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Here am I

Postby wvangler on Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:39 pm

OK, here we go...

I've seen the "MAGPI" and "SMAGPI" acronyms tossed around on cache descriptions and such, but until today I didn't know this board existed. Y'all need to start dropping cards for MAGPI into caches for goodness sakes. Which brings me to this...

A few months ago I began developing a website for outdoor adventure sport in West Virginia mostly to bring enthusiasts together via a forum so there would be a central site of organization for major conservation concerns in West Virginia and also to grow our sports. A huge part of my motivation was that I wanted to see a messageboard for WV geocaching...yet I didn't know this one existed. Ooops. So after I launched the site a few weeks ago I created some cache cards promoting the site and started dropping them in caches, some of you may have seen some of them already. Anyway, PLEASE do not think that in any way am I trying to take away from this killer board y'all have created here. As a matter of fact I will link to it immediately on my site's board.

The site is: http://wvmountainsport.com/

About me: I am a fly fisherman who focuses primarily on native salmonid species (i.e., native brook trout in WV, cutthroat subspecies in the west) but also fishes for wild trout and smallmouth. I am on the executive committee for WV Council of Trout Unlimited and the Back The Brookie Committee. I am a split bamboo fly rod maker. I am a photographer and videographer and am currently working on a brook trout conservation DVD. I am the webmaster for numerous websites. My full time job is as a pesticide regulatory specialist (I've already noticed the Rachel Carson comments on one of the sub boards :???: ). I travel around the whole state so no cache is safe :grin: particularly if it is easy to get to. I am a bow hunter for deer and also like grouse hunting. I snowboard and am really getting into backpacking. I've got two kids, a 4 year old and a 3 year old who both love caching...when I can find caches friendly to children that size (kid friendly cache attributes are REALLY sketchy for this agegroup).

My favorite caches I've hidden are the Natural Bridge Cache GC1EXM9 http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c0451211-7527-4f61-ad7c-58ea8a7441c6 and the Sissonville Headache #1 GC1GZAW http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=3d049e95-3828-4664-89e8-ac5b369212d3. The toughest cache I've never found is the Pinnacle Rock Cache GC5A08 http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=10939bf9-d495-442d-8982-fa6d135f86c2...read my log about confronting the bobcat while trying to get to this cache :eek: The toughest cache I've found was Elevation Issue GCXEXT in State College, PA...that was a pain. One of these days I'm going to do one just like it in Charleston (insert evil laugh here).

Thanks again for the board!

-wvangler

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Here is a photo of me standing on top of Mt. Elbert this past August. At 14,433' it is the second highest point in the lower 48 states. I searched for a while for GC141NQ The Highest Cache In Colorado, but looking for a fake rock amongst a sea of rocks was a daunting proposition and I refused to let caching ruin the moment for me so I abandoned the hunt after I couldn't find the spoiler rock.

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Re: Here am I

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:45 pm

uh...WOW!!!


and welcome to the board! :grin: :grin: :grin:

I think you'll find quite a few folks on this board with similar interests, but I'll leave it to them to chime in.

chime in on any topic and join us next time we have a group hunt or beer & wings.

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Re: Here am I

Postby Troutbum1 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:13 pm

Yea, I know who this "wvangler" guy is. He's some hotshot who, so I've heard, builds a killer bamboo fly rod.
His description is accurate. He does a bit of everything and from what I see, he does it well.

Welcome to MAGPI!

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Re: Here am I

Postby Rock_Rat on Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:06 pm

wvangler wrote:So after I launched the site a few weeks ago I created some cache cards promoting the site and started dropping them in caches, some of you may have seen some of them already. Anyway, PLEASE do not think that in any way am I trying to take away from this killer board y'all have created here.


Oh, no now we feel threatened and must act accordingly. :eek: :lol:

Seriously though, welcome aboard. I think I've seen your site linked from somewhere else recently but I can't remember where.


Spotty Spotty Pony Girl wrote:join us next time we have a group hunt For beer & wings.


There, I fixed that for ya.
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Re: Here am I

Postby wvhunter on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:12 pm

, rock you like a hurricane.








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Re: Here am I

Postby scoutingwv on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:32 pm

wvhunter wrote:, rock you like a hurricane.

:rock:
Sorry. Had to be done.


Actually, it would be "rock a hurricane like you". :grin:
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Re: Here am I

Postby scoutingwv on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:41 pm

Welcome!

Nice pic - I've cached Colorado and can't wait to go again! I've seen your imageworks site and have had it bookmarked for a while. Very nice work.

This group is fairly new to the we've-got-our-own-group-and-geocaching-board thing, but in the Charleston area there's a group called KYOWVA. Good folks in there and worth a visit.

