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Wow!

 

Now I've been caching since 2005 and so far haven't put a geocache out myself. As with all the great finds out here in the Houston area I really wanted to put one out myself.

 

I've got an idea for a puzzle (almost) worked out, but when I went online at geocaching.com today I was taken aback by all the things I needed to fill out in the 'application' form.

 

My question: Is there a given format/layout one could use to facilitate the creating process?

What's the best way to go at it? Create a word doc (or .PDF) and upload that? And I'd like to use some pictures too... but that seems to involve including URL's..... I kinda hoped they would accept my uploads :)

 

It's already been done about 2,000,000 times before, so I should be able to manage, but I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel all over again, so any help will be appreciated.

 

(Or should I just go easy on myself the first time and stick with a traditional cache instead of the mystery I want to put out..???)

 

Thanks!

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The new form pretty much walks you through it and is easier, in my opinion. Getting fancy with the formatting and adding pictures, etc, is a little trickier. It helps if you have a rudimentary knowledge of HTML. The nice thing is, you can created the cache page, but it won't mark it for PR to review until you indicate that it is ready to be found, so you can play around with it as long as you want. Once the cache page is created, you can upload the pictures to it, then add them to the body of the description. I have a little cheat sheet of html segments, saved as a txt file, that I can copy and paste into new cache submissions.

Probably the only difference between creating a traditional cache page and a mystery is that you have to add an additional waypoint to the mystery cache to indicate it's actual location. Make sure that the waypoint is only visible to you and to the reviewer. The listed (bogus) coords have to be within 2 miles of the final. Oh, and make sure the final isn't within 528 feet of an existing cache or waypoint of a multi.

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And make sure it isn't within 150 feet of any RR tracks. It doesn't hurt to review Prime Reviewer's write-up on how to be one of the "shiny, happy people" who follow the guidelines of cache submission. You can find it on his profile page.

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Probably the only difference between creating a traditional cache page and a mystery is that you have to add an additional waypoint to the mystery cache to indicate it's actual location. Make sure that the waypoint is only visible to you and to the reviewer. The listed (bogus) coords have to be within 2 miles of the final. Oh, and make sure the final isn't within 528 feet of an existing cache or waypoint of a multi.

 

And make sure it isn't withing 528' of some other puzzle's final location.  Good luck figuring that one out unless you've cleaned out all the puzzles in a 2 mile radius.

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And make sure it isn't within 150 feet of any RR tracks. It doesn't hurt to review Prime Reviewer's write-up on how to be one of the "shiny, happy people" who follow the guidelines of cache submission. You can find it on his profile page.

 

Then how come I keep finding caches up against a fence line of a rail road?  I can't tell you how many caches I've found up near RR tracks.

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Thanks so far guys!

I think I've got the RR tracks & the distances figured out (although I might need to do some more checking on that) it was actually the step-by-step format of the Geocaching.com that had me spooked/worried. But if you say I can just start building it and it won't post it until I give the go-ahead I guess the best way is just trail-by-error!

 

Keep your eyes out for a new one popping up near the Montrose/Richmond/Sheperd/Westheimer area  :laugh: !

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PR has been letting the 150 ft rule slide here lately. If you really want to mess with people find a disabled cache and put your new one 25 ft away.

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And make sure it isn't within 150 feet of any RR tracks. It doesn't hurt to review Prime Reviewer's write-up on how to be one of the "shiny, happy people" who follow the guidelines of cache submission. You can find it on his profile page.

 

Then how come I keep finding caches up against a fence line of a rail road?  I can't tell you how many caches I've found up near RR tracks.

 

It seems to depend on when it was originally placed and published. There are lots of caches out there that do not conform to the current guidelines. Bogus puzzle coords have to be within 2 miles of the actual coords (and I can attest to them holding me to this...although I had a reason at the time) nowadays, but I just grabbed a puzzle final that was about 4 years old that was 16-1/2 miles from it's posted/bogus coords. And I've had similar finds as you regarding RR tracks. Also, proximity to schools is a hot button for PR. A former cacher in the area archived one awhlie back, and I went and placed one that day within 2 feet of the previous (now archived) one, but PR wouldn't publish mine. He said (in a pretty snotty way) that it was on school property, which it was not. It was on church property adjacent to the school. Anyway, my point being that when they update the guidelines, they don't do retroactive enforcement, but rather grandfather previous hides in.

