If you’ve found more than 20 caches you have probably come across a damp moldy logbook that needed replacing. I received a notice last week that one of my caches needed maintenance. The logbook was damp. I think the cacher was being generous, wet might have been a better description.
In replacing the logbook I thought about what I could have done differently to provide future cachers with a better experience. The first thing I should have done was use a Rite-in-the-Rain logbook. These logbooks stand up to the environment much better than the standard dollar store logbook. The use of a Rite-in-the-Rain logbook is a requirement if you are using a container that is not watertight.
You might think that using watertight container means you don’t need to use a water resistant log book. This is not the case. At some point a cacher will need to remove the logbook from it’s protective container and sometimes this is done in rain or snow. The thing about watertight containers is they work equally well to keep water in as they do out. A wet log book placed inside an ammo can or similar container will not dry out. That’s why we find so many moldy logbooks.
Here are some tips for to get the longest life out of a logbook:
- Use a Rite-in-the-Rain logbook
- Use non-running inks such as those in the Rite-in-the-Rain all-weather pen
- Wipe off excess water before placing the log book back in the cache
- Open your jacket, lean forward and place the logbook in the space you’ve created to try and keep it dry
- Use watertight containers, in simplest terms the container MUST have some kind of RUBBER gasket or o-ring. (film canisters are not watertight, they are designed to keep humidity out not moisture).
- If time and location permits visit your cache and air out the logbook.
- Do not place pens or other pokey objects in the secondary container (baggie) that the logbook is in. Change the secondary container annually.
- Give back – bring along extra baggies and log sheets when you go caching. Change out the broken bags and add in a dry rite-in-the-rain log sheet if the log is in bad shape.
What do you do to keep your logbooks in good condition?