Swifteroo has been voted this month’s Cacher of the Month. Lets delve deep into the mind of Swifty and see what he comes up with for our questionnaire.
Q and A with Swifteroo
Q: Where do you call home?
A: For the last 7 years, Alcona Beach in Innisfil has been my home, just about 20 mins south of Barrie. That will be short-lived however as on the 15th of August, we move to our new home in Keswick on the other side of Lake Simcoe!
Q: Where does the name Swifteroo come from?
A: “Swifteroo” just sort of happened really. “Swift” was taken, “Swifty” was taken, “Swiftone” was taken and so “Swifteroo” was just my brain’s random typing!
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A: Most of my time away from Caching is spent with my 18 month old daughter. Although now that she is walking (running), and has her own Geocaching account, it seems that we won’t do anything other than cache! On the rare occasion that I get “Me” time, I like to get away to nature and simply co-exist. I like to watch the sunset and enjoy meditation.
Q: How long have you been geocaching?
A: I started Geocaching officially on November 3rd, 2003 with “Water Spout” in Barrie. Although that find was questionable (I didn’t actually sign the log), I did get back later on to finish the deed!
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?
A: My father gave me a used ETrex Venture in the summer of 2003. It sat around my desk for a while until I Googled “GPS Receivers”. The Geocaching site came up, and the rest is history.
Q: Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A: I’m not actually sure if I recruited “Team Woods” to Geocaching or not. I do remember talking about it as I knew they were geeky enough to enjoy it! There may be others I have talked with in passing that have joined. I am really not sure!
Q: What gear do you use for caching?
A: As it stands now, my standard “Bulk” includes a Garmin 60Cx, my original eTrex Venture (as backup). I carry a Palm Z22 for paperless reasons and a handful of flashlights for night-raids. I think im going to buy myself a good Pen as well. If I have a very good pen, I may think more about remembering it.
Q: Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A: One of my neatest milestones ever was number 300 at “Screaming Skulls” near Burks Falls, Ontario where I cottage. I have spent time every summer for the past 25 years in the area and it was neat to see Geocaching becoming a part of that ritual for me.My most recent milestone at 700 was very rewarding for me because I didn’t really see it coming. I just cached and cached and all of a sudden I was there. This was a great reminder for me about the reasons that I cache. Just to get out there and enjoy the moment.
Q: What are your favourite caches?
A: I favor caches that allow me to take my small compact car into the bush and treat it like a Jeep. “Redemption Cache” (GCWYB5) by Daisies comes to mind. Other than that, as cliché as it sounds, I would prefer to find a cache in a spot that someone took the time to plan. It doesn’t matter what type of cache, multi, micro, Puzzle; you can definitely feel the effort of a well thought out placement.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A: For me it’s not about “Type” of cache. I will find whatever people put out there and appreciate the value of those placements. My least favorite caches are those which people have given up on. If there’s no effort put into placing and maintaining a cache, there usually ends up being disappointment in the find.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A: I recently shared a morning teaching a YMCA “Outdoor Adventure” day-camp for children between 11 and 13 years of age how to Geocache here in Barrie. Their energy and excitement reminded me of what this sport is all about.Seeing them actually RUN to each cache gave me a sense of overwhelming pride in what Geocaching has to offer. I’m not sure if they will go on to be the next millennium cachers, but I can believe they all went home and talked about it at dinner!
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A: We spend too much time focusing on the negative aspects of this hobby. We hear talk about things like bomb-scares, “Terrible” hides, prohibition by land management, Who is and isn’t doing what for the sport, etc. I challenge everyone to go back to thinking about the positives of this hobby and what it has given back to each and every one of you. We are unlike any other community in our diversity and goals. Everyone takes something unique from this sport. We as cachers need to continue to respect that.
Thanks to Swifteroo for taking time out between finding caches to share a few moments with all of us. Always looking forward to reading about your adventures.