About

Hello there! I’m Cass (Or *geocass* on Geocaching.com). I work in IT. Hoorah! I’m pretty much an odd job girl. I do a bit of server admin, programming, web dev, Linux support, Oracle DB admin, PC building, etc. I have a degree in computer science, and computing, techie stuff and gadgets have been very much “my thing” ever since I was a wizz on the ZX Spectrum and coded in BASIC on the Commodore 64 (What? I don’t look old enough to do those things? I started VERY young!) I absolutely love my job as I am a complete computer geek. I know this is unusual for a girl, but I am the exception 🙂

I got into GeoCaching in March 2010, we were bored and wanted to do something different so I downloaded the free GeoCaching Intro app onto my iPhone and we went to find our first cache. Since then I’ve been hooked. I remember when we found 6 caches in a day and I thought “We will never find this many in a day ever again” well, we’re now past our 2000th find so as you can imagine we have found quite a few more in a single caching trip!

My promise to you is a well maintained, regularly updated blog. Hopefully full of GeoCaching information that you find useful, including:

  • GeoCaching resources
  • Websites and software to help you on your GeoCaching travels
  • Tips, tricks and advice on GeoCaching
  • Details on my caching, biking and camping adventures
  • Tutorials on creating creative cache containers
  • Reviews on geocaching sites, software, and hardware
  • And any ideas as they pop into my head!

Other than “Geeking it up” and Caching I’m a generally a very active person enjoy running and walking. I love photography and having this blog is a great excuse to go out and snap shots on my Nikon D5100. I enjoy listening to music and am very into Heavy Metal and Classic Rock. Led Zep, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Label Society and anything loud are my favorites. 😀 I play electric and classical guitar and when I’m not doing any of the things listed above you’ll find me shopping or down the pub having a gossip with the girls! I’m currently studying a Master Degree in Computer Security and Forensics which is quite a handful whilst working and geocaching full-time (hehe!) so occasionally I’ll be a bit quiet on the caching front.

I hope you enjoy the blog. If you have anything to add please drop me a comment on any of my posts and I will get back to you. Any site feedback is greatly appreciated and I’ll be happy to do a link exchange if you have a site. Just drop me a comment!

I’m also a committee member of the Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) so please do head over and check them out and if you’re a UK cacher register. We publish a nice little bi-monthly magazine called Seeker which if you enjoy my blog you will also enjoy reading.

Happy caching! 🙂

30 Responses to “About”

  1. sumajman Says:

    I enjoy your blog. I wish I could find a trails map for the US.

  2. Daryl Says:

    Hi, just found your blog through Slightly Tall Paul’s who follows you. Great to find another caching blogger. My blog is http://www.jacaru.blogspot.com if you want to have a look at it. Not at all as good as yours, I am not the best at computer stuff LOL. It does give bits of caching info though. It is very much in an embryo stage as I have only just started it but I would love you to follow me. Any hints or advice on the blog would be appreciated. Cheers, Daryl

  3. John Says:

    brilliant blog Cass
    already found loads of useful stuff.
    look forward to future installments
    Cheers J

  4. watsonic Says:

    Wow. I’m impressed with your capacity. I started geocaching four months before you and have managed less than 1/10th of your total. Excellent new Rowney Wood series.
    I’m guessing you’re located not very far from me (I’m in Dunmow). Do you make it to the Essex Meets? I don’t, as they are always on Wednesday evenings, which clash with my work.
    If you fancy a lunchtime drink to compare notes (I’m currently preparing a Thaxted series), email me.

    Peter (watsonic)

    • geocass Says:

      Hi Peter! Thanks for the comment. Yeah were just up the road in Walden (Near our Walden Wander trail) Would be good to see a Thaxted series as there’s nothing there after the mill one went missing. Not made it to any Essex meets so far but only as they keep falling on inconvenient days. We hope to get to one soon, maybe the next. You’re right though as they can be quite a drive after work. Might have to take you up on the lunchtime drink offer for some geochat 😀

  5. ohiokayakjim Says:

    Hello Cass,

    I’m working on my own geocaching blog and would like to link to your blog as well – ok with that?

    Thanks,

    KayakJim

  6. Annemarie Says:

    I love reading your blog, Cass. It really is a very good one. I just randomly chat on mine! Thanks for commenting on it, by the way and congrats on getting fit and healthy. That list of things to do on my blog is 101 things to do in 1001 days. It is an international thing – just google 101 things to do in 1001 days and see what other ideas you get. We will have to arrange an Essex meet nearer to you guys and encourage some more cachers out that way so you can have more new caches to find.

