Cacher of the Month - January 2014

J&R_2003

J&R_2003

J&R_2003


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...

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. July 7 2008

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. 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.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. Finding new locations, and meeting interesting people.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. 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.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. Potentially, have discussed it with many people who haven't heard of it before (see question #12)

  11. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  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.

  13. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  14. The Witching Hour (GCZ6PR) A nice challenging puzzle, followed by a night walk in an interesting area of BC

  15. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  16. 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.

  17. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  18. 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.

  19. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  20. Garmin Oregon 400T

  21. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  22. When R is out solo, usually darkness, when caching as a family, the kids make for good distractions.

  23. What is the meaning of your username?
  24. J&R_2003. Jessica and Richard got married in 2003, simple but effective.

  25. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  26. Those with the dedication to cache in Winnipeg winters.

  27. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  28. R would love to be able to sign the logbook on the International Space Station cache (GC1BE91)

  29. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  30. Cachettributes (GC1W2YE) we almost have qualified, just need the 10+ km hike attribute.

  31. Of your placed caches, which is your favorite? Why?
  32. 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.

  33. Can you play a musical instrument?
  34. J plays the clarinet

  35. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  36. 1.4 kilometers

  37. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  38. GSAK, Fizzycalc, Google maps

  39. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  40. Good question, haven't listened to it much recently. In the van violin music for the kids.

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