What does a micro cache look like cant find them
Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:44 PM
Variety is the spice of life.
Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:46 PM
Quite. They're magnetic and tend to be stuck to things. Like huge suspension bridges.
Ach! I'm getting flashbacks just thinking about it...
Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:47 PM
Posted 23 May 2010 - 02:30 PM
Also, look for benches and lamp posts.
Posted 23 May 2010 - 02:59 PM
When you first go for a micro, make it one of the low difficulty ones in a non-mugglious area. Look for a small container stuck underneath something or a magnetic one stuck to something metal. Don't start with one of those high-difficulty "looks like something it isn't" caches that some people really love but are bound to be a little frustrating to a beginning searcher. Bring tweezers, because micros can have really tightly rolled-up logs in them.
Of course, in time you too may come to love these, but give yourself a chance to get into the "micro-mindset" by looking for easier ones first.
Posted 23 May 2010 - 04:18 PM
Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:55 PM
If the cache description declines to state a size but comments that you will need to bring a pen, you are probably looking for a nano container, a magnetic cylinder about the size of a thumb nail. After a while you learn to look in the usual spots: fence post caps, hangers from trees, magnetic things stuck under a bench (or anything that happens to be handy), the underside of gates, guard rails, lamp post skirts, flanges next to utility poles, in a bunch of spider webs, under small piles of rocks (that might be next to a sign). Then they begin to lose their mystique. But even if you know its a bison tube hanging from a tree, they can sometimes be hard to spot. Sometimes I notice them best if there is something out of place in the corner of my eye, or I try it from a different angle.
Pay attention to the cache title, description, hint, and past logs. If you can, try to go out with a more experienced cacher who can point out the common containers and the common hiding places.
This post has been edited by Erickson: 23 May 2010 - 06:00 PM
Posted 26 May 2010 - 06:45 AM
Whenever im at GZ I have no luck
By now you've seen the 'seek larger' targets advice, and that is good advice. However...
One won't learn the art of seeking smaller, harder caches by finding big ones... The IMPORTANT thing, is that you understand that you are not going to find them at first. After that is clear to you, by all means hunt for them. Look for the lower difficulty/terrain ones on the listings... Those are good training...
As you start to succeed, this world will suddenly open up to you... it really helps to think about the way you would utilize a given environment for a micro cache... likely the hider did the same thing that you would.
Have fun, but do try to find the bigger ones for that experience as well... they are related, just different sizes!
Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:51 AM
They do not have to be what you would normally consider to be a "container".
But this should not mean that you should go out and start disassembling signposts or guardrails, taking off all the bolts that are actually holding everything in place. The screw or bolt caches I have found are are slightly out of place, "extra" bolts or the like, that do not require special equipment to unscrew, unhinge, or disassemble. Some are magnetic.
By the same token, just because a container could be a fake sprinkler head or electrical box is no reason to start taking apart all the sprinkler heads or electrical boxes that you see. For that matter, even if you know the cache is a pine cone or an oak gall, you should look for the attachment device rather than just blindly removing everything on the tree. You do not want a property owner or land manager to wonder why you are vandalizing things.
As has been suggested, a good place to look for what some of the caches might be like is ebay, which offers a full range of fake bolts, rocks, sprinkler heads, pine cones, etc. There are some hiders in my area that specialize in unique, expertly made micros that blend in almost perfectly with their surroundings. But in general, there is a limited range of containers and common hiding places that you will learn to recognize.
This post has been edited by Erickson: 26 May 2010 - 10:38 AM