George Cribbs (GeoJunkie!)

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This month I was inspired by an amazing photo on the Gillette Outdoors Facebook news feed. The shot was of a very excited group of a few hundred friends who all came together to do a little "Caching".  

To give you a better explanation of what this means I wanted to go to one of the most involved cachers I have ever seen, who also happens to be an amazing photographer, George Cribbs!

Here is a small interview with George, who has so much passion for his hobby, he has definitely earned his nickname " GeoJunkie" 

 

 

My name is George Cribbs and my geo-nick is GeoJunkie!  My wife is Patty and her geo-nick is MrsGeoJunkie! (the exclamation point is actually part of our geo-nicks).

Q1 What is Geocaching and how did it get its start?

In order to give everyone the best understanding of Geocaching, I will quote the answer to this questions directly from geocaching.com.

Geocaching.com defines Geocaching as a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

As far as the origins of Geocaching, it was conceived shortly after the removal of Selective Availability from the Global Positioning System on May 2, 2000, because the improved accuracy of the system allowed for a small container to be specifically placed and located. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon.   The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup as 45°17.460′N 122°24.800′W.

By May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once (by Mike Teague of Vancouver, Washington). According to Dave Ulmer's message, this cache was a black plastic bucket that was partially buried and contained software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot.   A geocache and plaque called the “Original Stash Tribute Plaque” now sit at the site.

The activity was originally referred to as GPS stash hunt or gpsstashing. This was changed shortly after the original hide when it was suggested in the gpsstash eGroup that "stash" could have negative connotations and the term geocaching was adopted

Q2 How did you hear about Geocaching and what was your experience finding your first cache? How many caches have you found to date?

My wife and I were members of a Jeep club and one of our fellow members introduced us to caching in April 2012.  Our first cache was hidden along a multi-use trail in Oxford, GA.  It was a plastic coffee container that contained a logbook, several toys and a couple of trackable items. When I found my first cache, I was alone but I found myself laughing aloud when I made the find!  

As of today, I have found 1065 caches and Patty (MrsGeoJunkie!) has found 838.

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Q3 Why do you think that Geocaching has become so big over the past few years?

Like most outdoor enthusiasts, we are passionate about our hobbies and we take advantage of every opportunity to introduce our friends, family and even strangers to Geocaching.  For us, Geocaching adds another level of adventure to our hobbies.  

I believe that people are growing weary of sitting on the couch, watching television and playing video games.  People are searching for excitement and a means to explore the natural beauty around us.  Geocaching does just that!  

Although there are important guidelines pertaining to Geocaching, the game can be played the way that you like.  By this, I mean that you can either choose caches that will lead you along  a walking tour of an historical city or you can grab your hiking gear and explore hidden waterfalls and caves!  There is just so much adventure waiting for you out there!

Q4 What is the strangest thing you have found or done when out looking for a cache?
This is a tough question to answer because we have had so many adventures!  I would have to say that one of the strangest, and fun, things that I have done is crawl (hands and knees), inside of a storm culvert, for a distance of 500+ feet to find a cache!  

We have found humorous caches, creative caches and even creepy caches.  One in particular stands out;  it was called “Hand It To Ya” and the cache was the hand of a mannequin.  The hand was partially covered with leaves/debris, in the woods, and was holding the cache container! It’s always fun to see the creativity that fellow Cachers put into their hides!

 This is an event called a "CITO" ( Cach in trash out) a group of geocachers get together to find some caches and pick up trash along the way. Thanks for keeping our outdoors beautiful everybody! 

This is an event called a "CITO" ( Cach in trash out) a group of geocachers get together to find some caches and pick up trash along the way. Thanks for keeping our outdoors beautiful everybody! 


Q5 If someone wanted to get into Geocaching what would they need? Is it an expensive hobby to get into?

This depends on how involved/serious they are about the hobby.  Simply put; you can download the FREE inro app onto your smartphone and begin caching right away with no cost whatsoever!  You can register for a FREE account at geocaching.com and start finding caches immediately.  

