Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Can only Premium Members get FTFs?
- Dear Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem,I am not sure which cache(s) you might be refering to, but thanks to your comment I was reminded of my cache, Rusty's Crossing
(GC260HD). I just changed an error on it's FTFs. By some extremely strange circumstances that I cannot comprehend much less explain, there were TWO caches within three inches of each other at GZ. They were almost identical in type, color and size.That explains how two sets of cachers each found a clean log and later wondered why someone else was claiming the FTF.Sorry it took me so long to correct my oversight!E/BGTx
From: Danielle Skelton <daniellewskelton@...>
Sent: Fri, November 5, 2010 8:46:21 PM
Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Can only Premium Members get FTFs?
Ive seen several FTFs logged around here by people that never even signed the log. Then again, a lot of people cant seem to find any caches without the Cache Owner telling them exactly where it is.
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem/DanielleOn Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Esther Lopez <bigguy9211116@...> wrote:
Don't even get me started!
I know of geocachers (no one from around here) that take turns getting each others FTFs as well as claiming a find on their own caches when they go perform maintenance!
But the bottom line, as many have already mentioned, everyone plays their own way.
- All this talk of FTFs is getting me fired up to start racing for them. I've
been slacking recently, but love when others develope the passion for the
FTF. I've met more cachers at FTFs over the years than any other time. It is
a great place to have an ad hoc geo-event. If I know someone is on there
way to the FTF, I will sit at the parking coords or park near the cache and
wait. I would much rather have a co-FTF than a solo FTF any day. I know this
isn't how some play the game, but to me it just more fun to share in on the
excitement of being there to find it first. When I first stated racing for
the FTFs ( against GeoMire, Stratman, Filler & Bcat, Moosiegirl, ... ) there
was a time when the person to actually find the cache, even with the whole
group searching for the cache, claimed the FTF. That could be thrilling or
frustrating, but it doesn't really foster friendship building as it does to
work together. Again, my own opinion here. Since, there isn't an official
FTF stat, it is about having fun.
I do enjoy trying to find the cache in the state that the cache hider intended
the finder to find it. Caches tend to change, sometimes quite drastically over
time ( some even have geo-trails right to where the cache is hidden :). Ok,
I also like opening the log and seeing it blank too...
Over the years of going for FTFs, I have to say, I appreciate a reasonably quick
FTF log. I try to do the same, but have had instances where I got an FTF while
out power caching and haven't been able to log until I got home some twenty hours
later. It happens. I've also gotten a kitchen pass, along with GeoMire and drove
to Waco to find that whole strings of caches had been found days earlier. They
were wanting to increase traffic to caches, by not logging, but is sure cost us
time, gas and a kitchen pass. Again, to each their own, but I very much appreciate
As for the main reason for this email thread... Claim that find as an FTF on your
personal stats. This count is for you only and to me, that other person was a beta
tester and gets to log the cache at some point. As others have mentioned, typically
a co-hider will wait until after the FTF is logged to log their find, but that doesn't
always happen. Also, experience also comes into play. It is good to leave the top
spot blank or create an FTF box for the real FTF person to sign. This way when that
first finder comes and sees other signatures on the log, they quickly realize those
other signatures were for those that hid the cache with the cache 'owner' and you
still get to claim the FTF.
I look forward to hopefully crossing paths with many of you in the future on an FTF
Oh, and keep hiding those caches. I may not be an adrenaline junky, but boy do I love
that adrenaline rush you get when going out after a potential FTF. :)