The votes were very close for the month of December, but ElectroQTed snuck into the lead and won by just one vote. In just 3.5 years of geocaching he is on the verge of finding his 2000th geocache. That is quite the accomplishment.
Q and A with ElectroQTed
Q: Where do you call home?
A: Waterloo, Ontario.
Q: Where does the name ElectroQTed come from?
A: I actually made up this name for the ID screen of a cell phone I once had. I’m an electrician, my name is Ted, and ‘electrocuted’ is a term I hear from time to time in my field (but try to avoid)! I put it all together and used a Q in the middle just to be cute.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: Together with my wife Laurie and my father, we have a small electrical contracting firm. That’s my day job. Most of my pastimes have gone by the wayside since geocaching took over, but I still enjoy sitting down at the drum kit once in a while and hammering away – gets my ya yas out. Although lately we only get out about once or twice a year, I really enjoy canoeing and camping. I’ve had the good fortune to get a couple of FTFs on canoe caches too.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: Since June 2003. That year, I found a total of 15 caches.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: While I was shopping for my first GPSr, the sales person mentioned geocaching to me. When I got home I checked out the website and found that there were several close to home. Laurie and I started visiting them by bicycle, one by one, in the evenings after supper.
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: I’ve told several people about geocaching and taken some of them along with me. Of those, my sister and her family have started caching.
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: Guidance by Garmin: I started out with an eTrex Legend, then got a GPSmap60CS, and now use a GPSmap60CSx. I also use an iQue (Ivana) for in-car navigation. CacheMate on the iQue and GSAK on the PC help me keep track of caches. To assist with nighttime navigation of trails, I use LED lights by Fenix, Pelican, ARC and Petzl. Atlas snowshoes get me around in the deep snow, and if I’m lucky, I can even find the cache when I get there! Outerwear by The North Face keeps me warm and dry when it gets cold or wet. I always have a digital camera with me to capture interesting sights, beautiful bits of nature and the odd milestone. Geocaching has been the best excuse ever to buy more gear!
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: My first find was “Trail Bug” which is 2.7km from our house. Laurie and I rode to it on bikes and were thrilled with the very first find! While we were there, we noticed that there were many garter snakes that were trapped in the erosion control netting that was used just off the trail. We didn’t quite know how to help them out, but Laurie went back later with scissors and freed the ones she could. She also called the city and they actually came by and removed the netting.
My most memorable milestone would have to be #1000 at “Hilton Falls Loop”. Besides the number, this cache offered all the things I’d grown to like about caching – a scenic wooded area, simple redirects for the stages, simple math for the final (although no math would be my preference), and a decent hike (OK, maybe a little more than a decent hike!) It was the most physically challenging cache I’ve done so far and it was great to pull it off.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: My favourites are caches in scenic and/or wooded areas that require a bit of a hike with varying elevations. I also really appreciate when a cacher has crafted an ingenious container or method of hiding the container – these always make me smile! And, of course, caches that offer up a FTF hold a special place in my heart 😉
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Caches on the bottom of my list would include those that require me to be searching in an area where I’m on public display with many people about – it makes me feel suspicious – just not my style.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: Laurie and I attended our first GHAGAFAP (The Re”5″al) this summer and had a blast! This fall, we spent a weekend with friends in Tobermory and did some caching along the beautiful Bruce Peninsula – some really amazing places here!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: One of the best things about caching is that it has brought me to so many beautiful and interesting places in Southern Ontario that I would otherwise never have visited. It has shown me the Bruce Trail and we loved that so much that we became members of the BTA. Another aspect that came later on, was the people that I’ve met through caching. When I started out, I was usually by myself (or with Laurie), in my (our) own little world, having a great time finding these stashes in the woods. Then, we’d meet the occasional cacher on the trail and that was always a nice surprise. We then started going to events and met all kinds of terrific people! It’s great to meet people whose caches we’d found and who have found our caches and whose logs we’ve been reading online. Lots of fun and good times!
Thanks to ElectroQTed for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. Looking forward to seeing you reach the 2000th find milestone.