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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.


Cacher of the Month - August 2007

Kabuthunk

Kabuthunk
Kabuthunk


  1. When did you start Geocaching?

  2. I started geocaching in early August of 2006. For several months prior to that, I had heard little snippets about geocaching here and there... typically from my brother and sister (and respective significant others) who were already geocachers. For the longest while though, they never gave me any really thorough information on it, and I usually had too much on-the-go to consider investigating into it myself. When they gave me more detailed information on it, I became quite interested in learning more. On August 12th, I found my first cache ("I Won't Be Seeing You Any More", formerly "I'll Be Seeing You Blitz"), which I located without the use of a GPSr (which I only obtained on August 24th or so). It was close to work, and proved to be relatively easy to find. For the first 11 caches, I used only the coordinates, google maps, and a low-quality printer that only had red ink left (a sample of what I had to work with can be seen here). Soon after, I got my GPSr, and the rest as they say is history.

Cacher of the Month - July 2007

grnbrg

speedo
grnbrg

  1. How did you find out about Geocaching?

  2. I've known about geocaching for a number of years, going back to (probably) the beginning of the sport. I have a vague recollection of trying to find (sans GPSr) a cache at one point, but I was unsuccessful, and do not remember what the name was, or where it was in the city. The concept seemed entertaining, but there were few caches to find, and I didn't have the cash to blow on an expensive toy anyway, so I shelved the idea. When I started working for Information Services and Technology at the University of Manitoba, one of my co-workers was (and still is) MHz. I knew she was a cacher, and that brought the hobby back to my mind, but GPSrs were still fairly expensive, and I was content to let it lie for some more time. Then finally, in August of 2005, I was browsing the web, and found that a local retailer was having a sale, and I could pick up a GPSr for $150, plus tax. A birthday present for myself was declared, and I had my first find that day at By The Riverside Two by The Old Bat and Junglehair.

Cacher of the Month - June 2007

TK421

TK421
TK421 - Cephas & Kelly
  1. You are known as a cacher who goes for the tough physical caches that require a bit of courage, what motivates you when the going gets rough?
  2. Well, this is really a 2 part answer. First and foremost, I don’t like going for a cache and not finding it. Actually, I hate it with a passion – If I know the cache is there, I’m going to find it, I’m very stubborn that way…. Second, I really like to find something that I feel like I worked for, anyone can find something stuck in a pine tree.

  3. When did you start Geocaching?
  4. Geocaching.com tells me that TK421 (which is my wife Kelly and myself) became a member on April 27, 2005, but really I was a geocacher at heart for much longer than that. I grew up with scavenger hunts / treasure hunts and roaming around in the bush looking for “stuff”, and I remember hearing about Geocaching when I was younger (and with no money to buy fancy toys like “GPS”) My wife just came along for the ride in the beginning, but has grown to love it as well.


Cacher of the Month - May 2007

Devisor

Devisor
Devisor
  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I have been caching for about 2 years, I started slow but have developed more of an interest over time.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I seen it on an episode of CSI New York.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. I love physical challenges, and I always wonder who would follow in my steps.

  7. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  8. I am a part time life guard, help out at the local community pool.

  9. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?