If you have a place in mind, suitable let's say for an evening
ride or a day trip, why not share it with other bikers? You only
need to know a place and figure out what to tell about it. The
rest is easy with help of these instructions. There is a lot of
tips for making a good cache.
When your cache has been published, you can read what other
bikers write about it after they have visited the place.
Actually, the cache location can be any place, where you want
other bikers to ride (as long as it is within the rules).
Cache can be for example one road section that is great for riding. It can also be some nice coffee shop, a vantage point or any other place as long as you think that is worth riding to.
In general: nothing - unless you particularly want to. In
motocaching the idea is that the roads and places themselves are
found. If you want that the visitor stops and gets to know the
place a little better, you can add a question to your cache. The
visitor needs to find an answer before he or she can make a ‘found
it’ log entry.
As the maker of the cache, you can define what is required to
mark the cache found. However, it’s good to remember, that it is
the riding itself that is most important to most bikers and they
may not like to do a lot when wearing riding gear.
Before making your first own cache it is worthwhile to get to know caches made by other bikers and read some log entries. It's also recommended that you find some caches too in order to get the idea of motocaching.
Before making a cache you should also review the rules and terms
of use. It would be unfortunate if you put your effort on a cache
that can not be published.
motocaching service) it has been specified that you as a creator
of a cache are the publisher of the cache information and that you
are responsible for the content so that it is not against e.g.
proprieties or laws. Please keep in mind also Copyright! Below you
can find more information on, what is the importance of
intellectual property rights with respect to the motocaching
When publishing photos and texts (= adding to the motocaching
site) it is important that you do not violate any copyrights. Do
not e.g. copy a picture, if you do not have the permission to
publish it. Rather leave the cache without a picture.
Note that you are not allowed to use e.g. Google StreetView
photos. Wikipedia articles and images also have their own
licensing terms, within which they can be used (usually they can
be used but the lisence must mentioned - not just the source).
The matter is of significance for motocaching.net service, even
if you personally might not get any penalties.
E.g. in 2014 May about 25,000,000 copyright infringements were
reported to Google. Even if a large part of these are about
sharing of music etc, also copying photographs and texts play a
role. Based on these notifications Google adjusts how the reported
site can be found by using Google search.
From the point of view of motocaching.net it is of utmost
importance, that the site and caches are displayed in Google
search results. Otherwise we do not get many new bikers interested
in motocaching who could create new caches.
We all hope that the sparse resources can be allocated to the development of the service instead of sorting out copyright issues.
When you are making a new cache, you can also save an incomplete cache before all mandatory information has been added. Just click the 'Save and continue' -the button. Then program does not check cache information (except for values that are too long to be stored). It is highly recommended to save information often, because with a browser there are many ways to loose the information you just typed.
When you want the program to check the values, click 'Save and return' button.
Mandatory information will also be checked when you want to
preview the cache to be published.
When the cache is ready, click 'Save, preview and publish" -button. In the preview, you can should check the cache information. If everything looks as intended, click "Ready to publish" -button. After this, the cache is sent for review by other users. After the review, the cache will be published and it is shown among other caches to be searched.
Note that, the purpose of reviewing is, that in addition to yourself someone else will also check the cache information and may find something, you have not thought about. Note that the reviewers are, however, not responsible for content that you publish.
There are three types of caches: Location, Route, Event.
When making Location and Route caches you should remember that
the cache location markers displayed on the map (the start point
of route or the coordinates of a location cache) must be at least
one kilometer (about 0.6 miles) away from each other, for symbols
not overlapping too badly.
Location type caches are a fixed targets, that can be defined
using coordinates and an address. It can be an attraction or a
place worth a visit.
Cafes and eateries are also location caches. If you make a cache
about a Café, a grill or a restaurant (which are not located near
an attraction), read the guide for "Cafes and Restaurants', where
some tips have been given. Otherwise you can follow the
instructions for Location-caches.
If possible, the address for a place should be chosen in such a
way that it can be used in a navigator device.
