Life as a Geocacher

Caching and Reviewing

This is made up of stories from my caching and my reviewing.  It is a collection of those along with comments and thoughts.  Photos, and maps of some adventures and lists of some of the oldest caches.

The slow death of Additional Logging Requirements (ALR's)

    I don't know how many of you saw the Groundspeak weekly newsletter today.  Back in April, geocaching did away with ALR's.  If you have a requirement to log a cache (except for valid challenge caches) that requirement is no longer allowed. This does not apply to the requirements to log a virtual or earthcache.
    For example, if you want them to email you some information, take a photograph, dance a jig, wear a hat, count the trees, or any other requirement  to log the cache it is no longer allowed.  The only requirement is that you log the cache. If the signature is there you cannot delete the online log.

    From this weeks mailer:
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The Geocaching Guidelines were changed in April 2009 to remove Additional Logging Requirements (ALRs) from all physical caches – such as taking a photo at the cache site or answering a question in your log. These actions should now be considered optional tasks. Geocaches can be logged online as Found once the physical log has been signed.

We have given cache owners a few months since this guideline change to update cache listings. Going forward, reviewers will check on caches that still have ALRs and will contact the cache owner to ask that the description be modified.

If you own a cache that still has an ALR please review the Guidelines to learn how to remove or change your requirements."

    If your cache is currently listed as a mystery with an ALR, let me know, I have the ability to change those to traditionals, If you spot ALR's feel free to let me know.  I can contact the cache owner and work with them to get them into current guidelines.

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