Introducing members of West Oz Geocaching 2017/2018 Committee
Team Kyzabra is me (Breht), along with my three boys and occasionally my muggle wife. We have been caching since 2012 and were introduced to geocaching by a work colleague.
Geocaching has taken us to some amazing places. I have been fortunate enough to cache in Karijini National Park, New Zealand, Victoria and the hills of Perth. We have met many great people and formed life-long friendships that extend out of geocaching as well. The variety of geocaching is what keeps me enthused. One day we can be driving through the suburbs and find a nano on a sign, and the next week a group of us can be climbing the highest peaks (by WA standards) on a camping trip, hunting for that high terrain cache.
For me, it’s about the experience and variety.
Webbly WA is just me- Michelle, but most people call me Webby in and out of caching. However I am usually accompanied by my 2 smallest dogs Bobble and Zotti. I first joined in 2010 when I was introduced to it as a Bush Rangers Cadet instructor. My first find was GCHZQJ -Forrestdale-trail by Team Red Roo, which is still in existence. In those first 2 years I only had 5 finds mainly due to the fact I didn’t own a GPS and had to borrow one to go caching. By 2013, I had all but given up when M4YB told me all about this geocaching thing –With her interest and new technology my passion was rekindled especially after signing up as a premium member in 2014 and purchasing the app for my phone.
Being a shy person and not knowing any other cachers my first event wasn’t till last year at a West Oz Meet and Greet (Point Walter) and after meeting some great people things spiraled from there.
Since then I have enjoyed a streak of 250 days caching but not huge numbers due to working fulltime. My record is 102 caches in the one day when I completed the Holden series at Easter time this year. My favourite part of caching is discovering new and interesting locations; I also love a good puzzle. I can also be heard saying I hate nanos! They are just too fiddly for my likings but I’m getting better.
Last years WA Goes Big was my first as I couldn’t get down to Bussleton the year before. It was amazing and I’m all for helping to make it bigger and better this year.
Pommieparkin2 consists of me, Caroline & my husband, Brian.
We found our first cache in 2012 under the team name of clan-wallace but quite frankly we had no idea what we were doing, were absolutely hopeless at it and gave up after the first three finds, wondering what the appeal was. Roll on two years to 2014 when the northern hemisphere branch of the Clan came to Oz on holiday, took us under their wing and I was hooked! In the past three years Geohubby and I have changed our caching name to pommieparkin2, found over 5500 caches in ten different countries as well as exploring parts of Western Australia we might otherwise never have seen. More importantly we have made some really good mates along the way. I really want to help those people just starting out on this Adventure so we don’t lose them to the game because, like us in the early days, they may not know what to do!
Hi there I’m John or Cravo10.
No real storey behind my caching name outside of a nickname from high school.
My sister got me into caching however lived over east and as it’s always more fun with someone I convinced a mate to join in and he has since never looked back and is just as addicted as me.
What I love most is the places you see, The ones that are generally not on the tourist map and or down the marked/sign posted roads.
The real adventure of getting the locals top tips of where to visit in the many towns across this great state keeps me looking for more.
I have also enjoyed travelling through some overseas destinations with no real plans other than to go to the places Geocaching takes me.
Happy hunting and I’m sure I will meet you at a Geocache soon.
Granett is Graeme. About four years ago I downloaded the Geocaching intro app onto the iPhone and was surprised at the time to discover that there was a geocache only a few hundred meters from my front door, so my 10yo daughter and I went for a walk to search for it and she was the one to find our first geocache (GC180F8). In the end we found two more for the day and I remember writing in the log that I was hooked. That was late April 2013 and three caches in one day remained my record until I found some of the Wandoo series seven months later.
I became a premium member in July 2013 and also paid for the full app on the iPhone which opened up a whole new world of discovery. I soon found that I was more hooked than I initially thought. I was finding more caches on my own and the daughter was becoming less and less keen on the idea. She really only wanted to come out if there was a park nearby that she could play on.
I attended my first event on New Years Day 2014 and couldn't believe how many other crazy people like me were there. From then on I got really serious and found over 1100 caches for the year. It was during 2014 that I saw the light and converted from Apple to Android but mainly used my new Garmin eTrex20 to find caches in conjunction with the c:geo app on my Samsung phone.
I unashamedly class myself as a numbers man and love all the statistics that are available on various aspects of the game. I have a best streak of 204 consecutive days with finds, best day with 111 finds, 36 consecutive months with a FTF (First to Find) and a maximum distance in one day of 2744 km. You can view these and many other stats on my profile page here.
While I love racking up the numbers I still enjoy those hard to get to hides that might take all day. I am amazed at times of the fantastic places that geocaching has taken me and have met some great friends along the journey.
