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Cacher of the Month - September 2013




How do I start my introductory paragraph about this month's MBGA Geocacher of the Month, T S K? How about with a number ... 573 ... that's the number of consecutive days T S K has been caching as of the writing of this page. By the time you read this, it could be considerably more. That's 573 days of non-stop caching without breaks for illness or emergencies. Very impressive. Hal of T S K is an avid cacher always seeking someone to do cache runs in the evening and attending most of our events. You'll know him to see him... often clad in very geocaching friendly overalls. I've been thinking of his overalls as a great choice for caching as there are so many easily accessible pockets that he can stash pens, extra log books, TOTT's, gloves and anything else a cacher may need while on the trail. He isn't burdened by carrying a disorganized bag like I do. T S K are very friendly folk, always enjoying lighthearted and in-depth conversations about geocaching. Congratulations on being selected as the MBGA's Geocacher of the Month for September!

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. February 18, 2010.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. My daughter, Kira.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The excitement of the hunt.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes, in late march 2010, I found my 50th geocache in London England using a TomTom. I have also cached in Ontario.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. A few members of our church, ManitobaFlyFisher is one.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. High-tech Hide and Go Seek with a GPS.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. RC racing, Bowling, received 5 trophies for bowling and 2 trophies for RC Racing, Kinder egg collecting with over 3000 in the collection.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Wasting pages in a log book, and putting the cache container back upside down.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. After having found so many, I can't remember!

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. GWOS_ (GC1XHQ7) by the Trove Chasers

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. BIRD WATCHING….. Cacher style (GC48NC5) by the Trove Chasers

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. Out caching with my son, Karl, we parked on Murray Rd, west of McPhillips, looking for a cache in a farmer's field, we were there for half an hour and decided to go somewhere else. On our way back to the truck, I noticed people on a golf cart turning into a yard. Found some other caches on Murray Rd, then decided to go to Snowball's Chance in… #3. While searching for the cache, I phoned home to ask for more information on it, when talking to my daughter, Kira, I heard my wife say "Be right there" like she was going to the door. I asked my daughter if it was my son, Gordon, when she responded "No, it's the cops looking for you" She gave the phone to the cops, and they asked me where I was, and I said McPhillips street snow dump. They then asked me where it was and I said it was on McPhillips street at the north perimeter, and they told me to wait, so that they could come and talk to me. One cruiser pulled up beside us, a supervisor passed us, then another cruiser passed us. They said that they received a report of a suspicious vehicle (my truck) parked on Murray Rd, and the callers were worried that I was dumping a body. I then explained to the officers that I was geocaching, and he said that it was fine and he let us go.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. How about near a cache? I found a sawed off shotgun in Ridley park, which took the police 45 minutes to show up after I called 911.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. Tweezers, Grabbers, magnets, pens, pencils, markers, lights, log books, new containers, and new bags. Basically everything.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. I started out with a Tom-Tom gps, which is meant for use in cars, then I went to the Garmin etrex Legend HCx. Then to my iPhone4, and now the Garmin GPSmap 62s.

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. I would resort to the shoe tying trick, but it looks kind of funny when you have velcro.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. It was originally The Slyvester Klan, but we decided to shorten it to T S K for those certain Nanos and micros so we can actually write something on the log. I made it the Slyvester Klan because I am always caching with one or more of my 8 children.

  35. What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
  36. There's so many, I don't have a favorite.

  37. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  38. klblue and JB

  39. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  40. T M1

  41. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  42. Route 66 in the United States, or Area 51.

  43. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  44. Yes, Warlys Alveus (GC1H3WD)

  45. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  46. Park Series: Mountbatten (GC4KAJ9), because it puzzles everybody who attempts to find it.

  47. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  48. I don't really read books.

  49. Can you play a musical instrument?
  50. Yes, the Drums.

  51. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  52. The nearest puzzle is 1.1m, and Multicache is 2.3m and Traditional is 3.3m

  53. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  54. iPhone, Geocaching.com, GSAK, and Project GC

  55. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  56. To locate the car when walking into a dense bush while geocaching

  57. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  58. AC/DC - Rock 'N' Roll Damnation

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