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PR has been letting the 150 ft rule slide here lately. If you really want to mess with people find a disabled cache and put your new one 25 ft away.

 

I've put them even closer than that a couple times. :coolsmiley:

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GC454VW - I got this one this weekend and it is about 20' from the tracks.  There is a fence in the way.  But still...

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Right.... some blood, some sweat and some tears have been shed, some shouting has been done, cursing has occurred every now and then..... but I think I (correction)  we managed to create something akin to an actual mystery-cache. I can now only hope for a favorable review AND a cache that has a long life ahead!

 

Thanks y'all for helping out!!

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I have a cache under some railroad tracks => http://coord.info/GC2DD2Z

 

But the tracks are no longer in service, so it's all good.

 

I won't let PR know, but hush money will be required. :stirpot:

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I have a cache under some railroad tracks => http://coord.info/GC2DD2Z

 

But the tracks are no longer in service, so it's all good.

 

I won't let PR know, but hush money will be required. :stirpot:

Um, PR approved it in the first place.  He knew the tracks were abandoned because the Soda Tube Trials #2: Aim for the Water! (which predates my cache) is directly OVER the same tracks!  Hey, I wonder if the 150' rule doesn't apply if the cache is over 150' above the railroad?  :notme:

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Consensus on this point is: maybe - and that's almost final - but depends heavily on factors we may never understand, and of which we'll certainly never know. We're speaking of hard, repeating, consistent, objective and unambiguous rules, rules as straightforward as nailing a slab of Jello to a tree. Consider unclear or ignored clarification to simple queries to be reminiscent of the "because I said so" parenting card. Oh, and let precedence never enter into the discussion. For history, history is irrelevant - it simply doesn't matter...it's in the past! Just "submit"! Submit and realize that hope is your best - and only - strategy. You need it when? (tongue firmly in cheek)

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GC454VW - I got this one this weekend and it is about 20' from the tracks.  There is a fence in the way.  But still...

I thought the reason for the rule was so people wouldn't get hit by the train, so if there's a fence between you and the train I would think that would make it OK.

 

Also, some of the wind may have been taken out of his sails when he had to approve my Choo Choo series where virtually every cache is withing 150 feet of tracks.

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Yes.  But that's light rail.  ;)

 

and cars still get hit by the light rail every so often.....

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And while getting run over that trail does not feel all that light.

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Back to original topic - Congrats D on getting that puzzle published.  It looks to be a good one.

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Thanks Heftydude, you planning on a FTF? ;)

To all: I hope I estimated the difficulty rating right, if not, please let me know and I'll adjust accordingly!

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You might consider adding a coordinates checker like Certitude to the cache page.  You can always wait till after the FTF to do so.

 

I wonder if I can get my Dutch plant manager to help me on this one?  He might have better things to do though...

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You might consider adding a coordinates checker like Certitude to the cache page.  You can always wait till after the FTF to do so.

 

I wonder if I can get my Dutch plant manager to help me on this one?  He might have better things to do though...

 

LOL! I bet he'd help you out in a sec! Should be easy-as-pie for him, just don't expect me to cook for him too :P

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You might consider adding a coordinates checker like Certitude to the cache page.  You can always wait till after the FTF to do so.

 

I wonder if I can get my Dutch plant manager to help me on this one?  He might have better things to do though...

 

LOL! I bet he'd help you out in a sec! Should be easy-as-pie for him, just don't expect me to cook for him too :P

 

Everytime we order food at work for some event, and he is present, he threatens to feed us all cheese sandwiches!

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I decided not to ask my Dutch boss for help with this, he'll quickly figure out what I'm always so busy working on.

I do recall a two week seminar in the eastern Netherlands, near Enschede, where they served some excellent Dutch and French cuisine. The only clunker meal in the two weeks was a very rich potato/broccoli/mashed something sidedish that had half the class in diapers the next day.

You'll have to post your recipe for the potato and carrot stamppot and the good looking pea soup. Very nice puzzle!

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