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Keep the cache contents dry?
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peppy



Joined: Oct 25, 2007
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Location: Maple Ridge BC

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:01 am    Post subject: Keep the cache contents dry? Reply with quote

Here on the wet coast, it seems that alot of the caches that I've come across suffer from dampness. Whether that comes from the humidity in the air getting trapped in the containers or rain getting in when they are opened, I don't know, but many logbooks are so wet, you can barely sign them.

Has anyone tried putting some form of desiccant in their caches in an attempt to keep them a little dryer? Perhaps those little packs of silica gel that seem to come in shoe boxes and other retail goods?
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tjguy98



Joined: Aug 06, 2005
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Location: Maple Ridge

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Keep the cache contents dry? Reply with quote

I've seen some caches use those but they are limited in the amount of moisture they can collect. Those little pouches are primarily designed for short term use in a dry environment where a small amount of moisture may be expected and needed to be removed.

Cache containers, by nature of their job, sit outside 24 hours a day in all kinds of weather; moisture in the container can come from a hole in the box, a worn seal, condensation, or even the container not being locked properly when reassembled.

Worst yet, the hide location may end up being a puddle during heavy rains. No container can resist the amount of moisture that Mother Nature throws at the earth for long.

I think it's more practicable to accept that cache containers and cache contents will degrade over time; I'm sure Groundspeak already recognizes this fact; that is one of the reasons why you are only allowed to hide caches "in your home turf" so that you will be readily available to go out and replace the cache contents from time to time.

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landsharkz



Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 356
Location: Victoria

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Keep the cache contents dry? Reply with quote

The other issue is that no matter what type of container or how much silica or dessicant there are those of us that cache rain or shine Shocked . We do our best to not let the cache get wet while we have the lid off and the log book out, but it's pretty difficult to keep a cache dry in a downpour Confused . We huddle over it, holding our coats open to shelter it, but sometimes a few drops of our liquid sunshine sneak in Embarassed .
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kilrag



Joined: Jun 05, 2007
Posts: 7

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Keep the cache contents dry? Reply with quote

Ok what about write-in-the-rain paper. Does that paper get saturated to? If you can write on it when it is wet it should last longer than ordinary paper. I carry a Space Pen for logging, so even if a log book is wet I can still write on it. I also carry extra plastic bags as repair kits for waterlogged caches and I always report to the owner the condition of the cache even if it's in great shape. As a cache owner I always appreciate it when someone does that for one of my caches.
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