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February 2013 Geocacher Profile

Feb 01, 2013 - 11:33 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kevin Cackler (kcackler) aka The Cacklers should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
The Cacklers (kcackler on ArkGeo)

How did you choose your handle?
We are Anna, Kevin, Isaac, and Bear Cackler. Otherwise known as "The Cacklers". Creative, I know

How long have you been geocaching?
We found our first cache in April, 2010.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Our first cache was GC1P658, and it was honestly pure luck that we found it. Mr. Cackler had already attempted it twice before Mrs. Cackler came to the rescue and figured out the meaning of the name of the cache. At the time, we only had our iPhone 3 to cache with, so we were lucky that we managed to find it at all! The phone kept pointing us to a tree, but Mrs. Cackler eventually figured out what the "endangered species" was.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
These days, when we're lucky enough to go caching, it's all 4 of us together. We also frequently go with The Mcneelys and have also ventured out once or twice with captaincooder.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I think the shortage of puzzle caches in our find history can answer that question. We really never put much time into puzzle caches (No time for that!) unless the cache has great logs / favorite points.

What town/ares have you most enjoyed caching in?
We love caching in Russellville just due to the sheer number and quality of caches here.

Do you do paperless caching?
For the most part, yes. If we're making a road trip, we will load up the GPS with caches along the route but we'll also print out some of the more promising looking geocaches so that we can easily read about them and decide which ones to hit.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
We have an eXplorist GC, which works very very well for being such a cheap unit. Most of the time, though, we use our phones (Samsung Galaxy SII)

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Because it gets you out of the house and can take you to places you would never see otherwise. We found Hudson Shelter Falls and The Knife Edge on one single road trip. Those two caches were the highlight of our several day long vacation. If it weren't for geocaching, we would have driven right by two very awesome spots. That is why we geocache.

Where are you originally from?
Mr. Cackler is originally from Grove, OK and then Mena, AR. Mrs. Cackler is from Mena, AR.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri so far. We don't get to travel much right now because of the little Cacklers.

What was your first event ever attended?
Our first ever event was GC2HCZN -- Autumn Eat & Greet - Russellville, hosted by Old River Runner.

How many caches have you found?
412 as of today.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
We like anything that has had a lot of thought put into it. Neat contraptions, new ideas, etc...

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
We really haven't found any that are "famous" in the traditional sense. I guess the one that we've found that we've most often heard mentioned is GC26NPF - Crack the SAFE. That was a fantastic geocache.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable most of the time (Counting our phones and the seldom use of our eXplorist GC). Sometimes we forget to bring the rechargeables though and have to stop by a gas station and purchase disposables.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Mr. Cackler enjoys finding the most. Mrs. Cackler enjoys hiding the most. Mr. Cackler loves the thrill of discovering new places and Mrs. Cackler enjoys the hunt of a good hiding spot and coming up with creative hides.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Our goal is to simply make a cache the others will enjoy hiding. We try to make each one creative or unique in its own way.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I think our favorite (Now archived) would have to be GC2GGYN - Oakland Cemetery Cache. That one gave captaincooder some trouble, which was our sign that it was a hide well done. Our second favorite would have to be GC3GH2Q - X-TREME PUTT PUTT. And since I'm here, our (other) second favorite would have to be GC3FA53 - The Beaver March of War - We had a lot of fun hiding that cache and enjoy reading the logs for it.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
No opinion on this one. I think that as long as people are putting out new and unique hides, geocaching will remain fun for many people.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Mr. Cackler read an article sometime in early 2009 about this crazy thing called geocaching. At the time, he laughed about such a stupid hobby and then promptly forgot about it. Sometime in April 2010, he read another article about geocaching, and for some reason, this time it stuck. He meekly told Mrs. Cackler about what he'd read, and she (surprisingly) thought it sounded like great fun. Later that day, we loaded up and went hunting (Though did not find anything for a week or so)

What's your favorite geocache?
It's hard to really define one as our favorite because we have so many of them.

