Introducing Gemma Siemensma – GemmaSistema

Let us introduce one of the geocaching communities favourites – the lovely Gemma! Gemma is a quiet achiever who works hard to bring exciting events to those who love this awesome hobby of ours. She has coordinated events such as St Arnaud’s event, Ballarat GeoTour and the GPS Adventure Maze – a first for Australia. She also works hard to apply for community grants so we can all benefit from sponsorship.

Gemma has over 7700 finds and over 200 hides to her name. She loves to bring variety to the game with her hides including CITO’s, Mysteries, Earth caches, Lab caches and multi’s – if you haven’t found one yet, you will have to see if you can track them down. One thing we also love about Gemma, is how well she keeps us all connected online and with recent years being restricted due to lockdowns, her community posts, inspirational shares and reminders that even virtually we can stay connected. From all of us Gemma – Thank you!

Recently I had a chat to Gemma about what brought her to this crazy passion.

1. Share with us when you started Geocaching and what got you into this crazy hobby we love?

I started caching in 2014 when after seeing numerous posts on Facebook by a fellow librarian in NSW (yes I’m looking at you Sensible Shoes) I googled what it was and saw there was one near where I parked the car for work. I found it the next morning and as they say the rest is history! I am now proudly Sensible Shoes most successful geo child!

2. 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?

I love caching in all formats. I like small caches, big caches, power trails, long hikes and everything in between. It really depends on my mood!

3. What is the craziest thing you have done in the name of caching?

Ooh this is a tough one as I’m rather conservative! I’m had many fun adventures into the night with my kids, my geo-wife becca85 (and her kids). In fact we met through caching and got on so well that about 5 years ago we booked a holiday together (husbands had met for 5 minutes previously). Thankfully it was a success and the hubby’s are like BFF’s all these years later! Ha ha

4. What is currently on your Geocaching Bucket-list?

I would love to visit the NT! We were planning the trip last year but this pesky pandemic thing came along instead! Otherwise I have ticked off all states and territories in Australia. I would also love to cache in the UK (where I was born) but again that might be possible when I retire! Ha ha

5. What is the most remote or unusual place you have collected a Geocache?

I’ve got a few very memorable trips/occasions/places:

·         The drains of Ballarat

·         Murray Sunset 4WD trip

·         Border Track 4WD trip

·         Skipton Cave event

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