GCPC EPISODE 472 – Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger

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October 26, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We have geocaching host hopeful number four Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger. Find out all the cool things Adam and his family get into. Great discussion tonight and the main vote will be soon.

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GCPC EPISODE 472 – Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
Retired Combat Vet of 10 years, Husband to a retired Combat Medic of 15 years and Father to a kick butt Martial artist whom you all may have heard Miss Burgundy Rose, which I also Homeschool.

Very Active in the community being retired i have a lot of time on my hands so I set up geocaching events that promote forms of Cito, 101 classes, MnG’s and everything in between. I am a Creative Geocache owner of nearly 200 active geocaches and have hidden almost every geocache type available, I am also considered by many as the leader for geocaching in the NWA area of the state and as such have tremendous support from the geocaching community. I am extremely Proactive have a can do and “let’s try it” attitude towards life so the only limits I have are the ones I make.

So how did I get into Geocaching?

I heard about it off and on in youtube videos but never gave it much attention until I met my wife. She actually had nothing to do with geocaching and in fact knew less about it than I did, what’s so funny about it was I was introduced to it via a facebook conversation from her best friend that I have yet to meet in real life. So I really never had the first hand experience of having another geocacher introduce it to me in the field.

What is it like to geocache in your state?

Diverse and competitive is the best way to describe it. I have recently completed a challenge that required me to find all 75 counties of Arkansas and I can honestly say I have seen more of this state than most Natives. Arkansas is called “The Natural State” for all of it’s natural beauty, from the Ozark Highlands, the rice fields and river valleys, Arkansas provides anything and everything geocachers would like to look for…we may be landlocked, but we have scuba diving caches as well. In my “neck of the woods” I have helped foster a very competitive spirit to geocaching and forged many great friendships in the process.

What is your favorite things to do while geocaching?

At first it was simply to make the find, that grew like for most geocachers into learning about areas “in their own backyard” that they didn’t know exsisted, but as I have continued to explore and hide I started taking more of a leadership role early in my development in the community. Now I currently lead and participate in many groups and belong to committees in the States Geocaching Association known as ArkGeo as well as smaller more independent geocaching groups. My favorite thing is teaching others about geocaching, and to challenge the ones that have been doing it for a while to find new and fresh ways to hide geocaches. I hold monthly events to bring people together, keep people informed and introduce old faces with new ones. I have a geocaching facebook group where I hold monthly challenges in which people can win cool swag if they meet the challenge, and I work very close with the community and with the state to keep promoting the spirit of geocaching.

Geocaching topics you feel strongly about either pro or con?

I really feel strong about community development and taking care of our environment. I have been working close with the surrounding cities to adopt parks and trails under the Cloak.n.Dagger Geocaching Banner to perform Citos, tree growing programs and other beautification programs. Bringing Families together and getting the community out of the house and off the couch is something that hits very close to home for me.

There are very few things that bother me about geocaching, the most common and I think it rings true for most the the good cache owners is a “TFTC” log. I have gotten myself in some interesting situations because of my strong dislike of lack of logging and have had to temper myself and my thoughts about such. Another thing i really dislike is streaks. I think Scott can relate with me on this just a bit, but I just finished my 365/366 streak, and though I feel accomplished on that achievement, I have never felt geocaching to be work and at times unenjoyable before or after working on the streak. There is only one streak that I try and maintain now that that is my FTF monthly streak

Why I should be one of your Hosts:

That is such a great question, and as stated in the last episode every host is simply amazing, each one has something unique to offer and each and everyone would be great guest host as fill ins for TAZ’s eventual boot off the island. Honestly though, I feel that what I bring to the table is my zeal for geocaching, with only 2 a half years under my belt I have pushed what was a dying area of geocaching in my area to an area that is now being noticed as a destination spot, I am 100 percent retired so I have the time be a part of the team, I’m a little crazy which puts me as a shoe in for this team, but most of all I think that I would be a great host because I want to be a host, I want to contribute to the podcast and not just be a visiting guest. I am personable, friendly and love to talk. Geocaching isn’t just a hobby to pass time for me, it is actually a lifestyle for me and to my family. I try to give 110 percent in projects I pick up, becoming the 4th host I would carry that same attitude. I present myself as someone that wants to teach and lead others in the world of geocaching on a grander scale and I feel being a productive part of a great podcast can help achieve that. And if that isn’t enough I always make for great go to guy to pick any member of the team…to include myself lol

Anything else you would like to discuss:
This may be a good topic for another show but I am working with a very talented team of geocachers and we are trying very hard to develop our own annual Mega event getting an insiders scoop on how that is done would be so beneficial not only to me but also to others that may want to attempt this task.

