Meet our Team

Introducing members of West Oz Geocaching 2016/2017 Committee

Kyzabra, Fernweh*, Clan Wallace, Granett, AlliedOz, Chwiliwr, Mistraluna, SVKR_WA, Webbly-WA, Orrsome Family

Kyzabra - President

 

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.

 

Fernweh* - Secretary

 

I (Lisa) was introduced to the game by Overington clan ( my Auntie ). One night after dinner she suggested we check it out. She had done a few already and thought I might like it.... I wasn't quite sure what geocaching was all about, but off we went. We walked through a quiet park that was nearby and after arriving at GZ, we quickly made a find. We didn't go home that night till 11:00 pm. I was hooked! The grand total that night was 10 caches, I couldn't believe that there were things hidden all over the place waiting for me to find them. Since that night, Geocaching has taken me to some pretty great places I would of otherwise missed. Ive recently hit my 1000th cache and learnt a lot about this secret hobby.

My family and I plan big walking days and barbecue's with the sole purpose of caching and spending time together. My partner, Nick, and our jack Russel puppy “Cache” enjoy the 4wd caches spending much of our break driving to new finds.

I love taking muggles on caching adventures and telling them all about how to play the game and the rules and guide lines. The best bit is seeing their face when they finally make a find. My mum's feet actually left the ground. She "whoo hoo"ed so loud followed by a I FOUND IT !! I have a caching bag that, I'm pretty proud of. Its' a pink back pack and a track-able.. It's complete with rubbish bags, spare containers for repairs, camo tape, pens , spare log books , my geocaching book for puzzles , my path-tags, my gps (although i use my phone a lot), and the all important swag of varying values. I'm a big believer in the swag being quality. I like to stock up on plastic toys and trinkets to fill caches up with and try to always fill them up if they are empty.

Recently I joining the West oz geocaching committee as the secretary. I'm excited to help plan the 2016 event and looking forward to making it the best yet.

 

PommieParkin2- Treasurer

 

Clan Wallace

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!

Granett - Vice President

 

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.

 

AlliedOz - Merchandising Guru

 

AlliedOz is Craig who caches with his family The Jokers who just never got around to signing up.

In 2008 one evening I was reading a hiking blog that mentioned Geocaching, not being familiar with the term I googled the heck out of it, around 4am and many many articles later I had decided to purchase a GPS (no phone apps or phones capable of caching then) at around $500, as I knew that was something I was going to like. The next day after some more reading on how to work the new toy we found our first cache “Chennies”

· Has held several events over the years starting back on 9/9/9

· Notorious for not logging caches when found. Sometimes up to 6 months later. Hey I’m busy!

· Loves Geocoins and has a small collection of 400. All purchased online, not taken from caches as that is just plain wrong.

· Has been involved in the WA Goes BIG Geocoin design from the start and thinks it is one of the best looking coins in my collection

· Suffers from bouts of caching fever followed by stints of can’t be bothered, but will always be a cacher and involved in Geocaching, hence joining West Oz Geocaching.

· Says GeoKaysh not Geoca$h. You say Potato I say Tomato

· Has been known to love a chat, so come and find me at the next event and say Hi

 

Chwiliwr - Committee

 

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.

 

Mistraluna - Committee

 

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"

 

SVKR_WA - Committee

 

SVKR_WA is Simon (me) and the Family (Vanessa, Kyle and Rhys).

We found Geocaching in March 2014 while looking for school holiday activities on the internet. Soon afterwards we were hooked.

We love the variety of geocaching, we can spend an hour or a weekend, day or night, on your own or as a group. Any holidays we have are now planned around the best places to find a cache.

WA Goes Big 2015 was the first big event that we attended. At the end of that weekend I wanted to get further involved with Geocaching in WA. Hence I joined the committee of West Oz Geocaching.

We have recently hit 1000 finds and can’t wait to get the next 1000.

 

Webbly-WA - Committee

 

webby

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. ​

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Orrsome Family - Committee

 

My geocaching adventures started in 2014 when I was taken out a few times by a close friend (familysteiner) who had this strange obsession with finding hidden objects in remote places. I thought she was bonkers at first. But after many of these outings I started to really enjoy the whole idea of geocaching and how much fun the kids and I were having. I was getting out, being active and really enjoying myself. I was convinced to join and started collecting many smilies. I was hooked. I have found 830 caches and looking forward to my first 1000, but as they say it’s not about the numbers.

 

Geocaching has taken me to so many beautiful places that I didn’t even know existed. I have attended many meet and greets and the past two WAGB events, met so many likeminded people who have become good friends. It is a community all on its own with so many stories to share. Recently, I started blogging our adventures on the Geocaching WA facebook page and they have been received rather well. Who knows there could be an Orrsome book coming out. HAHA!

 

So here’s to many more adventures and happy caching!

 

 

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