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Cacher of the Month - July 2008

HoggerJeff & the Piglets

HoggerJeff & the Piglets

HoggerJeff & the Piglets

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I started on my own in early 2005 when I discovered the GC.com site while surfing the net. I thought that the idea of searching for treasure using GPS was probably the coolest thing I had ever heard of. The first find was Smokey's Birthday Cache on Jan 28 that year. It wasn't long before the kids started accompanying me on a regular basis on my outings. It was then that I changed the user name from just "HoggerJeff" to "HoggerJeff & the Piglets".

Cacher of the Month - June 2008

Trove Chasers

Trove Chasers
Trove Chasers

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Jon purchased a Garmin Etrex Legend CX to mark some fishing holes in June of 2007. He then checked out the internet to see what other applications this device could be used for. He found geocaching.com and we noticed three caches by Wagonmaker within miles of our cottage at St Laurent. We tried to find all three and on June 21st we logged 1 smiley at Île-près-du-marais (mode of transportation was a porta-boat) and 2 frowns at Point de Marais and Sentier-sur-Marais. Later went back and found Sentier-sur-Marais.

Cacher of the Month - May 2008

Chewys

Chewys
Chewys

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I bought my GPS just after the Canada Day long weekend in 2007. My whole family went out that night with me for the first few caches. I have been hooked ever since!

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I first heard about Geocaching from my co-worker Jaypeg in the summer of 2006. Everyday he would tell tales of his adventures on his expeditions. However I never tried geocaching until June of 2007 when Jaypeg took me to my very first cache.

Cacher of the Month - April 2008

JayPeg

Dwarf & The Giant (JayPeg)
Dwarf & The Giant (JayPeg)

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. It all began back in April 06 when I went to visit the 212s at their cabin. They said I had to try this thing called geocaching. Not so reluctantly we went to my very first cache Warning I shall Wear Purple– II. So I blame Ginny212 and this first find with getting started on my addiction. A month later I had to go back and sign the log.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  4. I have always enjoyed computers and collecting maps.

Cacher of the Month - February 2008

Skaven

Dwarf (Skaven) & The Giant
Dwarf (Skaven) & The Giant

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I first started geocaching on 6 November 2004 with my first find, East Gate, Part 2 by Great Dane.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I first found out about geocaching from the Garmin website after having occasion to use a GPSr for a work project. I first used a handheld GPSr when I was responding to an airplane crash. As the leader of the hazardous material team and the environment officer, I had to map out the debris field for salvage operations and environmental remediation.

Cacher of the Month - January 2008

dani_carriere

dani_carriere
dani_carriere

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. My first cache find was in Saskatoon on May 28, 2002 at S’Toon Raider 1. Although it was my first find, it wasn’t my first attempt. That was about an hour earlier at CacheU…Gesundheit where I had a DNF. It drove me so nuts that I didn’t find it, when I headed to the Edmonton Fringe with some friends the next year, I forced them to stop in Saskatoon and help me find it. That was when I introduced ava_ad0re to geocaching. She ended up with a splinter in her arm that’s still there today.

Cacher of the Month - December 2007

Z'tirnats

Stan (Z'tirnats), Lynne (Z'ad) & Gneevil
Stan (Z'tirnats), Lynne (Z'ad) & Gneevil

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. Our first find was June 21, 2006 at The Ditch Digger. We actually started a couple of days earlier and had gone out to find this cache by just searching with the posted coordinates. We returned home to read more fully to find out this was a puzzle and more work needed to be done. Back out on June 21st gave us our first victory and we were hooked.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. Ztirnats had an iPaq that was used for work and a Bluetooth BlueLogger GPS receiver came with it.

Cacher of the Month - November 2007

GG56

John & Georgia in Jamaica
John & Georgia in Jamaica

  1. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  2. Smoley Squad’s First Mission was probably MY worst mission. I work as a CAD operator from home for a company in Brandon. I make a few trips a year out to Brandon and Virden, and of course, I like to cache while out there. One day while working in the Brandon office, I slipped away during my lunch hour to get a cache in the Brandon hills. The cache was in a wooded area near a subdivision built on a slope. I read in the cache description that there are underground springs in the area, but I wasn’t prepared for what I encountered. I bushwhacked my way towards Ground Zero with the GPSr whirling madly due to heavy leaf cover. Naturally I was wearing white pants and platform sandals. My family will tell you that I am woefully unprepared sometimes. I took a step into what looked like a slightly muddy area, and I sank to my knees. The pull of what seemed like quicksand threw me off balance. I grabbed for the nearest branch, which was dead, of course. It broke in my hands and I plopped to the ground. I tried to get up and pitched forward. Now I was completely covered in some kind of muck, and whatever was sucking me downwards grabbed my sandals, and that is the last I have seen of them. This experience in the hills of Brandon is what inspired my story about the little old Polish lady known as Ivanna. I had to return to work after this experience. Here is a link to my log.

Cacher of the Month - October 2007

3T's&aG

3T's&aG Family
3T's&aG (Big T, Q!(another T), G and T)

  1. How did the initiation rite of passage: 'you're not a member of the MBGA until you've been bopped by Tobey in the chatroom' evolve?
  2. LOL! Nice question to start off with. You know, I don't exactly know how this started. I've been told its because I like bopping but I guess you'll have to visit the chatroom to find out for sure. Don't expect to be bopped right away, either. These things take time.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked?
  4. I first heard about geocaching in an article that was in the Free Press in July of 2004. After reading it, I got hooked on the idea of trying geocaching and then proceeded to do some research to purchase a GPSr that would suit my needs and my budget. When the GPSr finally arrived and I was able to figure out how to enter co-ordinates, Q! and I headed off to find our first cache, Bison Castle cache because we knew the general location of it having worked at the UofM campus for years. We rode our bikes and lo and behold, our arrow kept pointing the other way. Having no idea what I was doing (some say this hasn't changed much), I had no way to confirm my co-ordinates. So we went back home and tried again the next day. We found it fairly quickly and I was instantly hooked. There were so many aspects of it that appealed to me and mostly I felt that it was a great opportunity to get outside, especially as my kids got older.


Cacher of the Month - September 2007

BBrown94

BBrown94
BBrown94 with his nephew’s family from Vancouver

  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?

  2. I found out about geocaching when I was at a client’s house near Assiniboine Park and mentioned that I liked to walk throughout the forest. They brought out a map with caches they had found in the forest and immediately I could see this would be ideal for me, walking with a goal.

  3. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?

  4. The finds, definitely the finds. There is nothing better than hunting for a cache, looking for spots that seem not right and just knowing the cache is under or around that spot.