Se­lect­ing Cache Lo­ca­tions

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Buried Treasure -

Once you’ve built a cache, you need to find a home for it. One of the best lo­ca­tions, of course, is hid­den on prop­erty you own. If you own the prop­erty, there’s no­body to com­plain about dig­ging holes. Next on the list would be prop­erty owned by some­one you know and trust and who has given you per­mis­sion to place a cache there.

The next op­tion is pub­lic land. Here’s the thing, though — le­gal­i­ties. There may be a nice park down the street that has an out-of-the-way cor­ner you like or you might fancy the area right be­neath the head­stone of a de­ceased rel­a­tive, but if there’s a big patch of dirt that looks like it was re­cently dug up, some city em­ploy­ees or groundskeep­ers who rou­tinely land­scape and ser­vice the area might check if some­one put some­thing there they shouldn’t.

The trick is to find places that won’t be dis­turbed or look like an ob­vi­ous burial site. You wouldn’t put that hide-a-key that mim­ics a rock in an area where it’s the only rock and sticks out like a sore thumb, would you? Even if you have that per­fect place next to a power pole in an ease­ment that gets lit­tle foot traf­fic, you’re likely pro­hib­ited from dig­ging in pub­lic lo­ca­tions. But like Ed Calderon (fea­tured else­where in this is­sue) would say, “What you’re al­lowed to do and what you can do are two dif­fer­ent things.”

Think it through and de­ter­mine what direc­tion you’ll likely head in an emer­gency and bury caches along the way in ar­eas that make sense. Do your re­search on the own­er­ship of the land, any pro­posed fu­ture con­struc­tion, or any other cir­cum­stances that could put you in jeop­ardy if your be­long­ings are found. If you cache a firearm, you can imag­ine what would hap­pen if some­one finds it. If you feel you have to store in lo­ca­tions that flirt with le­gal ram­i­fi­ca­tions, do so at your own risk.

Also, don’t be like Vern in Stand By Me, with only a gen­eral idea of where your jar of pen­nies was buried. Keep a map (and copies of that map) in your bug-out bags, ve­hi­cles, in your wal­let, and any­place else you can think of to help you eas­ily lo­cate your caches. Prac­tice find­ing them to help be­come more fa­mil­iar with those lo­ca­tions in case of an emer­gency. Some­times ge­og­ra­phy, fo­liage, land­marks, and var­i­ous other sur­round­ings change over time. Think of all the times you’ve re­turned to a lo­ca­tion a year later to find that it looks quite a bit dif­fer­ent. What good are caches if you can’t find them? Check your lo­ca­tions at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to en­sure your sur­vival trove is still there.

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