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Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

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jaxh725

Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

Post by jaxh725 » Sat May 12, 2012 9:52 pm

Sorry if this isn't the right forum, wasn't sure where I should post it.

I was out for the first time tonight and found two cache's :D

The first was fine but the second (GC340M7) was empty. Looking at the description and the name of the cache I'm certain I found the outer container but nothing inside.

Just wanted some advice on how to log this? Do I still log it as found even though there was no log for me to sign but with a maintenance note/flag or do I log it as not found? I took a pic of the outer container but not sure if I should add this too the log as it would be a big clue as to what future cache'rs should look for.

Thanks for any advice.

John

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Re: Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

Post by Team Vorst » Sun May 13, 2012 7:33 pm

Hi John. I think it's okay how you did it. I would have done it probably the same way. BUT, in some cases caches can be tricky :-) You think you've found the cache and the logbook seems to be missing, but the logbook is there and you have to figure out how to get it. I know a dozen of such caches but they usually have a higher difficulty rating than yours. Anyway, if the owner of the cache thinks you have to log it, then he might delete your log. You would notice this. And of course, I am sure we have people here around who think this is not a valid found :-) Christoph

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Re: Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

Post by jaxh725 » Sun May 13, 2012 8:23 pm

Thanks for the reply Christoph.

Happy to relog if the CO decides this isn't a valid "Found it", it's only up the road from me :)

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Re: Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

Post by daraconn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:40 pm

In that situation (container present but logbook missing) I would log it on a piece of paper taken from my own notebook or similar. Ideally with space for some additional logs. And of course let the CO know it needs maintenance.
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Re: Newbie Advice on finding an empty cache

Post by mr.-oda » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:01 pm

I wouldn't upload the photo on the cache page, but offer to send it to the co. And if you are certain that the log is missing add a emergency log if possible.
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