I would love to learn more about how you guys have kept a show going for nearly 500 episodes, the drive and ambition, the material to keep going and going. But also why of all teams the cubs 😉 and what really did happen the Chris-moose?

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GCPC EPISODE 471 – Geocacher Jesse Lunsford – Memfis Mafia

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October 19, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our third of four guest GCPC host possibilities. Tonight Geocacher Jesse Lunsford aka Memphis Mafia will share insights about geocaching and why he wants to be a host on our show.

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GCPC EPISODE 471 – Geocacher Jesse Lunsford – Memfis Mafia

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
Geocaching is a family affair in our house. We are a pretty tight family and it is a way that we can all spend time together. I’m a retired police officer and currently work in the emergency management field. When I’m away from work I want to have fun and get outside and play – geocaching allows me to do just that.

So how did I get into Geocaching?
We moved to Colorado six years ago which is when we really started geocaching. We were looking for something to do and a way to explore our new area. We ended up attending an event and ultimately met most of the people we know in the state through geocaching. We started by walking around finding the closest geocaches that we could with that horrible old intro app. We progressed from there to diving in and trying every aspect of the game we could.
Ok I have to say that I actually cached before Colorado. A couple years before moving out here I found one cache. It was an LPC and basically we didn’t get into the game at that time. A buddy of mine pointed out to me that I left that part out on another occasion as he was the one who went with me. I can’t leave him out today because we are all meeting up in Chicago on the chance of what could be happening “no jinx”.

What is it like to geocache in Colorado?
Colorado is great. My wife and I met in College and learned very quickly that we both wanted to move out of Memphis and travel as much as possible. Over the years we traveled every chance we could but kept visiting Colorado. We loved the beauty of the mountains and just the feel of the area. Now, with short notice I can be hiking in the mountains away from the city and people and really challenge myself physically. Not every cache has to be off the side of a cliff but I really like when it takes that bit of extra effort and planning. We are lucky enough to have a great community of geocachers here in Colorado

What is your favorite things to do while geocaching?
My family all has their own favorite aspects but for me, it is the extreme stuff. I like the caches that take planning and push you just a little outside your comfort zone. Kristi and I met up with another cacher to plan our next geocaching trip. We are headed to the swamps of South Florida for a series of kayaking caches. On the last day we are going for a 5×5 Virtual. We have been planning this one for a while. It will be three days of caching, all by boat. We have to get plane tickets, a car rental, rent boats, find a place to stay… that is what makes for fun geocaching for me.

Geocaching topics you feel strongly about either pro or con?
I could probably fill a few shows here. My biggest pet peeve is people taking themselves and the game too seriously. It is a game meant to be fun. There is so much to the game that you have to be able to find something you like. I have opinions just like everybody but I’m not going to get down on someone else for whatever it is they like. I love to hike. My wife likes easy caches all in a row. Its not my favorite but I can still go out and have fun playing the game with her.
-People that damage other people’s cache because they have to have that smiley
-Guess what? I don’t use a GPS and have no desire to, its not blasphemy
-Pro: try new things ( we love to be early adopters) Wherigos, Intercaches, Mobcaches
– read the rules people, they are not secret

Why I should be one of your Hosts:
I’m a fan of geocaching which goes without saying but more so I like the community of geocachers. I do my best to be a part of that community by hosting events at home and when we travel. This game can be a very solitary game but I have chose the opposite path. I have a google voice number on many of my cache pages to invite people to call me if they need help. I love it when cachers use that number to call and ask a question about html, or wherigos, or anything that I can help with. I think we should all pull together to elevate the game.

Anything else you would like to discuss:
Geocaching in the media. I know Groundspeak just announced they are going to make their own “official” podcast and that may change things. I am shocked by the amount of people that have been geocaching for a long time and are unaware of podcasts. I don’t understand that. This is your game. Podcasts are basically ESPN.

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GCPC EPISODE 470 – Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle – Infoferret

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October 05, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The next participant for the GCPC Host Call Out is Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle aka Infoferret. She is from New Zealand and is an amazing geocacher in her own right. Find out if she may be our first female geocacher host for the show.

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GCPC MAILBAG: Viewer Feedback:

Guys,
Thanks for reading my last note on the air. I tried to keep it short, thinking everyone knew what a 14er was. I was glad the chat room could come through for you. I also don’t travel a lot and didn’t know if there was another way.

