Cachers by Cachers – McAdies (Ballarat)

Ben and Karen McAdie are cachers based in Ballarat. They are often seen with their children Eddie and Maeve (who both have geocaching accounts). As I am relatively new to wider Victoria I had been trying to see as much of Victoria as possible and attending events was how I was trying to go about it. So I met them at an event in Ballarat in October 2014. We got to chatting over their then very new baby Maeve (very cute: see photo). I have caught up with them at several events since then and we are both members of the Ballarat Geocachers Facebook group.

I sent them a few questions and here is what they had to say.

How did you get into geocaching?
We saw an article in Australian Geographic about Geocaching in 2006. We happened to be living in Horsham at the time and when we looked at the website there were no geocaches anywhere close. Six months later we moved to Ballarat and found the magazine while unpacking. We checked the website again and there was about 50 in town. We marked a couple in the map book and found them using the hints. The next day we bought a GPSr and haven’t stopped since.

What do you enjoy most about geocaching? Do you have a “style” of hide?
 We like getting out and seeing places that we didn’t know existed. It is fun to know something about a place that other people don’t know all because someone placed a geocache to show us the spot.

Not sure if we have a style of hide, but we do enjoy placing EarthCaches. We don’t tend to make our hides hard to find either. We believe it’s more about the journey to the cache rather than the actual find.

I see from your profile you are quite fond of Earthcaches. Are they your favorite? and why?
Yes Earthcaches are our favorite cache type. There is just something about seeing the Earth up close, and thinking about what might have occurred to create it that is fascinating.

Just imagine what the area looked like when a volcano was erupting right where you are standing only a few thousand years before for example!

We have seen some amazing places from extinct volcanoes to petrified forests in Western Victoria and pancake rocks, lava pillows and glaciers in New Zealand to name just a few.

Can you tell me about a cache you enjoyed finding?
Very early on in our caching we went to Tasmania. On our trip around the island we found a cache called “Harridge Falls (GCPNY8)” where we had to park on a bend in a winding mountain road and walk through rainforest, following marker tape to a waterfall. It was amazing to think that this place existed just a few hundred meters from the road but was unmarked on tourist maps. It was a very cool and special find.

Where are you both from? How did you meet? How has having Eddie and Maeve made caching different for you?
Ben is originally from Ararat and Karen is from Yackandandah. We met in Albury while at University and have been married for 10 years. Caching certainly changed once Eddie was born. No more spontaneous caching trips, no more “big” days, park and grabs took a minimum of 20 minutes to get going again (if you are lucky). It was a big adjustment.

Now we seek out playgrounds and carry swaps to eke out the caching a bit more. Maeve is 6 months old now and we have done a lot more walking to find caches lately. She can get carried and Eddie runs off some energy. It is fun to see Eddies face when he finds the cache himself or sees a swap he wants to trade.

McAdie Boys

McAdie Boys

McAdie Girls

McAdie Girls

Cachers by Cachers – Romax

Profile submitted by maccamob, in consultation with The Swaggies, Ian and Penny, and The Morris:

We met Roma and Max at “A Monk’s Vow”, near Castlemaine, on 18 August 2004. David was trying to search inconspicuously, when we saw a sprightly couple approaching, smiling just like their avatar. Mary headed to intercept them and launched into one of her standard muggle explanations, like “we’re just enjoying the bush/trees/wattle/birds”, but this time that didn’t cut it at all. Over the years since, we have cached with them many times and met them at countless Events, where they are always free with advice and expertise. They introduced cachers such as The Swaggies and Silver dice to our game, and have mentored many a new Bendigo-area cacher, including that equally devious pair, The Old Blokes, while Ian and Penny first met them on top of Mt Macedon, the start of another long association. Friendly and hospitable, Roma and Max enjoy a good chat and are always ready to meet somewhere for a coffee.

Roma and Max have been caching since July 2004, and have since amassed more than 4600 finds, and a further 220 GCA caches, but they are best known for their 109 intricate and clever hides, 19 of which are preceded by devious puzzles. As long-time locals, they know every back road, bridge, tunnel, park or patch of bush around the greater Bendigo area, and use that knowledge most effectively for their hides. After you’ve struggled with one of their puzzles for a reasonable time, they are happy to give out a hint or advice. We have variously appreciated, cursed, muttered and appealed for divine help as we have tackled many of these hides.

