How to rate geocaching events

Geocaching events are a great way to meet other geocachers. In my opinion, events enhance the game immensely. You can finally put a face to that geocaching handle – SnoopDog187. It also personalizes a game that is essentially played behind a computer and with GPS devices. We enjoy hosting events and are always looking for new ways to raise the bar with our events. We have used SWAG, newsletters, new caches and odd locations to add some variety. So far we have found some themes we like: hiking, CITO, breakfast/coffee, breweries, travel bug exchanges and workshop style events. We have also come across some that we don’t like – flashmobs.

My question is about rating events. This is the chart for rating geocaches. You’ve all seen this before. I assume.

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Most of our events, and others’ events as well, are rated as 1/1. This makes perfect sense if you are doing a cacher coffee event or a meet and greet at your local buffet. But what if your GZ is at 9,000 feet at the end of a trail covered in ice and downed trees forcing you to use spiked shoes while you shiver mightily? What if the event is at midnight in the middle of winter inside a dark cave? Would that make it a “serious mental or physical” challenge?

  • My question is how do you rate your events?
  • If you haven’t hosted an event yet, how do you think the difficulty/terrain ratings should be determined?
  • Is there such a thing as a 3/3, 4/4 or a 5/5 event? (If so what does it look like?)
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