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KCSearcher's Feb29 2012 #01 Experiment

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Hidden : 02/12/2012
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1.5 out of 5

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This is 1 of the 29 caches in KCSearcher's Feb29 Experiment series to test First To Find (FTF) sharing. Cache is 35mm size. Parking is within 300 feet. Log FTF ASAP, using smart phone if available, to prevent others from wasting time and gas on a futile FTF attempt. Read on for hypothesis and experiment details.

I have placed 29 caches for publication on 2/29/2012 so that cachers can fill in their caching calendar by getting a find on 2/29. In addition, there are some cachers that need an FTF on 2/29 to help complete their FTF blackout bingo. Remember, leap day only comes around once every 1,461 days.

My working hypothesis is that cachers are generally sharing people. For at least 29 cachers to have a chance at getting a First To Find on 2/29, they will need to share and only get one cache in this series as the First Finder on 2/29. Will the FTF hounds be able to control their passion and eagerness to pile up FTF’s, or will they be greedy and go after them all? If they are sharing, there will be at least 29 different cacher names to sign the FTF. I say “at least” because it is possible to share an FTF if the cache was found when more than one cacher was searching and one of them makes the actual find.

I also need to get my Caching Karma to become 1.00 or greater and in turn give thanks to those that have hidden some of the caches I’ve found. What a better way than to place some caches nearby for those that have made this game / sport fun for me.

Happy Hunting.

RESULTS based on logs posted thru 3/10/2012 and my FTF validation trips on 3/3 - 3/5:

Thank You Nomex!!! First of all, a BIG Thank You to Nomex for helping me word the cache page correctly, holding the locations, and then releasing them all at once shortly after 12:30 AM on 2/29/2012.

Hypothesis Proved? Not 100%. I decided to grade the results on an A - F scale where A = 100% - 92%, B = 91% - 83%, and so on. There were 25 unique user names as "First to Find". There were 29 caches so that calculates to an 86%, or a solid grade of B. Even though not a perfect score, I'm going to interpret this as most of the cachers shared with others.

Cache Owner validated FTF Users based on actual paper log entry:

~ FTF / Co-FTF Username ~ ~ FTF on cache #(s) ~
Robster69 #07, #17, #18, #23, #26
jhhwild Co-FTF #06, #13, #15, #24
MCL1080 Co-FTF #06, #13, #15, #24
jellis #03, #22
robinkneer #01 (2nd quickest find at 29 minutes after publication)
Alamogul #02
2 terrapin #04
jadzea #05
PattyPre #08
barlone87 #09
esquimaux #10 (quickest find at 27 minutes after publication)
jasonf925 Co-FTF #11
Amberwins Co-FTF #11
camper248 #12
rbelknap #14 (last one found 9 hours, 24 minutes after publication)
Crz4gd Co-FTF #16
Dale Bryant Co-FTF #16
TeamWalri #19
Black Lotus #20
Bahb Co-FTF #21
rob/ Co-FTF #21
SnoWake #25
geocasual #27
4wheeler #28
gjkk #29

Please consider visiting all caches in KCSearcher's Feb29 2012 Experiment series. This link will take you to a list of those caches.

My Caching Karma (at least this part was successful) by the end of day on:

2/28/2012: 0.9966 (6,242 finders of my caches / 6,263 my finds)

3/10/2012: 1.0486 (6,587 finders of my caches / 6,282 my finds)


# Muggled prior to 2/29/2012: one-half see log

Stats through 3/10/2012:

Cacher with most finds: camper248 with 20

Cache with the most finds: KCSearcher's #29 Feb29 Experiment with 20

Cache with the fewest finds: KCSearcher's #19 Feb29 Experiment with 1


Cacher With The Most Finds On 2/29/2012 Award: jhhwild and MCL1080 with 6 each

Just Do It Award: see log and see log and see log

Let’s Get Going Award: see log and see log and see log

Able To Follow Directions Award: see log

Milestone Award: see log

Cacher Hassled Bummer Award: see log

Most Clever User Name Award: see log

Early Exit Polls Award: see log

Prediction Too Low Award: see log

Funniest Log Award: see log

To The Point Award: see log

Best Story Award: see log

So Happy Award: see log

Happy FTFer Award: see log

Most Thankful Award: see log

Mission Completed Award: see log

Biggest Disappointment Award: see log

Most Disorienting Photo Award: see log

Nothing Deters Cachers Photo Award: see log

Prettiest Photo Award: see log

It’s Really Not That Hard Photo Award: see log

Spoiler Photo Award: see log

Hardest To Verify FTF Award: see log

What’s This FTF Fuss All About Award: see log

Next experiment: I’ll maintain these and archive each one only after they have been muggled 3 times (3 strikes and you’re out). I’ll update the results annually on the first weekend in March following the last day of February of each year. Wonder how many will be around on 2/29/2016?

11 STRUCK OUT as of 08/10/2019? 3 times muggled = strike out and archive.

~ Cache # ~ ~ Strike #1 ~ ~ Strike #2 ~ ~ Strike #3 ~ ~ Status ~
#01 Still at bat
#02 09/12/2013 12/28/2014 Still at bat
#03 01/31/2015 09/02/2017 Still at bat
#04 01/14/2016 Still at bat
#05 10/22/2014 Still at bat
#06 Still at bat
#07 04/09/2012 02/02/2013 09/26/2015 STRUCK OUT
#08 Still at bat
#09 01/13/2013 10/24/2015 01/05/2018 STRUCK OUT
#10 05/11/2016 09/02/2017 07/16/2019 STRUCK OUT
#11 11/03/2012 09/27/2018 01/28/2019 STRUCK OUT
#12 06/02/2017 02/02/2019 Still at bat
#13 11/03/2012 06/03/2017 01/19/2018 STRUCK OUT
#14 09/12/2013 Still at bat
#15 09/12/2013 07/27/2019 Still at bat
#16 07/28/2019 Still at bat
#17 01/12/2013 06/14/2015 01/17/2016 STRUCK OUT
#18 11/03/2012 01/25/2015 Still at bat
#19 10/24/2014 04/24/2016 12/21/2016 STRUCK OUT
#20 05/05/2016 Still at bat
#21 Still at bat
#22 10/22/2014 04/05/2015 12/19/2016 STRUCK OUT
#23 01/12/2013 Still at bat
#24 01/12/2013 05/01/2014 03/30/2015 STRUCK OUT
#25 11/03/2012 Still at bat
#26 Still at bat
#27 12/28/2014 04/28/2016 08/10/2019 STRUCK OUT
#28 Still at bat
#29 09/12/2013 05/01/2014 05/23/2019 STRUCK OUT

Please consider visiting all caches in KCSearcher's Feb29 2012 Experiment series. This link will take you to a list of those caches.

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