Geocaching is a worldwide adventure sport which utilizes GPS devices to hide and seek hidden containers called geocaches. (Learn more about geocaching) To get started geocaching, all you need is a GPS receiver and a geocache location. (Learn more about getting started) You can find a nearby geocache location at geocaching.com by entering an address or town into the search box.
The Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA) strives to advance the sport of geocaching through social activities, public education and promotion of geocaching. (Learn more about the MBGA).
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I think I'm dyslexic. No! Really! I didn't have any problems reading this geocacher's name. (The 'G' is silent, right?) Gnirips has been caching for just over 1 year and has already amassed over 1,500 finds, and has placed 60 caches so far. If my math is right, that's 3.8 caches found per day and 1 cache hidden every week. That's a pretty impressive feat and is definitely why they were chosen as September's Manitoba Geocacher of the Month. We may want to introduce them to the Cachaholic Anonymous (GC1B70P) cache.
HUH? was a cache imagined from the one time the Queen posted wrong co-ords for a cache named Hungry? BLITZ. 3 cachers ended up in the middle of a barren field with only stubble and no real place to search and took a picture of themselves in bewilderment - I think Lizardo, ertyu and Turdleggs if I recall correctly. I turned to my husband Joker 1 and said, "what if?" Then we went caching in Edmonton and stumbled on the ideal answer to our question with a cache hidden by Viajero Perdido - known as VP. We asked permission to blatantly imitate his clever idea and he gave his blessing!
This cache has been fun and terrible for us. In the first several years the cache container did well and obviously cachers were quite careful about rehiding properly and adding some natural camo. The last two years have not gone as well. The cache has never gone missing but it has gotten into rough shape a few times. People have tried cheating by adding coins and metal detector worthy implants which we always remove. We have tried to be quick to fix but since it is 30 miles from our home it takes a special trip in to the city to get it done. We have had a replacement container ready to go from the beginning. We could make it tougher or actually impossible by putting it in the middle of a forest but that of course was NEVER the point. We truly like people to make a find and feel like geniuses. Plain sight hiding is the kind we enjoy the most and we hope others do too.
We enjoy the first finder, MHZ, much because she tries to go back and find it again every year! ertyu does this on occasion as well and both have been so kind as to add camo, logsheets to help out. It is a great park, with some excellent hides. Come out and play...
Skoki and Geocache at Machu Picchu
I have met Skoki at several geocaching events over the last few years. The one I remember the most is a breakfast event at the Smitty's on south Pembina. I had a chance to chat with her, Swelbergen and icimondo. A great group of women! All very positive and smiles. Skoki is one of our valued educators in Winnipeg. Not only is she a school teacher, she often brings her students out to find caches. I'm sure many future generations of geocachers will come from these classrooms. Read on to find out more about this month's Cacher of the Month.
Judging by the number of people that have this cache on their favourites list, it lets me know that I have created a memorable one.
Inspiration came from the early days of caching and the posts I had been reading on the world wide site. I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do that", which led me to needing to find a place to put it.
Naming a cache for me takes about as much thought as placing one, and many times the name is the inspiration for the cache.
I don't want to give anything away, but hey, it's what's in a name that matters.
I had seen several cache logs by someone named "ruylopez". I recognized the name as being Spanish, but didn't know what it meant. I knew that "muy" means "many" or "very", so I just figured it was a spelling error and that he was just Very Lopez ... of course, I was wrong about that. Although, knowing the word muy helped with my pronunciation of this caching name ruylopez = Roo-ee-lo-pez. I did finally have a chance about a month ago to ask what the meaning of his name was, and had to face-palm when he told me, as I had recently been asking him many questions about how to solve the Bobby vs. Boris cache. Of course, he would know how to solve this cache!?! I had the opportunity to meet his wife and son at the 2010 Hallowe'en event at the corn maze. His son makes an adorable dragon. Ruylopez has been caching for just over a year and has already found over 3,000 geocaches. That's approximately 7 caches a day... quite impressive.