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Cacher of the Month - January 2009



MuStash was nominated by Tromelin because Mustash's caches are exactly the type that he enjoys: awesome locations with great hikes. Almost all of Mustash's caches are among Tromelin's favorites. He looks forward to any cache that Mustash creates because of the quality and effort put in them: "19 km hike! I wouldn’t go to such extremes to place a cache." Tromelin also considers Mustash very friendly.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I found my first cache on January 27, 2005. It was Leo Mol Garden Cache by skaven. That cache is still going strong.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I had bought a GPS in 2004 with the intent of using it for hiking. My daughter was studying in B.C. at the time and her roommate's parents were into geocaching. My daughter mentioned this to me and that got me started exploring the geocaching website.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. A combination of things. I've always enjoyed being outdoors and never was one to sit still for very long. I think it tapped into the same natural instinct to hunt or fish which I'd grown up doing with my Dad. The technical part of it always keeps your brain busy. It's a pretty frugal activity (ignoring the price of gas). You can do it any time. Most of all it's just plain fun.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes. All of the western provinces, Ontario, New Brunswick, U.S.A and Ireland.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. I have taken some friends and family along to find caches at various finds. They've been amused but none have been bitten :D

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. Most people are aware of GPS capability now. So I simply say that people hide things, post the lat/longs on the internet and then other people go and find them. Then the human imagination kicks in and the fun begins. If their eyes start glazing over I say that putting it into words is kind of like trying to explain golf to someone who has never golfed. You either get it or you don't.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I enjoy quite a few other recreational activities: cycling, hiking, golfing, photography, music, crossword puzzles, cribbage, watching sports, Survivorman and Mantracker… My most stellar accomplishment amongst those activities was shooting a hole-in-one this past summer at Hecla Island. We had a pretty fine party around the campfire that night!

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I used to have a pet peeve but I had it put to sleep.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. Wow. There have been a lot. The most unusual would probably be the dark side of the Louise Bridge. The most interesting was probably Elk Island because I felt like I had discovered a whole new world.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. Definitely Mantario Majestic a 5x5 cache by The-Stuntman. I found that cache with MLKoop. We logged it using the name "North of Fifty". We were both 55 at the time and it was a challenge for both of us. It was a sweet FTF.

  21. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  22. It's too long to relate here. But the saga of how we found Mantario Majestic is my favorite. It took us 3 forays spread from the autumn of one year to the spring of the next. All the time wondering if little bushman would beat us to it. We used a canoe, a rickety row boat, 2 bikes and a lot of rubber sole to find it without ever having to sleep outdoors.

  23. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  24. If I'm staying close to civilization I don't carry much. But if I'm heading into the boonies I carry a well stocked day pack including compass, matches, whistle, knives, bear bangers, camera, cell phone, water, food, extra batteries and whatever else the season demands for comfort and survival. An assortment of swag. A walking stick made from an old hockey stick with a bolt in one end to use as a mono-pod for picture taking.

  25. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  26. I started with a Magellan SporTrak. Now I use a Garmin 60 csx. Always with topographical mapping software.

  27. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  28. I usually just wait them out. If there is no prospect of that happening, I'll usually just casually do what needs to be done knowing that everyone else is absorbed in their own activity.

  29. What is the meaning of your username?
  30. It was intended to capture the compulsiveness of the game. Something like Must stash. At the time it was chosen, I was sporting a moustache and my nickname at work was Stosh. So it all kind of got lumped in there and now I can't comb it out.

  31. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  32. There are a lot of them. I won't start a list for fear of missing someone. But these are some of their characteristics: into nature caches, into mystery caches, have a huge number of finds and/or hides, have had the grace to put out and manage a cache oriented around a game theme, organized a caching social event. Everyone who has served on the MBGA .

  33. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  34. Most of the time I cache solo. From time to time my grown kids will join me. Have also had some good trips with MLKoop and skyhawks.

  35. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  36. The Turdle Got Blitzed has been a lot of fun. It's a simple, traditional cache. When I found the container the wheels started turning and I had to figure out a way to tie it in to TurdleEggs, MBGA president. I knew where he worked and found a location nearby to hide it. As luck would have it he could actually see the spot from his office. It was intended as a light hearted tribute to a cacher who meets all the characteristics I mentioned in answer 16.

    I really wondered how this cache would last and how people would react to it. But it has done fine. This year burchil even created a beautiful snow monument beside it. The cache has taken on more life than I ever expected.

  37. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  38. Mysteries and nature stories. My latest book is "Survive!" by Les Stroud, host of the OLN TV show "Survivorman".

  39. Can you play a musical instrument?
  40. Not decently.

  41. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  42. 1.3 km. My Dani radius is pretty cluttered. Shame on me.

  43. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  44. GSAK to sort and focus large databases of caches. Google Earth to plan how to best approach caches.

  45. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  46. Yes. I like using it on roadtrips for navigation. I have a handlebar mount for my GPS on my bike as well and use it for measuring distances and some navigation. A few years ago I spent a wonderful day exploring Montreal by bike using the GPS to find my way around.

  47. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  48. My music stick is loaded with Neil Young, Guess Who, Bob Dylan and a west coast folkroots group called The Bills that I first heard at the Festival du Voyageur a few years ago and have been a fan of ever since.

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