COTM: 1701eh

As far as a great cacher goes, you have to give 1701eh a lot of credit. Parking on the Credit, Hiking on the Credit are two of the series in a large number of caches that he has placed for our enjoyment. 1701eh is one of the count on cachers, always there, and always ready to lend a hand. Besides geocaching 1701eh is also involved with the scouts and has also become the OGA rep for his area.

Q and eh with 1701eh

Q: Where do you call home?

A:Mississauga is home, but I border on Brampton and Halton Region. Oakville, Milton, Georgetown and Brampton are all almost as close to me as Mississauga city center is.

Q: Where does the name 1701eh come from?

A:It was originally created for eBay where I needed something short and easy to remember. Being a fan of Star Trek, I toyed with various names, but most were used already. NCC-1701 is the registry number of the USS Enterprise (the spaceship) in the original TV show. In the movies and sequels, they started appending letters to that registry number for newer versions of the ship. I decided that using the ’1701′ part and appending an ‘eh’ to it, would give me a name sounding like 1701-A but with a Canadian twist.

Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)

A:NOT Caching??? I guess I’d be working (ARGH!) or sleeping. Well, ok… Scout leader, Camping, Fishing, Puzzles, Reading…

Q: How did you find out about geocaching?

A:I was watching @discovery.ca on TV in late 2001 and saw the segment about geocaching. I thought it would be a neat thing to do with my scouts. It took a few months to get a GPS, but we managed to get out on Groundhog day in 2002.

Q:Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?

A:Yup… I’m to blame for at least four caching names that were created after I took them caching. I have introduced some others, but they won’t tell me their caching name, so I’m not sure. I have some friends that I cache with, but they only cache with myself or another friend, so I guess they’re still considered muggles.

Q:What gear do you use for caching?

A:I started with a Garmin yellow etrex with the scouts, then bought my own Garmin Legend, and I now use a Garmin GPSMAP60C. I use Cachemate on Palm Z22, and GSAK on the computer. I have a Nalgene hydro backpack, Atlas snowshoes, a compass, first-aid kit, and use Deep Woods Off (don’t get it on plastic!). I drive a … Oh, maybe I’m getting a bit carried away here…

Q:Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)

A:My first cache was Olar’s ‘Nemo Loop Virtual’ with my scouts. I learned a lot on that first outing… I went to ‘Welcome in Springtime Pub Night’ in Buffalo for my 1000th cache (they gave me a nice certificate too). TrimblesTrek’s GAGAFAP, Tomtec’s ‘Midnight Hat-trick’, Spud’s ‘Great Potato Head Hunt’, BQ’s ‘The A’Quasy’ng Race’ and Nozzletime’s ‘Hilton Falls Loop’ are all very memorable. So many others, it’s hard to single them out.


Q:What are your favourite caches?

A:A good walk in the woods. I don’t care if it is a traditional, multi, or puzzle. Just get me into the woods (preferably on trails). I really enjoy solving the puzzle caches. I have to keep my hair shorter now, as it looked funny with the clumps I pulled out while agonizing over some of the puzzles. Pubnights and events are fun too.

Q: What are your least favourite caches?

A:Locationless, webcam, and armchair caches. I did solve many of the later, just for the puzzle fun, but I didn’t log any finds on them.

Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?

A:I found my 1701th cache (Mono-Cliffhanger, REV-B) with my wife a few months ago. It’s kind of a special number to me, but I doubt anybody else would celebrate it. I was the lucky recipient of the pub bug at the Clarington pub event, so it’s my turn to host now. The event (Quark’s) is posted already, and there is a new series in the pipeline that I intend to go live the same day.

Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?

A:What can I say that most people visiting this website wouldn’t know already…

Thanks to 1701eh for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. If your in the area dont forget to drop by Quarks and hoist one to 1701eh

About teamvoyagr

I am the webmaster for the Ontario Geocaching Association. I've been passionate about geocaching since 2006. You can find my articles about Geocaching on this site as well as on my blog for geocaching stories.
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