For the long anticipated return of Cacher of the Month we are happy to introduce swimmrguy. Wait till you read about his 1000th milestone!
Where do you call home?
Where does the name swimmrguy come from?
When I first got into the Internet, I did a lot of Internet Relay Chat (IRC). It was suggested that your nickname indicates your gender, and possibly one of your interests in order to get conversations started. It was common to drop vowels (as there were initial restrictions on how long your nick could be.) So after a couple of iterations, my IRC name became swimmrguy. I had long stopped doing IRC but often used that name to sign up for various online accounts. When I signed up for Geocacing.com, I had no idea how integral this name became to your identity–had I known that, I might have reconsidered. But it’s way too late to turn back now…
When you are not caching, what do you do for work and/or fun?
I am a neonatologist (a pediatrician who specializes in the care of critically ill newborns) which is a very tough but rewarding job. When I am not working, I love to be out caching with my son, friends and my geopup Jax. I also spend a fair bit of time working with Jax, doing Rally Obedience and Agility, an activity that my daughter and I enjoy doing together with Jax. If there is any time left, I try to keep up with northernpenguin’s tweets on Twitter, trying to extract every geek-gem I can from them!
How Long have you been geocaching?
I started geocaching in August 2006, and the addiction is still running strong.
How did you find out about geocaching?
We were camping in Algonquin Park. A family (KMTB Cachers) we had just met were heading out to find a cache, so they explained it to us. As soon as I got home, I went to Geocaching.com and swimmrguy was born.
Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
I don’t think I have been a very effective evangelist for Geocaching. I have had a few friends give it a try, but none of them seemed to get addicted quite like I did.
What gear do you use for caching?
I used to carry a huge backpack with a bunch of stuff. I have downsized significantly with a small bag full of batteries, a pair of tweezers, multiple pens (I am constantly losing them) and a big flashlight. I am constantly being ridiculed about ‘having enough batteries.’ As for techno gear, I use a Oregon 300 and my WM smartphone for checking on caches while in the field. I am a huge fan of GSAK and GCzII.
Tell us some of your caching milestones (first, most memorable, etc).
My 1000th cache is still my most memorable. I had planned to do Blue Mountain (GC1GYGN) with some friends as it was a cache I had been wanting to do, and had been told it has a spectacular view. So I invited some friends, some said yes, and others weren’t available. But the day was planned and it looked like it was going to be a perfect day for the hike. Well, until I got the car stuck–thankfully one of my friends had a tow rope in his caching bag–so that hurdle was overcome. Once we got to the top of Blue Mountain, I was perplexed to find a large Canadian flag, a cake and a bottle of champagne. I was thinking…”how did they get that up here without me knowing..” and just about then, 20 people came out of the bushes! I was completely surprised, and it was a moment that I’ll never forget. And thanks to JonAndJaymee, the whole thing was captured on video.
What are your favourite caches?
I have recently started kayaking, and paddle-to caches are by far my favourite. As long as I can find them when I get there
What are your least favourite caches?
Caches that are hidden in very public places which are primarily tests of how stealthy you can be. I am always concerned that these make cachers look like suspicious people. I confess to hiding a few of these in the past, but I have since archived them.
Any recent highlights you would like to share?
I am proud to be a part of the Kingston geocaching community, which is known as Kingston Area Geocachers (KAG). We have had some successful projects including our web site, two t-shirt drives and are about to mint our first geocoin. The community has also promoted geocaching at a recent Health and Wellness fair held by the city, and int