Cacher of the Month - August 2009
I have been deprived of an improvising intro this month. Someone decided that they would be nice and get it all right!
May we present, for your worship and admiration, glacier_ice! Caching since late 2006, glacier_ice has recently been snatching up the finds and dealing out the clever hides! He recently made is 1000th cache find and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon! Is there anything glacier_ice can’t do?
- When did you start Geocaching?
My first cache find was November 11, 2006. That was a bit of a how-to, lesson. My second find was July 2007, after that, I really got going.
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
My Dad (Loady) introduced me to it. He came across geocaching when he was designing a training course for the Cadets on the use of hand-held GPSr units.
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
The whole hide and seek aspect which seems to have brought me back to a second childhood. The bulk of my early caches were in the Whiteshell. I love getting out on trails and bushwacking.
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
This past February, I went to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise Idaho. I had fun caching my way there and back. I hit North Dakota, Montana and Idaho on that trip. I’ve cached in Southern Ontario and I can even claim a BC find too when a travelling cache with BC roots found its way to a Pub Night.
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
I introduced curlergirl and UnicornPrincess, two co-workers. More recently, stesch72 has joined the ranks. But I can’t forget to mention Pa_Bottle. Who can forget fireworks in the parking lot at the Round Table after a pub night! (That’s when I thought… oh Lord, what have I done… caching in Manitoba won’t be the same.)
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
It’s a long walk in a park, spoiled by needing to bush crash in search of Tupperware? Actually, I do use the standard line “Multibillion dollar technology to find Tupperware in the woods.” I usually follow that up with “Did you ever do the search for Gold?” or “It’s a world wide treasure hunt sport.”
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
Wow, where to start. Well, I’ve been volunteering with Special Olympics for almost 15 years now. Although I resisted the constant call to coach a sport, I’ve served on or chaired a great number of organizing committees from fundraisers to leadership teams to running track meets. Talk about a rewarding experience.
I’m also a volunteer television director with Springs Church, something I’ve been doing for the past 4 or 5 years. It is a totally fun time to work behind the scenes in a TV production environment and I have the pleasure of working with some people who have decades of experience in the TV industry.
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
Mosquitoes and Juniper bushes. OHMIC asked me one time if I had to choose between ticks and mosquitoes; I said I’d take the ticks hands down. It’s easier to do tick control that mosquitoes. Pet Peeves? Lazy cachers who can’t be bothered to put your caches back the way they were hidden. I have several caches that are a bit elevated and aside from one, I’m constantly finding them down at eye level. If they’re supposed to be up high, please put them back up high! (Unfortunately, it’s not like you can put that statement in your cache description because then people know where to look!)
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
I’ll list off three that I’ve only recently come across that all are interesting on their own merits.
GCNE3H – Tranquil Treasure Trove. I had no idea we had a really neat outdoor church in the province. Not only that, from the top it doesn’t look like much until you start down the stairs. A close second in this category is the Grotto in Cook’s Creek.
GCW565 – Senkiw Bridge Blitz. This was just plain cool to find a swinging bridge seemingly in the middle of the bush.
GCFFCA – Hulda Ostman (RIP). This is a little grave site of a girl who lived from 1910 to 1912. What’s interesting is that it was located about 5km North of the main highway down a really narrow dirt road. I would never have considered traveling that road if there wasn’t a cache there. Outside of Manitoba, one of the coolest places I've seen was the Shoshone Falls along the Shoshone Canyon in Idaho. This canyon, at over 900 ft deep and about 1km across at times, was carved out in an impressive 3 months at the end of the last ice age! It's also the site of Evil Knievel's failed Snake River Canyon jump back in the 1970s.
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
Hands down, GCXMC7 - Unos, dos, tres, catorce. That one there was one of my early ones that I looked at and said “Oh good Lord, I’m not climbing up to that!” So I brought Pa_Bottle figuring he’s crazy enough that he’d be up there in a flash. Nope, he wasn’t that crazy. So I hung my head in defeat and made my way up. That was one freaky place to stand. Cars buzzing by on one side and a steep hill on the other. Funny thing is, although it’s been archived, the physical cache is still there to be found. I pass it daily going to work and I can spot it from my car.
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
No question, it’s when I got locked inside Kilcona Park after driving into the wrong entrance while searching for Liar, Liar Pants on Fire. When I pulled back to the gate, it was locked. Now, it’s Friday night, the park staff are gone for the weekend and getting in touch with anyone from the city was darn near impossible. Eventually I got through to the Park Police who’s reaction was ‘you’re where??!!’ Fortunately, he had a key and arrived a little while later to unlock the gate so I could drive out. I got off with only a warning and a story that I didn’t have to make up in my log. My true story beat any bit of fiction that I would have made up for that log.
