Cacher of the Month - September 2007
BBrown94 with his nephew’s family from Vancouver
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
- Can you play a musical instrument?
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
I found out about geocaching when I was at a client’s house near Assiniboine Park and mentioned that I liked to walk throughout the forest. They brought out a map with caches they had found in the forest and immediately I could see this would be ideal for me, walking with a goal.
The finds, definitely the finds. There is nothing better than hunting for a cache, looking for spots that seem not right and just knowing the cache is under or around that spot.
I have cached in Minnesota and I just got back from Vancouver visiting my Nephew and family. I was able to find 6 within about 3 km from his house.
As I just mentioned, my nephew and his family seem quite interested and would not be surprised to see them start geocaching as a family. Also last fall my Nephew in Winnipeg here started out and has just got his own Gps’r so expect him to start adding up his finds. One of my colleagues at work is also excited about it and just bought my old (10 months) Gps’r. He and a buddy have already figured out a spot by Falcon Lake for a hide.
I grew up as a hunter and fisherman so I love to do that. I also love walking. I prefer to walk in bush instead of on paved trails. Nothing like seeing wildlife as you tramp through the bush.
One of the things I don’t like is going to a cache that is hidden so much that you cannot find it when it is miles away from your home or away from civilization. I also do not like caches that are kilometers away from the given coordinates.
The most memorable cache is Splashing through the Willows. I came from the south and was astonished to find a tent shaped wooden structure complete with floor. All the stuff had been thrown into the water (i.e. mattress boots clothes etc.) God only knows who built this. This is just south of the cache. I was hoping no residents were in there when I arrived. 2nd has to be Wacko Willy's Wicked Hoard. I tried so many times to figure this out. I finally got a nudge in the right direction from a friend and away I went. I coaxed my wife to go with me ( her first hunt) We ended up going through the thickest bush and the roughest terrain that it was the last time she came with me.( There was probably a trail to take but I was new and who would think it could be easier.) I also find hides by Z’tirnats extremely memorable especially their Geeny Gmeeny Gminy G-Moe. There are so many good hides out there. Hats off to all who put a lot of thought into their hides.
I don’t do a lot of trades, so I don’t look around in them much. It is amazing the thought that does go into the items though. There really isn’t anything that sticks in my mind
Since starting geocaching I seem to have to add things as I go and it does build up. (I have nowhere near what Cary has) I have such things as a mirror, rope with snap, flashlight, pens, paper, magnet, rubber boots, rain pants and jacket to wear over work clothes, rechargeable batteries. I also added to my arsenal a Garmin Nuvi 360 (I got it for work and then found out you can punch in coordinates and it will take you by road close to your caches.)
I use a Garmin GPSmap60CSx now. I just upgraded so I could add maps. I just sold my Gps60, which worked great. If people are looking for GPS’rs there is a place in Minnedosa. Prairie Geomatics (mail order) that are extremely knowledgeable about them and with a phone call they will help you figure which model you need. I also use my Garmin Nuvi 360.
I try to be careful but I have to admit there have been times I am so immersed in looking I get caught. So if caught with the cache (only happened once) I explain truthfully and everyone goes on his merry way. Sometimes if I am at cache site but no cache in hand I will act like I am tying my shoes (mine are Velcro) or pull out my phone and pretend to talk on it. Every time is different and you have to deal with the surroundings to hide.
The San Martino Wine Cork #1 TB is most memorable as there was no proper bug on it. The owner from Texas e-mailed me and asked me to attach a proper Tb for it. So I went and took it out and shortly after received a Tb in the mail from owner. I attached it and sent it on its way.
Of course I have to put Kabuthunk first as we help each other out. There are a lot of geocachers such as GG56 and Jaypeg that I also have a lot of respect for. One of the greatest parts of geocaching is the people. I have been a part of many groups in my life and have never found people as friendly and willing to help as geocachers.
I normally go by myself as I will often go early (i.e. 5am) and when I am on the road with work.
I would like to cache pretty well anywhere as every place has caches that take you to points of interest, scenery and parks. There are parks in Winnipeg that I never knew existed till I started Geocaching.
By the time people read this I hope to have solved it. It is Kabuthunk’s String
Figure It Out. I have spent a lot of time with my stubby fingers and can’t seem to get anything that resembles the pictures.
I don’t read a lot, almost never but in the past two years I have read all the Harry Potter books. The last one being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I use mapsource, Google Earth and GSAK.
I use it for fishing (mark the location where we catch fish) and hunting (finding our way back to the car. Marking a good spot. Or just checking how far we are and backtracking to our start point).