Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class Geocache

You’ve found them, seen them in blog posts, heard about them from other geocachers, and see the load of Favorite Points next to their names. What are they? They’re the best of the best: amazing geocaches. The time and effort that goes in to creating these geocaches is incredible.

A great example of thinking outside the ammo can from geocacher Ecylram.
The Tin Man (GC4B6BB), a great example of thinking outside the ammo can from geocacher Ecylram.

With every Geocache of the Week post I write, I always ask the geocache creator, “What criteria do you use to make sure the geocaches you create are so awesome?” We’ve taken the answers to this question. We’ve combined them with responses from geocachers about what makes a great find. And we’ve create the Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class ‘Cache. Feel free to add your tips or ideas in the comments.

1. Love Your Geocache

If you love your geocache, others probably will too. Show your geocache some love by making sure it’s well-maintained. This includes ensuring the log stays dry, the container stays in good shape, keeping the geocache details page updated and responding promptly to “Needs Maintenance” logs. This is easier when you place a geocache that’s close to home or in a place that you’re able to access easily.

2. Get Creative

Some geocaches are just there to be found, and that’s okay. Everyone plays the game differently. But great geocaches actually evoke a reaction or emotion from the finder. Sometimes it’s a laugh, and sometimes it’s an “OMG!” Geocacher Ecylram has a great piece of advice, “the find needs to bring something unique or uncommon for the cacher, and the sum of the experience needs to be memorable.” Think of it this way: a geocache is like a piece of art. Yours may not be liked by everybody, but if it causes a reaction or emotion—it’s a masterpiece. So get creative and think outside the ammo can. If you need some inspiration, check out this video about creative geocaches.

This is the "OMG" look we're aiming for.
This is the “OMG” look we’re aiming for.

3. Location, Location, Location

I’m sure you knew this one was coming. Geocachers love to discover new and amazing places. While that railing may not have a micro geocache attached to it, do you think geocachers will be enjoy that location? Think more along the lines of parks that few people know about, hidden gems in your area, a great place for a sunset or sunrise, scenic vistas and other great spots.

4. Go Big or Go Home

We love swag, trading trackables and writing great logs. Unfortunately, the smallest geocaches aren’t conducive to these things. So if your hiding spot has enough room, place the largest geocache that will fit, while still remaining hidden. This typically means, avoiding hiding really small geocaches in really large forests. This will give geocachers the chance to trade trinkets and trackables.

A great spot for a geocache. Photo by geocacher acaferreira
A great spot for a geocache. Photo by geocacher acaferreira

5. Great Geocaches Deserve Great Descriptions

Think of the geocache description as your artist’s statement. Some geocachers create epic stories about their geocaches or create an adventure for other geocachers to take part in. While you don’t have to go this far for every hide, a nice paragraph or two introducing the geocache, describing the area, dropping subtle hints and giving any pertinent details will suffice. Check out the story that accompanies Das Vergessene Portal (The Forgotten Portal) (GC3HWBE). (You might have to translate it from German.)

We continually see amazing creativity come out of the geocaching community. We’re still amazed by the thought and dedication that goes into keeping our favorite hobby fun. Now that you’ve read our Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class ‘Cache, we’d like to see your examples of great geocaches and read your tips.