Note that you can also connect a route map as a hint of good
winding roads nearby your Location cache (see. a link to the Route
The route cache means that there is a specific route or stretch
of road that one must ride before he or she can log the find.
Think of route caches as building blocks for rides. Riders will
plan their own trips and visit other caches too. So keep them
short and simple - easy to make and easy to include in a ride
A route consists of at least two end points. You can also define
intermediate waypoints for a route if necessary.
If you want to attach a control question to the cache, you need
to define a place where to find the answer to the control question
(either as an end-point or as an intermediate waypoint). However,
it's good to understand that many bikers concentrate on riding and
they may forget to find an answer to the control question. It
is recommended that a control question is set for a route only
if there is an interesting place worth visiting.
The length of the route is under your decision, but you will get
most visitors for a route, which can be ridden as a part of an
evening ride or day trip. It’s better to split longer routes to
two or more parts (e.g. routes that take more than one hour).
Defining the route is described in a separate chapter in this
Event caches are events organized for motocachers. Participation
is required in order to mark it as found.
For an event the address and coordinates are given in a similar
way as for a Location cache. Similarly the cache author defines
the conditions for ‘Found it’ log entry. One convenient way is
that during the event the answer to the control question will be
told to the participants.
If you arrange an event with a limited number of participants,
please provide updates on how many people can still participate in
the event (you can do this in the cache description).
Registrations can be collected as comments posted in the cache
The time of an event, which is a date, must be entered in a date
field. The value of the date field is used only for listing events
in chronological order on the event page. The date and time of the
event must be written to the cache name.
When caches are displayed in different contexts, the cache name
is always shown. In some cases the text in 'Short Description'
field is also shown. Short description is not displayed without
the cache name. For this reason the time of the event is added to
the cache name (not the 'Short description').
If the event is a multi-day event, the date in the 'Event Date'
field should state when people should arrive at latest. You need
to put the start date as well as this last date of arrival in the
Please consider what the visitors need to know depending on the
length and nature of the event. For example is water, refreshments
or food available? Are are there any toilets?
After the latest changes in the rules, it's not required that an
event is organized for motocachers. However, the event should be
organized for motorcyclists or it should be something that makes a
nice destination for a ride.
Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*) in this
First you need to select the language in which you are going to
write the cache description. Please, double check your selection
before clicking the Continue button. There is no way to change the
language selection afterwards.
It is mentioned in the motocaching rules that the cache texts
must be written in the selected language. Thus caches with
incorrect language selections should never be published.
Later the cache can be translated to other languages and this
language information is used to selecting the correct version of
the cache description according to the user's language
A name for the cache. Best names are short and describe the cache
in some way.
In case of an event cache, the name must include the date and
time of the event.
Select the cache type from the list (see ‘types of cache’ above)
In case of an event cache you need to enter the event date.
Please note that this date is used only to identify coming and
past events (the date field value is not shown on cache page).
Other users get the time and date information from the cache name
(and description when appropriate).
If the event lasts for several days, enter the last day when
people can arrive.
Select an option from the list that best describes the road that
leads to the cache or the road on the route.
1 - Asphalt all the way means in practice that it’s a good
paved road suitable for street bikes and also for inexperienced
2 - Mainly paved road – maybe some graveled road that is
usually in good condition. This option tells, that the road
to the cache (or on the route) is quite good, but there is also
something else than just paved road. For example the parking lot
may be graveled or part of the road is dirt road but is usually in
good condition and suitable for street bikes. This is the right
option if an experienced rider would think that the road is quite
good but some beginners might not feel comfortable.
3 - Mainly graveled or dirt road, some parts possibly in bad
condition. This option means, that the road is (in your
opinion) worse than what the average street bike rider usually
would like to ride.
4 - Not for street bikes -classification means that the
cache is not suitable for street bikes or street tyres.
Note: According to the rules, the cache must be accessible using
roads that are clearly meant to be used by everybody.
