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Cache Logging Etiquette for the New Geocacher

By Dave "Ecylram"

Logging is one of the most important elements of caching. For the cacher, it’s a reminder of that day’s adventure. For the cache owner, it’s their reward for all their hard work in creating the cache. For other cachers, the log lets them know about the adventure ahead of them.

So now that you’ve found the cache and signed the log book, what are you going to write in your online log?

First, here are some things to avoid in your log entries:

· The alphabet soup jumble… Write something besides acronyms. You can include acronyms, just don’t make them the entire substance of the log entry.

· Do not use any automated text that is generated by your mobile device. These automated logs are universally despised as they provide no useful information to the cache owner or other cachers.

· Don’t post spoiler messages or pictures. They spoil the adventure for those that follow.

· Don’t write logs while angry or upset. If you had a bad experience, wait before writing your log.

What you choose to include in the log is up to you. It can be a few words or several paragraphs. Whatever you write, include some information for the cache owner and other cachers. Here are some ideas on what you can put in a log:

· What was the condition of the cache?

· What is the condition of the log? Is it full?

· What did you find in the cache?

· Did you trade anything? What did you trade?

· Did something funny or interesting happen while searching for the cache?

· Did you see anything interesting in the area? (Avoid spoiler

· How was the weather? Did it affect your caching?

· Write anything that is an honest compliment to the cache owner.

The most important thing to post in your logs is a thank you to the cache owner if you appreciated the cache. TFTC! or TFTH! are acceptable, but spelling it out has a much stronger impact: "Thank you for placing this cache!"

DNF’s are important too. If you don’t find the cache please post a DNF. Many times this information is more useful to the cache owner and other cachers than "Found It" logs. There is no shame in logging DNF’s, take pride in them!

Caching is supposed to fun. Use the above for ideas but write what is meaningful for you. Your logs don’t have to be perfect and they don’t require proper punctuation and grammar. They just require your input.

Finally, if you’re ever stuck on what to write… Pick some piece of information about the search, write about that, and thank the cache owner. If you do that, you’ve written a successful log.

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