Cacher of the Month - November 2005

Peter and Gloria

Peter and Gloria
Gloria and Peter
  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. April 1st, 2004 – The first day of Peter’s retirement.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. We already had a GPS and Peter saw a notice in the Selkirk Journal for a 2-evening Geocaching course. The geocaching.com web site was mentioned. He went to the web site and decided that he could figure this out without the course. Two days later we found Bur Oak.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt, the new and interesting places that geocaching has taken us; the technology.

  7. At the time of this survey, how many finds/hides do you have to your name?
  8. We hit 500 finds last Sunday with 24 hides. Included in that total are 123 locationless (reverse) caches which some don’t like but we do have 297 Traditional, 27 Multi, 28 Mystery and 18 Virtuals. In addition, we also have 8 (U.S.) Benchmarks. At http://www.waymarking.com, we have 4 Waymarks so far.

  9. Do you prefer finding or hiding? Why?
  10. Mostly finding. Although it is enjoyable to place unique caches, muggles are a real downer. Seven of our caches have been archived and several others have been muggled but replaced.

  11. Do you see this sport getting bogged down by rules and regulations in the future?
  12. Not really. Most GC.com rules help caching and cachers.

  13. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  14. Ontario, North Dakota, Minnesota & Wisconsin.

  15. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  16. Gloria’s brother and some ex-fellow workers.

  17. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  18. The sport where you are the search engine.

  19. If you have learned one thing from geocaching, what would it be?
  20. The cache is ALWAYS in the last place that you look.

  21. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  22. Woodworking, Golf, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Travel, Computer, Nintendo.

  23. What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
    • Regular containers are getting smaller and smaller. Regular should be Ammo Box or large Tupperware size; not sandwich-size Tupperware
    • Micros in the forest
    • Unmemorable finds

  24. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  25. The largest cottonwood tree in North Dakota; Uncle John’s That tree is HUGE!

  26. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  27. Manitoba Minutiae We had been caching for less than 3 weeks when Master Instigator put out this fantastic multi.

  28. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  29. Finding 4 FTFs in one day. The story starts here

  30. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  31. Dead Fish at Riverbend Cache. I guess some muggles thought it would be interesting to put some minnows in a box for Go Fish playing cards.

  32. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  33. These days, as little as GPS, camera and spare rechargeable batteries. On longer hikes, whistle, backpack with water, ziplocks, duck tape, spare log book, pencils, pencil sharpeners, towel, trade items. toilet paper.

  34. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  35. Magellan Sportrac Map and geko 201

  36. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  37. With no dog & no kids, it’s tough sometimes. Patience helps; also Photography. Basically, just try not to look suspicious.

  38. What type/ size/ difficulty / Terrain do you prefer?
  39. Last year we learned not to be very choosy since there were so few caches around. If we wanted to cache we had to search for everything. Last Oct 20th, there were only 6 caches within 160 km (100 miles) that we had not found. On Dec 29th, there were zero within 125 km.Type, Size and Difficulty don’t really matter. Since Peter’s partial calf muscle tear in July ( and re-injury in October), we’ve been mostly limited to 2 terrain or less.

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