BTW - since someone in here recently appointed me the "Official Newbie Coordinator", we'll be in touch later. There will be a test. (OK - there's not really a test. But we have to have fun when we aren't caching somehow, now don't we?) That person would be equally pleased knowing I typed that while Neil Diamond was playing on the radio.
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Re: Here am I

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:43 pm

scoutingwv wrote:Welcome!

BTW - since someone in here recently appointed me the "Official Newbie Coordinator", we'll be in touch later. There will be a test. (OK - there's not really a test. But we have to have fun when we aren't caching somehow, now don't we?) That person would be equally pleased knowing I typed that while Neil Diamond was playing on the radio.


I thought it was a 5 page questionnaire with 3 personal caching references ?

Oh wait, I think wvangler's first post pretty much covered that!
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Re: Here am I

Postby scoutingwv on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:53 pm

Spotty Spotty Pony Girl wrote:I thought it was a 5 page questionnaire with 3 personal caching references ?

Oh wait, I think wvangler's first post pretty much covered that!


Yep - apparently we got us another overachiever ... he's gonna fit in juuuuuust fine! :grin:
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Re: Here am I

Postby Knight who says Ni on Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:08 pm

Welcome aboard! It sounds as though you will fit in well with the rest of the MAGPI.

Just an FYI: I joined MAGPI roughly a year ago and love it! Another cacher and I, WVhunter74, started calling ourselves sMAGPI for southern MAGPI. Most MAGPI are from the northern part of the state, but welcome everyone as does sMAGPI. If you are caching down south, send us a message. We are always happy to meet up with a fellow cacher!
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Re: Here am I

Postby wvangler on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:30 pm

Thanks. I don't know what you are referring to as "down south". I normally consider anything south of Rt. 60 as southern WV. I headquarter out of Chucktown, but cache all over the state. One of my cache hides is in McDowell County (which took 3 1/2 weeks before someone ever FTF'd it...it's hard to find considering it is 15' from a major highway :???: )...so I'm assuming that is southern? :cool: I've never cached with anyone else before, that would be cool if I ever find time for a dedicated caching day.
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Re: Here am I

Postby scoutingwv on Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:51 am

wvangler wrote:<snip> One of my cache hides is in McDowell County (which took 3 1/2 weeks before someone ever FTF'd it...it's hard to find considering it is 15' from a major highway :???: )<snip>


ONLY 3 1/2 weeks??? Pish posh my friend... :lol:
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Re: Here am I

Postby Rock_Rat on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:26 am

scoutingwv wrote:ONLY 3 1/2 weeks??? Pish posh my friend... :lol:


There I was having a nice day enjoying a granola bar for breakfast and you had to go and talk about the cache which shall not be named. Now I'll probably miss an entire weeks worth of sleep because every time I close my eyes all I'll be able to think about is 160505487354035.
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Re: Here am I

Postby Knight who says Ni on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:03 pm

wvangler wrote:Thanks. I don't know what you are referring to as "down south". I normally consider anything south of Rt. 60 as southern WV. I headquarter out of Chucktown, but cache all over the state. One of my cache hides is in McDowell County (which took 3 1/2 weeks before someone ever FTF'd it...it's hard to find considering it is 15' from a major highway :???: )...so I'm assuming that is southern? :cool: I've never cached with anyone else before, that would be cool if I ever find time for a dedicated caching day.



The Morgantown area people consider most of WV 'southern'. :smile: Although I live in Boone County, I am work in Chucktown too. Wvhunter74 lives and works in the Logan/Chapmanville area. I am out of town the rest of this week and will be traveling quite a bit in the coming months. Still, pm me when you are available. Personally, I prefer caching in groups. It is much more fun! :grin:

Check out my first cache GC1DJQ9. It took two months and several DNFs before it was found August 24. It hasn't been found since. I have challenged a few of the more experienced MAGPI to try it, but only one has been there so far. SSPG was a co-FTF. Everyone else...well...let's just say they have been scarred by a certain *@^$*(#@! cache called Cache on the Mon. Look it up.
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Re: Here am I

Postby wvangler on Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:03 pm

I've noticed your "Morrisvale's First" cache on my google mapping screen, but haven't made it there to even attempt it yet. :cool: The guantlet is laid. When I go, I shall not return home until I find it. :shock:

I started caching in 2002 and believe it or not, didn't get my 200th cache until today :lol: I did take about a 5 1/2 year hiatus from the sport though...a crummy GPSr has a way of not making it much fun.

Thanks again for the invite. Like I said, I've never cached with another person before. That would be fun.

160505487354035...I ciphered and ciphered and all I could generate was a migraine. I hate puzzle caches. :grin:
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