GC26NPF - Crack the SAFE - We loved this one because of the unique tools that we had to use to solve each cache.
GC11GWB - The Knife Edge - We loved this one because we had driven past this spot dozens of times before discovering geocaching. When we finally stopped and made the hike to find the cache, it was such a thrill. We didn't even know the trail was there
GCN37D - Hudson Shelter Falls - We loved this one because in order to get to it, we had to drive down a few miles of bad road, then turn onto a logging road and drive a bit down it. Then we had to hike a short ways to actually reach the falls. The scenery was beautiful, and again, we'd never have known about it were it not for geocaching.
GC24E6C - The Starlight Series - I believe this was our first night cache, and it was amazingly well done. We have since done it several times.
GCT5Y9 - Ghosts of Spanish Conquistadors - This one was great because we had probably been up there 50 times before we started caching. To think that we were so often that close to the night cache was very cool.
GC33DPC - The Twilight Zone - I can't reveal too much about this one, but it stands out in my mind when I'm trying to come up with a cache to take a new cacher / muggle to.

I'm sure I'm missing some, but those are the ones sticking out in my mind right now.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
If money was no object, we would travel the world 24/7/365, geocaching the whole time. If we had to choose one place, it would probably be Australia or New Zealand.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
We prefer to go with friends and family. The more people the better, especially on those spooky night caches.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Not really sure. Probably around 20ish.

Are you a First to Find person wh o is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Yes, absolutely. FTFs are my favorite type of victory. Unfortunately, life and work and other nonsense gets in the way sometimes, so I don't have as many as I'd like. Our notifications are currently set at 20 miles, but used to be set at 50.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Mrs. Cackler is a fantastic baker and can make a chocolate cupcake that is beautiful enough to bring you to tears. Mr. Cackler doesn't have much spare time, but enjoys building things in the shop when he gets a chance.
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January 2013 Geocacher Profile

Jan 01, 2013 - 6:00 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Richard Honebrink aka Rhone should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name? Rhone

How did you choose your handle?
First letter of first name, first 4 letters of last name

How long have you been geocaching?
Since May, 2004

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
GCJ7YT, Sling Blade Bridge This was not actually the first find, because I had found one or two stages of Deezer’s multi-cache that was hidden in Benton’s Tyndall Park a few days earlier. I was using an old Garmin GPS 12 at the time and didn’t even know how to enter coordinates into it, so I just walked around looking at the location display until it matched the posted coordinates. It was this cache, that led me to figure out how to enter the coordinates because the difficulty of finding GZ was increased significantly by not doing so. This cache was particularly interesting to me because it was the location of one of the scenes in the movie by that name.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
For a long time I cached alone except for I went to Fort Smith and cached with my son, Extreme 3435. I met SJClimber at a CITO at Beaverfork Lake north of Conway in April, 2005 and have been caching with him ever since. I also cache with goff-family, the snowlight, and KNKINCABOT, and Old River Runner.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
That depends on the puzzle itself. If it’s something that is interesting to me, I never give up until it’s solved. Sometimes the solutions are the result of collaboration with other cachers. I think the most difficult one would have to be GCKX3M, Revenge of the Big Crybaby, which unfortunately has been changed from it’s original form. Another one that was really difficult is: GC1J386, Two Hundred Six.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
In the early days, Clarksville was the place to cache because of the very creative hides of nonnipoppy and gulfnutz. The area around Russellville, and Hot Springs are always fun for caching. Recently I have been spending most of my time hunting caches that are located on trails and require significant hikes to get the smiley.

Do you do paperless caching?
No, I used to use a Palm device, but it gave up the ghost and I have always used a list with all of the important facts about each cache since then.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I am currently using a Garmin 60CSx.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It is an interesting way to spend spare time, that not only takes you to unique places, but also gives one the opportunity to meet a lot of very nice people.

