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Outdoor Caching, Part 1

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Outdoor Caching

Before you pull the trigger on that survival cache location, heed the following:

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Do not rely on a single, large survival cache. It’s better to have three small ones that one large one. It may seem tempting to find a general location that’s good for a cache (say a large, rural field), and then emplace three separate caches on that field. Don’t do it! Authorities who often find one cache usually scour the area to uncover more! A recent case where an ammo can was found in a national forest by some hikers resulted in the police being called. They searched the area, assuming there would be more caches – and they were right. Five other caches were found within 100 meters of the original site!

Visit the area before caching: Be casual about it, but check out the area thoroughly before choosing it as a cache spot. Look for the amount of human activity around the site, for example. Also, if you live in a part of the country with definite seasons, then visit the site during winter, spring, and fall to observe the patterns of foliage and ground cover. What you thought was a well covered forest in the summer can be a stand of bare trees in the winter where your activities are easily seen. Also consider what your cache will look like under two feet of snow or two inches of water.

Need to know basis: The location of your cache is strictly on a need to know basis, even within your family. We will show you later on how to keep this a secret while at the same time ensuring your family can find the goods if need be.

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