Max’s workshop must resemble an Aladdin’s Cave of tools, and has the means to produce an amazing variety of clever custom-made cache containers in stone, metal or wood. Romax introduced us to magnetic bricks, removable reflectors, almost invisible bark doors, hidden wooden drawers, removable deck planks, Velcro, hinges, tiny engraved metal tags, and so the list goes on. Early in their caching career, they cornered the world Mondo Doll market, examples of which then appeared in caches far and wide. Caching in Bendigo is so much richer for their extensive contribution. For a while, new cachers there thought Romax’s high placement standards were the norm, and adopted similar techniques. However, to us, Romax are always the Grand Masters. As another caching friend of ours once observed – “If you are pleased with your find rates, a trip to Bendigo will bring you back to earth with a thud!”

Roma and Max on lake nagambieRoma and Max                                                   On Lake Nagambie

Cachers by Cachers – sedgwickDave

Profile submitted by ahomburg:

I first met sedgwickDave at the Easter at Home event During Easter 2011. My third or fourth event and the first time speaking to anyone from the caching world. Dave was a softly spoken guy and we hit it off straight away, mainly I think because we lived very close to each other.

While not a prolific hider, his caches are of a good quality and definitely follow the Morsix rules. The first of his caches I did in 2011 was slide and seek, a traditional first hide. He followed that up with a trio of caches in 2013 on Lilydale lake which I was lucky enough to get FTF on all three. I was challenged by his next hide, the Victorian LGA Polygon challenge as it took me to all corners of the state on a big road trip in January. An awesome time was had. His latest hide, Archimedes starts off with quite a good puzzle followed by  ….. you will have to find it for yourself.

Dave is an extremely focused and enthusiastic individual who puts his mind to something and goes full throttle. A fine example was when he started to play the other location based games Munzee and Ingress. He leveled up in both of these games very quickly. Lucky for us all, he came back to caching as his main passion and has many more Ideas for new caches to come.

Dave’s puzzle solving abilities are up there with the best, and without his help and hints, many a puzzle would have gone unsolved and unfound for me.

sedgwickDave at find #3000

sedgwickDave at find #3000

 Dave near GZ at Glide with the Eagles in July 2013 where we teamed up for find #3000

Dave and I still cache regularly today and our cache runs are always memorable. One of the best memories was our 3000th find which with some careful planning, we managed to find at the same cache on the same day.

Cachers by Cachers – muzza

Profile submitted by LouiseAnn:

When I first started geocaching back in 2009, muzza’s puzzle cachers were some of the first ones I discovered, and some of the first ones I felt like I could solve. I wasn’t able to solve them quickly or easily but they really challenged me and I could see that they could be solved, if I worked hard enough.

My first win was GCPWN9 – Puzzlemania #6 – Sudoku Challenge. I had been working away on it for quite a few days. I had even dragged my ‘non-caching other half’ in on it. I had printed out a heap of copies of the puzzle and every time I made a mistake I would pull out another one and start again. Finally, when I felt like I was never going to solve it, I had a breakthrough!! The puzzle was solved!! Although it was late afternoon in winter, I dragged the other half out, on our motorcycles, and we went to get the cache. After a bit of a hunt, I was able to find it. (Picking up a year and a half unloved, before unloved even existed) Going back and reading my log, I can still feel the same sense of excitement I had at the time.

After this win, I looked at every other muzza cache I could find and went out to find and got a lot of enjoyment out of them. I have met muzza at many events since 2009 and he has always been very friendly and patient with my (and others) questions. Never giving the puzzle away, but offering helpful hints or nudges. Having cached since 2001, with nearly 10,000 finds and having hidden nearly 100 caches over the year, I think muzza is a stalwart of the Victorian caching community. Thanks for all the adventures muzza and I can’t wait for the next one!

muzza at Murphy’s Haystacks in November 2014

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