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Indiana, North Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Wisconsin, Montana, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, and West Virginia. I intend to add 19 more states by the end of 2013.

What was your first event ever attended?
GCJXNY, Central Arkansas Geocachers .. 1st Annual Meet August 22, 2004.

How many caches have you found?
As of December 27, 2012 10,902.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like them all, but ammo boxes would be high on the list, followed closely by pre-form soda bottles (because they don’t leak).

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
That would have to be GC30, Mingo, which is the oldest active cache in the world.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I used rechargeable batteries for awhile, but switched back to disposable batteries because they last longer.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I would have to say finding, but hiding caches is a lot of fun too, especially if you have a good place to put them where they are unlikely to become victimized by muggles.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
When I first started hiding caches, I had no goal, except that I liked to make the hides unique in some way. More recently my goal has to get people out onto a nice trail so they can enjoy nature and get some exercise as well.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
Anything that takes me to a special place…especially those places with exceptional beauty in some form. I very much enjoy many of the old virtual caches as well as earth caches.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My personal favorites would be the multi-cache in Burns Park that consists of Leave it to Beaver, Rockaby Baby, and The Great Wall. I am also proud of the OT series.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
For someone with a low number of finds, maybe 5%. After one has significantly over 100 hides, maintenance can become a big problem, so I think the ration should decline (unless many of the hides have been archived), to keep the task of maintaining them at a manageable level.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I remember first reading about Geocaching in the newspaper and I thought it was about the most stupid thing I had ever heard of. Several years later, I went on a nature hike (1:1) with the interpreter at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and as we passed along the base of a hill in the park, he pointed up toward the top and told me that there was a geocache hidden up there (GCGZ07, Pinnacle Girl Scout Cache) That sort of perked my interest…mostly just a curiosity, and I went out and found Sling Blade Bridge shortly thereafter. Pinnacle Girl Scout Cache turned out to be find #45, and it was about that time that the hook had really been set.

What's your favorite geocache?
There are so many that it’s really hard to pick a favorite, but GC1YFD3, The Foxes Have Raided the Hen House, was a great cache. I also really enjoyed the Cachin’ for chiggers series.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
That would have to be Australia. One of my favorite places is Sydney and the Blue Mountains just west. I intend to return to Australia in the near future and do a bit of caching while I’m there.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Sometimes I prefer solitude, but it is usually more fun to share the experience with someone else. It is always good to have another pair of eyes, or sometimes even more than one other pair. I would consider a group of more than four to be a crowd in most cases, but it can be fun to be with a whole gang of cachers at an event searching for the temporary caches.

How many First to Finds do you have?
Currently 210.

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 a few FTFs that are 180 mile drive (120 straight line) from home, and I do enjoy being the first to find, but I never really have made being the first to find a priority. My philosophy is, that a smiley is a smiley.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Yes, I enjoy caving, hiking, photography, making bread, and more recently have become very interested in woodworking.
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December 2012 Geocacher Profile

Dec 03, 2012 - 6:56 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jim & Sandy Fryar aka Likestocanoe should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.


What is your geocaching name?
likestocanoe

How did you choose your handle?

Canoeing - It was what we did with our free time before we discovered the fun that Geocaching offered. We have been told many times in recent years that our handle should be "likEDtocanoe".

How long have you been geocaching?

We began caching on May 12, 2007 with our first cache "Take A Break" by Cachemates. We found a total of five caches in the first year.

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

I had bought likestocanoe1 a gps on the advice of our son, and whenever we were heading somewhere I would load a few caches in (by hand at that point). I finally got him to stop and look for one on our way back from Glenwood. It was "Take a Break" and was placed by Cachemates. It was tricky and ALOT of fun to find. If it had been an easier cache, I am not sure if it would have tweaked our interest as much; but it was challenging and got out attention. We have recently placed an exact copy of the original cache at this location so hopefully others can enjoy it.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?