If you select option 2, 3 or 4, please describe the road in more
detail in the cache description to help others to better estimate
if the road is suitable for them.
This describes if walking is required.
1 - Drive-in no need to leave your bike. It is possible to
ride to the destination without breaking any rules and the cache
can be found without leaving the bike out of sight.
2 - Short walk (max 10 min). Choose this option if it’s
necessary to park the bike and walk for a relatively short
distance. Normally the walk to the destination and back
should not take more than ten minutes.
3 - Longer walk, hills or something else that may be a little
heavy. Visitors should be prepared to walk more than 10
minutes, climb small hills or something similar. Choose this
option if you think that reaching the destination may require
something that riders don’t feel comfortable doing in riding gear.
Please, note that in cases 2 and 3 visitors will appreciate it if
you tell more details in the description text.
Good for a coffee break and a snack - check this option,
if the place is suitable for having a cup of coffee, some soft
drink or eating a sweet bun or bread roll.
Restaurant services (meals or buffet) - check this option
if food is available (more than just hot dogs or French fries).
Note: Choose both options if appropriate.
Short description tells the idea of the cache in a few words.
The short description is shown on the map pop-up screen and in
most cache listings (e.g. latest caches and coming events).
The short description is never shown without also showing the
cache name. Therefore there is no need to include the cache name
in the short description.
The cache description is a presentation of the place, route or
Just riding to the cache and finding a new place can be a
memorable experience but you can make it even better by telling
something interesting about the place. Maybe there was something
interesting in the history of the place or perhaps you have some
nice personal memories that you could share?
With a good description, you can sometimes make a place worth a visit even if it would be otherwise quite ordinary and uninteresting.
If you search for information from the web, please use your own
words to describe the place and do not violate copyrights. If you
want to include text written by someone else, then please, add a
link instead of unauthorized copying (note that even Wikipedia
pages have licenses – some allow copying but you need to add a
link to the license - and please note that the license is not the
same as link to the source page).
Here is a checklist of things that you can consider to include in
the description (of course depending on the type of the cache):
This chapter tells you how to define the addresses for location-
and event caches. For route caches the making of the route is
explained in the following chapter "Definition of the route".
Cache address should be given to all location and event caches.
Note that in motocaching the coordinates are needed for showing
the cache on the map. The coordinates are not used similarly as in
geocaching which is based on searching caches with a GPS. The
coordinates of the cache are not displayed to the cache seeker,
but instead the location is shown on the map.
The main rule is that the address and coordinates should define a
place where the visitor should ride to. If possible, define the
address in such a way that is easy to use a navigator.
Note that the street address and cache location on the map (coordinates) are two separate things. If the street address and the coordinates differ from each other, please add directions how to find the place (in cache description).
All the places don’t have an address, but with these instructions you can find a useful address for most of them. If it is not possible to define the street name or the house number there are still different possibilities. Please have a look at the following chapter "Street Address".
For picking up the address and coordinates you can use the map on
cache details page which utilizes Google's address service:
At the same time you can pick up address by clicking on the 'Get
address from the map’.
A street address (road name and address number / house number)
which helps in finding the place.
Primarily a street address is intended for navigator use but for
paper map users you can also add a road number to an address like
this (for example if the road name is Curvy Road and the road
number is 1234):
Curvy Road 10 (No. 1234)
If exact street address doesn't exist, consider one of the
The name of the city, town or area.
Try to select a name that works as well as possible in the
a) For use in a navigation system
b) Sufficiently accurate but also well-known name for a place so that is recognized in cache listings.
If the coordinates of your cache have no other specific significance, you can set the coordinates to point at the same map point as the address (see above Address).
You can define the location very accurately with coordinates.
This can be done e.g. then when the address is not sufficient to
show the correct position.
