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Professor Xavier: Hi

One of my roles as a reviewer is to monitor my region for caches that have been disabled for a long time, have had a reasonable number of DNFs or appear to require some maintenance. This is done through running a query on a database of all the caches in my region that looks for such things or by cachers submitting Needs Archiving logs as it appears maintenance may not be being carried out by the CO.

It would appear that this cache may benefit from some attention by the CO. May I ask that the owner checks the cache and sort out any problems with it or gives an indication of when it may be up and running again for people to find. If this cannot be done or if the CO no longer wishes to maintain the cache then the listing should be archived.

Of course if the CO has visited the cache recently then please post an Owner Maintenance log indicating that they have done so, enable the listing, and all should be fine.

In the future, if a listing is going to be disabled for a long time then posting periodic notes to the page (once per month or so) keeps people up to date with what is happening.

This isn't a requirement to fix the cache immediately but if it's unlikely to be done within 30 days could the CO post a note to the cache page giving an indication of when the maintenance will be done, or an indication of why it cannot be carried out.

In the meantime I'm disabling this cache

By all means send a mail to me through my profile, quoting the cache name and GC code, but please also post a note to the cache page. Emails to me may be missed or go astray and it would be a shame to archive the listing due to missing correspondence.

Guidelines: "You are responsible for occasional visits to your cache to maintain proper working order, especially when someone reports a problem with the cache (missing, damaged, wet, etc.). You may temporarily disable your cache to let others know not to search for it until you have a chance to fix the problem. This feature is to allow you a reasonable amount of time - normally a few weeks - in which to check on your cache. If a cache is not being maintained, or has been temporarily disabled for an unreasonable length of time, we may archive the listing."

Sadly if there is no response to this log after 30 days I may have to archive the cache.

Please note that the guidelines say that if a cache is archived by a reviewer or Geocaching HQ staff for lack of maintenance then it will not be unarchived - Unarchiving a Geocache


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Oxford Snark Hunt (Fit the 2nd) - Botanic Gardens

A cache by Monotreme Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/16/2011
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

One of a series of caches placed for Alice Day (2011) in Oxford.

This is placed near the entrance of the Botanic Gardens and although the staff are aware of it, a great deal of stealth will be required to retrieve it.

The cache is a tupperware box containing a log book, small pencil and small swaps.

The cache is close to a path and there is no need to step on plants to get to it. I have assured the staff there that geocachers are conscientious folk, please don't prove me wrong.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonymn of Lewis Carroll, spent the majority of his adult life in Oxford where he was a lecturer in Mathematics. However, it is as the author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" that he is best known.

Amongst his other works is the nonsense poem "The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)" the plot of which has been described thus: "with infinite humour the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature".

This cache has been placed to celebrate Alice Day (2011) which commemorates the very first telling of Alice in Wonderland (on 4 July 1862).

The University of Oxford Botanic Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Britain and include glasshouses and a walled garden.

Cache is suitable for disabled cachers but wheelchair users may need assistance to get the actual cache

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Arkg gb gur jbbqra qbbe (Fhzzre ragenapr) ba gur evtug unaq fvqr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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