  7. wingclipped Says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  8. Trailzilla Says:

    Hi! I have been thinking about geocaching for ages, but keep forgetting about it. Your blog has made me curious again. 🙂

    You should check out http://www.trailzilla.com They have some great tools and reviews of walks and trails for tons of areas.

    Angela

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  9. Craig McGill Says:

    Hi Cass, I just wanted to give you a heads-up on a little digital geocaching stunt being carried out by Jura Whisky.

    Jura Whisky is having a bit of fun with QR codes and putting a bunch of them around the island next week as part of the Islay/Jura Whisky Festival known as the Feis Ile. We gave it the name Juracaching as a play on the geocaching.

    The idea is a bit of fun, but also to encourage people to explore a little bit more of Jura than the distillery! And as far as we can tell, it’s the first time a whisky company has done something like this.

    There’s more details in the links below and if you need any more I’m sure Rob Bruce, Jura’s head of PR would be happy to help. He can be reached via rob.bruce@whyteandmackay.com


    http://www.isleofjura.com/distillery/ambassadors/blog-post.aspx?id=77b6c926-3250-4cac-96bb-bcc1b8396059

    Anyway, I hope you find it of interest – and have a nice weekend,
    Craig

  10. Jay Commins Says:

    Thought you might be interested in this geocache style trail around Birmingham this weekend (9 July) – you have to hunt for historical characters, and prizes of tickets to English Heritage’s Festival of History up for grabs, too!
    http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=65836

  11. Gavin Urquhart Says:

    Wow Cass – that is quite something. You have such an energy that I am jealous of. Sounds like you started caching at the same time I did and in the same area. A friend mentioned it to me not really knowing what it was and it gripped me. But definitely not as tightly as it got you (I have a family with 3 kids. Tends to slow one down a bit). That and a big building extension project that I am mostly DIYing.

    I have laid a few caches myself (which you have scooped up ages ago).

    You are an inspiration to me. I need to get outdoors more and follow the trail. Thank you for all you blogging giving me loads of ideas for where to go what to do etc. etc….. I just logged my first waymark thanks to your blogging away.

    Hopefully we bump into each other at some point but by then you will have most likely reached the 10,000 mark 🙂

    Thank you for a fantastic blog.

    Gavin (aka theUrqs)

  12. N Says:

    Hello Cass, I’m in the process of researching geocaching with a view to setting up a trail in Cambridge…do you know of anybody in the Cambridge area whose brains I could pick?
    N

    • geocass Says:

      Could you be a bit more specific about what kind of info you need? I’m not far from Cambridge and would be happy to help. Do you need info about getting permission in a particular area or just have some general cache hiding questions? Feel free to fire away and ask me! 🙂

  13. Glyn Says:

    You really do not look old enough to have started then!
    My path was ZX81, spectrum, QL, Atari 520st, Amiga 500, PC and more beside, and I am very ancient!
    What a well detailed helpful page.

    • geocass Says:

      Hey Glyn, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I think when I started dabbling in the Spectrum and C64, they were quite old machines by the time I got my hands on them. They don’t make them that long lasting anymore! Like you I also used to have an Amiga 500, that was the next step up from the C64, before my first PC! I loved my Amiga!

      Happy caching!

      Cass

  14. Philologus Says:

    Hi Cass,
    I’ve just started up my own geocaching blog and was looking to see what others were out there. I came across yours which is fantastic. Soooo much information! I’ve added a link from my blog to yours. I look forward to reading your updates. I started on the ZX spectrum too, then moved onto the BBC Micro. I eventually ended up taking the web design route.
    Dave

    • geocass Says:

      Hi Dave,
      Thanks for the comment I’ve added your blog to my site links and look forward to reading your new entries. Nice site design, btw. Happy caching! 🙂 Cass

  15. Dave Says:

    Hi Cass,
    I stumbled across your blog after searching the net for fellow “well rounded cachers”. For a geocacher that only started caching in 2010 your stats are very impressive, I thought I was addicted.

    Its always great to see what other geocachers are doing around the world. Your blog is very imformative and is a credit to you. I have included a link to my own geocaching blog that you might like to checkout.

