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Cacher of the Month - June 2009
Yet again this improvising reporter has the pleasure of providing the intro for this month's cacher of the month. And again I have never met this family. I really must attend more events. So off to the profile page I go.
Looking at the profile picture I have determined that this family is proud of the fact they have no cavities. The last time I saw that many teeth I was at the dentist office.
The Bergmannfamily arrived on the caching scene in April 2007. Their mission is to reintroduce the almost extinct rural cache. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. An inside source has informed me that the National Geocachergraphic magazine will be interviewing them in the near future about their efforts.
After two years they have successfully re-introduced at least 30 new caches outside the city limits. Geocachers have now ventured outside the Perimeter Hwy to places previously unknown to the city cachers. We hope their continued efforts with the conservation and restoration of rural caches is successful.
- When did you start Geocaching?
We began caching on Mar. 31, 2007, while on vacation in Virginia.
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
Friends of ours stationed in Virginia (Nekurakfamily) are into caching, and on a day trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel they suggested doing a few caches. I had read about caching in TIME magazine, and it seemed neat (having been into orienteering in earlier years), so we did three caches with them.
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
I love the hunt, and I really like finding caches hidden in very public places. Sort of James Bondish.
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
We have cached in BC, NB, and NS, in Canada. In the US, we have cached in Hawai'i, Washington, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Virginia.
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
I have turned my ‘boss’ and his daughters "torossi" into weekend cache addicts. One of my brothers caches with one of his daughters, but they do not log finds.
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
It’s a comment I found on someone else’s homepage, “I search for Tupperware in the forest using multimillion dollar military satellite technology.
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
Church plays a large role in our lives. We presently attend and serve at Oasis Community Church in Charleswood.
Our kids are our biggest ‘hobby’.
For more unusual feats, at 13 I came 3rd in the province in a long rifle competition. I have bicycled down to Kansas as a teenager, and I came in fourth in the world in the International Parcheesi championship in 1978 in Sweden. In 1980 I lived in south India, building a school in a small village. I did very well on my MCAT, I received a letter from Harvard asking me to apply to school there.
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
I don’t like it that work and sleep interfere with caching. My pet peeve is cache owners that don’t maintain or archive their out-of-commission caches.
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
Out onto an old lava field "Foxy Roxy", and through a lava tube "Hawaii Volcanoes N.P. – Rain Forest and Lava Tube" in Hawaii.
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
Unos, dos, tres, catorce, GCXMC7. It was my first night cache, as I had no idea how I would get it during day time. Got me hooked on night caching, which I really like, aside from doing night micros in pine trees.
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
One night after work I stopped on the side of Sterling Lyon in a no parking zone to hide our ‘No Rest For The Sole’ cache. It was about 0230hrs. Thirty seconds after I left the car a police cruiser came along, saw me, and turned on their spotlights. Thank goodness I knew one of the guys from work, and after explaining what I was doing, they rolled their eyes, drove on, and left me in peace.
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
I was at a conference in Seattle and on a lunch break went to Groundspeak HQ (GCK25B) with torossi. I picked up a random TB from Signal’s cache box and it turned out to be owned by MHz. It traveled back with me to Winnipeg and I placed it in one of her caches to have it go full circle.
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
Usually nothing on me. I carry a pack in our car/van (which are official TB’s) with a reachy tool, camo tape, spare logbooks and ziplock bags for repairs on the trail. I like it when other cachers mention in their log that a cache needs some help, because then I know what to stuff into my pocket on the walk in. Rubber boots live in the trunk.
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
We have a Garmin Colorado 300 and a Garmin eTrex Legend Cx. I like the paperless caching with the Colorado as I often printed out way to many cache pages, and therefore ended up with way to much wasted paper.
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
We have four kids, and the littlest three are very good at scaring folks away who loiter at a cache.
- What is the meaning of your username?
No brains were required to create it.
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
After work one night looking after a very sick diabetic I went on a hunt before going home to bed. The first TB I ever found was that day, and it was a Unite for Diabetes TB (TB1B1NK). It was very appropriate. I had no idea how to log picking it up or dropping it off. Three of our TB’s have been onto and off of Antarctica. (I knew a physician who was working at the South African base there) (SANAE-IV, GC17DF7)
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
I envy you folks with the thousands of finds.
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
We cache as a family, or I go alone after work. Torossi and I have been out before, and we often compare notes at work about caches done and travels of our TB’s.
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
Any other continent, Europe for the history, Africa for the experience, Antarctica for the uniqueness.
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
That is like asking which of our kids I like best!!
Our kids planned ‘A River Runs Through It’, and then after placing it did CITO for Earth Day 2008.
‘Island in the Sun’ was our ten year olds idea. She will be more than excellent one day!
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
I read more work related journals than books, but I don’t really have a book type. Right now I am reading ‘The Shack’, by William Paul Young. The Mrs. passed it along as a great read.
- Can you play a musical instrument?
I’m great at playing the CD player, tape player, and record changer. All those other instruments are for wimps. ;)
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
Dacotah by the Trove Chasers is 8 km away. We searched last summer and came up empty. I now see there is a clue, so I guess I need to go back. ertyu’s Electrical Engineering Blitz is next; I’ll never get that one cause I can’t figure out the schematic with my Intro Physics from 25 years ago.
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
Google Earth is our best buddy.
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
We have a Canada topo map for our Colorado, and we use that for hiking and canoeing in new places. It is always nice to get back to the car.
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
A new album by the Newsboys, In The Hands Of God.
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