1.17. Check for geocache saturation
New geocaches must be at least 0.1 miles (528 feet or 161 meters) from the physical elements of other caches. To check for geocache saturation, follow the steps below.
Search for nearby geocaches
In the real world
Before you place a new geocache, go geocaching at your proposed location. Check for nearby caches on your GPS or in the Geocaching® mobile app. If you see caches within 0.1 miles, the location is probably not available.
Tip: You may want to look within .12 miles of your chosen location to allow for GPS error.
Solve nearby geocaches, including mystery and multi-caches, to discover hidden stages. If you see a mystery cache with posted (bogus) coordinates within 2 miles of your proposed location, its final stage may be nearby. Many multi-caches also start and finish in the same area.
On the website
Use the planning map or search feature to check if your proposed coordinates are near the known coordinates of another cache. If you see physical geocaches within 0.1 miles, the location is probably not available. For more information, see the planning map help page.
Some multi-caches start with virtual stages. You may be able to place a geocache near these stages. Ask a community volunteer reviewer to confirm.
Ask a reviewer to check coordinates
If you’re still unsure if your location is available, ask a local reviewer to confirm.
Tip: It’s a good idea to do this before you place your geocache.
- Create a cache listing with a title like "Coordinate Check".
- Add locations as waypoints if you'd like the reviewer to check more than one location. This is similar to adding stages for a multi-cache.
- Add a Reviewer Note to make sure that the reviewer does not publish the listing. For example, “Do not publish, this is a coordinate check."
- Enable the cache listing and wait for your reviewer to reply.
Many thanks to Volunteer Geocache Reviewer palmetto for initially developing this article.