If necessary you can define the coordinates to point e.g. to a
corner of a building or even to a crossing of a footpath. If it's
important to use the exact map location to find the right place,
you should mention it in the cache description because otherwise
people wouldn't know it (most caches have just approximate
For details about picking up the coordinates from the map see
chapter 'Picking up the address and coordinates from the map'
Quick checklist (things that are most commonly missed)
You can find more detailed instructions below.
GeneralMotocaching has it's own tool for creating a route. It has several advantages but there are some limitations too. For example the maximum number of way points is ten. However, you should define the route using this tool in motocaching.net whenever possible. If your route is long and requires more way points, consider splitting it into smaller parts. Then it's also easier to actually ride it and log a find.
In some cases the route may require something that motocaching
route editor doesn’t have (map layers for example). In these cases
read the paragraph "Indicative route" (later in this document).
Motocaching route editor can be used only for route caches. If
you want to add route information e.g. to a location cache,
use a link to the route that is described on another website - for
example Google maps (see chapter Route Link below).
You can add new waypoints to a route by clicking on the map
or using the search function. If you add a third waypoint previous
waypoint automatically becomes an intermediate waypoint (i.e. the
added waypoint will always become an end point). If you click on
the map by mistake you can delete the unwanted waypoint easily
with the x-button.
Choosing the starting point (A-point)
It's recommended that the starting point (and endpoint too) is
set a few hundred meters or about 1/3 mile away from the
intersection where the road starts. This makes it much easier to
identify adjacent routes on the main overview map.
According to the rules, the A-point must be at least one km or
0.6 miles from the nearest cache marker (location cache or A-point
of another route). Otherwise the cache markers overlap on the map.
The choice of the starting point is significant if you make a
route which leads to somewhere interesting where you or someone
else might make a another cache. Therefore choose the starting
point (A point) at the less interesting end of the route. The
overview map shows the cache symbol at the A-point and it is not
possible to make another cache there without overlapping symbols.
If you set the starting point too close to an attraction (or
otherwise great place for a location cache) without mentioning
that attraction as part of your route cache, administrators may
move your starting point.
Defining a route is often easier if you add all of the waypoints
first and check that they are in their final position and then
fill in addresses. This way you can avoid defining the address
several times if you have to move the waypoints (if you move the
waypoint more than a hundred yards, program clears the address
fields so that the waypoints don’t have misleading addresses after
making changes to the route).
Generally, it would be desirable that the waypoints are
located exactly on the road belonging to the route (the
location of the answer to the control question can be elsewhere if
necessary). The magnification glass buttons in the route editor
zoom to the waypoint. The reason why waypoints should be on
the road is that some navigators do not understand the waypoint as
visited, if it is not located exactly there where you have ridden
(downloading of routes and places to GPS is coming in a later
Endpoints should be given a street address (or equivalent
description - see below), a city or a locality as well as a
country. This information is important when the end point of
the route is searched with a navigator based on the address.
If the cache has a control question, please check the
"Control Question" box for the corresponding waypoint where you
can find the answer and give the address (or description) even if
the waypoint is an intermediate one. Please note that difficulty
level 3 is not recommended for route caches. See
chapter 'Route' in the beginning of this document.
For other intermediate waypoints you don’t need to define an address, unless you want to. When you save the route, program fills out the empty fields of the waypoints, if it is possible.
Definition of address (or description): First select a
waypoint from the list and set the address either with the "Get
from map" button or by typing. Please remember to press "Save
waypoint" button! Note that this button stores the data of the
waypoint to the memory of the browser, but it doesn’t yet save the
cache data to the server.
If the selected waypoint doesn’t have road name and address number, please select one of these:
If Google's address service offers just the road number or name
of a bridge instead of the road name, please type the road name in
the address field. For paper map users it's a good idea to put
road number in parentheses after the road name.
City and country: See the previous chapter "Address and
Displaying the route on the overview map of the caches
The routes are displayed on an overview map for caches (and also
on the cache page) by drawing only lines between the waypoints.
