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Cacher of the Month - April 2008


Dwarf & The Giant (JayPeg)
Dwarf & The Giant (JayPeg)

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. It all began back in April 06 when I went to visit the 212s at their cabin. They said I had to try this thing called geocaching. Not so reluctantly we went to my very first cache Warning I shall Wear Purple– II. So I blame Ginny212 and this first find with getting started on my addiction. A month later I had to go back and sign the log.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. I have always enjoyed computers and collecting maps. Geocaching combined the two things I enjoy with the bonus of getting some exercise. When I first started out, finding the large caches was always more fun. Sifting through what other cachers had left behind as trade items was always interesting. But then other aspects of the game began to come into play. The elusive FTFs are still exciting. Knowing that I am racing against several other cachers makes caching that much more interesting.

  5. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  6. I have been caching in Ontario (only the Kenora area so far), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, North Dakota, Minnesota and Florida. Oh, and a virtual in Illinois. Now that Geocaching has become a part of my life, if a trip is planned anywhere I have to check the caches available in the area. I hope to visit many more places in the near future.

  7. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  8. I have had the great pleasure of introducing Chewys to the hobby. It definitely is nice to have a co-worker that will take off at lunch to go find a new cache with you. His imagination rivals my own for cache creation. Although I still have to work on his evilness. Recently we introduced another co-worker Kell’s Bells. I hope she will enjoy geocaching as much as we do.

  9. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  10. I also use Dani’s explanation; I use multi billion dollar military satellites to find Tupperware hidden in the woods. The usual response is whaaatt??? I then proceed to describe what we do. Some people find it fascinating and hopefully it sparks an interest for them to discover.

  11. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  12. All other hobbies and interests have taken the back seat to Geocaching. I do remember when I went fishing more than once a year and the same for golf. I just got Goochie, my other half, interested in fishing and I pulled the rug out from under that and started caching. I had to, she was catching more and bigger fish than I was. As I have started to eliminate a lot of caches, I hope to have more time to go fishing this summer.

  13. What are some things you don’t like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  14. I think my biggest pet peeve would be pine trees. It does not prevent me from looking. It is just that the needles can get nasty without the right gear. I use to dislike micros and nanos, but have since looked at it as ‘a smilely on the map is better than an unopened treasure chest’

  15. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  16. Geocaching has taken me to many places I had not known existed. Many of the parks in the city I had not seen before. The nicest place I have found a cache was Victoria's Secret in Truro, Nova Scotia. It was a beautiful area with some nice trails.

  17. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  18. The first cache placed in Canada was a great visit. Looking at that log book going back so many years was fascinating. The area was well worn by the number of visitors every year.

  19. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  20. I have always found it handy to bring along a dwarf while caching. He makes for a much more humorous adventures. Other items I have stashed in the backpack: extra batteries (more than 3 extra sets required as I recently discovered), 3 flashlights of various intensities, pens and pencils, trade items, small first aid kit, leather gloves, notepad, extra micro logbook and a cell phone with camera.

  21. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  22. I have had only 1 GPS unit and that is the GPSMAP60CSx. I have nothing else to compare it to so I have to say this is the best unit ever.

  23. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  24. It seems that when I go caching on my own, I have little trouble with muggles. When I cache with Skaven, the muggles start coming out of the woodwork. He is a muggle magnet. In the middle of the bush where you would expect no one to be lurking, out pops a muggle, then another. Skaven goes into “Tree Inspector” mode. I stand there looking at my GPS or start to rummage through my backpack and just say “Hi” as they walk by.

  25. What is the meaning of your username?
  26. I used the first part of my name and the last part of where I live. It was also the name of the computer repair company I had started a few years ago.

  27. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  28. Well not to sound conceited or anything, but I love the TB that I created: Kabuthunk's Balls I get a giggle every time someone picks up this TB and I read Recently Spotted: In the hands of ???

    One TB that does stick in my head was Didn't find it a round, blue ball of concrete. That sucker was heavy, supposed to be 1lb, but after some time in the backpack it felt like 20lbs.

    I have enjoyed finding coins the most. Not one in particular stands out as I seem to remember most of the ones I find, which is unusual for me as I tend to forget everything else.

  29. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  30. I respect most cachers. I enjoy caching with my friends Skaven, Chewys and Ginny212 when she feels like it again. Cachers that I have noticed a lot lately are OHMIC. The travels that man has been on and the numbers he has racked up are amazing. Burchil – anyone that pedals to the number of finds he has found is staggering. I definitely would be staggering, definitely walking funny, if I tried to pedal to that many caches. BBrown, Foodninja, have always caught my attention with the racing for the FTFs.

  31. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  32. I have been caching with many people, but my regular caching partners all seem to be dwarf sized. I have dragged Skaven out on many adventures. He is always good a laugh. Together our evilness begins to show no bounds. This past year I have been caching with Chewys. You figure a wookie should be as tall as a giant, but no. What he lacks in loftiness he makes up for in brains. Chewys has figured out a lot of puzzles I would never have figured out on my own. Ginny212 was a great caching partner during my first year, but she has changed jobs and moved and we don’t get to go caching together much anymore. Maybe she also blames me, for the fact that she can’t stand on her 2 feet for more than 2 seconds, but only when I’m around.

  33. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  34. I would love to go caching in Australia and New Zealand. I have never been and they are places I would love to go. Although I hear that Australia has 9 of the world’s deadliest snakes.

  35. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  36. International Mobility Portal (aka TB Prison) has to be my favorite. Skaven and I put a lot of time and effort in creating that cache. We dug deep into the shallows of our twisted imaginations for interesting waypoints. We have only just scratched the surface of what will happen next.

  37. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  38. I loved the Harry Potter series. I am currently reading the Darren Shan Vampires series. I usually don’t have a lot of time to just sit down and read, far to much everything else to do.

  39. Can you play a musical instrument?
  40. Oh yeah!! I am moving up the charts of my Guitar Hero. I have conquered the easy level and am almost done the medium. For the most part I sound pretty good, most of the time. I just wish I didn’t have to listen to Fog Hat’s Slow Ride 5 times a night.

  41. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  42. I have 2 caches that are 3.2 km from the house. One of these is a multi that I am waiting for the snow to disappear before I can finish it. The other is brand new and am sure this will not last till the next weekend.

  43. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  44. I have recently started using the Blackberry. It is great being able to look up the cache to check attributes, cache size and previous logs if I run into problems.

  45. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  46. I have tried to use it as a cell phone but muggles just look at me funny and mumble “why does that guy have a gps stuck to his ear?” I do use it when I am traveling to new cities. It helps when I can’t find my hotel.

  47. Your puzzles are legendary. Are you working on anything new you can talk about?
  48. Legendary??? We are working on a 42 stage nano multi. You will be required to figure out the final coordinates by using the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow. I am sure everyone will just love it.


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