Krista (aka Muminator) originally posted this after being challenged by Washknight. I thought I would get in on the fun and have a go too. Many people will already know most of this through my podcast, but, some don’t…
1. When and how did you first get into geocaching?
It was 2005. I was bored one lunchtime at work and was surfing the web. I saw a report about this new “craze” about hidden boxes. I looked at the website, signed up and then promptly forgot about it until November 2008 when my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I asked for a GPSr. She bought me the one I wanted, a Garmin eTrex Venture HC and I immediately spent a few days NOT finding any caches until my first find on 03 January 2009. I have been hooked ever since!
2. Do you remember your first find?
Yes, it was called “Shark Of The Gillies” by The Luptons. I think I logged two DNFs before managing to find it. I went with the dogs the first time and they were a nightmare, just wanting to walk rather than follow me in circles. Things haven’t changed and it’s very rare for me to take them caching when I go.
3. What device(s) do you use for locating caches?
I have a Garmin GPSMap 62s (my fortieth birthday present from my parents!) and my iPhone 4s. I tried caching with my Android phone (an HTC of some form – I can’t remember) but it was reaaaaally bad at accuracy.
4. Where do you live and what is your local area like for geocaching? (density / quality / setting etc)
I live in Fareham, Hampshire and I am very lucky for the density and setting. Within a couple of miles of home we have some beautiful walking in the Meon Valley and beyond and the density is so high that I can’t move more than about a thousand feet for about 10 miles without passing a cache. Quality? Well, I think we have our fair share of crap caches but some stunning ones too.
5. What has been your most memorable geocache to date, and why?
That’s easy. Glenfinnan View. It’s at a viewpoint just outside Fort William. My wife was reluctant to climb but I insisted, knowing what the view is. It’s the “Harry Potter” Bridge:
My log on the cache was entitled “JK Rowling injured my ankle”…
6. List 3 essential things you take on a geocaching adventure excluding GPS, pen and swaps.
Patience, decent boots and scratch/bite cream…
7. Other than geocaches and their contents, What is the weirdest thing you have discovered whilst out caching?
That Fareham has a cricket club. I never knew!
8. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is I am obsessed by numbers and 10 is I am all about the experience and the quality of each individual cache. Where do you put yourself?
About a 6. I love the statistics, but my find rates clearly state that I am not a numbers runner. I have just over 1000 finds in 5 years at the time of writing.
9. Describe one incident that best demonstrates the level of your geocaching obsession.
Starting a SECOND podcast about Geocaching sums it all up…
10. Have you picked up any caching injuries along the way?
See question 5. I also fell over a bramble during the summer and injured my wrist. Scratches and scrapes are nothing unusual.
11. What annoys you most about other geocachers?
Not putting the cache back where it’s supposed to be.
12. What is the dumbest thing you have done whilst out caching?
What, like leaving the GPSr at home or going caching with no caches on the GPSr and no battery in my phone? Nope, not done those. Ever. What???
13. What do your non caching family and friends think of your hobby?
It varies from coming with me to it’s cool to it’s nerdy to “what the hell???”
14. What is your default excuse you give to muggles who ask what you are up to or if you need help?
I must be quite scary to look at when I am caching as I have never been asked. I get a few funny looks but people generally just keep walking.
15. What is your current geocaching goal, if you have one?
To get off my lazy butt and go find some caches!
16. Do you have a nemesis cache that despite multiple attempts you have been unable to find?
Jacob’s Moving Cache #1. I have been out for it three times and missed it each time. As I write I believe it’s back in Dorset having been to North Wales and back.
17. What 3 words or phrases best sum up what geocaching means to you.
Fun, Exercise, expensive!
18. What prompted you to start blogging about geocaching?
I don’t blog much about caching, most of it goes to the two podcasts, but I may well blog some more about it. I forget how much I enjoy writing.
19. Which of your own blog entries are you most proud of?
See question 18.
20. Which other geocaching blogs do you enjoy reading?
Generally, I don’t read other blogs, it’s really bad isn’t it! Please suggest some to me that I can add to my feed reader. Is there a “catalogue” or listing of Geocaching Blogs? Perhaps we should start one…