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1.1. Hiding Overview

Editors note: Our goal is for everyone to become a successful cache maker and for awesome caches to get published. These are words of wisdom from an HQ staffer who is also a long time geocacher and reviewer. If you read nothing else before placing a geocache, read this:

Consult your Reviewer - Your community volunteer reviewer is one of the best resources available for cache makers. Reviewers are chosen for their deep knowledge of the game and guidelines, discretion, ability to communicate, as well as a sincere enjoyment of helping people. Fielding questions and steering geocachers toward success is a big part of their role, so ask them if you're unsure of something or want to know if an unusual idea is viable. 99% of the time they know the answer or can steer you in a direction that can make your idea work. They can also tell you if something just isn't going to fly. Trust them - they're smart people.

One of the most important times to seek reviewer help is before you do something that is going to take a lot of time, expense, or physical effort. You will want to know before you start digging that your elaborate system of underground conduit violates the buried guideline. You will want to know your chosen location is 50 feet away from the final of a puzzle cache before you mount a custom container that can't be moved. You will want to know before you go on the mother of all hikes into a wilderness area that caches are not allowed in wilderness areas, so you don't have to do the mother of all hikes again to retrieve your container or worse, leave it there as geolitter.

Read the Guidelines - The guidelines are another important resource, and an essential one. Everyone that submits a cache for review checks the box that says I have read and understand the Cache Listing Requirements and Guidelines. They're not a software agreement - you really need to take the time to go over them before you submit a cache for publication. Probably 1/3 of new cache submissions are kicked back for basic guideline violations. You can't know what they are without reading them, and they are the biggest thing that determines whether you will have to redo your cache or get to sit back and enjoy reading the logs of people who have found it.

Here are the four guidelines that potential cache owners most commonly overlook:

If you read the guidelines and work cooperatively with your reviewer, you can be a successful cache maker too!

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