    Happy caching
    Dave The Rats
    NSW Australia

  16. Will P. Says:

    Hi Cass! I stumbled on your blog while logging my finds in Monkton Farleigh mine and thought I should leave you a a message. The internet can get lonely after all! You’ve just got a new subscriber. My backstory is similar to yours; I’ve been an avid cacher since late 2009 (Mr. JohnnyCache, though I rarely log my finds), I’m a computer science undergrad and I too love heavy metal and hard rock. If you’re ever down this way again, feel free to drop me a message!

  17. sudbury suffolk (@sudburysuffolk) Says:

    Hello Cass. I was very pleased to find your comment about The Talbot Trail that you spotted here in Sudbury, Suffolk back in 2010. I’m the inventor of the Trail and own the website sudburysuffolk.co.uk – I’ve been thinking about geo caching the trail for some time and appreciate the guidelines you’ve put up. I just need to get round to it! I can publicise it on the website. At the moment it is very under-used although there is a little booklet that goes with it, explaining the bronzes. Keep an eye on ‘Tourist Attractions’ on the Sudbury site, which I’m now beginning to flesh out. Hope you get to Sudbury again one day – Robin

  18. fredr1c Says:

    Hello Cass,
    Your blog is fantastic! I’m really enjoying reading and learning from your posts.

    My partner dagdvm and I live in the U.S. We were on vacation in the UK for 17 days last month visiting her relatives and, of course, doing some geocaching. I wish we’d found your blog before we flew over but we’ll be consulting it the next time we’re in the UK.

    Here’s an overview of most of our caching days…
    http://geocachechronicle.com/2013/06/19/daddy-why-is-the-sun-shining-in-manchester/

    …and some posts on specific days.
    Chatsworth House and Longshaw Estate:
    http://geocachechronicle.com/2013/06/27/a-double-in-derbyshire/

    Broadstone Reservoir in South Yorkshire:
    http://geocachechronicle.com/2013/07/01/three-edges-in-south-yorkshire/

    and Cheese Gate Nab in West Yorkshire.
    http://geocachechronicle.com/2013/07/07/a-circular-walk-around-cheese-gate-nab/

  19. Harry Cutts Says:

    Hi Cass, I love your enthusiasm. Me and my daughter, Lily, love geocaching but don’t get out as much as we would like. I am nearly 60 and she is ten and she struggles to keep up sometimes. We also need to carry extras as she is type 1 diabetic which can be a challenge. Never stopped us doing anything though, and helps to burn off the sugar 🙂 She is also into photography, a love she gets from me also. She is so focused sometimes it’s scary.
    Keep up the good work. I will follow your blog with interest.
    Harry

    • geocass Says:

      Hi Harry!

      Thanks very much for your comment and glad that you’re enjoying the blog. Sounds like you and Lily have a great time out Geocaching. It’s a fantastic family activity and I hope you both continue to have lots of fun doing it! 🙂

      Cass

  20. Ruth Says:

    Hi Cass

    I found your cach’eye page by luck. What a Godsend! Thank you so much for posting the details, I’ve already used it, to the amazement of my Geobuddy, Dillondood, who knows full well what a technophobe I am.
    I’m in awe of your energy, your hobbies, and your education, and will endeavour to improve myself, but no way will I meet your level.
    I only started Geocaching recently, having been accompanying Dillondood for a while, now we get out each Sunday with our Geodogs, explore the beautiful countryside, get fitter, and find treasure!

    Thank you again, Samismum aka Ruth

  21. Dira Says:

    Hi Cass,

    I am a student filmmaker and I’m very interested in Geocaching. I think it would be wonderful if you could share your passion in a form of a short documentary. I would also like to know more about it and hope to start my first geocaching soon 🙂 Feel free to contact me.

    Regards,
    Dira

  22. Michael Nayler Says:

    Hi Cass. I am planning on walking the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way in Scotland this summer. I am looking into buying a Garmin Etrex 20 to use along the Ways. I saw your page on using Open Street Map on Garmin and would like to know if OSM would be sufficient for this trip.

    • geocass Says:

      Hi Michael. The only thing I can suggest is to have a look on the open Street map website to see what routes are on there and if the routes you are walking are on the site then it will be fine. I’d say that it would be worth also buying a 25k OS map of the area as well for a backup in case of gps problems. Hope this helps.

  23. Dave MacDonald Says:

    Hi Cass, Your GSAK user guide and blog have been very helpful and I keep referring to it. Still haven’t figured out how to publish correctly but I’ll keep trying. Thanks again for the guides – it’s a powerful program and fun to use. Dave


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