Poll: Should geocaches be placed in caves?

August 20, 2012
A Typical Geocache

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After the rescue last week for three geocachers who became trapped in a flooding cave, a few folks mentioned that it was a perfect example of why geocaches shouldn’t be placed in caves.

On the other hand, despite the potential problems placing geocaches in caves (or near their entrances), we’ve heard some cavers argue that it makes more people aware of caving and fosters future cavers.

Either way, it seems to be quite a common practice.

What do you think? Should geocaches be placed in caves? Answer the poll and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Should geocaches be placed in caves?

Yes 19% (16 Votes)
No 81% (69 Votes)

  Total Voters: 85

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Last Week’s Poll Results

The poll last week found that over 70% of respondents were planning to boycott The Expendables 2 because of its connection to a huge drop in the endangered bat population of Bulgaria’s Devetashka cave last fall after scenes were filmed inside.

Thanks to everyone who responded.

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Comments (6)

  1. August 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I am both a caver and geo-cacher and the answer is a sound “NO”.

  2. James
    August 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    No, geo-cachers have no business going inside wild caves. Non cavers do not realize that a wild caves are lurking death for people with no caving experience. There probably is no way to prevent the geo-cacher from entering a cave. The ones caught in the flood are very lucky to be alive.

  3. August 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I don’t think we can stop geocachers going in caves since in same way somebody will want to forbid cavers going in caves, as long as they do it in a safe way and not filling up the caves with garbage I think is a really good practice, everybody has the right to go in caves since they don’t belong to a closed group of cavers. BUT.. if there is one geocache don’t place another 10 in, and if you do put one just do in a place near the entrance and not near any sensitive area, if respecting the cave is cool and might get more people interested in caves.

  4. August 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    While I have some concerns about geocaching in wild caves by inexperienced cavers, my point in commenting here has to do with WNS. One of the many issues we’ve had with cave closure orders is that so many publics (geocachers, rockhounds, and more) are out of the loop on WNS, decon, and even cave closures. These orders and protocols are keeping out experienced and knowledgeable cavers, but never reach folks like geocachers. These folks travel far and wide, and if humans are a WNS vector, however minimal that risk may be, geocachers and other similar groups won’t even know to take precautions.

  5. Ken DeJonge
    August 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    No, they shouldn’t be placed in caves. Reason being is those who enter are most likely not at all prepared to venture into them. They most likely don’t have the experience much less the proper equipment such as 3 sources of light for example. With a cache being placed at an entrance or jsut inside the lure of what lies beyond is too great. Most any normal human would want to go further just to satify their curiousity and then as we all know find themselves in serious trouble. Add to this the location of the cave is public as its posted on geocaching.com which isn’t good either. Once found then what comes next, parties, graffiti, bat killings etc.. Before y’all go claiming my opinion is what it is because I am a caver please understand I am also an active geocacher with thousands of finds. Needless to say I understand both sides of this issue quite well but have to side with what’s best for people’s safety and best for the cave and the environments within.
    -Ken

  6. perce lister
    August 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    A definite NO. It’s ok to use cave entrances as part of the Geocache clue, but not to lure potential seekers into the caves themselves.

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