The answer to my question was to find the GPS coordinates of the particular peak, (Google was my friend in finding the GPS coordinates for the Peaks) then use Google Earth with the Geocache option on to locate possible caches, and proximity to Fort Collins. Grays Peak is the closest and a relatively easy hike. There are also two caches on the peak, a WhereIgo, and a traditional (GCQ8XV & GC5A3EY). My final step is to see how easy they are to find.

Just thought you’d like to know.
Merlin1392
aka Tim

Send us your Comments, Ask The Host Questions, Milestones and Geocaching Adventures to GCPCMailbag@gmail.com

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GCPC EPISODE 470 – Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle – Infoferret

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
I grew up Durham (a small City in the in the North-East of England), and moved to the midlands (Nottingham) to go to Uni when I was 18. Whilst I was there I met my other half, married and settled down on the Nottingham / Derbyshire border. In 2000, he got offered a job in New Zealand, and we decided to move from a UK summer to a Wellington winter and see how it went for a couple of years. 16 years later, we’re still here!

We both work in central Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand), and have two boys. One is part way through University, the other is in intermediate school. We also share the house with an elderly cat, and far more books than we need (all of us at fault here), orienteering and other outdoor gear gear (the others) MTG cards (the boys) and knitting and sewing stuff (mine, I must admit).

So how did I get into Geocaching?
The rest of the family are heavily into Orienteering. I liked going to interesting areas most people never get to, but having to run around once I got there? Not so much.

Anyway, back in 2012 there was an article in ‘Wilderness’ magazine (compulsory reading for the rest of the family), about a GPS based activity. I’d just got a smartphone for my birthday, discovered it had a GPS, so I thought I’d give it a go. Not the best of starts, as I tried to find the cache at night, in the rain, and not surprisingly got nowhere. Two days later, in daylight it practically waved at me, and I was hooked!

I‘d lived in Wellington for over 10 years, so I thought I knew my backyard pretty well. Oh no I didn’t… I spent the next few months finding out more about my city , its people and history than I ever thought possible, and 4+ years later I’m still fascinated.

This has got me to more areas than I thought possible. Without geocaching no way would I have been up before dawn heading out to an obscure track, or joining the rest of the family (or others) on a multi-day walk, carrying everything with me.

I managed a streak of over a year a while back before being defeated by the final of a night cache….it’s a balance between obsession and spending time with the family!

Why my caching name? Well, I didn’t fancy being something like ‘Sarah 910’, wanted something fairly gender neutral, and I was doing a course on Information sources at the time – hence info seeking / Infoferret.

I still get a buzz from grabbing that last elusive bit of information to crack open a puzzle!

What is it like to geocache in New Zealand?

Geocaching in New Zealand has pretty much something for everyone, from Park and Grabs (although fortunately not too many lamp post skirt caches), through to Terrain 5 caches that mean what they say and everything in between. Most of our forest is ‘bush’, which is not easy to walk through – you follow the tracks to get where you want to be if you’ve any sense!

I’ve done most of my geocaching around Wellington, with 7 cache types within 10km of home (plus a CITO and an event this weekend), and the 4th oldest traditional cache in the world (GC46) is within 16km (and was my 1000 cache). There’s everything from a stroll through the CBD (good for Magicarp by the waterfront), up the hills for a bit of a workout, and several excellent MTB parks to explore. Most of the Greater Wellington area is readily accessible by bus.

I’ve done a fair bit in the lower North Island, and some of the South Island. My son dragged me up Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings) a couple of years back. There is a Geocache near the top. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to head up there again as somebody has placed a cache on the way up there – but the views are well worth it if the weather is right!

Unlike Australia (and you folks in the US) there’s not too much to beware of – no snakes or bears, and although there is an exceedingly rare venomous spider, the last death from a Katipo bite was in 1901. There is a nasty stinging nettle called OngaOnga, and sandflies (midgies) can be a problem, especially on the South Island – those bites are itchy!

This means that you can search for caches hidden under rocks or in tree stumps without problems.

In a couple of weeks, there is GC63PZN New Zealand Geocaching Adventure 2016 – it got MEGA status a couple of weeks ago ! This will be on the 22nd – 24th October.

There’s the usual programme of activities (including a couple of workshops with Cully Long), and a fair number of caches in the area, including a 50 cache power trail with a LOTR theme, which should take up most of a day by itself.

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