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Outdoor Caching, Part 2

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Whichever size you wind up purchasing, the Monovault make lots of sense and is priced such that you can afford to buy several. In order to keep humidity levels down, you need to pack your Monovault with desiccant. Desiccant is nothing more than silica gel that absorbs moisture in the air. It does have a finite shelf life, but packed properly, your Monovault should last for 5-8 years without a problem. Monovault sells industrial desiccant packs in large sizes; they recommend 200 grams of desiccant for burials of 2 years or under, and 900 grams of desiccant for ultra long term burials. Essentially, buy as much desiccant as you can afford, and that fits within the tube.


in the last guide, we gave you general locations to consider putting a cache in. In this guide, we’ll give you specific spots to look for in order to bury your Monovault:

Avoid natural drainage areas: Even though Monovault and other tubes like it are sealed, there is no need to tempt corrosion by emplacing them in areas that are subject to natural drainage. Avoid low lying areas and places that look as if they have had water flow in the past (e.g., dry creek beds).

Slightly sloped or cresting locations are best: Water cannot accumulate on sloped surfaces or on the crests of small hills. These are great places to emplace a burial tube.

Avoid the obvious: If your burial tube is buried at the crest of the only hill for miles, you will put the safety of your tube at a disadvantage. Want more ideas on great places to bury things? Study archaeology! The ancients successfully buried items for millennia because they chose locations that were not likely to arouse suspicion and did a good job of burying their items.

Use overhead cover: Remember, your progress can be tracked by satellites and drones. For that purpose, never bury anything close to the tree line. Progress deep into the trees and only bury something under a spot that has dense overhead canopy cover. This may mean that you need to proceed into the bush for a quarter mile or more.

Be careful to not disturb the environment: Don’t be careless about blazing a trail through the bush. Although broken tree limbs will eventually heal, there is no point in alerting others to your presence. Make your way through the bush methodically. Step on rocks and logs instead of the ground to avoid making footfalls. When you are done burying your cache, clean up the area and remove footprints, taking a different route to exit the burial site.

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