It is usually just Jim and I with Tanner (The Cocker Spaniel). We have been caching with other couples and in groups, but with our odd schedule we usually just head out alone.


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

likestocanoe1 hates puzzle caches. I have gotten him to do a couple, but basically he is just not interested...... so, since this is a joint hobby we just don't do them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

When we first started geocaching we did quite a bit of caching in and around Glenwood. Finding Cachemates caches were such fun and so rewarding. Jerry could come up with some of the most creative caches we have found to date. We have enjoyed caching in the Camden, Smackover, and El Dorado area of Arkansas, as well as East Texas. We enjoyed where caches took us in Colorado even though I ended up injured on Burnt Mountain.

Do you do paperless caching?

Yes, we moved from an Etrex gps to a Colorado which allowed us to go paperless on our cache finds. We still keep notes on each cache so that we can do our best to post an individual log for each cache.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

We have never used anything but Garmin gps units. I (likestocanoe2) use a Colorado while likestocanoe1 has moved to the touch screen of a Oregon. I have recently gotten an i-Phone, and have used it to locate four caches, but am not fond of the program yet.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Geocaching is a dovetail sport or hobby. It can be done along with any other activity that you enjoy. If you love to hike, just take a gps loaded with area caches along and you can enjoy both at the same time. If you fish, or hunt, run, or enjoy sightseeing you can easily combine that activity with geocaching.


Geocaching is an outstanding activity to do with the family. We often take our grandkids along while caching and they have a wonderful time with Grandpa and Grandma just caching and getting to know each other better.


Geocaching will take you to places you would never know existed. The top of the highest waterfall in the Ouachita Mountains is one of our favorite cache finds. If not for the cache we would have missed out on this special spot. Another favorite is in Pine Ridge. A series of three waterfalls down what would appear to be a driveway was such a treat thanks to a local who shared it with his fellow geocachers.


The people you will meet geocaching are some of the best folks anywhere. You just can't beat the friends you will make and the special times you will have with them.


Where are you originally from?

likestocanoe1 or Jim was raised in the Royal area just west of Hot Springs. He is a graduate of Lake Hamilton High School. He relocated to Arkadelphia while working for Coleman Dairy and brought me back to Royal with him. Before moving back, we purchased 14 acres in the Ragweed Valley Community or Crystal Springs and have lived here for 34 years.


In what states have you geocached?

Arkansas was our only state for quiet awhile, but we finally ventured into Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma while visiting our kids in Northwest Arkansas. We have cached a number of times in Texas both alone and with friends. Arkfiremedic has taken us into
Louisiana a number of times as well as a trip farther South to a State Park in Louisiana. We have cached both sides of the Mississippi River which added Mississippi and Tennessee to our portfolio. After semi-retirement we made a trip allowing us to add Alabama and Georgia. We have a cache placement on Dauphin Island in Alabama and hope to return there soon. We were able to make a jaunt through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico on another vacation trip. We have had a great time finding some of the most wonderful places in these states thanks to geocaching.


What was your first event ever attended?
On March 22, 2008 we attended our first event, 1st Annual Meet and Greet / Bug Swap In Glenwood sponsored by dentful in Glenwood, Arkansas. We had a ball and quickly realized what wonderful folks geocachers are.


How many caches have you found?

We are currently at 6749, but our profile will show 6746.... I have three waiting to be logged. {)

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

I, likestocanoe2, love to place regular size cache containers such as ammo cans and Lock n Locks, but they seem to disappear so easily so we have turned to likestocanoe1's favorite container, The Dew Drop. These are containers constructed by L2C1.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

On our trip up to Colorado we drove a great distance out of the way so that we could find Mingo. Mingo is the oldest existing cache in the world and we were determined to add our "Cache Henry" to the log sheet. Just took the L O N G scenic route to Colorado, but it was worth it!

