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Today’s Rant… When your geocaching is no longer fun.

June 12, 2013

My quest to always look into geocaching with an alternative view has led me to research GC users who no longer go caching.

First off, it should be mentioned more users than not, ever reach the 200 finds mark.  Why? We can only guess,  they did try the sport, just did not find it fun enough to continue doing it anymore.

The Bitchy Cacher has talked with a few users to hear their side of things.  players gave plenty of reasons for not wanting to play the game anymore. Here is just a few…

“It got boring”  — O.K. we hear you, and respect this, it is not for everybody.

“I did not like the ‘cloak and dagger’ aspect of it”  –There are plenty of caches where muggles are nowhere near them, but hey, it’s your call…

“I did not feel it was an environmentally friendly idea” — I have blogged about this before, you may be right on the money about this, only time will tell.

“I got poison ivy several times, and found generally I was allergic to the outdoors”— Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

“I did not like other geocachers, the local geocachers around where I live are jerks” —You could have ignored these people, or not logged finds to stay under their radar, but once again it’s your call.

“I did not give up on it entirely, just saving it for vacations” —It’s been 3 years since you’ve logged anything, you must be a workaholic!!

“It would be just finding more of basically the same thing over and over again, I found a few that’s enough for me”—This is also very true, well, at least you tried.

“I did not give up on caching…I still go to events and social gatherings”—So you’ve changed from finding tupperware to finding people to have beers with?  O.k., but swapping geo stories with you might be a little limiting in fact you haven’t had a find in 2 years.

These users were actually smart enough to give up on the sport before they became to highly critical of it.  I can think of quite a few users who should be giving up on the sport rather than becoming the people I blog about in my posts.

This brings me to “Caching burnout”  or when your “get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went”. But how can you tell?  Don’t worry The Bitchy Cacher is here for you with a checklist….

1. You were going to go out caching, but decided the garage needed cleaning,—this would not have stopped you when you were enthused about the sport.

2. Your found logs have a bitchy tone to them—. i.e.. crappy weather, stepped in doo doo, got scraped by branches etc.

3. Your excuse to not go caching was “No one would go with me”—see also; co-dependency.  If you don’t want to go caching, you could just admit this.

4. You become critical of cache size or star ratings.— So, you hiked up a mountain to leave a travel bug, only to find out it wasn’t going to fit into the pill bottle. This would have not bothered you before. Sounding off on the cache owner just makes you look bad, not them.

5. You browsed briefly, and decided there was nothing new worth finding.—Really!!? you are within 40 miles of 5000 caches and NOTHING was worth finding?

6. You don’t look forward to going out, but you drag your ass off the couch because you felt the need to leave the house.—Do everyone a favor and do something else, I don’t want anyone finding my caches that will see it as a chore.

Now, if our sport really was not “all about the numbers”. it might not be not be so hard for players to take a break from it. Perhaps if there was no find count next to our caching I.D., we wouldn’t feel so obligated to keep going.  It is important here that you keep the game fun for yourself, if you do not look forward to going out caching, it is very simple.. DON’T GO. Take a break from it. I have always advocated for quality over quantity when it comes to the game. Dragging yourself to get a find just so you wont have an empty spot on your caching calendar is rather lame, and will only amplify your resentment of  the game.

So why do players who obviously need to take a break from the game continue to do it?  Who knows?  Pride?  Competition with others?  Don’t want to disappoint their geo friends? Perhaps they find some sort of shame in giving up on it.

Now this blog would not be complete without paying homage to  players who made this game great, but no longer play the game. There are several cache owners in the area where I live who have not logged a find in years but still diligently maintain their caches for others to enjoy. Kudos to these people, they still understand that it it still fun for other players in the game and still like to feel you are connected to the sport in some way.  You seem to have the good sense to keep it fun for yourself, if only to read your log entries for  the day. Perhaps one day you will dust off the old GPSr and discover new found enthusiasm for it.

I’m am going end this rant with a shout out to a player who had a very unique caching style and an enthusiasm for the sport like no other. I can really respect the fact this guy not only danced to the beat of his own drum, but faced any criticism he received with a polite retort and sense of humor.

GC profile;

His blog;

I am so sad you do not cache anymore.  We need more players like you, your blog and your caching profile showed your uniqueness and style. While your way of caching may not be for everyone, it made you happy, at least for a while. Finding your blog and profile made my day. Its so refreshing to find someone who is going to be who they are, above all public pressures to conform  and go along with the status quo. And kudos to you, it could not have been easy to take pictures while caching, but you actually did something that added to the difficulty of your game and you are to be commended. The Bitchy Cacher would never do what you did out of modesty, but I do admire you for doing it.

  1. i know someone who enjoys going with us but does not really want to get into the game for himself. though he wants to hide a cache on his property just to watch people try to find it

  2. I also know of a geocacher who has absolutely no finds whatsoever but who owns 9 (really nice) caches. I love the idea of putting a cache out on your own property, you could watch geocachers trying to look inconspicuous while you obviously know what they’re doing, but you could also laugh at all the logs that read “Quick find” When you know for a fact it took them forever to find it!

  3. Nudecacher apparently abandoned ) in 2006. True, he hasn’t found a cache in 2013, but plenty between last year and 2006. And he was interviewed by the INATN blog in 2011.

  4. My friend and I started geocaching four months ago, but she quit geocaching and I barely stayed with it. Some of the caches were really fun, but so many turned out to be very hard even though they were rated as easy. It makes you feel like an idiot to struggle to find a cache that everybody else brags about being easy.

    Plus the cache descriptions are so cryptic and filled with code words and code acronyms that we don’t understand. It seems like a game for insiders, especially the groupies who try to find it first. Why is that so important to people?

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