3rd Saturday in August for 2013 😉

  • Rigger64

    Well like it has been it tells more than just you not finding the cache, To me it serves to spur me on to find the rotten little bliter, the longer it sits on GSAK the more i feel the need to go find it..

  • This post for sure encouraged me to log DNFs. I less feel inadequate now. Otoh, when you have a cache when so many others post a “Trivial find”, logging a DNF really looks like “I am soo stupid”, which no one wants to say.