"GC Scout" <>
Sent: 6/4/2001 12:26:26 PM

Re: [gpsstash] Warning to Geocachers !

>Geocaching is a legally flawed game since it provides no means for
>consent of property owners or ajacent property owners where geocaches
>are placed. Ignoring the rights, feelings and privacy of property
>owners is wrong.

It is up to each individual cache hider and hunter to obtain all necessary
consent of property owners. This won't prevent abuses, but geocaching is
similar to hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, etc. in this regard.
Better education is how you address abuses.

I've been giving some thought to introducing a variant of geocaching that
might appeal to those who are just not turned on by some of the
characteristics of classical geocaching. It would feature leaving no cache
behind as "trash", limit the environmental impact to any one area, introduce
some teamwork and competition, make it easier (and cheaper) for everyone to
hide caches, and more quickly involve geocachers who don't happen to live in
areas of the country where geocaching has caught on first. Let me know if
you might be interested in such a variant and I'll provide more details.

But the variant I have in mind would still exhibit your legal flaw that
geocachers might still trespass on private property when playing. I just
don't see how to prevent that in any game that features a playing field
covering the whole planet!
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