OK. Cut to the Chase
Here is the Fast Track procedure for joining in a Geocapsuling adventure. It’s the condensed step by step process for covering the bases, and it’s also a great checklist for review before and after your journey. Still it’s not a replacement for reading through the whole process.
Preparing For the Geocapsuling Adventure
1. You will find links to product manufacturers at the Geocapsule Products page.
2. Choose a few small personal items of memorabilia and family significance to secure inside the time capsule.
3. Prepare the capsule’s internal items.
4. Prior to leaving for the journey, identify a placement site in remote and legal, public or private wilderness areas. (NOT nationally designated Wilderness Areas, National Parks, or other restricted areas.)
Before you leave Your House: Items to Pack
Most items for your time capsule should have been enclosed in polyethylene sleeves and inserted into the capsule. Take the following items:
1. Hollow Rock or Hollow Log Geocapsule
2. Your Stainless Capsule or Food Vacuum Jar.
3. 1 Copy of the Retrieval Folders Geocapsuling Data Sheet to fill in at the drop site
4. 1 Gel Pen for writing personal notes that will be placed in the time capsule
5. Acid Free writing paper
6. Digital Camera: Check battery strength and available disk space or,
7. Topographical map of your intended hiking area if known prior to trek
8. TerraServer Map of your hiking area if known prior to trek
9. Your GPS device with new batteries and manual
1. Walkie Talkies
2. Simple hand held compass
3. Gloves to help removal of existing boulder
4. A small tripod to allow group photos with a shutter timer
At the Drop Site
Your final drop site should be an unremarkable ground space located hundreds of feet away from any remotely identifiable hiking or animal trail. Use the following criteria in selecting that final site:
1. Identify a flat ground space shielded from weather and foot traffic.
2. The site must confirm surrounding soil stability. Choose an area where surrounding rocks are well established in the subsoil.
3. Locate next to a large, stable, permanent obstruction that will block direct sunlight. North side is preferred.
4. Place Geocapsule between, inside, under or next to a large rock outcropping.
5. If near a steep slope (not recommended), choose the downhill side of a permanent obstruction.
Other site criteria
1. Situate in an area of similar appearing small boulders (or downed logs if using hollow-log Geocapsule)
2. Not a potential viewpoint or potential stop for any hiking activity
3. Nowhere close to a stream, riverbank, swamp, campsite, etc.
4. Not in a potential mud flow, water flow, water chute or avalanche path
5. Not in any earthen cave
6. Not placed at the base of trees or relying on a tree structure as a long term shield
7. Never near any evidence of previous human activity (old cabins, archaeological sites, mine shafts, ruins, etc.)
8. Away from any sign of animal activity (footprints, animal droppings, burrows, etc.)
1. Do a final common sense appraisal of the site.
2. Confirm that you can obtain a clear GPS reading from the location with several walkovers.
3. Identify an existing small boulder and remove it from its depression.
4. Prepare the existing boulder depression to insert the Geocapsule.
5. Enclose and wrap the stainless capsule in the sealed poly bag as a final moisture shield.
6. Place the time capsule inside the hollow rock enclosure and situate the Geocapsule within the depression left by the natural rock.
7. Firmly compact the soil around the Geocapsule.
8. Clearly, accurately, confirm and log the GPS coordinates and enter them immediately on the Geocapsuling Data Sheet.
9. Camouflage the immediate area of the drop site.
10. Take medium and close up photographs of the final camouflaged site from every possible angle.
11. Make a mental note of the compass settings of this site (for labeling photos later) to aid in future retrieval.
Before You Leave the Drop Site
1. Confirm that the correct GPS coordinates have been recorded.
2. Fill in all the remaining information on the Geocapsuling Data Sheet.
3. Take photos of all people attending the occasion.
4. Review the drop site for any objects that may have been inadvertently left.
5. Leave no visible trace.
When you Return Home
1. Duplicate the information from your Geocapsuling Sheet onto the second set of Retrieval Folder forms.
2. Make dual photo print copies of your adventure.
3. Place photos and data sheets into your two Retrieval Folders.
4. Using the exact GPS coordinates of your drop site, you can now get a precise location of the drop site on a TerraServer Map. Enter your coordinates on the TerraServer web site, print copies of your drop site map and insert the prints into the two Retrieval Folders.
5. If this is a long-term time capsule, keep a record of the GPS coordinates in your safe deposit box or attached with your own legal papers.
6. Keep one Retrieval Folder with your own private files (or give to another parent or friend of the future recipient) for safekeeping.
7. Give the second Retrieval Folder to another young Fail-Safe relative.
8. Fill out the International Time Capsule Society form and relay GPS coordinates of your drop site to them.
9. Send an e-mail to the future to several people with specifics of this adventure.
Congratulations! You have just planned and executed a wonderful event for a future generation.
The details for all these steps are included in previous pages with links for references.