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

We use both, actually. I try and keep batteries recharged and ready, but we carry disposable batteries with us in case we need them.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Can you really enjoy one more than the other? We have hidden over 500 caches and have tried to keep as many as possible up and active. We love to hide caches - easy caches, hard caches, funny caches, ect.. We love to read the logs that people write when they find our caches.

But, we enjoy finding other folks hides wherever we go, also. There is no bad cache and we enjoy them all!

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

Our goal is to provide enjoyment. Some cachers love a difficult and hard to find cache and we have tried to place that type to give them a thrill. Other of our caches will take you to places we find beautiful and scenic, but some are just for the numbers. We have tried to place some of nearly every type of cache in hopes that each of our fellow cachers will find something to enjoy. We have found that our mindset on any day of caching determines what we enjoy. We have had days where we only found one cache and it took us all day. There have been those days where we have found over one hundred caches. Different day.... different mindset.... different fun! We figure others feel the same.

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
For sure it would be a tricky hide or a custom made hide. Those are the ones we enjoy the most.

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

We have a few that we have really enjoyed placing and love to read the logs on. Our Tin Man Cache is a favorite and one that I feel likestocanoe1 did a wonderful job on. The kids seem to really enjoy that one. likestocanoe1 has also built a number of custom cache containers such as Biscuits and Gravy, Thread, and Big Brother. Sadly, we have recently lost one of our favorites, Big Dog, to theft. Big Dog was a cache on which we got a number of positive comments. I enjoy our Books, Books, and More Books cache. It has been stolen once, but I replaced it with a custom container likestocanoe1 built for me. We recently placed a power trail near Lake Greeson and there is a few caches there that we really enjoyed placing.


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


We feel that a good comparison would be 3 - 5 percent of your finds. We only hope that we can stay on top of that.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

Our son called one day after finding a geocache in Fayetteville with a friend. He had bushwhacked up on a mountain in Fayetteville and upon his return to the dorm called and said, "Hey, Mom, I think I have found something you and Dad would enjoy"...... The beginning of an addiction.


What's your favorite geocache?

Any one that is not already on our "found" list........

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

We would love to explore the US finding geocaches wherever the truck goes. Neither of us really has a need to visit foreign countries. Instead we believe that there is so much beauty and history here in the United States, we have no need to travel across her borders.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Since our schedule is normally crazy we usually geocache alone and when we can sneak out for a while.

How many First to Finds do you have?

We have well over 200 FTFs, but I have not kept our list up to date.


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

We were at one time FTF Hounds that were set on "Go" at all times. Our first FTF was at 10 pm one night under a huge tree, in a cemetery, during a rain STORM. We were so excited. We found twenty-five in one day in Camden with half of them being found in a downpour, but we have calmed down somewhat in our FTF caching. We still love to find an FTF and recently got to claim one in a very beautiful place around Hot Springs, but we are not ready, set, go like we once were.


I have our notifications set on fifty miles because I am just curious and want to know what is going on.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
We spend quite a bit of time with our family. We have two children and six grandchildren that we love to be with. likestocanoe1 is an avid deer hunter. I am a fair weather hunter, meaning if it is not too cold I will go. We love to ride ATVs and spend some of our time on beautiful Lake Ouachita. For indoor times we love to read and watch Westerns. If and when likestocanoe1 fully retires we hope to travel more, which will mean more geocaching.
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November 2012 Geocacher Profile

Nov 01, 2012 - 6:47 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Justin Murphree aka arkfiremedic should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? arkfiremedic

How did you choose your handle?
Lifelong resident of Arkansas and a full time firefighter paramedic for the City of El Dorado.

How long have you been geocaching? I signed up and found my first cache in September of 2008.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? I had a friend I worked with who had been caching for a while and he got my GPS set up for me and we were off to find a cache, the closest one to our location. It is now archived but it was K is for Klosed- GC1EY3M


Who usually goes with you when you go caching? Group caching is fun, but since there is not much interest in my area (or my spouse) I usually go alone or with my favorite caching buddy, The cacher formerly known as 2ter.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
There is hardly any puzzle caches in my area so I’ve never been big on them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I have more finds in Garland County and Hot Springs areas as I do my home town. There are not only some awesome caches there, but many awesome people as well. I also loved caching in the Clarksville and Russellville area as well.

