|The first chart is the most meaningful. It shows the
change clearly. The chart that distinguishes between caches labeled small
vs micro has the following problems.
- The small cache designation wasn't adopted until somewhere in 2005
or later. Before that most people called them micros. The earlier data
showing smalls before that must have been people who relabeled older
caches from micro to small once that designation became available. For
example, a person could have placed and labeled a cache micro in 2003
and later changed it to small when that designation became available.
My data counts the cache the year it was placed and can't know if the
size was changed later.
- My observation is there's been size creep over time. Some new
cachers are labeling caches small that in prior years would have been
labeled micros. I've imagined this may partly be because newer cachers
have seen so many of the tiny containers (nanos, Bison tubes, etc.),
which didn't use to exist, to them a large pill bottle seems like it
must be a small. (My rule for a small is it must have the volume of a
- My intent was to show the decline of regular (they
were called regular for a reason) caches and the chart separating smalls
from micros muddies that.
I omitted 2001 & 2002 because my data's bad back then and geocaching
had growing pains with some odd things going on. For what it's worth in
2001 (the first year of caching) 96% were regular caches and 4% micros in
my iffy data.
of Caches by Size Over Time