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January 2017 Geocacher Profile

Jan 03, 2017 - 6:39 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Hubert Chapman aka Butch724 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Butch724

How did you choose your handle?
It is a combination of my name and fire department badge number.

How long have you been geocaching?
Since 6/26/2010

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
With my car GPS, All the news....That is News GC1E66F

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

No one, I usually go by myself.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Not very long!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
St. Louis

Do you do paperless caching?
yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Phone and Garmin GPS

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
To get out and see things you would miss

Where are you originally from?
Batesville, AR

In what states have you geocached?
AR, MO, LA, WI, TX, IL, KY, TN, IN

What was your first event ever attended?
Searcy's 4th Annual Meet & Greet GC2CZJ9

How many caches have you found?
2068

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Large

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Gorilla Stash GC1B

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Both

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
To make cachers think and work for the find

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
In the woods

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Fast Lane ReRedux GC4ZK20
Memorial to a fallen brother. GC2CT2V

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
1 hide per 100 finds

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I got a car GPS and when setting it up I found geocaching by accident.

What's your favorite geocache?
GC1776 Castaway Cache and GC1ACD The Sugar Loaf Island Cache

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Space Station

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Both

How many First to Finds do you have?
Don't keep count

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Ready when I can with notifications set for 50 miles

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Motorcycles and Car Club
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December 2016 Geocacher Profile

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:22 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Susan Batterton aka trekkin'arkie should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
trekkin'arkie

How did you choose your handle?

I did most of my geocaching while traveling in my Roadtrek RV from Arkansas so that just seemed a logical name choice. Today, I would choose a shorter one.

How long have you been geocaching?

I began geocaching in February, 2003.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first geocache was GC3F25 Caddo Bend at Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. My sister introduced me to the hobby so I printed a topographical map and went along while she experimented with her new Garmin. While she was studying her screen, I found the cache.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Leonthepeon is my usual caching companion and makes sure we have a writing utensil.


How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on a few way too long. After trying some I could never solve I spend very little time on one.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I especially enjoyed caching around Siesta Key, Florida because I went with a good friend from the area. So often the best part is who you are caching with.


Do you do paperless caching?
I do paperless caching now.


What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I rely on my Garmin CSX 60 when not using my iPhone.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

I would suggest it is a great way to enjoy being outside with friends. Nothing like hiking or biking a trail with a geocache as the destination.


Where are you originally from?
I was born in Kansas, but have lived in Hot Springs most of my life. I call the first two years my stint in the cavalry.


In what states have you geocached?
I have geocached in 49 states and need to make a return trip to Hawaii.


What was your first event ever attended?

On December 20, 2009 I attended Fall into Winter in Hot Springs Village hosted by rklmbl.


How many caches have you found?
I have found 2,598 caches. I did skip some years!


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I am not as interested in the container as the cleverness of the cache. Bird houses are usually nice.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?

I suppose caching at headquarters in Seattle would be the most famous.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I use disposable batteries.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Once I finally started hiding caches I got a tremendous amount of pleasure from it but I equally enjoy finding those others have hidden.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

I want most of the caches I hide to be easy enough for a new cacher to find. I like for something historical, clever, or a nice location to be part of each cache which is not always the case.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
For awhile I was all about completing challenges but I do like a virtual cache when traveling.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My favorites are the ones that I think are clever and I came up with the idea on my own. Moo'ving On, Seeing Eye to Eye, RV There Yet?, TV Hill, and Get a Grip Wood U are my favorites that are still active. I don't even know where the ideas came from!

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don't think the ratio matters because each cacher has his or her own preference. I personally am not interested in how many caches I find but others are. The beauty of the hobby - something for everyone.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

My sister had started caching and I just tagged along. She quit years ago, not I.

What's your favorite geocache?
It is hard to pick just one, but several of the caches set out by Groundspeak in Seattle are quite amazing. Often it is not the geocache itself, but perhaps the hike I took to get to it.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

I would go to Georgia so I could finish my Jasmer list.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

The majority of the time I prefer caching with friends.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I haven't kept up with my FTFs, although I did reach 100 to complete a challenge.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
I find that others are far more interested in first to finds than I am so I leave them for someone else.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I enjoy fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking on flat land, genealogy, camping, and rv'ing. Other recent hobbies include ham radio, Dutch oven cooking, photography, and the list goes on.

