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Cacher of the Month - November 2013
I met JB shortly after he started caching when he went by JBrandt36. At first, he only came to the occasional event, but now he's coming more frequently. Perhaps it's because he loves to talk caching with others, or perhaps it could be to help him with his challenge caches, maybe it's both. I didn't get to know him until we were part of a group who went to Churchill this summer. I found him to be upbeat and gregarious, which made for a fun trip.
As most of you know, I'm a bit of a stats freak. And I always find it interesting when I see someone's numbers in their GC profile. I've been at this game for almost 12 years now, and I'm a few shy of 4,000 cache finds. Then I see statistics like JB.'s, and it blows me away. He is, currently, the top Manitoba Finder, sitting at 18,328 finds. I'll wait a second for that to sink in. ... ... 18 thousand 3 hundred and twenty eight finds. He started just over 5 years ago, so what that boils down to, on average, is 9 cache finds a day since he started caching!! On his best caching day, he found 933 caches! That's 933 in one 24 hour period. One cache every minute and a half ... assuming he didn't sleep that day. I don't think I've ever achieved that number in a year, let alone in 1 day. Maybe we should get him to bottle his energy, he'd make millions!
Congratulations to JB. for being the MBGA Geocacher of the Month for November!
- When did you start Geocaching?
- How did you find out about Geocaching?
- What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
- Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
- Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
- How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
- What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
- What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
- What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
- What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
- What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
- What is your favorite Caching Story?
- What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
- What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
- What kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- What was the most memorable travel bug that you have found?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- With whom do you normally go geocaching?
- If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
- Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
- Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
- What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
- Can you play a musical instrument?
- How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
- Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
- Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
Signed up Apr.25/08 and found my first cache the next day.
Local community paper - The Lance
The thrill of the hunt and all the interesting places it takes me.
Yes, 5 other provinces, 1 territory and 28 US states. I have a long term goal of finding a cache in every province and territory and all the US states.
Everyone I run into. That includes family, friends, co-workers, aunty's and uncles, cousins, border guards, border patrols, neighbors, fedex guy and of course muggles. Sometimes you just have to explain what you are doing to them.
I describe it as a high tech treasure hunt that gets you out and about and takes you to all sorts of interesting locations
In the summer I frequently travel down to the states to watch dirt track racing. We used to have a family cabin that we recently sold but I still enjoy spending time at the lake at my uncle's cabin in Lake of the Woods
When caches aren't maintained. Pet peeves are when caches aren't replaced as found and when the winter friendly attribute isn't used correctly.
So many locations to choose from, but waterfalls in Maui really stand out.
So many to choose from. Many involve rental cars and taking them where we have no business driving except if we had a quad or 4x4. I won't be able to rent again if the wrong person reads the details so I'm going to go with this cache - Get to the point!. Read my log for the full details.
Nothing stands out.
I travel pretty light. I carry a set of tweezers, a purple pen and spare log sheets. Back in the trunk of the car though, I carry many TOTT's, cache containers and supplies.
Talking on my cell phone and crouching down to tie my shoe laces
First and last name initials - It used to be Jbrandt36 but everyone started calling me JB so I made the official change.
Nothing stands out.
ruylopez and Jean Déniche
Typically 5 Great hides. It's a goal of mine to start hiding a greater variety of caches.
Valour Tri-West. It's close to home, has the most favorite points of any of my hides and is very easy for me to check up on.
I mostly read on airplanes. I like action/adventure type of stories.
Yup, the accordion - ( mom made me take lessons)
At the time of writing this, my nearest traditional was 91.7 km away in Pinawa and nearest mystery is 4.5 km from home.
A Garmin Nuvi, my Black Berry and GSAK
Yes, for navigating around Lake of the Woods in a boat. In the winter I tried to use my Nuvi on the ice roads but it got so confused I had to shut it off.
a variety of light rock and pop.