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
I’d have to say that Kabuthunk’s chainmail balls were the most interesting. When I first got started, I was seeing these things everywhere but had no clue what they were until I started attending some events. It all became much clearer when I met Kabs and he had arrived in his chainmail vest.
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
My trunk contents are slowly growing. I’ve got an ammo can full of stuff used for cache repairs. I’ve got a couple of Mr. Reachy sticks and a good pair of gloves. In my pouch, I carry the usual assortment of tradables, pen, pencil and hand sanitizer. I’ve also got my trusty Palm Pilot and cell phone with me at all times.
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
When I first got started, I was using a Garmin eMap. I was very happy when I was able to upgrade to the ever popular Garmin 60Cx.
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
The fake cell phone conversation is at the top of the list. You never look out of place when you’re standing around looking distracted by a cell phone conversation. The second thing for low caches is the shoe tie trick. But I’m not above using Ice Cube #1 for a bit of muggle distraction either.
- What is the meaning of your username?
It actually goes WAY back to the early 1990’s in the pre-internet days when I was an active BBSer. When I started BBSing, (using an old 2400 and then 9600 Baud modem!) I went by the username Alley Cat. However, that name was in use when I signed onto a new BBS so I came up with Glacier. The Glacier username has moved with me onto the internet. I used it through 5 years of a massive multiplayer online game called Utopia. So when it came time to choose a username for Geocaching, Glacier was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately, it was taken. The server offered several variations with numbers after it, but I didn’t like that option so I opted to add ‘_ice’ to it and the username ‘Glacier_ice’ was born.
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
Hands down, it was Big Steel, a 25lb section of railroad. Pa_Bottle and I came across that one and dropped it in my trunk. I swear the back of my car sank 6 inches. That one inspired me to release 30 pounds of… into the caching world. It’s a 30 pound cylinder of solid steel that used to be used in the machining of train wheels. Now it’s used to make cachers curse when they try and lift it.
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
OHMIC for one. The amount of caches that he’s acquired in a short amount of time is amazing. I guess I could say I’m slightly jealous. I mean, if I had discovered geocaching before I had kids, I’d probably be doing much the same thing. Also in the pure experience and numbers category, Peter and Gloria and Junglehair.
I also have really enjoyed the caches placed by Ztirnats and Trove Chasers. I really love the extra creativity that goes into their hides.
And dani_carriere of course. She’s like the glue that holds the Manitoba Geocaching together.
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
My usual caching partners are Pa_Bottle or curlergirl. I’ve also had the pleasure of caching with Dani_Carriere, OHMIC, Wagonmaker and MHZ to name a few.
BUT! I’d be very neglectful if I didn’t mention that I’ve also taken my son (Ice Cube #1) out caching on many occasions. Ice Cube #2 is still a bit young, but she just started walking. By next summer she’ll be coming too.
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
I’d love to cache in New Zealand. I’ve got a very good friend living there so it would be a blast to spend some time with him while caching.
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
Huh? No, that wasn’t a question, that was the name of the cache. It has eluded me on multiple trips now. Most notably when I attempted to make that my #1000 and came up empty. So it has now become my nemesis.
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
Zach’s Place. It’s very close to my Mother-in-Law’s house. Occasionally I’ve been fortunate to come across a cacher making an attempt on this one. When that happens, I like to drive up close and torment them a bit and not give any hints.
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
In my youth I was much more into Sci/Fi Fantasy. However, I’ve become more eclectic in my reading. My latest batch of books have included titles that are usually seen on a high school reading list. The Chrysalids and Brave New World were my most recent reads and I’m currently halfway through Catcher in the Rye.
- Can you play a musical instrument?
I have a whole slew of baby and toddler toys that make music, do they count? Because I can play a few simple tunes on their toy piano.
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
2km. It’s one of those ICU caches. I’m slowly clearing those ones off my map.
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
I’ve got a Palm Tungsten T5 with Cachemate and GSAK on my PC for paperless caching. A cell phone is also a must. I’ve also got a couple of Mr. Reachy tools in my trunk for those times where I need just a bit more of a reach.
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
Yes, I use it for road navigation. Also, since I can get very good accuracy in my house, I’ve made sure to set waypoints from my Lazyboy to the bathroom so that I can use off road navigation to find it.
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
Hillsong United’s ‘Tear Down The Walls’
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