May 2008
As a retired National Guardsman and Postal Worker, mttroutslyr fills his spare time with various activities, most of which take him into the great outdoors of Montana: hiking, fishing and bike-riding. With nearly 500 finds in his first two years, however, it appears that geocaching has received the bulk of his energy, time and efforts. I was fortunate enough to be able to have mttroutslyr sit long enough to answer a few questions for this interivew, here's what he had to say:  

"How did you first find out about geocaching? Did you come into this activity by way of being an outdoors man or a techie?"
I can't exactly remember how I first heard about geocaching but it was prior to June of 2004 when I was activated for the military to go overseas for the second time.  I didn't do anything with it at the time but during the deployment an article came out that my wife Linda saw and cut out for me.  When I returned from Iraq, I read the article and it had the website address in it so I went on line and began the adventure.  I had been using a GPS for years as a hunter so I already had the necessary equipment.  I had also been using a GPS in the military for years. I'm an avid outdoors man so any excuse to be out was totally okay by me.

"How did you come-up with your geoname?"
One of the things I really like doing is fly-fishing for trout.  In my younger days I caught and ate a lot of trout but any more I just catch and release and being from Montana, I put the combination together.  I've been using it for years as my computer sign-on.

"What was the first geocache that you found? Can you describe what happened?"
The first geocache I ever did was GCQ6RX Skippy Peanut Butter - micro-DNRC and it is about a third of a mile from the house.  When I went to the website the first time (April 17, 2006) and saw the cache, I thought, I'll try this one.  I took my GPS, climbed on my mountain bike, and rode to the cache.  I really didn't know what to expect but got to the area of the cache and began to search.  It was a pretty quick find and I was very excited.  I thought it was a lot of fun and so began the adventures.

"What are your favorite geocaches to find? How about to hide?"
Being an outdoors man, I like caches that are placed in non-urban settings. I don't mind the urban-type caches, but I prefer to be in the woods where I have a good chance to see wildlife and look at the different plants and flowers. I like placing caches in those type places as well.  The other caches that I like are the ones that involve local history or sights, so I also try to put out caches which do the same things for other people.  We live in such a beautiful and interesting part of the state and world so why not expose others to it?

"Can you recommend some good geocaches to find for someone traveling through the Flathead Valley?"
Unfortunately nothing really sticks out, however, I will say that is a real lack of caches on the westside of Flathead lake, which totally surprises me.

"At the present, you're closing in on cache number 500. Any big plans for this milestone? Do you have a particular cache in mind that you're waiting to claim?"
I don't have a particular cache in mind for #500. As things are working out I'll be along the Oregon coast on vacation for the event, so I'll just have to take whatever cache happens to be next in line on my search list.  It will be interesting to find caches in that part of the US. I've done a bit of traveling while caching and there are always interesting sights and places to see. I'm looking forward to those.

"One last question; what advise would you give to geocachers who have never been to an Event before? What should they expect? What should they bring? Any suggestions?"
I've been really fortunate as to attending events.  My first event was the GCTTK8 Missoula MOOG 2006 CITO Event and I was able to get tied right in with some of the local cachers.  Here in Missoula, we have a very good group of people who are willing to take newcomers under their wing and help in anyway they can. I would recommend looking at the caches in your local area, see whose name(s) have a high number of finds, and then attend an event and seek those individuals out. If they are people like the ones around here, they will be more than willing to help you get on the right track.  Even after two years of caching I still have questions that I turn to my caching friends for answers.


It was great to have this opportunity to interview mttroutslyr. If you ever attend an Event in, or near, Missoula, or are just out on the trail geocaching, look for him and say hello.

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