From: email@example.com >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! _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com