Welcome

Welcome Introduction

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).

*NOTE* The blog posts below sometimes disappear from the first page. Scroll down to the bottom to see previous posts.

Upcoming events

Hunting Season

Elmer the Hunter

Its once again Hunting Season. Wearing bright coloured clothing is a good idea when out in the woods. Even if it is just a little bit off the road, geocachers have run into hunters, even in areas that do not allow hunting.

Cacher of the Month - November 2007

GG56

John & Georgia in Jamaica
John & Georgia in Jamaica

  1. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  2. Smoley Squad’s First Mission was probably MY worst mission. I work as a CAD operator from home for a company in Brandon. I make a few trips a year out to Brandon and Virden, and of course, I like to cache while out there. One day while working in the Brandon office, I slipped away during my lunch hour to get a cache in the Brandon hills. The cache was in a wooded area near a subdivision built on a slope. I read in the cache description that there are underground springs in the area, but I wasn’t prepared for what I encountered. I bushwhacked my way towards Ground Zero with the GPSr whirling madly due to heavy leaf cover. Naturally I was wearing white pants and platform sandals. My family will tell you that I am woefully unprepared sometimes. I took a step into what looked like a slightly muddy area, and I sank to my knees. The pull of what seemed like quicksand threw me off balance. I grabbed for the nearest branch, which was dead, of course. It broke in my hands and I plopped to the ground. I tried to get up and pitched forward. Now I was completely covered in some kind of muck, and whatever was sucking me downwards grabbed my sandals, and that is the last I have seen of them. This experience in the hills of Brandon is what inspired my story about the little old Polish lady known as Ivanna. I had to return to work after this experience. Here is a link to my log.

Milestones achieved in October 2007

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

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100 Finds
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200 Finds
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300 Finds
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500 Finds
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600 Finds
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800 Finds
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1000 Finds
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1400 Finds
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1500 Finds
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2500 Finds

MBGA Committee Meeting - October 24, 2007

Location: Mountain Equipment Co-op (N49 53.631 W097 08.592)

Meeting called to order at 19:01 CDT.

Committee members present: Dani (dani_carriere),Peter (Peter & Gloria), Tim (TurdleEggs), Sandra (junglehair), Jacques (OHMIC), Richard (KiteKacher), and Paula (MHz).

Committee members not present: Ray (slippery_1), Tobey (3T's&aG), Nick (bevro), Steven (ertyu), and Sean (Dragonfreys).

Cacher of the Month - October 2007

3T's&aG

3T's&aG Family
3T's&aG (Big T, Q!(another T), G and T)

  1. How did the initiation rite of passage: 'you're not a member of the MBGA until you've been bopped by Tobey in the chatroom' evolve?
  2. LOL! Nice question to start off with. You know, I don't exactly know how this started. I've been told its because I like bopping but I guess you'll have to visit the chatroom to find out for sure. Don't expect to be bopped right away, either. These things take time.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked?
  4. I first heard about geocaching in an article that was in the Free Press in July of 2004. After reading it, I got hooked on the idea of trying geocaching and then proceeded to do some research to purchase a GPSr that would suit my needs and my budget. When the GPSr finally arrived and I was able to figure out how to enter co-ordinates, Q! and I headed off to find our first cache, Bison Castle cache because we knew the general location of it having worked at the UofM campus for years. We rode our bikes and lo and behold, our arrow kept pointing the other way. Having no idea what I was doing (some say this hasn't changed much), I had no way to confirm my co-ordinates. So we went back home and tried again the next day. We found it fairly quickly and I was instantly hooked. There were so many aspects of it that appealed to me and mostly I felt that it was a great opportunity to get outside, especially as my kids got older.