Cacher of the Month - January 2014
As is standard when I'm going to author these introductory paragraphs, I normally start on the cacher's profile page so that I can get to know them a bit better. This time was no different. I've known J&R_2003 for some time now, meeting them (mostly him) at events and sometimes on the trail. Always affable and approachable, and always will to talk about caching. When I first met him (R), I thought he was a new cacher. Little did I know that he had already amassed over 1,000 cache finds and had cached in many countries, including Afghanistan (ed: Holy Cow!). As a member of Canada's Armed Forces, R has had an opportunity to move around Canada, having several home bases. As I'm looking through their stats page, I noticed something odd. They don't have any North Dakota or Minnesota cache finds! We must remedy that! Who's up for a road trip once the weather warms up! Keep reading to find out about the Cacher of the Month...
- 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?
- 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 kind of GPSr do you use?
- What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
- What is the meaning of your username?
- Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
- 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?
- 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?
- What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
July 7 2008
R's parents (curl4u) introduced J to the activity, although they had taken R earlier in the year without telling him what they were doing.
Finding new locations, and meeting interesting people.
We started with our first caches in Ontario and BC, then J sent the GPS with R back to Afghanistan where he found 3 caches. Currently R has cached in 6 countries (Canada, USA, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany and Poland), and 8 provinces (NS, NB, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC). We have FTFs in 4 different provinces.
Potentially, have discussed it with many people who haven't heard of it before (see question #12)
Most interesting: Top of Mount Genevieve, parked under 1 km from the GZ, but took 2 hours to get to the cache. J had wanted to do this hike, and the fact that there was a geocache at the top was a bonus. Unfortunately, the cache hadn't been found in almost 4 years, so wasn't a guarantee for our daily hit. While enjoying the view, it only took us 5 minutes to make the grab. Excellent location to go for a cache, lots of effort was required, and a happy face at the end of it all.
The Witching Hour (GCZ6PR) A nice challenging puzzle, followed by a night walk in an interesting area of BC
Bird Watching….Cacher style (GC48NC5), not only did we get a FTF, but it is evident that a lot of work went into the design of this cache.
R was caching in Washington DC and had found a keylock on a park bench. As he was rolling up the logbook (with the protective baggie on the other leg), a police vehicle pulled up to the nearby stop sign. Shortly thereafter a similarly marked vehicle stopped and the police got out of the vehicle. With the police approaching R slowly, and well apart, R simply stated "I bet you want to know what I am up to". This led to a discussion on geocaching, with R showing how many different caches were in the D.C. area. It turned out that the police presence was increased due to a VVIP dining nearby that evening, and R was able to continue caching, although he was more wary for police for the rest of the evening.
Garmin Oregon 400T
When R is out solo, usually darkness, when caching as a family, the kids make for good distractions.
J&R_2003. Jessica and Richard got married in 2003, simple but effective.
Those with the dedication to cache in Winnipeg winters.
R would love to be able to sign the logbook on the International Space Station cache (GC1BE91)
Cachettributes (GC1W2YE) we almost have qualified, just need the 10+ km hike attribute.
We really enjoyed caching in B.C. Not only was this where we got started, but there was a lot of variation in the cache hide types and some incredible scenery to be found while out caching.
J plays the clarinet
GSAK, Fizzycalc, Google maps
Good question, haven't listened to it much recently. In the van violin music for the kids.