Continued from part one…
How many finds and hides? What is your most favorite cache you have hid and why?(include GC #)
About 1150 finds and about 150 hides since April of 2004. I also have 150+ FTFs, which gives me a pretty good FTF/finds ratio. I used to be much more into getting FTFs than I am now – it’s hardly worth trying anymore as I don’t have phone notification so unless it’s a really foul weather night, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get there first.
My favorite hides are probably “Pull my Finger” , “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, and “Ungowa”. I liked all three of them because they were pretty darn funny to find.
They’re all gone now, they might make a return though (I’ve reconstructed “No Man” and I’d really like to get “Finger” back out there).
What is the best caching advise you can give to a newbie and what was your biggest mistake when you first started caching.
Cache with somebody if possible. Not only is it more fun, there’s an added measure of safety in case there’s an accident. For sure, bring enough equipment along (cell phone, water, extra flashlight/batteries, etc), you never know when you’ll need it. I remember a Sui Generis cache I was after that had a stage container in a hole in a tree. The hole was about shoulder high on me, so I stood on something to boost up a little and had to stick my arm way in and down to reach the container. I slipped and was kind of suspended there – and stuck pretty good too. I had a cell phone with me, but it was in the pants pocket on the side of the arm that was stuck. I couldn’t reach it. Eventually, my feet gained purchase on something and with a little effort, I extracted my arm from the hole. I’m pretty sure somebody would have found my body before the critters reduced it to skeletal form, but there were some tense moments. I’m not completely certain a caching partner would have helped in this instance. It’s likely there would have been much laughter and pictures taken – and not much help offered.
Any caching trip planned in the near future?
I find that I’m a lot busier than I used to be. I still cache when I can, no caching trips planned though. If you’re in India, check out one of my caches there – it’s still unfound many months after being published. Not a lot of cachers in India – yet.
Ammo can or nano?
Love the ammo can for durability and watertight seal. No problem with tiny containers in appropriate settings, however I hate seeing micros in places where smalls or regulars could be hidden – that’s just not trying very hard as a cache hider.
Anything else you would like to tell us?
Once, on a chilly late winter weekend morning, I set up a card table with a camp stove plus a couple chairs – in the middle of the woods – so I could serve coffee/juice and doughnuts to seekers of a newly published cache. It was great fun serving goodies to the likes of Good-Boy, rickrich, and Waldherr and then sitting back, watching them try to find the cache. Also, I’ve run into many cachers (mostly hunting FTFs) over the years. It’s kind of funny to recognize people’s “names” and have your own “name” recognized as strangers meet in the woods. See you in the woods!
Thanks Paklid! See you in the woods!
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