Res2100 has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. Lets see how Res answers our battery of questions.
Q and A with Res2100
Q: Where do you call home?
A: My home is Ontario…always has been and probably always will be. I grew up in Toronto, but have been living in Halton Hills for the past 12 years.
Q: Where does the name Res2100 come from?
A: I’ve always used res2100 for my Yahoo email, so I decided to stick with that when I joined geocaching.com. “res” are my initials and the 2100 was just a random number I picked when I was creating my Yahoo ID back in 1999. When creating my email account on Yahoo, I tried about a dozen different numbers and 2100 was the first one available.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: When I am not caching, I think about caching of course. I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. I like playing cards, watching TV, doing puzzles (did a 12,000 piece jigsaw puzzle a few years ago…it was 3 times the size of our dining room table).
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: It’ll be 5 years in the fall…I got my GPS and found my first cache later that afternoon, on November 6, 2002.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: In the fall of 2002 I had just found out about the Bruce Trail (never knew it was so close to home). My son Tylor, who was just 5 the time, and I decided to go for a walk along various sections of the Bruce Trail to see what it had to offer. Well one Saturday afternoon at around 3pm we decided to go for a walk along the Bruce Trail in Speyside and after a couple hours, we knew it was going to get dark soon, but we no longer knew where we were. We had nothing with us…no food, no water, no supplies. We could have turned around, but that would have been another 2 hours back to the car and it would have been dark by then. We reached the main trail again from a side trail, and had a choice of direction, so we just picked one since we were totally lost at this point and hoped and prayed that we would hit a road at some point which we could then follow back to the car, but that never happened and we just kept walking. Then we walked through a field of funny trees, which all of a sudden looked familiar, and I knew we were close to the car now. I was really worried that we would be wandering around in the woods in the dark and more so for my young son, but luckily we made it back to the car just as it was getting dark. At home I then looked up information on the Bruce Trail and I read a post on the Bruce Trail message board about something called Geocaching. I didn’t think much of it at first but then a few days later I looked at it again and found the geocaching.com web site and thought it was interesting, so I looked at getting a GPS and ordered a Magellan Sportak Pro from GPS Central. When it arrived a week later, we went out and found our first geocache and I was hooked!
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: My son, my mom (they were both with me for my first geocache find…actually my mom found our first one). My wife…I took her out caching on our 2nd date.
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: Garmin GPSmap 60CS, Palm Zire71, and sometimes my old Magellan SporTrak Pro.
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: I was the first cacher in Canada to reach 1000 finds. I haven’t really slowed down since then, it’s just that others have sped up. My favourite cache of all time was The Falls Tour : 2004 Final (GCJMCX). This series brought me to many wonderful areas and waterfalls throughout Ontario, which I never knew existed and never would have ever visited if it wasn’t for geocaching. The location of the final and where we ventured beyond was an incredible site which not many people have seen before.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: I like them all! Some days we look for caches that might challenge us and other days we go for the quick drive bys. Usually we just pick an area and find them all regardless of the type of cache they are. I also like puzzle caches.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: Caches in trees…I just don’t like climbing trees anymore. Any cache where I endanger my life. Areas that have snakes.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: I found 39 geocaches on June 10, 2007, which was the most I ever found in one day. On April 6th 2007, I hosted a 52.3km hike event along the entire Toronto section of the Bruce Trail which took close to 14 hours to complete. I was sore afterwards, but it was very rewarding and satisfying to be able to have completed this.
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: The important thing to remember is that geocaching is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Be respectful of other geocachers and remember that we all play the game a bit differently as geocaching has no set rules. I also like geocoins. We have made 8 different geocoins so far, and we have 1 more planned for later this year. My geocaching web site is: http://ca.geocities.com/geocachingcanada/geocaching.html
Thanks to Res2100 for taking time out between finding caches to share a few moments with all of us. Always looking forward to reading about your adventures.