Hooray! Tonight our ‘Rowney Wood Ramble‘ trail has just been published. This one had been in the planning for quite a while as we had to wait a week for permission to be granted from the Forestry Commission. I’d agreed with the Forestry Commission that to prevent any damage to the woodland the caches wouldn’t be hidden more than a few feet from the path. It’s therefore not the most exciting trail, but it is very easy. The thing that is quite exciting about it is the animals, plants, and mushrooms that are in the woodland, so I’m hoping that cachers will be able to see a few exciting things out on the trail. I spent quite a while working on the descriptions and uploading photos. It’s crazy how long submitting trails can take and once you start hiding big ones of your own you start appreciating the big trails others hide even more! […]
Although I submitted on Sunday afternoon the publishing had been delayed as I slipped up on two things:
#1 Two of our caches were too close by about 50ft. I’d used GPS Visualiser Distance calculator to check the proximity and all came back over 528ft, but I guess I must have missed one. I therefore had to remove one of the caches. The original trail had 20 caches in it (When you’re walking around bendy paths and zig zagging here and there you don’t always realise how close you may be to the last cache “as the crow flies”) which I cut down to 15 due to the others showing as too close. The trail is down to a respectable 14 caches over 4.2 miles now.
#2 I’d pasted the permission note from the FC in the “Reviewer’s Note” section of the last cache. Therefore the reviewer thought I hadn’t got permission for all of them and disabled them. I quickly sent him an email as I was online at the same time letting him know I had permission. He stopped reviewing and disabled all of the caches so I had chance to clear up the proximity issue.
So from this I’ve learnt that if you have special permission for a trail then put it in the notes for every single cache, and check all cache proximities thoroughly with the gpsvisualizer tool. This saves the reviewer’s time as they have no end of caches to publish and emails to respond to so it’s only fair that we help make it a bit of a smoother process!
I’ll leave you with some nice photos of the woodland! Happy caching! 😀