Tonight we would love to introduce you to a community favourite and all round great guy Adriaan. Although he is the committee secretary, he is better known for creating some of the best of what geocaching has to offer. Not only has he hidden in excess of 340 caches, but his hides include some fabulous adventures (night caches, hiking and canoeing to name a few) as well as some crazy puzzles – in true homburg style. But his involvement doesn’t stop there. He has always been a key member of any Mega event, caching celebration and is often the first to put his hand up or reach out when a fellow cacher needs help. With over 11,000 finds including caches in five countries and having completed most of the usual caching challenges, some many times over, it makes you wonder what drives this incredible man. Recently we caught up with Adriaan to learn more about what makes him tick and why geocaching is still his passion… in his own words.
Share with us when you started Geocaching and what got you into this crazy hobby we love?
I was doing research looking to buy a new bushwalking GPS and at the time geocaching.com had reviews of different GPS’s on their website. I registered in 2006, thinking it sounded interesting, but did not venture out to find my first cache until 2010! Been hooked ever since.
How do you like to play the game? Are you a numbers person, do you chase challenges, do you love the adventures or have your own approach to caching?
Challenges are probably the thing that has kept me caching. I love a challenge that I don’t qualify and the work it takes to qualify. I do also love an adventure, especially a good day or multi day trip with a friend. I have a passion for hiking so a cache at the end of a good hike is my ideal way to spend a day or weekend.
What is the craziest thing you have done in the name of caching?
Climbed 32m up a tree with 1 half of skullracing, my bro lex and Ben aka jamin appleford. My first TTC(Technical Tree Climb). It was hard work but a real rush.
Another one, not really crazy but laughable really, headed out with Team Oaky to do a Jimmymaf paddle night cache. Sounded like fun, Should only take a couple of hours. We headed off around 9pm, gathering the various waypoints which gave us numbers that led to the final which we worked out to be a couple of km’s up the river then a short walk. Well, after an extensive search we left empty handed, so we paddled all the way back and decided to check the waypoints again as we went. DOH! We misread one of the waypoints and GZ was just a few hundred metres away from where we started! So we found the cache and paddled back to the start point just as the sun was coming up!!!!
What is currently on your Geocaching Bucket-list?
Probably the next thing I would like to do is complete my 20 DT loop. This would be followers by the Jasmer challenge, I only have a few left, It’s a trip to the US to finish this one. Also want to go back to Scotland and England as well as Wales and Ireland
What is the most remote or unusual place you have collected a Geocache?
Have been trying to find a cache that has been archived for almost 10 years now (last found in 2005), I have been back now 3 times and it’s not exactly close to home. I am very confident it is still in place but the bushland surrounding it is quite thick and quite hard to get to GZ. I will keep the location details a secret but TeamOaky, DeadlyErnest, day1976 and Clever Monkey know what I am talking about.