Do you do paperless caching? Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
To hide I have my original GPS a Bushnell Onix 200CR. It seems more accurate for hiding than the one I use for finding, a Garmin Colorado 400T.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? It gets you out of the house, off the couch, and away to the television to see some of the neatest things and the best places and people.

Where are you originally from?
Lower Arkansas

In what states have you geocached? 1) Arkansas, 2) Louisiana, 3) Texas, 4) Oklahoma, 5) Missouri, 6) Mississippi, 7) Alabama, 8 ) Florida, 9) Georgia, 10) South Carolina, 11) North Carolina, 12) Virginia, 13) West Virginia, 14) Ohio, 15) Kentucky, 16) Indiana, 17) Michigan, 18 ) Illinois, 19) Wisconsin 20) Tennessee and also Mexico (Cozumel).


What was your first event ever attended? The original Spudnut event put on by rklmbl in El Dorado in February of 2009. I’ve attended 50 more events since.

How many caches have you found? 3199


Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? If you have found any of mine of course my favorite is the ammo box, but they sprout legs too often and have gotten very expensive to replace, so it has to be the Baby Soda Bottle (BSB or Baby Coke others may know it by). It is relatively cheap, indestructible, and virtually waterproof if the cache finder screws the lid on tight.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? By favorite points GCE02C VIEW CARRE ' in New Orleans (695),GCJZDR Cloud Gate aka The Bean (378 ) in Chicago, GCGFHX Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen GC9073 New Orleans (170), Reflections/snoitcelfeR Louisville (165), GC2D90K Raining Letters in Louisville (this is the cache with the best bathroom view ever!) (148 )

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Both. Short trips rechargeable, but long trips disposable.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Hiding a tad bit better.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Yep; to give away smileys to others.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Easiest to hide- BSB painted and tethered to a limb.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I take pride in the revisit of the “Tool Time” series by cachemates.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I’ve tried to maintain one hide to ten finds or so, but I doubt that will continue. I've got enough now to keep up with and add my daughters to that it adds up to a lot.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? A friend told me about it.

What's your favorite geocache? Probably GCE02C VIEW CARRE ' in New Orleans. I also enjoyed the Arkansas State Parkcache series, the Arkansas County Challenge, the Arkansas DeLorme Challenge, the Louisiana Office of State Parks Geo-Challenge, the Louisiana Parish Challenge, and the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I would like to go to the northeast and out west to get all the states I haven’t cached in.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Mostly by myself, but a group can be much more fun.

How many First to Finds do you have?
180

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? Depending on what the cache is. I really humped it to complete the Arkansas County Challenge first and the Louisiana Office of State Parks Geo Project cache first. This consisted of caching some 20+ hour days and extended trips. My settings are out to 50 miles, but I rarely go out of my way for an ordinary FTF.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I love to spend time with my family. I also cycle, hike, go camping, and wood working. Maybe someday I will be as good as that as some other Arkansas Cachers in woodworking.
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October 2012 Geocacher Profile

Oct 01, 2012 - 6:02 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Frank Philpott aka Old River Runner should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Old River Runner

How did you choose your handle? My geocaching name comes from my love of rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, a wilderness voyage of 7 days and 183 miles. Since 1986, I have done this 9 times (1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2010). Trip # 10 is in June 2013. The name “River Runner” was taken when I created my account, so I added “Old” to the name, figuring that I would never outgrow it!

