Caching Name: Geoliottis
Real Name: Chris Gigliotti
1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
A friend from work introduced me to it, about 7 years ago, after she learned I had bought a GPS. I couldn’t believe that caches existed and were all around me without my knowing!
2. How did you choose your caching name?
My son came up with the name. “Geoliottis” is just a play-off of our last name. I went under “csgig” for a while after I first started, but changed it after he gave me the idea.
3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
I mostly prefer traditional caches. I won’t pass up a multi, but I don’t go looking for them. I will do a Virtual if I discover I’m near one. I typically find myself frustrated over puzzle caches…something I’m trying to get over!
4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically or mentally?
Although not physically challenging, every year we do the FSC Challenge and mentally pressure ourselves into getting it done over a two or three day period. We’ve been out in the dark using flashlights to get the last few in an area that we wouldn’t be able to get back to, or would not want to drive the distance, just go get one or two caches.
5. What are your current geocaching goals?
Other than getting numbers, my only other goal is to get one in as many states as I can.
6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
I totally want to do the level 5 caches that you can only get to by kayak or boat. We rented a paddle boat and got one at Killens Pond last year and had a blast. I know DE has a lot more of them, but I don’t have a kayak or boat. One day…
7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
Definitely “A Devilish Hole” in the Poconos! One of my first several caches. We set out for a hike, not really knowing how the GPS worked. Walking off the beaten path in a true forest. We were so turned around we crossed the same creek three times, ruining four pairs of shoes. If took us over two hours but we wouldn’t stop until we found it…and we did. WAY more work than was necessary!
8. What do you like about geocaching?
I love the fun my family and I have every time we discover some place new, that we probably would have never discovered, unless we were caching. We’ve lived in DE since 1998 and we are constantly seeing and learning new things about De while caching.
9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I found one in Ocean City NJ called “A Chase around Ocean City” It was at a large gazebo and the container was a silver bison tube. The fun part was that there were a total of 25 containers hidden in various spots in and around the cords. If you found one and it wasn’t the right one, there was a note inside telling you to keep looking or asking “does this look like a silver bison tube?!” I found 14 before finally getting it right!
10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I’m actually pretty boring. We are involved in year round travel softball with our daughter, so that keeps us busy. Our son does baseball and soccer. Not much down time between all that and work. We also really enjoy watching sports on TV, and reality shows.