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Cacher of the Month - July 2014




With both of us being cachers for many years, I would have hoped to meet goldfinch99. Looking at his stats, I see that we only have 1 event in common, and I cannot remember if I had an opportunity to talk to him. I must work on my social skills! Not having any anecdotes to tell you about him, I'll have to rely on his caching stats to speak to me. He's been caching for almost six years now and has found over 2200 caches. Seeing that he took a 3 year hiatus, I think that's quite a feat, having amassed all but 4 of those in the last 2.5 years. I am glad that he has returned to active caching, and look forward to meeting him. Read on to learn more about the July MBGA Cacher of the Month, goldfinch99.

  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. September, 2008

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. By accident, on the web. I was doing a search for something else and one of the websites that turned up was a geocaching website and since I already had a couple of GPSr I looked into it and then went out and found a couple of caches out in the Whiteshell. Those caches were to be the only ones for a while as I took a hiatus from geocaching as a result of the experience in the Whiteshell.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. The challenge/thrill of finding something that has been hidden on purpose by someone. Also the going to places that you normally would not go to and discovering new things about places and history. Recently, on a trip to Montana with my son to pick up some school supplies we stopped off at the Little Big Horn Monument (Military History Series - Little Bighorn Nat. Mon. (GC6F9E) (virtual cache) on the way home. The tour and information presented changed my perception of the entire historical event.

  7. Have you cached in any other provinces, countries?
  8. Yes, in the four western provinces and in 3 US states.

  9. Have you ever introduced someone to geocaching? If so, who?
  10. One of my collegues at work, we recently flew out to BC for a course and when we arrived in Vancouver we cached the first six Salish Sea Caches and then a few in the Steveston Area before heading out to where we were staying for the week.

  11. How do you describe the sport of Geocaching to your family and friends who haven't tried it yet?
  12. Using technology and analytical skills to find something deliberately hidden for others to find and record their finds.

  13. What are other interests or hobbies that you have (please go into detail / accomplishments)?
  14. Hobbies - stamp collecting (philately) specializing in Canada, United Nations, Isle of Man and Royalty Weddings & Anniversaries. Coin collecting (numismatics) not as active as I used to be, but I keep an eye on my pocket change.

  15. What are some things you don't like about geocaching? What are your pet peeves?
  16. Some of the puzzle caches which are based on some esoteric knowledge.

  17. What is the most interesting/unusual place that geocaching has taken you?
  18. The Little Big Horn Monument in Montana and Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming (same trip) my son wanted to see Yellowstone National Park unfortunately it was still early in the season and the road through the park was still snow covered.

  19. What is the most memorable cache that you have found (or tried to find?)?
  20. Limestone Hoodoos in Banff (GC16HAZ) in Banff National Park.

  21. What, currently, is your favourite, unarchived Manitoba geocache?
  22. Fresh View Old Scene (GC4GF33) by freebill in Creighton Saskatchewan - a neatly constructed puzzle box.

  23. What is your favorite Caching Story?
  24. I'll leave this one for another time.

  25. What is your most interesting item found in a cache?
  26. I'll leave this one for another time.

  27. What items if any do you carry with you when you go on a hunt?
  28. A GPSr, notebook, tweezers, a telescoping magnet, and at least two pens.

  29. What kind of GPSr do you use?
  30. I started geocaching with a Garmin etrex Vista GPSr. I found that it had a limitation of 2000 cache entries that it could hold at any one time. So, there was always maintenance being required to delete caches that had been found before new ones could be added. I have an old Lowrance Global Map 100 which is usable as long as you have the coordinates with you. It does not have the capability of having the caches downloaded to it directly. From work I have a Garmin GPSMap62sc which I use most of the time. I find that if I use queries I can load all of Manitoba's caches into its memory. On a recent trip to BC I found that I had to delete some of my Manitoba files in order to view the BC caches I had uploaded. I have at times used my Blackberry (and CacheSense) when I did not have one of the Garmins with me

  31. What methods do you use to avoid muggle detection?
  32. Time of day, worker's camouflage (safety vest, hard hat), vehicle to block view.

  33. What is the meaning of your username?
  34. No special meaning, just a random selection that I started using on another website.

  35. Which geocachers do you respect or standout to you the most?
  36. JB. (how does he get out of the office so fast)

  37. With whom do you normally go geocaching?
  38. I'm usually caching solo.

  39. If you could cache anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
  40. Europe

  41. Is there a challenging local cache you have in your sights right now? Which one?
  42. There are a few of Stonagal's multi's in The Pas that I'm planning on hitting in the next couple of weeks as well as a number of new caches along my route to Flin Flon next week.

  43. What kind of books do you prefer to read? What was the last book you read?
  44. Science Fiction, Mystery and Historical stories. Currently I'm reading "The Sunless City" by J. E. Preston Muddock (1905) where we find the first geocache "Pluto's Reception Hall" (in literature) placed…

    "Before leaving the brink of the gulf, Flin tore a sheet of paper from his notebook and wrote upon it his name and address, the date of the month and year, and a few particulars of his voyage so far. This done, he rolled the piece of paper up and placed it in a champagne bottle, together with some United States currency, mostly five and ten cent. greenbacks, some of them being counterfeit. He corked the bottle up firmly, and placed it in a small crevasse, with the neck --- to which he tied a piece of white paper ---projecting, so that if anybody should contemplate journeying over the same route they would have no difficulty in discovering the bottle, even after this lapse of time. That is, of course, assuming that no change has taken place in the geological formation of the place"

    This task completed, he snuffed freely and quaffed a bumper of wine, having first christened the place, by sprinkling a little wine over the rocks, "Pluto's Reception Hall," and casting one last lingering gaze at the mysterious gulf that he felt he should never see again, he commenced the return journey.

    Unfortunately coordinates do not exist as Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin found his compasses were useless at this location.

  45. Can you play a musical instrument?
  46. No.

  47. How far from your house is the nearest unfound cache?
  48. 1.2 kilometres on the other side of the river, I've looked for it twice now but I think it is out of action.

  49. Besides your GPSr, what other tools (electronic or otherwise), or software do you make use of?
  50. My Blackberry and CacheSense, sometimes for puzzle caches I will plot the solution on Google Earth to get an idea of where I should be looking.

  51. Do you use your GPSr for other reasons other than Geocaching?
  52. For work in locating where an incident has occurred.

  53. What is in your iPod/CD player right now?
  54. Travelling Willburys

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