How long have you been geocaching? Over 9 years now. I opened an account on Geocaching.com on May 24, 2003. However, I did not actually look for my first cache until July of that year, when I had my first find on July 20, 2003.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? My first find was Beaver’s Lair (GCB541), which is still active. It is located in the Bona Dea Trails area in Russellville. On July 19, 2003, I had gone to the trail to take a walk and just after I parked my car, I saw a man coming off the trail, carrying a GPSr. I knew that the geocache was nearby, so I asked the man if he had been looking for it. He replied that he was the cache owner and was just doing some maintenance on it. We chatted for a short while, and although I had never been motivated to go to search for that cache before that day, I suddenly wanted to try my luck at finding it. So the next day (July 20), I returned with my GPSr, and after quite a bit of searching, I found it. The search was much more challenging than I had expected!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? I usually cache alone.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? As long as it takes, although if I am having trouble figuring out one, I may put it aside for weeks or even months before I come back and work on it again. I also enlist the help of my wife, who is a much better puzzle solver than I am.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Clarksville, AR; New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC (mall area)

Do you do paperless caching? Yes (since 2004).

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Garmin GPSmap 62st

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Because it is a mind-stimulating hobby that gets one into the outdoors.

Where are you originally from? Bassett, VA (home of Bassett Furniture)

In what states have you geocached?
30 states, and also the District of Columbia. I lack New Jersey and most of the New England states in the Northeast. In the West, I lack the Pacific Coast states, Nevada, and the northern Plains states. I also lack Hawaii and Alaska.


What was your first event ever attended?
First Ever Ark. River Valley Geo Meet and Greet (GCHF58 ), on January 24, 2004, which was the first Clarksville event.

How many caches have you found?
Over 6600 as of the end of September 2012.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Ammo cans, but also anything creative.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
View Carre’ (GCE02C)

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable, always, since early 2004.

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?
To make it fun for the cacher looking for it. Something that will make them laugh or go “Wow!”

What is you favorite type of cache hide?
I like caches that are hidden in places that are uniquely special and that I would not have ever found out about otherwise. Like those near special scenic spots, waterfalls, historical spots, etc. Or that require some special effort to reach, like hiking a trail, climbing a mountain, boating to an island, etc.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? (1) Main Street (GCHZKF); (2) Arkansas’ 1000th Cache: B-25 Crash Site (GCKH8H); (3) The Knife Edge (GC11GWB); (4) Where Eagles Dare (GCYD1K); (5) The Twilight Zone (GC33DPC); (6) Night Gallery (GC33DPG)

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I don’t think there is a proper hide to find ratio. The key is that one does not hide so many that they cannot properly keep them all maintained. There is nothing that hurts the fun in geocaching more than a cache that is not properly maintained. For some, even one hide is too many. For others, several hundred is not a problem. It depends on the individual and their commitment to the game.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Back in 2003, I saw a show on the Discovery Channel about treasure hunting and they mentioned geocaching as being a high-tech form of treasure hunting. I checked out the Geocaching.com website, created an account, and finally got out and found my first cache.

What's your favorite geocache?
Inspector Cache-It (GCGTGY) found on September 5, 2003. This one was archived several years ago, unfortunately. This is the one that really got me hooked on geocaching! Among active caches, the one that sticks out in my mind is View Carre’ (GCE02C), but that is perhaps because I found it not long ago (mid-August) and the memory of it is still fresh. Some caches are great for their camo, some for their location, and some for the experience in finding the cache. Well, this one was great for two of those three reasons - the location and the experience!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
The International Space Station, followed closely by Antarctica.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I prefer going solo. I like the solitude and the personal challenge of finding a cache without any reliance upon others.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I really don’t know, as I haven’t kept count. Several hundred. I do recall that the second cache I ever found was my very first FTF. It was Treasures from the Lake (GCGEZW), found on July 21, 2003.

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 like an FTF as much as the next person, because it is nice to find a cache in the exact state that it was left by the cache owner. However, I am not as fanatic as I used to be and don’t jump at the opportunity as much as I did at one time. I am now more intrigued by caches that go unfound for several days. My notifications alert is set at a 50-mile radius.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Rafting the Colorado River (and others); hiking; history
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