COTM: TOMTEC

After a long hiatus, Cacher of the Month has finally returned. TOMTEC was the overwhelming choice for November as voted by you. His caches come highly recommended. If you haven’t found one of his yet, give some of his Home on the Moraine caches a try and be prepared for a bit of a hike.

Q and A with TOMTEC

Q: Where do you call home?

A: 17T 6073 48626 a.k.a. Nobleton, Ontario.

Q: Where does the name TOMTEC come from?

A: Well, TOMTEC is the name of the hobby company I started over 12 years ago… It’s short for Thompson Technologies, and since ThomTec sounds strange, I decided to go with TOMTEC instead. It’s funny though,
because of this, many people wrongly assume my name is Tom!

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

A: I design Software Specials for the world’s largest supplier of injection molding equipment. It’s hard to call it work though, as it’s actually a lot of fun! When not at “work” you can usually find me flying along on one of my bicycles, racking up the miles. I race both road and mountain bikes competitively for the Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club. Specializing in road criteriums and 24 hour MTB races, I tend to keep pretty busy once the snow is off the ground. Some of my other interests include: Pinball Machines, Canoeing, FIRST Robotics, Snowsports, Flashlights, Macintosh Computers, Paintball, Nitro R/C Cars, Adventure Motorcycling, Kayaking, Infiltration, Radio Freebanding, Model Railways, Digital Video Editing, Camping, Custom Electronics and more! Heh, makes it hard to squeeze in a bit of caching now and then doesn’t it?

Q: How long have you been geocaching?

A: Officially, since February 2002, but I’ve known of Geocaching.com
since 2001

Q: How did you find out about geocaching?

A: I believe I was searching for coordinates for a location up in Northern Ontario when GC80D (Toronto Outer Harbour) came up in my results…. Read the cache page and bookmarked it for later as it sounded like something interesting to do.

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

A: Sure, both Spike and Telly have accompanied me on many cache hunts…
Many assumed they were my dogs, as they had never logged their finds,
but once they appeared at a Pub Night or two, the truth was revealed… I’ve cached with a number of others, but as they could care less about logging finds and would rather just enjoy the adventure, they never bothered to even sign up.

Q: What gear do you use for caching?

A: On the trail I’ve got my trusty Garmin 60C loaded with TOPO Maps, on the Motorbike (or in the car) I’ve got “Matilda”, a Garmin 276C marine plotter loaded with City Select North America (on road) and TOPO Maps (off road) In addition, I use a Palm Tungsten C loaded with CacheMate, Motorola FRS Radio, Petzl Tikka headlamp in addition to various other lights for extended night caching trips.

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

A: The first cache I ever found was GC4A7 – Short-cut to the old cabin by CouparAngus. It was a cold and wet February evening when I finally made the find, and I was soaked to the bone from the freezing rain. Needless to say, I had a blast, and it set the standard by which I judged all future caches! For my 1000th find, I recruited my buddy Spike for the mission to find and replace GC2B27 – Bushwacker by QuadMeisters. It was a great adventure and one of my favourites to date. Now to find a cache to top that for number 2000!

Q: What are your favourite caches?

A: I always enjoy a good Multi-Cache. Specifically ones that cover a good distance, teach me something about the area, and are well planned out. I find most Letterbox caches can usually fit into this group. Another favourite are Traditionals that take you on a good hike/bike/paddle to an area not often visited. Weather I found the cache or not, I’ve yet to be disappointed by the journey to get there! I also love to see cachers being creative with their containers and how they’ve hidden or camouflaged them.

Q: What are your least favourite caches?

A: Definitely lame micro and drive-by caches… I appreciate the effort most cachers put into their hides, but when caches start to be hidden just for the sake of hiding a cache, I start asking the questions: What is so amazing about this location that you had to bring us here? Why couldn’t you use a regular (or small) sized container instead of this micro! (Especially when its in a forest!!!) I don’t mind the challenging “original” micro hides, as they tend to make you think outside the box. But that’s the key… try and be original in your hides, don’t just copy what other have done.

Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?

A: It was a spur of the moment decision, but Dr. Clean mentioned we just
had to visit GCM03Z – Pray for Daylight by J Marac on our drive home from the Fragglestock event. Needless to say, Jtee, Jeff-Trex, Spike, Dex4 and I were up for the challenge! The GPS would not be required for this find, as it would have be impossible to get satellite reception while crawling up the storm sewer anyway! We splashed our way up the tunnel and located the cache quite easily, but the real mystery was when we would actually find the part of the tunnel, where the cache was, as there was no distance given. It seemed like we hiked over half a kilometer, but as the tunnel gradually shrinks, it’s impossible to know for sure. Definitely a cache to put on your must-do list while traveling through Pennsylvania!

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

A: If you’re a new cacher, or even a seasoned veteran, but haven’t made it out to one of the local events (Pub Nights, GHAGAFAP, Spring Fling etc…) please make an effort to attend; you will not be disappointed! There are so many interesting people to meet and it gives you an opportunity to learn about other great caches to visit in the future. Plus you’ll finally get a chance to put some faces to all those names you see in the logs! If you see me at one, come on over and say hi!

Thanks to TOMTEC for taking time out to share a few moments with all of us. I am sure we are all looking forward to the adventure you will take to find your 2000th cache.

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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