When your starting out, sometimes it is difficult to know what type of log type to use when. We’ve all done it ‘wrong’ at one point. Here are all the log types and some examples of when to use them and when not to.
Used when you have found a geocache and physically signed the log sheet. Online logs are used to share the story, and even photos, of your geocaching adventure. Good logs can help future finders out by letting them know if you found the coordinates were out, by stating where it was that you found the geocache (eg: 5m N of GZ), you might have replaced a full log book for the cache owner, or found the container in a place that didn’t match the hint, or that you had the most amazing pie right across the street from the geocache – this is all stuff that will help future finders.
A found it log is not used when you have spotted the hiding place but were unable to retrieve the cache because you were too short, couldn’t climb the tree, there were too many muggles or you forgot to bring a pen. If you haven’t signed the logbook, you haven’t found the geocache!
Didn’t Find It (DNF):
Used when you have looked for a geocache and you were unable to find it. Once again, share your story and let others and the cache owner know if you were able to see evidence of an animal making off with or destroying the geocache (half eaten lids), muggle activity (swag all spread out outside the geocache), or if you were just off your “caching game” for the day. It’s best to remain humble in a DNF log – because it is possible geocache is still there…staring at you, mocking you, and waiting for you to come back and try again.
- Bad DNF: It’s not there – I looked and looked…geocache is gone.
- Good DNF: Bummer! We looked and looked for this one today. Guess we’ll have to come back and try again another day.
- Bad DNF: Unfortunately too much muggle activity today due to vintage car show at exhibition building. Will come back another day
- Good DNF: Looked at the back of the park in the tree could not find it. Looked under slide not there. Don’t know where it could be
It is important to log DNF’s! If the cache owner receives a string of DNFs on the geocache page, they will usually check to see if it is still there. Also, it will alert other finders of the possibility that the geocache either is missing or super tough to find. There is nothing ‘bad’ about logging a DNF, you won’t loss points or be thought of as silly. By logging your DNFs you help everyone else out.
A DNF log should not be used when you weren’t able to hunt for the cache. There might have been too many muggles or it might have been too dark. If you wish to mark your visit to the cache when this happens, your best option is a note log (see below)
There are many reasons to write a note, including:
- You are a cache owner and just checked on your geocache to make sure it is there.
- You visited a Challenge Cache that you don’t yet qualify for and signed the log, but are not allowed to log a ‘Found It’ on it yet. You can let others know that you visited the geocache, signed the log, and are excited to log it as ‘Found’ someday.
- You are dropping a Trackable into the geocache, but you have already logged a find on it.
- You have news or relevant information that might help the next cache hunter. (eg: “planned burning in area – geocache might be burnt”, “beehive next to geocache – be careful if you decide to hunt”, “road closed”)
Often used along with a ‘Found It’ log to show that a geocache that needs a little love from it’s owner. Cracked containers, soggy log books might be reason to log a needs maintenance log. Many times other geocachers will help out and replace the log (carrying some with you is a few sizes is a good idea), but sometimes you get caught empty-handed and need to let the owner and future finders know.
A needs maintenance log can be used with a DNF log to let a cache owner know that you and others have been to the location MANY times and that there is a string of DNFs… An example might be: “It seems like a bunch of people are having trouble with this one lately. Would the cache owner mind checking on it, please?” This is an appropriate way to phrase the request when posting a Needs Maintenance log with a DNF log.
No, this isn’t a great use of English, however… Used only on odd occasions, under these circumstances:
- If you have found a geocache that was placed illegally on private property, without permission, and/or the property owners or law enforcement expressed concerns to you during your search.
- If you have found a geocache where aggressive searching activity is causing damage to the surrounding area or the geocache placement damages or defaces property.
- If a geocache already has MANY DNFs, Needs Maintenance logs (with no cache owner response), and is without a genuine find for a very long time.
A Needs Archived log will alert both the local volunteer reviewer and the geocache owner to the issue. Flippant or fake Need Archived log are usually offensive to cache owners and not recommended. If in doubt, use a Needs Maintenance log instead.
Used only on event caches, this log is used to let the cache owner of the event know that you plan on attending – it’s an RSVP of sorts. It’s a good idea to mention how many will be with you and if you have children that will be attending. All of this information helps the Event Cache owner plan. For more complex events, the owner might ask for additional information, so have a good read of the event cache page before logging your will attend log.
Used only on event caches, this log is the equivalent of a “Found it” log on a normal cache. It is used to indicate that you have been at an event. These logs are a great opportunity to say “THANK YOU” to the event planners for putting on a fun event.
Webcam Photo Taken:
Used only on Webcam type caches, this log is the equivalent of a “Found it” log on a normal cache. Along with this log you will attach the successfully captured a photo from the webcam. There are only 3 webcam caches left in Victoria.