It got me thinking -- after all, Dave Ulmer had zero finds when he hid his first cache. Of course, as we all should know, that one only had a handful of finds and got destroyed by a road crew -- so maybe Dave should have found some more before hiding one after all.
So, veterans and newbies alike, tell us about your first hide. How long had you been caching, how many finds did you have, and how did that cache do?
I'll start. We hid our first cache on April 28, 2007, two months after we started geocaching. We had 128 finds at that point and figured it was time to start giving back. Apparently even that wasn't enough, because it was a terrible cache. It was under concrete steps that were right on a busy city street, the coordinates were horrible because of signal bounce, there was an accululation of leaves and litter under the steps, and at least one finder privately reported finding a hypodermic needle. It got ten finds*, none of which were complimentary, before we emailed one of the finders and got the full report. And then we immediately archived it.
Our next three caches went up at the same time and were greatly improved based on the feedback we got. They all lasted two years and got over 500 finds among them, if we hadn't moved they'd still be up.
*Yes, I know our first cache actually has eleven finds. All I can say is, it seemed like a good idea at the time.