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How do you prefer your geocaching events?

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I'm a big fan of geocaching events, both when it comes to visiting them and arranging them. I'd like to know what others find to be most important for a good event. 

  • Meeting other geocachers is a staple of events, obviously. Is that the main drawing point for you? If so, do you prefer to talk to your old caching friends or the new cachers that you haven't met before?
  • Is it important that there are new geocaches published in association with an event, or is that even a bad thing?
  • Many events involve food in some way: lunch events, coffee gettogethers, dinner gatherings, picknicks, etc. Is this a good thing or just a complication for those who want to eat at home and just meet people?
  • Some events are created to let people try something new (rock climbing, ice skating, juggling, etc). Is this a draw or a drag?
  • Is it important to place the event at a beautiful site (perhaps far into the woods) or is it more important that the site is easy to get to and accessible for all (public transport, paved paths, etc)?
  • Does the size of the event affect if you want to attend or not? Is less more, or bigger better?
  • What would make you definitely go to a particular event? What you make you definitely not go to a particular event?

These are just some ideas to get you going on what makes a good event for you. I'm interested in any comments, whether they are directly related to these questions or to something completely different.

asked Oct 18, 2016 in Miscellaneous by pinkunicorn (Moderator) (79,660 points)
edited Nov 1, 2016 by pinkunicorn (Moderator)
I'm an event junkie, pretty much if its within 50 miles and I'm available to go, I do, especially if there is a souvenir involved.
That being said, I have great respect for a very-planned event. By far, the best event I have ever been to, geocaching or otherwise, was Going Caching, an annual mega event in Georgia. If you ever have a chance to go, its always amazing!

27 Answers

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We like events where we can meet our friends and talk to them. There is no need to have a big program. Sometimes it is good to have some things to learn but that is not neccassary. Mega events are nice to have but small events are great too. If there are new caches around the event there are so many people. To search these caches is not really fun.

In our opinion events are great for talking with our friends and meet new cachers.
answered Apr 17 by willi&trine (2,050 points)
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I am not generally keen on restaurant based events. I prefer something more family orientated, like picnicks.

Best event I ever held - I hid 100 little rubber ducks in a native forest park for a weekend lunchtime picnick event. The children had a great time, and so did the adults. Each duck had its name written on it, two people found ducks with their own name!
answered Apr 20 by the Seagnoid (20,180 points)
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Meet another geocachers somewhere else than over cache is great idea. Especially if some cachers attends on bigger events and come from other regions or countries.

There is just question where is the point beyond them will be event paid or not.... (yes I know that logbook should be public accesible without any payments but everybody knows about some exceptions covered with miscleanous reasons)
answered Apr 20 by drobec (3,090 points)
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I just attended WAGB17 with over 200 other teams. It was great to meet many people, but some may consider it took crowded. There were geocaches published in association with the event, but there were almost always people there searching for them.

Location is very important. This event was in a hall next to a large park with close by public transport options. You could host and event in the wilderness as a challenge for teams to get to, but it may be a very small gathering.

The food at this event was catered for and goodie bags were supplied thanks to an abundance of local sponsors. You could place a cost on food at smaller events, to cover the cost of ingredients.

Every event is unique, so you don't have to follow a certain criteria to have a successful one.
answered Sep 11 by Potatonator (8,700 points)
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I enjoy weekends involving several events.  GS calls this event stacking.  I call it free advertising for them.
answered Sep 11 by TerraViators (2,200 points)
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Hi there,

I also like events. As far as I am concerned the most important thing are the people you meet.

I like to host events in places that I visit abroad. Till now those events have allways been a success, as local "event lovers" are comeing by and you learn a lot about the nicest caches arroound. So for me it's definetly both: old caching friends or the new cachers (-:

At my first self organized CITO there was a new publish at the same time. Most of the attending participant found that rather distracting. On the other hand at a "normal" Event -  why not?

Food, if not (semi-)obligatory is allways good for talk (-:

try something new? I think it's a draw, although I haven't tried it jet, except for MEGA

easy to get to and accessible for all is my first choice, but sometimes you have a chance to combine beatuy (-:

Size does not matter (-: Even at a well visited GIFF talk was still happening (-: Comination with Souveniers helps most of the time....


answered Sep 12 by tzweeeen (820 points)
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We really enjoy events, and all kinds!! We have hosted events at sandwich shops and ice cream parlors. We have gone to kayaking events. This year we attended 4 Mega events. We even went to an eclipse event. We love to meet people. See different communities. We hosted an event yesterday and met some new cachers. We were able to answer a lot of questions and make them know that DNFs are also a badge of honor!! It is great to meet new cachers and see how excited they are to learn about this new hobby.
answered 1 day ago by Blues Crew (490 points)