May 2009
 
Teewinot is a young, active geocaching family who currently reside in Glendive. They are no stranger to the world of GPS adventures, and are helping to pull together many of the geocachers from the eastern side of our state. During their busy schedule, they were able to sit down and answer some questions about geocaching for Montana Geocachers. Here's what they had to say:


"Who all makes up Teewinot, and how long have you been involved with geocaching?"
Teewinot consists of myself, my wife, our newborn son, and our dog Cerveza, who has found many caches with us, and who we call "the geomutt." My wife’s parents, the 2mainers, introduced us to geocaching in 2004. They were visiting us in Fort Collins, Colorado and had read about geocaching in a Jeep magazine. They took us to a couple of caches around town and we were both intrigued by the sport. The 2mainers bought us a gps as a present and we were able to find some caches that summer on our own. We lost interest during the winter, but later, when we started again, I became addicted and have been caching steadily ever since. My wife likes caches near interesting places such as waterfalls, but she skips out on the 30-caches-in-one-day adventures.
 
"What does your geocaching name mean?"
Teewinot is one of the larger peaks in the Grand Teton mountain range. My wife and I first met when we were both working at Signal Mountain Lodge, a resort in Grand Teton National Park.
 
A geocacher in Fort Collins, Colorado, by the name of denali41, had a dog named Teewinot that he would take geocaching. In most of denali41's logs he would mention how Teewinot liked sniffing this or that. Another geocacher became confused about this and thought that denali41 had made a screen name for his dog! This geocacher emailed my Teewinot account asking about great places to dig up bones because he was going to Alaska with his dog soon. I had no idea what he was talking about and so did not respond to his email. Later, we all met at a geocaching meeting and straightened it all out. We had a good laugh over it.
 
"Do you have any favorite type of geocaches to find? Or to hide? What are your least favorite geocaches?"
My favorite type of geocaches to find are unique container caches. Fake library books, shotgun shell casings, fake bones, anything that is fun and new. My favorite caches that I have hidden are GCV1E1 Choose Your Own Adventure Cache (part 1) and GC1E1H9 Choose Your Own Adventrue cache 2: story time (part 2). Part one is in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a multicache consisting of eight containers spread out over a very large park. The puzzle is designed like a Choose Your Own Adventure book; there are dead ends and a story that you follow to the end. It took months to get it all together. Denali41 adopted it from me and has kept it running (many thanks to him.) The second Choose Your Own Adventure cache is located in Glendive, Montana. This is a puzzle cache in which you must find answers from books within the public library. There are eight books to choose from and there are dead ends as well in this adventure. The final cache I won’t give away, but I made it myself and the artwork was done by a friend. As for my least favorite caches, nano caches. Unless it is a unique nano, I despise looking for them and avoid them when caching.
 
"Are there any special geocaches that you have visited or that are on your "To Do" list that you are hoping to accomplish soon?"
My wife and I found GC1169 Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (Project APE Cache) 
geocache in July 2007 and the GCGV0P ORIGINAL STASH TRIBUTE PLAQUE in May 2007.
I am currently working on the Earthcache Masters program.
I am currently a silver Earthcache Master; I have placed three Earthcaches so far. I also want to geocache in all fifty states, and visit GCK25B Groundspeak Headquarters
, also known as "The Lilypad." I need to find a Wherigo cache as well.

"Outside of geocaching, do you enjoy any other interesting hobbies, collections, or activities?"
I think geocaching is my most intriguing hobby. I enjoy reading, video games, hiking, biking, and this summer I hope to do some fossil hunting in Makoshika State park.

"Glendive seems to have a pretty healthy geocaching community. In fact, the area has the highest concentration of geocaches east of Billings. That's a big area to cover. How much of territory have you covered while geocaching?"
I have cached on both sides of Montana. When I moved to Glendive in September of 2007, there were only four caches in town! Since then, I have placed 29 caches, some of which have since been archieved, and two that are Earthcaches. I started placing geocaches and the cachers that were here started becoming more active, and placing more of their own geocaches. Now we have over 50 caches in Dawson County.
Another major factor that really brought geocaching to life in Glendive was the 2008 Glendive Coin Challenge. I worked with the Glendive Chamber of Commerce in getting a geocoin minted. They were able to have 100 trackable coins minted and I set up a coin challenge with geocaches that were already in town. I did a TV interview with the local station as well as the local newspaper to promote the event. This attracted cachers from all over the state as well as North Dakota. We are doing it again this year, keep reading.
 
"There are several geocaching groups in Glendive, The Badlands Geocaching Group, and the Glendive Area Geocachers. Do you have any involvment with either of these groups? Can you explain some of the type of activites these groups participate in?"
In January of 2009 I organized, and hosted, the first official meeting for geocachers in Glendive; GC1JAFB G.A.G. Meet, greet and eat. G.A.G. is an acronym for the Glendive Area Geocachers. The Chamber of Commerce wanted to do another geocoin this year and I wanted to help get a bigger Event set up, so we began having monthly meetings, working with the chamber to get the new 2009 geocoin designed, and I am proud to say that the coin is finally finished. The geocoin event will be held on June 13th, 2009, GC1PXAF Glendive Coin Challenge Kick-off Event. We decided to be officially known as The Badlands Geocaching Group, which encompasses all of the geocachers in the area, not just Glendive.
 
"Reading through your geocaching.com profile, it seems that you were fairly active with a geocaching group in Oregon who held several CITO Events. Any plans to host, or co-host a CITO Event in Glendive?"
The group I belonged to was called Oregon S.A.G.A., the Salem Area Geocaching Association. I was the official CITO Officer so I made contact with the Salem City clean-up committee and organized an Adopt-a-Street clean-up for our group. The first time we cleaned-up our street, we picked up over a 100 pounds of trash! I am very active in CITO and do plan to host a CITO event in the future.

"If someone where wanting to host a CITO Event, what tips or tricks would you suggest?"
My suggestions are to make sure to plan the Event for a nice day so that everyone involved gets to enjoy being outside. Next, make sure to have a luncheon because picking up litter is hard work and it provides an opportunity to meet other geocachers. Finally, always have something new and fun for the Event. In Oregon, I placed new geocaches that were activated on the day of the Event so people had something to look forward to doing after the CITO work.
 
"What other types of enviromental concerns do feel are important to geocachers, or the geocaching community? Are there any special topics that you personally have been involved in, or would like to become involved with that focus on the environment?"
I think it is important that we all participate in CITO on the trails. Some people may not think so, but it makes a big impact when twenty or more people pick up some trash on the way to a geocache. I beieve this helps the image of all geocachers and creates better relations with public officials who may not fully understand the geocaching craze. I would like to become more involved in CITO Events around the country and want to do my part to help out the world and set a great example for my son.
 
"One final question. If you could geocache anywhere in the world, where would that be, and why?"
That is a tough question. I personally want to see Europe, specifically Paris and Rome so I guess geocaching there would be amazing. I really enjoy history and I would like to see the old world.
 

It appears that Teewinot has seen quite a bit in the several past years of their geocaching history, and have offered some wonderful words of advice and wisdom to those concerned with CITO Events and the environment. I'd like to thank them for their contribution to this post, and if you're ever geocaching the eastern side of Montana, be sure to look up one of the many geocaches that they've placed - I'm sure they'll be happy to have you stop by and log your find.
Teewinot