View Full Version : June 2017 Geocacher Profile

06-01-2017, 06:13 AM
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Mark Schneider aka MarkSAR should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

How did you choose your handle?
It stands for Mark S from Arkansas

How long have you been geocaching?
Since May 2008

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Friends were talking about geocaching. I went out and started looking for one with the help with a Garmin Nuvi. The cache was GCHRFR - scattered straw.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My wife, LatonkaGal

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

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Searcy AR.

Do you do paperless caching?

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Just my phone and some spare battery packs

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Yes. It is fun discovering a world all around you that you didn't know was there. I have found many wonderful areas I would not have ever know was there otherwise.

Where are you originally from?
Jonesboro AR

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Mississippi, Iowa, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska,North Dakota and Oklahoma

What was your first event ever attended?
RCHM Meet and Greet

How many caches have you found?

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Ammo Cans. They get stolen a lot any more, but they make the best cache containers

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

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Since I use my phone, rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Both. Finding a cool cache makes you want to share it with other cachers.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Usually I either want to bring a cacher to a interesting place or make a cacher happy or have a sense of accomplishment.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Either a cool place, or a fun puzzle.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Touche Woodwalker, which is now retired. After solving/finding several caches by WoodWalker9, I wanted to hide a cache that would be a challenge. I was happy when WoodWalker9 tried for the FTF on it. It took him an hour to find it, and he put his hand on the cache container when he started, and still it took an hour for him to find it.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Not sure about a ratio, but I do believe a cacher needs to find several caches over a fairly large area before they start hiding. This helps you determine what is a good cache.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I am a bit of a technology nut. I bough a GPS and was wondering what else I could do with it, and came across geocaching.

What's your favorite geocache?
The old Searcy Event caches. I have had the most fun at any event, and got to meet several Arkansas cachers. I have been to mega events, but the Search events were more geared into meeting and learning from other cachers.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I would like to find the most northern and southern caches. Head to the north pole and the south pole. These caches are remote and few people will ever see them.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Group caching.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I am not really sure.

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 used to be, but after so many first to finds, they lost their excitement.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
With all going in my live now, I don't have much time for other hobbies.