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Anti-c … limax

November 19, 2010

Anti-c … It’s spelt half-right but, in reality, the word is not anti-cache but anti-climax.

Yes, you guessed it … now that the rumoured GC 2E19H Don’t Do This Cache! (Kapiti Coast) exists, I’m a little disappointed.

As I blogged earlier, this was among 50 new caches published on November 14 for the Assemblage de College Paraparaumu (Kapiti Coast) event – at which participants had four hours to log as many finds as possible, collecting three-letter words and FTF points along the way before a prizegiving and slap-up feed.

Owner John Bocock (bkj97), a teacher at the school, based his level 5/3 hide in Raumati Beach on a Singapore version with a similar name, GC29GRM Do Not Find This Cache!, published on July 6th.

He discovered the concept during a trip there that same month but was unable to log a find after being caught in a monsoon downpour – though he hopes to try again next year.

Interestingly, his DNF log of July 17 reads: “Will steal the idea for a cache back in New Zealand. Thanks for the idea … can guarantee a feeding frenzy with the usual suspects when the cache is published.”

When questioned about his own anti-cache, Bocock says: “I expected it to be too much of a temptation for those at the event and had intended deducting a zillion points for those that did it, but the scoring thing became secondary to feeding them.”

To deter event attendees from rushing straight to GZ, he first asked them to complete an 18-part questionnaire called ‘Confessions of a Geocache Junkie’. For those interested, I scored 14/18 – earning myself an emailed link to Addiction.com. www.addiction.com

Like the original, his cache page also teased: “Can you show the world you’re not a geocaching addict and resist finding this?

“Anyway, the co-ordinates are probably at least 20 metres out … There are no breathtaking views, just a breathtaking short slope. In fact, the cache is probably a micro and contains nothing but a boring logsheet. And knowing our weather, it’s probably damp too. That’s if no one has muggled it, or I’ve forgotten to put it out.”

Unlike the previously highlighted North Carolina’s GCZTQT Do Not Log This Cache, which was not officially found for nearly two weeks, the Kiwi version lasted less than an hour – much like its Singapore counterpart, which recorded a DNF, two notes and five finds on its first day.

A four-man team – comprising Wellington region cachers gonefishing, boxhill, agcnz and yeetrees – claimed the Kapiti FTF. Later, gonefishing noted online: “I particularly enjoyed this one, having found its sister cache in Singapore for my 1000th find. Okay, up until that point I was in denial, but now I openly admit I am addicted – isn’t that the first step to recovery?”

Seventeen others – including myself – logged finds that same afternoon, followed by one more a few days later.

When I first wrote about this anti-cache, I struggled to comprehend its relevance in a game where it is often about the numbers – though I’d always suspected my willpower would not be strong enough if it came to signing the logsheet.

But once that smiley was actually up for grabs, it all became clear: Bocock’s instructions on the cache page were little more than a distraction technique. Just as you must first solve a puzzle to complete some caches, here you had to fight an order to stop and desist.

And obviously I had to log his anti-cache so I could report fully on the issue. Well, that’s the excuse I’m sticking with anyway …

 

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