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Cacher of the Month - June 2011



I remember the first time I had met MissionMode. It was at the 2009 Holiday Event that the MBGA hosts each year. I was fascinated in the fact that he cached with a Delorme unit. As far as I have seen, he was the only Manitoban at the time to have one, and only the second geocacher I had met who used one. Yet, both cachers were huge fans of their GPS's. As time has gone on, I have had the opportunity to get to know MissionMode and his daughter TechDeckPerson. As we can tell from their hidden caches, she is a skateboarder and he is a music fan. I was pleased to be the FTF on his new "Do You Cache Too" cache. MissionMode is active in our community, attending events and helping out with GeoVenture. He recently had found his 1,000th geocache, I am sure there are many more thousands in his future.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. My first geocache was with a friend, a2g3, at a retreat in early 2009. For the following year his wife was about to have a baby and we knew he couldn't lead the caching at the retreat for 2010. It was at that point that I "had" to step up and learn more about this activity and buy my own GPS. No sooner was my online order in than I was already caching with my phone (and really hoping my GPS would get here soon).

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. It really was about the hunt. I've been an FTF hound from early on, so between those and just the challenge of the find and the hope that I'm looking for something interesting.

  5. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  6. My caching in other places has been fairly limited. So far I haven't planned any trips for caching, so like most things with travel, the time for any one activity is quite limited.

  7. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  8. I was going to answer this "no" but in reality I know that a number of the people who participated in the retreat caching I led are now searching with their phones. Also my brother, high-plains-drifters, and his kids have started to get more serious, with a real GPS (another Delorme unit like mine) and all of the things that go with it.

  9. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  10. I don't really have a catch-phrase for the activity - they get a nice long winded description of how things are hidden and what you do. Most people know I geocache so they come to me with questions and that is the starting point.

  11. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  12. I can get goal oriented and I often set my goals unrealistically so I tend to get pretty upset when some DNF or cloud-GPS issues eat up my time. I like all kinds of hides so you won't hear me complain about a particular one. Poorly described hides or hints that only contain mockery would count as pet peeves.

  13. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  14. This is definitely about the journey. In March last year magpieboy was looking for a partner to canoe with him up to netleyhunter's Willow Island Cache in the south of Lake Winnipeg. I agreed and we began waiting for the right kind of day in the summer. I'm fairly busy so there were not going to be many free, but one came along. It was a beautiful day but potentially stormy so we got our butts moving early. As we got to the launch point for the canoe we had to take this really thin road surrounded by the marsh and I was quite worried about his 4x4 not making it or suddenly going outside the safe path. There was enough water that the ruts in the road had leeches swimming in them. Eventually we enjoyed an amazing canoe ride with birds leading us in order to chase the fish moving away from our noise, and we saw an eagle or two as well. The find itself was not very hard but it was an amazing 5 hours of paddling and searching.

  15. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  16. This is a really hard question. As I was thinking it was always the hard ones that seemed rewarding, but something that involved a place or a hike were so great too. I would probably put Photo Edited and Nice Night for a Walk as my favourites.

  17. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  18. I usually just have the GPS. I always seem to have left my tweezers or reachy in the car when I really need them.

  19. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  20. Delorme PN-40

  21. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  22. My stealth is poor - I mostly stick to checking my cell phone and pretending I am looking at something else nearby. I've found that I look impatient naturally so that can help make it look like I am waiting for somebody to call or arrive.

  23. What is the meaning of your username?
  24. Since the early days of the internet I've been known as Mission. It's partially a song reference to Rush's song by that name, as well as to a song called Sacred by my favourite band Depeche Mode. When "Mission" is taken I usually go looking for something like "Mission Mode" in its place.

  25. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  26. I couldn't possibly name this. There are so many reasons to appreciate somebody. The dedication of the folks who have been or are currently on the executive, the eagerness of the newbies, the instant-find-ability of the experienced cachers. I'm not filling in the names.

  27. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  28. I do most of my caching alone even though I enjoy group caching more. My main partner is my daughter TechDeckPerson and I would say the next highest would be Wagonmaker or Netleyhunter.

  29. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  30. I'd love to cache somewhere tropical like Costa Rica, just to take in everything around me. Cave caching would have a high appeal as well.

  31. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  32. How to choose a favourite? It's like choosing a favourite child, except in that case I'd have only one. I'm quite proud of my multi Sk8 Like a Girl: The Fakey as well as my very new puzzle Do You Cache Too? but I would say my favourite is Two Pillows? because I love the humour I was able to put into the cache page, and how difficult it has been for people even though it's a fairly easy hide.

  33. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  34. I have wide tastes in books. I was an avid Star Wars novel reader, especially the books which start about 30 years after Star Wars - but I went a long stretch without enough time for novels. I am currently finishing "U2 by U2" and I have actually enjoyed a few "U2 interview" books in the past few years, the best being "Bono in conversation with Michka Assayas". There is so much more to these folks than most people get to know. So many assumptions about ego that you can get past once you hear more than a sound bite on the news.

  35. Can you play a musical instrument?
  36. I've played a number of instruments in my life. I took piano when I was young but stopped formal lessons after a few years because my teacher was a little high strung and I never went looking for another. In high school I wanted to play Saxophone but they had lots of those so I was convinced to play Trombone. I went on to play in the Westman Honour Band and I think a few others. Mostly I love to sing. I don't do anything formal with it but back in high school I also took part in the Provincial Honour Chorus. Beyond that I fiddle with TechDeckPerson's guitar and continue to consider drum lessons but I know that would cut into my caching time, so…

  37. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  38. About 1km. Or at least for the listed coordinates. I live near Old School and haven't yet spent the time with the correct tool in hand.

  39. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  40. I use my head! Ok I really like GSAK and I often make use of the "iGeocaching Toolkit" on my iPod. It's great for coordinate conversions in a pinch.

  41. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  42. I use it to pick up women. Ok really not so much. I have often found my way somewhere with my GPS, or marked my car so I knew where to go back to.

  43. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  44. I believe at this moment my iPod would play me the new CD from City and Colour. I don't even know what it's called. But most of the time it's playing me some remix of a Depeche Mode track.

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