With the advent of gigantic power trails, it’s not surprising that many geocachers are attracted by the challenge of finding hundreds of caches as fast as they can. It’s not really my geocaching style, but I can see why it’s appealing to other geocachers.
I was recently horrified by something I read in this Groundspeak Forums thread. Apparently, on these massive power trails, it is common practice to “shuffle” the geocache containers. In order to minimize time spent on each cache, the cacher take the cache with them to the next one, signing the log on the way. When they find the next geocache, they switch the containers and repeat.
There are a lot of geocaching practices that I personally find kind of lame, but I’m not going to spend time fussing about something that doesn’t interfere with others.
Switching containers? That’s interference.
There are anecdotal accounts of geocachers doing these trails at a leisurely pace and being passed by faster groups. The slower group arrives at the next cache only to find that they’ve already signed the log!
This is a game that relies on cooperation and trust between geocachers. Interfering with the game pieces is an obvious breach of trust and a slap in the face of the cacher who comes next.