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November 2016 Geocacher Profile

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:56 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Angelo Mockewich aka yoda7200 should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? yoda7200

How did you choose your handle? It is the same Internet handle I have had for years

How long have you been geocaching? since 11-2-14

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? a friend took me for my first time..Lafe in the fast lane.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? any one who feels like it at the time

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
30 min.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? Cincinnati,, All state park caches, and rest stop caches

Do you do paperless caching? no.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? smart phone, Garmin ex track, laptop- compass -and topo map

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It's a good way to get out and see new places and to spend time with a younger generation, without spending a lot of money. Anyone who likes the outdoors and traveling may also enjoy geocaching.

Where are you originally from? Philadelphia. PA.

In what states have you geocached? Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Virginia, and the Grand Luciana Bahamas

What was your first event ever attended? MOGA 2016 in Cincinnati

How many caches have you found? 419

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? medium and creative caches with a theme

What was the most famous cache that you have found? GC1B Gorilla Stash, the oldest active cache in Arkansas, the 19th oldest active cache in the world

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? disposable Duracell

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? finding

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Putting a smile on someone's face

What is your favorite type of cache hide? medium sizes creative containers with tradables

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
WLEX series 1-13

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
1 to 20

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I love the outdoors and traveling to places I have never been and this is a good way to do both. A friend of mine took me one day and I was immediately hooked

What's your favorite geocache? A well hidden cache with a creative container, preferably in the woods or at a historical location.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? The World

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? 2 - 4 people.

How many First to Finds do you have? not many, FTF's are not important to me

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? No settings in place

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, just about anything outdoors.
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October 2016 Geocacher Profile

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:23 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jeremy Axe aka FauxtoPro should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

FauxtoPro (pronounces "Photo"Pro)

How did you choose your handle?

I am a wannabe photographer so it's a play on Faux (fake) and professional photographer.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since Feb 15, 2010

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I saw a post on Facebook about geocaching and went to the website and created an account. I was surprised to see 300+ caches within 5 miles of my location. I downloaded the Geocaching Intro app on my iPhone and went on my lunch break in search of GCZ0PV - Peel Mansion. That was my first find and I have been hooked ever since.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of my finds have come on solo hunts. Occasionally my 5 and 7 year old boys join me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I have worked on puzzles for hours, weeks, even months! I hate giving up on them. I may set them aside for a short time and then I'm back on it!

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

Most of my finds have come within 40-50 miles of my home town of Bentonville, AR. We are working very hard to make NWA a geocaching destination. There are some very dedicated and creative cache hiders in this area.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I mostly use my iPhone with the official Geocaching and Cachly apps. I also have a Garmin eTrex30 for those times when I cannot get a good signal on the phone.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
I consider myself a Geo-evangelist. When I get a chance to promote the obsession....er sport of geocaching I will go on for as long as they will listen.
Geocaching had taken me to places I wouldn't have gone otherwise. There are some beautiful places right here in our own backyard that I would never have thought about visiting if it weren't for Geocaching.

Where are you originally from?
I was raised an Air Force BRAT until my dad retired in 1984. I have lived in Texas, South Dakota, California, and Nebraska before moving to Bentonville.

In what states have you geocached?
I have cached in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida. I took an almost 3 year hiatus from August 10th 2011 to August 6th 2014. During this time I had been on 2 cruises in the Caribbean. I didn't even think about looking for caches and I kick myself looking back at all the additional countries I could have added to my geocaching resumé. I guess I'll have to go back!

