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Cacher of the Month - May 2013




If I remember correctly, I first met Erocks at the Geoventure in 2011. He was caching with his friends Deaner777 and Fawnzy1987. He was very enthusiastic and by the evening of the Saturday was caching with a large group through the woods. Always smiling and friendly, he is a joy to be around. His good humour is quite contagious. The first time I was caching with him, was in a group who were tackling some caches in Beaudry Park. Afterward the group descended on a nearby truck stop for some refreshments and conversation. On the way back to the city, we stopped at Glacier Ice and my cache, Hoof Hearted (GC1MJ83). Until that time, I had never watched anyone try to retrieve it and my jaw just dropped. He actually climbed the structure, and hung there like a monkey while someone was signing the log. I was amazed. Over the years, Erocks has become more and more involved in the Manitoba Geocaching Association, serving on the executive for two years now. I find that he is engaging and involved and a great guy to have around. Keep reading to learn more about May's Cacher of the Month.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. June 23, 2011

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. In November of 2001, I was hanging out with my best friend and we were watching Discovery Channel when a clip came on about geocaching and they were describing how accurate the coordinates were. It sounded really interesting as I love to be outdoors. My best friend decided to sign up as Cadbury, but I didn’t since gps units cost so much money and I was just a teenager at the time.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. I love being outside and exploring new places so geocaching fits perfectly into my lifestyle for bringing me to new places that I never new existed.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. I have cached in Ontario a little bit, once with RoddandToddFlanders and AngelFreak, and once with Jade826 (my mom) and Cadbury. I have also cached in every province going west when we went on a road trip to Abbotsford for my cousin’s wedding last summer. While we were there we drove to the Peace Arch for some caches and one of them was so close to the border that it gave me a Washington DC find and souvenir... no passport needed!

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. My mom (Jade826), and my uncle from BC (burppp), and my niece Rebecca.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. I tell them it is a super fun scavenger hunt game that you can play anywhere, all around the world! All you need is a gps or smart phone and it takes you to see some really cool places that you would never have known about.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. I absolutely love fishing! I love my boat but I enjoy canoeing too. I like to camp, hike, cliff jump and rapid ride. I like to bring h my friends and family with me to expose them to these awesome outdoor activities and teach them as much as I know.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. I hate caching when there are too many mosquitoes. I can tolerate ticks, poison ivy (which doeesn’t affect me), and weather but when there are so many mosquitoes while your standing there in a t-shirt trying to sign a logbook then it drives me crazy! I also don’t go anywhere near a cache that has spiders or webs near it...

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. I drove on ice roads for the first time to find Charlie Canfield Memorial Cache (GC3C5NF) which I ended up getting FTF at. I also really liked The Cliffs (GC14R0T) which had me on a long hike with a group of cachers in the middle of winter but the view at the end was totally worth it.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. I would have to say that You Will Never Get This, You Will Never Get This (GC2X48J) which I found with NetleyHunter and AngelFreak. I was encouraged by NetleyHunter to try the hike barefoot so I left my shoes at the start of the trail and then did the whole thing barefoot but I totally wish I would have brought the shoes with me! It was a great hike though and NetleyHunter made it really cool when he pointed out vegetation that we could eat.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. I love the earthcache Splashing Out of the Ground (GC12QPY) because I love the history behind this artisan well as it used to bring water into Winnipeg.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. I really enjoyed going geocaching with AngelFreak in the middle of winter, hiking throughout the night in Assinabione Forest.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I love finding the Stingy Bandit jewels... even if my girlfriend now takes them...

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. Extra batteries, my mucks, extra ziploc bags, and a spacepen that writes no matter how cold or wet it gets outside

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. Garmin Oregon 450 but sometimes my phone though I prefer the gps for accuracy.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. I don’t really worry too much about muggles as if you act naturally then they don’t pay attention.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. E stands for my first name, Eric, and I rock. LOL

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. PMD's Keys as we had to locate it in Regina and bring it back to Winnipeg to unlock the cache 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe (GC3DCGC) by 1PurpleMonkeyDishwasher1 which unfortunately we found smashed open when we got there.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. OHMIC, Dani_Carriere, Glacier Ice... and my girlfriend AngelFreak, of course.

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. AngelFreak and NetleyHunter as I always have a great time with them.

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. I really want to go on a geocaching cruise. I am also looking forward to doing the Confederation Power Trail with AngelFreak next year.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. WTCAH YUOR SETP (GC37FCE) because its the last one I need in Harbour View.

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Unlock My Mach (GC3ZFC6) because the terrain is interesting and I like that its a challenging but fun puzzle cache for others.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I don’t read often but I like to read anything that has to do with the outdoors and survival. The last book I attempted was by Farley Mowat.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. I used to play the Djembe, which is a type of drum.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. .2 miles

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. GSAK, flashlight and headlamp, space pen, smart phone

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. I like to have it for when I go boating or hiking, or even when I just need to find a location or point of interest.

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. Beatles, Abbey Road

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