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Making a cache - short version

Introduction

Short cache making instructions

This short version includes the essentials about making a cache. Some things that are out of scope :

  • routes: At least read the Quick Checklist
  • tips for making caches about coffee shops or restaurants (see 'Coffee Shops and Restaurants')
  • rules that apply (see 'Motocaching rules')
  • responsibilities for content (see 'Terms and conditions')

Copyrights

Don't violate copyrights by copying texts or pictures from other websites without permission. It could cause harm to the whole service.

Saving the data and sending the cache for review

When creating a new cache, you can save even incomplete data by clicking the 'Save and continue' button.

When the cache is ready, press the 'Save, preview and publish' button.  On the preview page, press the ' Ready for review' button.

Cache details

Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Language *

First you need to select the language that you'll be using in the cache description. Please be careful because it can't be changed later.

Please use local language of the country where the cache is located whenever possible or write the description in English.

Name *

Give your cache a short name that describes the cache in some way.

Cache type *

Select the cache type from the list. Routes and event caches are described in more detail in the 'All about making a cache' document.

Road and walking *

If you select another option than 1, please add something about it in the description text. For example the length of the dirt road or walking distance.

Is coffee or food available?

Remember the rules: No chains or "big companies" if a coffee shop or restaurant is the topic of the cache.

Short description

Short description tells the idea of ​​the cache in a few words. Don't include the cache name because the short description is never shown without showing the cache name too.

Description *

Write about the most important things in your own words - something personal is even better (To include a history presentation from wikipedia, it's better to just add a link).

Here are some things to consider:

  • Does the visitor need instructions for finding the place?
  • Should you add something about walking from the parking place to the right spot?
  • Tips for parking?
  • Is there good curvy road to use when visiting a location?
  • Is fuel available? (good to mention if the nearest petrol station is far away)
  • How long is the graveled portion?
  • Walking distance or terrain?

Address and coordinates *

A street address is useful when using a navigation device. It may also help a lot when no electronic equipment is used.

Please remember that the cache location (or A-point of the route) should be at least 1km or 0.6 miles from the nearest cache (see the rules).

Recommended address format :

'Street/road name' 'address number' (No. 'road number') - For example:  Curvy Road 15 (No. 1234)

Setting the coordinates and address using the map:
  1. You can start by typing a name in the 'City/area' field and clicking the 'Show address on map to get coordinates' link (or you can click the other 'Show map...' link below the Longitude field).
  2. Set the map marker to the correct location.
  3. Click the link "Get coordinates from map'.
  4. Click the link "Get address from map'.

If you don't get a proper street address with the steps above, please type the address yourself.

Getting an address or a city/area name using Google maps (maps.google.com):

  • to get an address, right click the cache location and select 'What's here'
  • you can also look for a company located near the cache (they usually have contact info for visitors)
If the place doesn't have a street address, consider one of these:
  1. Use a junction for the address (Road names followed by the word crossing/junction) and explain the details in the cache description.
  2. Write something useful to the address field (For example "2 miles north from the southern end of road 1234", "center of the village" or whatever helps to find the place.
  3. If required, add instructions to the cache description and write 'See description' in the address field.

Cache picture

Picture is not mandatory by any means but if you add a picture to the cache page, please make sure that you have permission to use the picture. Please don't add pictures that are copied from Google Street View or other websites.

Only JPG files are supported (max size 5 MB). The upload function scales the images automatically to a suitable size.

Link to more info

You can add a link to a web page that tells more about the place.

If you are making a cache about a coffee shop, museum or such, try to find the "official pages" and link to a page that has the opening hours.

Link to route

You can add a link to a page that shows a route near a location or event cache (for example link to your Google Maps route).

This link field is also used when the route of a route cache is described externally (see the 'All about making a cache' document).

Difficulty *

How difficult is the cache control question? There are three options: 1) easy - no question 2) a multiple choice question 3) more challenging question with written answer.

Please remember that finding the cache may not require paying for a product or service (e.g. entrance fee, food, drink...).

Multiple choice question is a good means to guide the visitor to learn more about the place. We recommend adding 3-5 answer options, which makes it possible to statistically monitor the guessing for the answers and intervene if necessary.

If you decide to go with the option 3, please note that

  • the finder must write the text exactly like you did (except that it's not case sensitive)
  • composing a good question may be surprisingly difficult. Please read more about that in the 'All about making a cache' document before making your first cache with difficulty level 3.
  • it's not recommended for route caches

After making your cache

Check the review results. Your cache may be approved but archived because of suggestions for improvement. The purpose of archiving the cache in this case is that you get a chance to make changes before publishing the cache. Once it's approved, you can publish it whenever you want ('Edit cache' -> 'Preview and publish' -> 'Publish').

If the cache was not approved, you can see the reasons why the reviewers requested changes (the reasons are selected from motocaching rules). After you have made the required changes, you can send the cache for review again.

When your cache has been published, we hope that you also maintain it if possible. Cache logs and especially maintenance requests on 'Your own caches' page will let you know if something is wrong.