If you find that Geocaching is something that you love (and I’m sure that you will), then a premium membership is only $30 a year.  In my humble opinion, you’re not going to find anything else that is as enjoyable for only $30 a year!  If you want access to more features and caches, a premium membership is the way to go.  

As far as equipment is concerned; you can download the full Geocaching smartphone app for only $10.  I know that $10 sounds like a lot to pay for a smartphone app, however, it is much cheaper than paying several hundred dollars for a GPS unit until you decide if Geocaching is for you.  

Although a smartphone is not as accurate as a dedicated GPS unit, you can successfully cache with it.

I always refer new/potential cachers to the following link to help get them started!

http://www.geocaching.com/guide

Q6 Tell us a little bit about some of your travels to find amazing caches, do you cache with family or friends? Where has it taken you?

Patty and I are members of a local Geocaching group called “The Eastside Gang”.  Most of our members reside East of Atlanta (thus the name).  We often attend monthly “Meet and Greet” events with our local group.  Many of us meet up and make a day of caching, as our schedules permit.  

Most of the time Patty and I wake up on the weekends and spontaneously pick a spot to go and grab some caches, just the two of us!  

Although we enjoy all types of caches, we prefer the ones that require us to hike along a trail, into the woods and ultimately bring you to a natural feature (waterfall, rock outcropping, etc) or to an abandoned/historical structure or even a forgotten cemetery. 

Geocaching has taken us to many of Georgia’s state parks and hidden natural areas that we never knew existed. 

We have combined Geocaching with our other hobbies; hiking, photography and camping and we share our experiences/photographs on our Facebook page and our Instagram acount.  

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/geojunkies

Instagram: www.instagram.com/geojunkies

You can view more of our photography at: www.geojunkiesphotography.com

Feel free to check out our pages to “Like” and “Follow” us! 

Again, thanks for the opportunity to share our love of Geocaching with you and your readers.  We look forward to seeing you out on the trail soon!

George – GeoJunkie

Thanks so much George for taking the time to tell us all about Geocaching. It is such a great activity to get family's up and into the outdoors!  

To all of the readers please support fellow photographers and outdoor enthusiasts and follow George on his next adventure! And Get Out There!  

Melissa Nolan, Featured Photographer

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Some of the most impressive animal photos on Instagram have been posted by this amazing photographer and I was lucky enough to get to ask her a few questions about her love of photography in the outdoors.  

 

Q. What camera and lens do you use most often?
A. I use a Canon 60D, I mainly use a 100-400mm and a 60mm macro lens
Q. What got you into photography, and what was the first thing that you learned that changed the way you looked at it?
A. I first got into photograph as a way of relaxing and getting out on my days off work. I think discovering Instagram and seeing other people's photos changed my way of seeing photography. Just seeing the diversity of photography and the passion is very addictive and having somewhere to share my photos has sustained it as my go to pastime. 
Q. I noticed that in your gallery you are very fond of Red Squirrels. So many amazing shots, what is it about them that keeps you coming back?
A. Firstly they are super cute, the little tufts on their ears and their unique individualism. I also drawn by their plight for survival in the UK, they have slowly died out in the South due to the introduction of the greys but with some great work in the north the still thrive. I love fighting for the underdog. 
Q. Growing up what is your fondest memory of being in the outdoors?
A. I loved being outdoors when I was a kid, having adventures with my friends. Using nature to fuel our imagination, whether it was using trees to create dens or making the local park our magical kingdom. 
Q. If you could go anywhere in the world, just you and your camera where would you go and why?
A. It would have to be Costa Rica, it's biodiversity is the best in the world and the variety of hummingbirds is a big draw for me as it's at the top my must see bird list.

Thank you so much for your Time Melissa. I can wait to see what you have in store for us in the future!  

 

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Mark Voigt, August 2014

This is a small interview with west cost outdoor photographer Mark Voigt, who never shys away from adventure. If you don't believe me just take a look at his day job!   

Q1. what camera do you use most often?

A1. I shoot using a Canon Rebel T1i. It's pretty basic but looking to upgrade soon. With the more I'm going out.
 

Q2. what has been your most memorable moment in the outdoors?

