Cacher of the Month - July 2005

gumpy

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  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  2. When I was purchasing a gps unit to use for fishing/hunting I was told about it and it sounded interesting. So much so that unlike usual I actually looked up the website when I got back home. I tried a couple of caches even before I got my unit and I have been hooked since.

  3. When did you start Geocaching?
  4. March 20, 2004 and it was the Munson park cache which has now been archived.

  5. What is the meaning of your username?
  6. I used that name for Yahoo chat lines years before Geocaching. Back then I went with it because Forest Gump was a popular movie but Gump was already taken so I changed it to Gumpy. Now I go by Gumpy when Geocaching or by the man by the name of Gump

  7. At the time of this survey, how many finds/hides to your name do you have?
  8. 197 finds and 11 hides. I am still trying to think up the perfect cache. I want to make my 200th find a special one but I am not sure which cache I will pick.

  9. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  10. Traveling around the states had lead me to a lot of interesting cache sites. Not being specific I enjoy ones that take me to the unique terrains that I am not accustomed to caching in. You find out quickly that from state to state and comparing our province some of the caches that would be a 3 there would be a 5 here. You find a lot of chest killer caches when traveling.

  11. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  12. That would have to be Camouflage Charlie. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of him. I think he is gone now, but I am happy I had the pleasure of knowing him.

  13. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  14. How much time do we have? I would have to say that anytime I go out with Polish Warrior we come back with an interesting caching story. From him falling thru the ice, to me beating him racing or me altering his gpsr so that I could be first to find. But of all of them I think it would have to be when he and I did Buoy oh Buoy. You could read the log.

  15. What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I don’t care much for micros. Even thou I don’t trade much of anything anymore because the items pretty much turn into T.B.’s because I am just moving them from one cache to the next, but I still like to look at all the interesting things. A pet peeve I have about geocaching is there are too many drive up caches. I like to have a nice walk when I go caching but even some of the out of town caches are just so close to the highways.

  17. Who do you normally cache with?
  18. That would have to be Cherry Pie my wife, and my son Gumpy Jr. who will grow up to faster at getting FTF’s then his Dad.

  19. What kind of Gpsr do you use?
  20. I use the Garmin 60CS with the modified military mode settings.

  21. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  22. I pretty much only carry my geocaching pen I use to write in the logs and a T.B. if I have one.

  23. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  24. To avoid muggles? I avoid everyone not just muggles. The people I fear the most are other geocachers. I don’t believe a cache has not been found after I had found it so I must be doing something right, but most of the time if I get a funny feeling in my stomach that someone is watching or something is not right I just keep walking and come back another time. The easiest people to spot are the other geocachers. They are the ones that look like they have a fascination at looking at their hand and act drunk the way they zig zag back and forth.

  25. What type/ size/ difficulty / Terrain do you prefer?
  26. I like traditional regular containers with high degree of difficulty in the terrain, something like Paddlers Paradise or Mantario Vanilla Timber. I like to bring a tent with me. We need more "tent required" caches.

  27. Do you see this sport getting bogged down by rules and regulations in the future?
  28. Unfortunately yes. The more geocaching is known about the more red tape will be created. I hope that the creation of the Manitoba Geocaching Association and others around Canada and the U.S. will help to educate and preserve the game.

  29. AAs a geocaching family what benefits do you see coming from geocaching as compared to before starting this sport?
  30. Well it allows me to burn off some extra calories by taking more walks. I know a wack of new parks in the city that I never new existed and will find even more as time goes on. The biggest thing was the fact it started a lifestyle change for me by pushing me to be healthier. Now I only turn on the T.V. before I go to sleep as opposed to coming home from work and sitting down and not moving for a few hours.

  31. What would you like to see in the summer for as events go, types, styles, bbq’s, car rallies?
  32. We’ll just have to see how the summer event coming up goes, those bloodsuckers might change my thinking. I think the biggest benefit will be in the winter. Having events in the winter will keep the geocaching bug alive in all of us so that when spring arrives we can get ready with our gpsr’s and mosquitoes spray. Plus it might help convince others who don’t want to brave the cold that it’s actually the best time to geocache. Don’t believe me I will give you examples. On a –10 day in Winnipeg you will have a nice walk without Wood ticks, Mosquitoes, gpsr interference from leaves, and the best thing is if your going for a FTF, and if the owner didn’t place if a month prior to posting you’re guaranteed to find it because you can always follow the tracks.

  33. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  34. I have cached in 4 provinces and 21 states.

  35. If you have learned one thing from Geocaching what would it be?
  36. It would have to be all the best spots to hide a body.

  37. 19. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  38. I have introduced a couple of people, who I would like them to remain anonymous, but the one person who kinda got hooked would be Polish Warrior. And I repeat KINDA

  39. Why do I have two identities?
  40. Because there is always a mystique to someone you know of, but don’t know. And when it is heightened by the added temptation of having people wonder who you are by the phrase "Who is the man by the name of Gump?" it just builds on that. It’s fun to talk to others and listen to them talk about you unknowingly. Let’s just say I have been a Master Instigator long before I was a Gumpy.

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