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Guest Post: Living On The EDGE

By Roby Sherman (GC handle: Cryptosporidium-623) and Dave Bowdish (GC handle: Ecylram)

Want to geocache on the EDGE?

The Extraordinary & Delightful Geocache Enthusiasts (EDGE) say their group’s name doesn’t describe themselves, per say, but rather the caches they are passionate about.

This band of volunteer geocachers came together to educate and inspire our hobby’s ever-growing population on finding, building, placing, and promoting “extraordinary” geocaches.

To fulfill this purpose, they host a website – EDGE Caching – which acts as a centralised resource for other players excited about special geocaches. It contains human-reviewed and recommended cache listings (numbering in the hundreds), how-to articles, tips and tricks plus practical information on how to create clever, new hides.

The EDGE volunteers also run a Facebook group, whereby cachers from across the globe can share exciting geo-discoveries, “talk shop” and get advice from other enthusiasts of “extraordinary” geocaches.

SO WHAT MAKES A GEOCACHE EXTRAORDINARY?

It all boils down to the experience that each cacher had finding it.

Starting at the beginning, does the cache title and/or description generate interest in some fashion? Is it humorous, informative, educational or fascinating? If so, then it’s a step ahead of the average cache.

Once a player has selected a cache to find, the next step is the search itself. Does that involve a special tool, a unique perspective, a different technique or a unique puzzle? In other words, was the cacher’s experience in locating the hide unique, memorable (in a good way) and/or entertaining.

Now that the cache is found, was special attention paid to the container? Has the owner created an unusually good camouflage, used an original container, incorporated humour or tied the container itself to the cache description? If yes, then the cache is definitely a big step toward being exceptional.

One more factor that can make a cache special is its location. Does it bring the cacher to an extraordinary place such as a hidden oasis in the city, a rarely visited and beautiful vista, or to some little known but interesting historical site?

Locations do matter when selecting a hiding spot. A trash-strewn vacant lot will always lose out to a scenic view or a rare statue garden. The location is a large part of the caching experience.

Once the find has been made, did the cache exceed the seeker’s expectations? If the cacher was expecting a good hide but finds it to be even better than anticipated, then it may well be an exceptional cache. If they want to tell their friends and spread the word about this new hide, it is definitely a special cache.

And, finally, does the cache inspire others? Does it make them want to locate other hides of this type or place caches with some idea they picked up from that find? If so, that is the greatest compliment that can be given to a cache owner. They affected the finder to the point that causes them to take action in the future.

Few caches have all of the elements mentioned above, but hides which incorporate most of these points will almost always rise to the level of an ‘Extradordinary & Delightful’ cache.

FaceGETTING INVOLVED

Quality geocaches are an important part of our hobby’s overall landscape and they should be encouraged and promoted wherever possible. EDGE is always looking for fellow cachers with great ideas, energy and enthusiasm for discovering or crafting exceptional geocaches.

Tell EDGE about your best discoveries by visiting their website or Facebook group. If you enjoy helping others find or create unique geocaches and have the writing bug, the EDGE volunteers would love to talk with you. Drop them a line at: EDGEgeocaching@gmail.com

*Have you found or placed an EDGE hide recently? Tell us about it in the comments section below …

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