A2. It's always going on new hike for the first time. Then seeing where that trail clears out or tops out and finally getting to that reward at the end to see that view point for the very first time. The particulate event that was so memorable was last August. I was finishing up the day with a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was about 10 or 15 minutes after sunset with some light clouds high over Mt. Rainier. But it just created the right amount of glow that lit up the clouds, sky and most important Mt. Rainier. When the image popped up on my camera screen and seeing the actual shot passed my camera just made everything so timeless. It's now a timeless reward that now I'll always have. That particular shot I took of Mount Rainier was featured with REI and my very first featured shot.
 

Q3. on top of taking amazing photos you are also a Hero, what has being a Firefighter taught you most about life and why?

A3. It's pretty much no bad days. But not to take things for granted because in a instance anything you do can change everything.  The biggest thing is to always challenge yourself because the only way to make yourself better is to keep pushing yourself. If you're not pushing yourself you'll plateau out. Which is advise you can use in any setting in life.
 

Q4. if you had to pick one place on earth, that you have been, to spend the rest of your life where would it be and why? 

A4. Man, that's  a tough question to ask. They're so many wonderful places to live on our planet just to name one place. But honestly I don't think I would leave the Pacific Northwest. We have so many great places with variety of Wonderful coastlines and perfect mountain ranges. I'm a pretty active person outside and the northwest always keep me pretty busy rain or shine.
  

Q5. what's one piece of advice that you would give to a beginner photographer? 

A5. One piece of advise I would give to a new photographer is to always use your imagination and don't always look at things straight on. Also I have to give you one more thing.  Before leaving to go anywhere make sure you have a memory card in your camera. Nothing is worst than driving hours or hiking miles to find out you have no memory card.
 

Mark thank you for taking the time to do this interview and to share your knowledge, but most of all thank you for doing what you do, day in, and day out to keep people safe. I know here at Gillette Outdoors, we can't wait to see where your next trail takes you! Be safe my friend. 

- William Gillette

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Russell Coleman, July 2014

This is a small interview with Russell Coleman, an amazing Australian photographer whose  beautiful landscapes and fantastic look at life are inspiring. Take one look at Russell's Instagram gallery and you will see not only amazing captures, you will also see a community of some of the most active comments on Instagram. 

 

Q1 what camera do you use most often?

A1. I currently use a Canon 650D and love it. I usually shoot in AV or Manual whichever suits what I'm doing and I always shoot in RAW mode. 

 Q2 what was the most exciting hike or trail you have ever taken and why? 

A2. The best hike I think I have done was in the Carnavon Gorge in Central Queensland. It has beautiful gorges, amphitheater formations, water features as well as incredible ancient Aboriginal rock art. Another amazing place was Lawn Hill National Park in the Gulf Country in North Queensland where we canoed up an incredible gorge, this place just felt special. 

Q3 what is your favorite childhood memory of the outdoors?

A3.  My favourite childhood memories of the outdoors was spending time in the bush with my Dad, cutting firewood. They were really special times and I learnt a lot about the bush and it probably gave me this enjoyment and love of nature. 

Q4 I know family is a big part of your life, what have your children and grandchildren taught you about yourself?

Q4. My children, and now grandchildren have taught me what unconditional love is about. They have taught me that the best thing in life is giving, and that time spent inputing into their lives reaps untold rewards and brings great joy when you see them enjoying the things in life that you influenced. Being in the outdoors with them brings great pleasure, especially when you see their love for it too. 

Q5 this year on Instagram you accepted a challenge to do 365 days of black and white photography, how has this changed the way you look at the world?

A5. Instagram has been a great encouragement and inspiration and really spurred me on to improve my photography. My self imposed 365 days of black and white photography has taught me to look at the world not only for the incredible colours but to look deeper into shade, shapes and the design and 'Art' that surrounds us. IG has also introduced me to some incredibly beautiful people who are like minded and love the things that I love, who I have had the real honor of influencing their photography and at the same time being influenced and inspired by them. Love Life!

 

Russell thank you so much for your time and we can't wait to see what you have to share with us in the future.  

 

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