Hiding Your Caches

Please plan ahead. You must submit your finalized cache listing pages for review on or before May 15th! Getting them in prior to April 16th will also put you in an early bird draw! See the Submission Deadline section, below, for details.

CCARS14 Caches

You’re quite welcome to search for all the CCARS14 caches without having hidden any of them. The main point of this event is for everyone to have fun. Some people enjoy creating caches. Some people…not so much.

If you do want to hide one or more CCARS14 caches, however, then you’ll have the grateful appreciation of your fellow geocachers. The outstanding caches that folks place for this event are special treats for those of us who will search for them during the weekend’s finding frenzy (and later). Without all these wonderful hides, there would be no CCARS14 event.

We encourage everyone to put extra thought and creativity into their CCARS14 hides. Please don’t just stick a micro in a spruce tree and walk away. Instead, place a cache that you would be excited to find!

If you want some hiding assistance, then feel free to contact any of the CCARS14 organizers for helpful advice.

And if you’re thinking about leaving an FTF prize in your cache, then why not make it a CCAR geocoin? It’s a fine collectable or an excellent gift, and your purchase will help support the CCARS14 event.

Some Basic Rules

1. You must assign each of your caches to one of the CCARS14 categories listed on this web page. If you have trouble fitting a cache into one of the first nine categories, then you can assign it to the “Don’t Judge Me” category (but it won’t be eligible for any prizes).

You can hide as many caches as you like for CCARS14. You can even hide multiple caches under a single category. But you must assign exactly one category to each cache you hide.

2. Your cache’s log should be able to hold at least 100 names. If not, then you should be willing to check on it and possibly replace the log during the evening of May 31st.

3. Place all your CCARS14 caches within 40 kilometres of the Calgary Tower (N51 02.658 W114 03.786):

CCARS14 hiding radius

Cache Listing Page

Here are three more rules, all related to your cache listing page.

1. Be sure your cache name starts with “CCARS14”, as in “CCARS14 – A Great View”. Since all the CCARS14 caches will include “CCARS14”, performing an online search for them will be easy. Note: Seekers also can take advantage of our CCARS14 bookmarks list.

2. In your cache listing Step 4’s “Cache Summary” text box (or the old version’s “Short Description” box), copy-and-paste the following message:

This cache has been placed for the CCARS14 event, held May 30 to June 1, 2014. It should not be found prior to 8PM on Friday, May 30, 2014. Caches for the CCARS14 event are published early so the geocaching community can plan their search routes before the event starts.

Alternatively, you can click the “Source” button in the “Cache Summary” text box and copy-and-paste the following HTML code:

<img src="http://ccar.calgarycachers.ca/category_icons/CCARS14/hidericon.png" />

Adding the above HTML code will cause the following image to appear near the top of your cache listing page. After the CCARS14 event is over, we’ll change this image to something more appropriate. So, you won’t have to worry about editing your listing page.

3. Based on the CCARS14 category descriptions (see this page), you should know the category to which you’ll assign your cache. Do this by adding one (and only one) category to your cache listing page. From the choices below, copy-and-paste the appropriate text or HTML source code into your cache listing’s “Cache Summary” text box (or the old version’s “Short Description” box). Note: Only the HTML source code will cause the category image to appear on your cache listing page.

Categories will be announced shortly!

While not a requirement, please consider including some interesting information on your cache listing page. Why did you place a cache in this particular location? Is there a great view? Interesting artwork nearby? A personal connection? What kind of wildlife might we spot? Perhaps you could upload a photograph and add it to your description.

Location Check

Have you found a perfect spot for your particular cache? How can you be sure it isn’t too close to a puzzle cache, a multi-cache, or another CCARS14 cache? Ask a resourceful Volunteer Reviewer to do a “Location Check.”

First, create a basic cache listing page. It doesn’t need a fancy description, but it must have your chosen coordinates. Then, copy-and-paste the following message into Step 6’s “Dear Reviewer” text box (or the old version’s “Note to Reviewer” box) and submit your cache for a preliminary review:

Could you perform a Location Check for this cache? If this location is acceptable, then please reserve it until May 30th. I'll also need you to disable this unfinished cache page.

If all goes well, then the location will be yours — as long as you don’t change the cache’s coordinates. And you’ll still have time to prepare your cache container and write a great listing page. After everything’s ready, submit your cache page for its final review on or before May 15th (see below).

Submission Deadline

Plan ahead, because you must place your cache(s) and submit your finalized cache listing page(s) to the Volunteer Reviewer on or before May 15th. With so many caches being released at once, the reviewer needs enough time to handle the huge workload. Please don’t make their tough job any harder. Submit your finalized cache listing pages for review on or before May 15th!

Caches submitted for final review on or before April 16th (a month early) will be entered into our Early Bird Prize draw. Simply requesting a Location Check won’t get you into the pool; you must submit your cache listing page(s) for final review by April 16th to be eligible.

When you submit a finalized cache listing page, copy-and-paste the following reminder into Step 6’s “Dear Reviewer” text box (or the old version’s “Note to Reviewer” box):

This cache is placed for the CCARS14 event on May 30 - June 1. Please release it with the other CCARS14 caches.

After the reviewer determines that your cache is publishable, they’ll lock your listing page and you’ll be unable to edit it until after it’s published on May 26th (puzzle caches) or May 28th (non-puzzle caches). If you have an important reason to make a change (e.g., incorrect coordinates), then you can contact the reviewer and ask them to unlock your listing page.

Prizes

We’ll ask CCARS14 geocachers to rate all the caches they find using our handy Voting Sheet. After they give us these sheets at the Wrap-Up Event, we’ll tabulate the results of this friendly competition.

Caches entered in the “Don’t Judge Me” category will not be eligible to receive a prize. In each of the other categories, however, we’ll award modest prizes for the two most highly rated caches.

We’ll also present the GPS Central Traveling Trophy to the hider of the Best Overall Cache.

Donations

We will have a donation box available at the wrap up event. Without your donations these events could not happen!

Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors.

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