Supporting Member Spotlight - hempmage

Meet hempmage!

1. What is your real name?

Caleb Sheil

2. Where is your home location?

Rock Island County, Illinois. God's Country!

3. When did you start Geocaching?

February 2014

4. How did you learn about Geocaching?

I read about it online. It was a snowy February, I was stuck inside with a bad case of cabin fever and thought it sounded like a fun thing to do outside. I went to Blackhawk State Park and found two Waterfallfrog caches. I fell down a hill on that first outing, which is quite appropriate given the amount of caching-related minor accidents I've had since!

5. What is your favorite part of Geocaching?

What's not to love? I enjoy getting out into the woods for a long walk to find a cache, especially if I have a couple friends along. I've met some really great people through caching. I like solving and creating tough puzzles. And of course, I can't get enough of the stats! (I have spreadsheets....hang on let me show you!)

6. What types of caches do you enjoy most?

I'm a big fan of multicaches, especially the "Oldtimer1/Hunt&Peck" model. They can be maddening when you're stuck half way through, but the sense of accomplishment at the end is worth it. High terrain caches, earthcaches, challenges and old caches are all ones I'll go out of my way to grab.

7. What is the favorite cache you’ve found?

That's a tough call! One local standout is GC11RNV Cache the Fever, which is such a cool underground walk through an old lead mine. I've also had a blast doing Aceey's gadget caches around Cascade. One of the prettiest hikes I've done was out to California's oldest, GC5B.

8. Outside of Geocaching, what other hobbies/interests do you enjoy?

Backpacking, drawing, reading, kayaking, playing with our three dogs. Collecting vacuum cleaners. Coffee, beer and horror movie connoisseur. Local TV production guy by trade.

Thank you to hempmage for being a supporting member of IGO!

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