What was your first event ever attended?
GC591FD - Geocaching 101, Neosho Meet and Greet

How many caches have you found?
I currently have 304 finds

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
If I take my boys out with me I like to find mediums or larges so they can trade some swag.
If I am going solo, I enjoy a good micro.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I haven't found any "famous" caches per se but I have come across some pretty creative and unique caches.
Some include:
GC56QR7 - Goonies Never Say Die
GC4HFJF - Route 66 - Galena Murder Bordello
GC646HY - A Crystal Cache: Arkansas Quartz @ Crystal Bridges

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

Rechargeable in my GPSr

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I like then equally however my find to hide ratio is almost 100:1.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
I want my hides to allow the seekers to enjoy the journey and see and appreciate this magnificent game board we live and play on.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
I like the puzzles. Both field puzzles as well as the ones you can solve prior to leaving the house.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

I currently have only 3 active hides today.
My favorite is called NWA Pineapple 2.0 (GC687RE)
It's not the most difficult to locate but it is a pretty unique container.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

I would say maybe 30:1

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I saw a post on Facebook and created an account.

What's your favorite geocache?
I would have to say my first find. It was a micro hidden at the base of a tree. It was a pretty easy find but I will never forget the feeling I had when I thought of the number of times I had been to this location and never knew it contained a "hidden treasure."

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

All over the world! Every continent and maybe even the International Space Station!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I like getting together with my geo-family at events and meeting up with them on the geo-trails. I also enjoy spending time in nature by myself.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I have maybe 5 or 6 FTFs.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

I have an alert setup to send me a text message on new listings within 20 miles.
I have been known to have to take an "emergency" break from work or leap out of bed in the middle of the night to go after a shiny new cache!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I have too many other hobbies to name here!
Some include:
Spending time with my family
Serving in my church
Photo, audio, and video editing
Outdoor cooking (fish fries, crawfish boils, smoking meats and cheeses, etc.)
Tailgating at Razorback football and baseball games.
I've also been known to scan a QR code or two while out on the geocaching trail or at a co-exist event!


Thank you for allowing me to share my love of geocaching.
You guys do a fantastic job of representing Arkansas in the geocaching world.
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September 2016 Geocacher Profile

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:04 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Josh Adams aka Ashallond should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

Ashallond

How did you choose your handle?
I used to be a game master on an online server. I would play a character to interact with the normal players to start quests. That character's last name was Ashallond. Kept using it ever since for my online presence.

How long have you been geocaching?

Since April 8, 2009

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?

Rebels RULE!!!!!! (GCMR4W), which is at the school I work at (yes the admin knows it's there). My quiz bowl team and I decided to try to find it one day after school. So we did.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

Lately I've been a loner, but I've done some pretty long trips with Yazz, secondgunman and jffok. My daughter Dancingprincess sometimes joins me.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

Give up? (Chuckle)

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Louisville, KY. Very strong caching presence there, and they love earthcaches and puzzle caches.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

Mostly my iPhone 6 currently. I had a garmin, but I've misplaced it somewhere in my house.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

You get outdoors, you get to meet new people, and you get to use the gps feature on your phone.

Where are you originally from?
It's complicated. I lived in Tennessee, Washington state, Alabama, Arkansas, & Delaware through school and high school. But I've lived in Fort Smith ever since I finished college.

In what states have you geocached?

22 different states ranging from California to New York plus the District of Columbia. I mostly play in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

What was your first event ever attended?
A world wide flash mob.....that I hosted. Next one was the cache ca$h dash bash

How many caches have you found?

3541

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

Large things.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Mingo

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
It's changed. For a while I loved hiding, but now I like seeing the creativity of the newer cachers.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
If it's a non-puzzle, to make it findable. If it's a puzzle, to let you learn something.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Earthcaches!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

Emergency Repairs. One of the first wherigos in Fort Smith, and my challenge caches.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I think you need to find 50-100 different types of caches to get a broad idea of what works, then hiding 1 for every 50-100 you find. Unless you find that nice stretch of lonely road.....

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
My brother did it for a little bit and mentioned it to me, and then I kept coming across references in articles.

What's your favorite geocache?
I'd have to say a tie between the Grand Finale for the parkcaches and an earthcache in Louisville called Cave Hill's Sinkholes. (GC1DCTT)

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

Scotland, Japan, Antarctica, and the International Space Station (is that one still active?)

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

Both!

How many First to Finds do you have?

82

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Only if it's close and I have time. I have my notifications set out for 50 miles.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Watching Baseball, reading, playing some video games, winning quiz bowl state titles (occasionally), and astronomy.

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