The cache page has a link to open a route map to a new page where
the route drawn using the Google directions along roads. The main
reason for displaying the routes as straight lines is that it is
significantly faster than the paths along actual roads. On the
other hand the overview map is not intended for navigation but it
merely shows where location caches or endpoints of routes are and
thus helps to plan trips.
Sometimes it can be a good idea to add an additional intermediate
waypoint (or two) to a route just to make it look better on the
overview map. For example when the route seems to take a shortcut
across a big lake. Or perhaps the route should be plotted as a big
arc and you want to highlight that there is a location cache near
You can define up to eight waypoints to your route in addition to the end points. If you want to make a route which can’t be made with motocaching route editor, you can describe the route using some other tools and put a link to the route map field of the cache(e.g. a link to Google maps).
In this case, check the box "Indicative route". You need to add
the endpoints to the indicative route in order to show it on the
overview map and to also fill in the addresses. You also need to
add an intermediate waypoint for finding a control question answer
that can't be found at either end point.
Because the program can’t calculate the length of the indicative
route you need to provide a length estimate of the route. If you
define the actual route using Google maps, you can get the length
from Google maps.
You can add a picture to the cache page if you want. The picture
is displayed at the top of the cache page. It is by no means
necessary, but if you have one, it adds a nice touch to the cache
You can use any of your JPG images, but it is recommended to use
a landscape oriented image because the picture will be scaled to
maximum height of 300 pixels on the page ("The portrait pictures”
will therefore look quite small).
Picture uploading is done on its own page (use buttons on cache
details page to open the upload page).
Uploading is simple.
The upload functionality scales the pictures automatically for
different purposes. For example the picture on the cache page is
always small in size and doesn’t slow down viewing of the cache
data even if the original picture you have uploaded is
significantly larger in size.
You can add a link pointing to a web site that has more
information about the place (for example a wikipedia page).
If the cache is a coffee shop or restaurant try to search on its
web site to add a link. Preferably find the page which shows the opening
hours. It's a lot better than adding the opening hours to
the cache description by yourself becase the keeper of the place
will keep the opening hours up to date.
If you want, you can add a link to a route that is depicted
elsewhere (e.g. in Google Maps).
Need for a route link is required for route caches with indicative route. I.e. when you can’t define a route using the motocaching route editor.
You can use this also on location caches to give tips on good winding roads near your cache.
If you make the description of the route in Google Maps, please
make your own shared map. Do not use the directions function
because the map is often not visible to the viewer e.g. when using
a mobile device (i.e don't click the get directions button to get
1 - Easy - no task or question - visiting or riding is enough
2 - A bit of searching (multiple-choice question).
Visitors need to answer to a multiple-choice question. The
essential thing about difficulty level 2 is that the answer
may also be found by trying the different options in the control
question. Thus the finder can mark the cache as found even if
there was some misunderstanding or if you have forgotten the
A Multiple Choice Question is good way to guide the visitor "to
come and see the place" and for example to explore the information
panel of the place.
To raise the bar for misusing the possibility of guessing, the
amounts of guesses are monitored statistically and they can be
intervened if necessary. But you really don't need to worry about
it (unless you decide to climb to the top finders list without
actually visiting caches).
See below the multiple-choice question.
Difficulty level 2 caches have a multiple choice question.
It is easy to make these because you don’t need to worry about
seeker figuring out the correct format of the answer (e.g. "1" vs.
"100cm "vs. "1m"). Another important fact is that you don’t need
to be completely sure that there is not "another correct answer"
(e.g. second sign which has other year that is different from the
one you are asking). To find the correct answer it's also easier
because the cache seeker sees the reply options in which case
he/she knows in general that he/she has found what you meant.
The cache page shows a title "Question to be answered" on top of
your question. Therefore you only need to write the question
itself (no need to add "you need to answer this...").
You need to give at least 2 answer options. Visitors reply using
radio buttons so you don’t need to write anything like a), b) and
c) to the reply options. A simple answer text is sufficient.
