COTM: Juicepig

uicepig has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. He certainly has had many interesting adventures while caching such as finding a dead body and also caching on a mountain top in the middle of a thunderstorm. He is also an integral part of the Central Ontario Geocachers.

Q and A with Juicepig

Q: Where do you call home?

A: The Magical land of Alcona Beach. We have a beer store, a liquor store and a timmies, and people tend to travel by snowmobile 6 months of the year (regardless of the amount of snow).  Swifteroo lives close by, and we try and maintain good relations with the locals.  We even went geocaching with the Mayor once.

Q: Where does the name Juicepig come from?

A: I was in an advanced electronics class in high school and decided I needed a better computer then the one the school gave me to perform my network tasks, so I wired about 3 of them together, all with separate power supplies, and turned the behemoth on (the lights always flickered when this happened).  I called the Computer Juicepig, due to its insatiable lust for juice (electricity).  When the teacher was checking through all the computers on the network, he yelled out “Who is Juicepig?”, and I responded “I am”.  As there were 5 other Dave’s in the class (in a class of 23), it was just easier for everyone to call me Juicepig.

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

A: I work some odd shifts as a Network Engineer in Toronto, or when conscripted into Farm chores I work on my wife’s horse ranch as manual labour, building fences and buildings.  For those who have seen my birdhouse caches – You may now imagine the quality that I might add to a horse lean-to. Feel free to laugh!

Q: How long have you been geocaching?

A: Since Summer 2005.  I started off using a fish finder, but was only able to find horribly obvious caches as the coordinates always put me about 130m away.  As soon as I started making some income I went out and bought a decent GPS receiver.

Q: How did you find out about geocaching?

A: I honestly cannot remember – It was a long time ago. I was a student trying to figure out how to mix the chocolate bar, and the Kraft dinner I had in the cupboard into something edible for guests.  When my final year came I decided to integrate a GPS chipset into a robot I was making, and came across geocaching again, swearing to get involved with it as soon as I can afford a receiver…that wouldn’t be integrated into a robot.

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

A: Some of my university friends in Ottawa and Gatineau, 3 of my high school friends (two in Barrie, one in Oshawa), and a friend in Brampton.  I also got my Cousin in Mississauga very interested; he was come with me on a few adventures, but hasn’t got a GPSr yet.  My dad called me up the other night and said one of his coworkers was reading my blog and decided to get his family involved.

Q: What gear do you use for caching?

A: Leather Fedora from the Mountains of West Virginia – PC (pre-cacher), Garmin eTrex Legend Cx, Palm z22, Cheap Digital Camera that gets surprisingly good pictures with Gorillapod (flexible tripod).

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

A: First – GCK126 – Shoe Tree near my house…coordinates were off by 180m (again, using a fish finder), but I was able to figure it out with the hint. There were no fish nearby apparently.

Most Adventurous – GCH1MZ – Silver peak in Killarney Provincial Park.  Canoeing, Portaging, Camping over-night.  This one had it all.  When we finally reached the mountain we had to climb into a thunderstorm cloud to reach the cache – Lighting was flying all around us.  Quite the adventure!

Most Memorable – GCYX46 – Came across a suicide victim under a bridge.  Before I knew what was going on the cops showed up (someone had discovered it before me and left to go call them) – So there I was, 4am under a bridge dressed in all black hovering over a body trying to get GPS reception…not suspicious at all!

Q: What are your favourite caches?

A: Ones that take you to special places.  It could be a giant elephant statue, an old abandoned mine shaft, or a remote lake that requires a 25km hike into.  Places that I would have never known about without a set of numbers pointing me in the right direction.

Q: What are your least favourite caches?

A: Rotting caches.  The ones you open up and all that remains inside is mush – what used to be a log book.  Containers that are not waterproof are my least favourite in general.  CARBOARD BOXES DO NOT MAKE GOOD GEOCACHES.  I hope I reached someone with that statement :)

Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?

A: I took a week off, as my wife needed to get away from the farm for a while.  We did a trip to London, Sarnia and Windsor, which was great!  Managed to bag over 100 finds on that trip, and also got over to Detroit to get my “Michigan” badge.  Do not take Canada for Granted – We have it really good over here. A trip to Detroit will set anyone straight. A bear – I can handle…Gunshots? I bail!

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

A: We have a very unique sport available to us.  Something that can combine every other sport, and who’s “rules” can change after every “point”.  You can use it to get healthy, you can use it to challenge mental prowess, you can use it to highlight your community, and see other people’s communities from a different perspective.  Do not take the game way to seriously, different game styles make for an interesting game!  Ever hear of Calvinball? “Oh!  And Everyone come to COG Spring Fling 3!!”

Thanks to Juicepig for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. Looking forward to reading more of your future adventures.

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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