John (Chwiliwr) and Sue (the Better Half)
John has been caching since 2005 with Sue joining in some time later. We were introduced to caching by a family member, BelKen, and the very first cache found was a Geocaching Australia Cache called 'Blair Witch' located out in a small pocket of pines in the middle of the wandoo forest east of Perth.
John has cached everywhere in Australia except for Tasmania and due mainly to work commitments only found about 1,000 caches in the first five years to 2010 but become more 'obsessed' after that and found 9,000 in the second 5 years to date.
John has now driven to 3 Mega events on the east coast with Sue flying in for the Queensland Mega event held in 2015.
John was asked in April 2013 by 'theUmp' to become a volunteer reviewer and now is a volunteer reviewer for Western Australia and the Northern Territory as well as reviewing the 'Updated coordinates' and 'Needs Archiving' logs for all of Australia.
Whilst Sue caches with John for geocaching.com caches she has her own caching ID for geocaching.com.au caches and regularly takes her granddaughter caching and finding the unique and fun caches that are on the Australian cache listing site.
In the muggle world I am Evelyn, but here in the world of geocaching, I am known as Mistraluna (if you want to know more about how the name came about, check out GC48D37 Just a Fisherman’s Daughter).
I first heard about geocaching a good year or two before I actually got into it, finding my very first cache in May 2011, but that was just a taste test. Six months went by before I really got bitten by the bug, and the rest is history. What started as a mission to get my muggle son out of the house away from his techno toys, soon developed into a full-blown addiction of my own.
Yes, I am addicted to this sport we all play – I admit it. Geocaching is what I love to do. And if I can’t be out there in the “wilds of Australia” as an old friend of mine calls it, then I find myself on my pc, trying to solve other cacher’s puzzles, or creating puzzles of my own. I sometimes think it is what keeps me sane – the rest of my life has been pretty crazy during the time I have been caching, and geocaching has been my escape.
I was lucky enough to travel with Chwiliwr to SA for the trip over to Murray Bridge for the 2014 Oz Mega Event . And what an awesome trip it was!! We clocked up over 650 caches in the 12 days we were away, but the bigger achievement was that almost impossible 12 Cache Types in One Day. Not that I am normally a “numbers” cacher, but you have to admit that we really rocked!!!
I’m also known to have a “strong interest” in puzzles. I work in education, and even when I am not caching, I like to keep the old brain ticking over. You will find plenty of puzzles to test your own grey matter both around last years BIG event (the WAGB Arrow), and also being released for this years one at Fairbridge (the MS Series).
I have now been to two Oz Mega Events, both the SA one and the Queensland one. But I honestly think that our home-grown WA Goes BIG Events are every bit as good, if not better. It’s a great chance to exchange stories, (or yarns) and get to know some of those caching names we see in the log books during the year. And I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone again at this years event.
Until then, “Keep on Caching"
Barnzy12 is Steve and occasionally my muggle wife Liza.
I was first introduced to geocaching in 2012 by Cravo10 and was instantly hooked. Since my first find in February 2012, I’ve found over 10,000 caches, travelled the entire state of Western Australia and even cached whilst on holiday overseas.
What I love most about the game is caching in the country towns of Western Australia and seeing places that locals choose to share with you that aren’t on the tourist map.
I attended my first mega event in Alexandra, Victoria in November 2017, and have attended our WA big events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. I’m an unashamed numbers and stats person, known to chase a find at anytime of day or night anywhere across the state.
Hope to catch up with you at an event or at a cache!
Lazarus is Larry, derives from my nickname Lazza and the Bible character with whom I can identify. I was introduced to caching by Uni-friend hhheddy in 2009, but didn't become active until 2014, initially on Geocaching Australia then Groundspeak 18 months after. I'm not one motivated by high find count per se, rather more so on variety of cache & hide types, attracted to D/T 3.5+ and solving mysteries. My claim to fame is FTF on a duck 43; now looking to find some of roymerc's. Caching has taking me to some interesting places: Mt Cooke, Mt Lofy, Mt Barker, Mt Macedon, You Yangs, Blue Mountains, Cockatoo Island; Nepal and Calgary/Banff. Realised I was addicted when I was so keen to get my first BC cache, near Vancouver airport, that I missed my conneting flight (thankfully bumped onto a later one). Largest cache found is a shed on Toronto Island, where logging requires writing your name on a wall!
I enjoy introducing people, and helping newbies wherever I can. Always keen to chat, particularly interested in: solving mysteries, kayak series, or Geocaching Australia.
Philosophical, I see caching as a reflection of the human heart: everyone is searching for something.