It is recommended to have 3-5 answer options. Preferably such
that it is not obvious which one is correct without actually
finding the cache (this makes it possible for an
administrator to notice it if someone wants to climb up to the top
finders list without visiting the caches at all).
One response option needs to marked as correct. I.e. you shouldn’t put many correct answers because the program accepts only that one you have marked.
This is not recommended option for route caches – most
motocachers concentrate on riding and forget to look for the
answer. Fairly general opinion is that it should be sufficient
just to ride through the route. If you, however, want to pay
attention to something along the route it's much better to use
difficulty option 2 with a multiple choise question (makes it
easier to "find" the route even if the rider forgets to stop).
Note that making an unambiguous question such that when visiting
a cache the visitor knows that he/she has found the correct
answer, is surprisingly difficult. Thus, the verbal question
includes a possibility to fail. It can happen that when coming
back from the trip one notices that the answer is not accepted
even if the right place was found. We have seen that this is quite
frustrating and that usually the reason is a badly designed
question and/or answer.
If your cache is a significant place and difficult to re-visit
for majority of visitors (e.g. Alpine Pass) please consider the
question with great care. It is not purposeful in motocaching that
after visiting a place one can’t mark the cache as found.
The verbally answered control question for difficulty level 3
cache works in a following way:
In the cache page a title, which tells that this is a question to
be answered, is added automatically above the question. I.e. it is
sufficient just to write the question to the question field.
The question should be presented in such a way that the answer is
unambiguous so that there are not several correct answers.
An example of a problematic question: "There is a fairly big
metal ball at the cache. what is the diameter of the ball?"
(imagine that there is a sign next to to the ball saying that the
diameter is exactly one meter). When making the log entry, the
visitor may remember the answer, but actually there are many
correct answers: 1m, 1 m, one meter, one metre, metre, 100cm, 100
centimetres... Even though the question sounds straightforward,
the finder of the cache can have difficulties in guessing the
right format of the answer.
You can make it easier in the following way: "There is a
fairly large metal ball at the cache. How many centimetres is
the diameter? The answer is an integer number without a unit".
If you want to give hints about the options you can do it in the
following way: "How many sentimetres is the circumference
of the tank? 300, 310, 320... , 400?" (Such a way can be
utilised e.g. when you want to make a cache where you need to
calculate or to think a little bit more but you want, however, to
show the format of the answer).
There are often signs or text at the places that can be used. For
example "There is sign next to a fairly large metal ball which
describes the origin of the ball. What is the first word in
the sign?" or "What year is mentioned in the sign referring
to the year of manufacture of the ball?"
In some cases generally known animal and tree species are good
"What animal is in the picture... (3 letters)?" - cat
"What tree grows... (7 letters)? – juniper
In the case of event caches you can to use a "password" in the
control question which is told during the event. Good topics for
questions may also be house numbers, number of flagpoles or last 4
letters of some text.
Also consider the length of the answer. With long answers it
happens quite often that the answer is not accepted because of a
typing mistake and the find is not logged because the finder
thinks that he or she doesn't know the right answer.
The maximum length of a question is 300 characters. If you want
to make a question with a longer text you can type it in the cache
description text and put some clarification as the question e.g.
this way, "What is the solution for the mystery of the cache
description (five letters)?".
If your cache is a place that may also interest visitors from
other countries, consider if your question and answer can also be
translated (or rather use difficulty level 1 or 2).
When you have made a cache, you should also maintain it if
needed. From log entries and especially from the maintenance
requests in your "own caches" page you can see, if something is
If something has happened and the cache can't be found anymore
(or it's not safe), please archive your cache.
After archiving the cache it doesn’t appear on the overview map
for the caches you have time check the situation.
If you can update the cache data you can make the necessary
changes to the cache data and published it again. However, do not
move the cache substantially to a new location (hundreds of
meters) because many seekers may have already found the current
place and their log entries are about the orginal location. You
can of course leave the cache as archived and make a new one
Cache maintenance has its own instructions document that is worth reading. It tells about maintenance of a cache in more detail.