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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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Cache of the Month – December 2010

Give My Regards to Broadway

I started geocaching back in early 2006 and one of my first finds ever was Exchange District by TurdleEggs. I loved the idea of being able to disguise a cache in a high traffic area that is not only difficult for geocachers to find but undetectable to the unsuspecting muggle. I was hooked on geocaching.

I spent the next year thinking of ideas for what I thought would be a great cache. I wanted it to be hidden in plain sight, in a high traffic area and not look out of place. It had to be big enough to hold large objects and I had to be able to see it from my office window. Check, check, and check. I had one of those eureka moments and thought up an idea that just might work. I got to work on making the forms and was surprised at how quick and easy it was to make the outer container. After it was complete, I loaded it the trunk of my car and lugged it to the location on an early Sunday morning.

FoodNinja was the first to find and I e-mailed him immediately to get his thoughts on the cache. I was concerned that someone might mistake the container as a bomb (it is located across the street from a building that attracts crazy people). He assured me that it was fine. Since then, I have watched city crews pick up garbage and mow around it. I have seen countless cachers look for it, discover it, then dismiss it as not being the cache and then give up on finding it (all from the comforts of my office). That gives me great satisfaction. :-)

Thanks to everyone who has found the cache and loved it. I hope it last for many years more.

--MBeans

Cacher of the Month - December 2010

crackerjackie

crackerjackie

crackerjackie

Isn't our lovely Miss December resplendent in strawberry? Before I had met her, I had read her name in several logs. To this day, I cannot just say "crackerjackie" without repeating it at least three times "crackerjackie, crackerjackie, crackerjackie". I have no idea why, I just love the rhythm of the name. I, like many other people, thought that this cacher's name actually was Jackie. I was wrong. I've finally had an opportunity to meet her, and learn her true identity, and to hang out with her at many geocaching events, meetings, and outings. I remember one of the first times I was on a group outing with her, there was a mad rush between her, Wagonmaker and tuppergurl to be the first to find the cache. And I'm not talking *the* FTF, just the first from our group. It was hilarious watching them fall all over each other to get to the cache. I was very happy when she accepted a role on the 2010 MBGA Board of Directors, taking up the position of Training Coordinator. Always fun to be around, crackerjackie is a definite asset to our association.

Milestones achieved in December 2010

Congratulations to the following Manitoba MBGA members who have reached milestones during the past month.

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If there are any errors or omissions please let us know as we may have inadvertently missed someone.

Cache of the Month – November 2010

Winnie’s Big Cache

We are honoured to have Winnie chosen as Cache of the Month. Here is our little blurp and attached pic:

Our very first cache find was on June 21, 2006. It was a puzzle cache called The Ditch Digger. We were very intrigued about the significant history of “The Ditch Digger” and found this aspect of Geocaching fascinating. What a fun learning tool! Can you imagine hiding caches where you can learn some history and discover places you would never have seen? On July 18, 2006, almost one month after our very first find we would launch our very first cache hide, Winnie’s Big Cache. We spent much of that month researching the history of Winnie the Bear and the significance to Winnipeg. This would all be compiled and presented at the posted co-ordinates. We knew this cache would be a multi as there was much to learn and places to see. We thought of our grandchildren and how much fun they would have hunting down Winnie’s Big Cache, learning the history and being rewarded with a unique container, creatively coloured, hidden in the perfect spot and full of everything Winnie. We would make every attempt to use Geocaching as a fun, learning experience for all.

We have very special memories of Winnie’s FTF cacher. This was 1701eh, a cacher from Ontario who was visiting Winnipeg. When he arrived at the posted coordinates he knew he was the first to take on this multi so he continued on the adventure until he reached the cache container. It was his very first FTF outside of his home province, Ontario. We emailed 1701eh to congratulate him and so ensued a multitude of emails back & forth. Having never met 1701eh we still felt we had known him forever. Sadly, later that summer, 1701eh died in a highway traffic accident. A huge loss for his family and the Geocaching community.

Thank you for choosing Winnie’s Big Cache as Cache of the Month. Winnie doesn’t do winter shoveling so his cache is not very winter friendly but for the adventurous cacher it can be done. Winnie gets very excited when visitors stop by.
--Ztirnats & Zad