When do you generally decrypt the clue?

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When do you generally decrypt the clue?

We have them decrypted before we leave home.
As soon as we reach GZ.
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After a minute or so.
Not before a really good search.
Not before revisiting the site at least a couple of times.
Never. Clues are for wimps.
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Post by dajjct » 26 February 05 9:46 am

I use the clues if I havn't found it within a certain time, if there are lots of muggles around, or the gps is as having a hard time of getting a fix. Because I do most of my cacheing when I am in the area because of dropping of picking up family members, the time constraint makes a quick find a good thing and I may not be in the area again for a long time.<br>


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Post by Damo. » 26 February 05 10:04 am

Like everyone I enjoy actually finding the caches I go looking for, so I want the hint to help me out if I need it. Cryptic is ok if it can be made sense of near GZ. After having a good search, if I can't find it I will always read the hint if there is one.

Technically I do decrypt it before I print the cache page, but I fold over the bottom of the sheet so I don't accidently read it before it is needed.

If people do want to place particularly hard caches and not supply a hint, that's fine too. It should show in the difficulty rating. If it's a 4.5 difficulty you can hardly expect an easy find.

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Post by Geof » 26 February 05 10:36 pm

I didn't vote because my answer is all of the above. It depends when, were, how far away form home, am I going to trash this place with a normal search, has every one else said they had greyer hair and so on.
Many times when I started I only took the coords and nothing else. Sometimes I read the clue and if the search is hard it will come back to me after 10 min or so.
I often only print multis unless there are many waypoints to follow to get to GZ.

What I hate is when the cache is in the bottom of a gully with a 30deg sky window and ferns and there are no additional hints. :(

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Post by Bronze » 27 February 05 9:28 am

Geof wrote:
What I hate is when the cache is in the bottom of a gully with a 30deg sky window and ferns and there are no additional hints. :(
Geof, somehow I don't think your going like my favourite cache and that leaves you with two chances then....

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Post by Blaze_au » 27 February 05 9:57 am

Like others, I don't look at the clue until I have had a good scratch around, but with GSAK and GpxView, gaining access to the clue is only a click away. So I really don't need to decode it at home.

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