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Newcastle, WA
Born May-11-1958
geocaching (ahem), orienteering, hiking, snowshoeing, XC skiing, photography, gardening, computers, reading
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GEOCACHING.COM User Name: hydnsek
WSGA Chapter: Puget Sound
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Hi, I'm hydnsek ("hide and seek"), the former WSGA President. I started caching in January 2003, just before moving to Seattle from the California Bay Area. (What a great way to explore my new home!) As of April 2015, I've found over 11,000 caches and hidden 127. I've also completed 160 challenges, including FTFs on the WA History Challenge, Well-Rounded WA Cacher (Fizzy) Challenge, WA Earthcache Challenge, and WSGA Cache of the Month Challenge. The WA Fire Lookouts Challenge was one of my favorites!

I came to geocaching from hiking and orienteering, and prefer caches that send me into the woods or up a mountain. I enjoy organizing hikes and other outings, and support CITO, Leave No Trace, and working with land managers. I created WSGA's Park Liaison Program and have built relationships with several park systems, including King County Parks, Washington State Parks, and North Cascades NPSC. Groundspeak featured my work with the national parks in a Latitude 47 blog, and I also appeared in a PBS documentary on geocaching called "Treasure Trackers." I've been interviewed for various geoaching stories (online and print), and also written a few.

I've been a WSGA member since 2003. In 2009 I joined the Board of Directors as the Puget Sound Chapter Representative, and chaired the GeoWoodstock committee. I became President in 2010 and for five years oversaw the club's busiest and most exciting years yet, including creation of the annual Going APE mega-event and the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour. I stepped down as President in April 2015.

I often combine geocaching with other outdoor pursuits, including hiking, orienteering, snowshoeing, XC skiing, kayaking, and traveling. I volunteer with King County Parks, Washington Trails Association, Washington State Parks, and Seattle Humane. When I'm indoors, I spoil my cats and work in marketing communications (websites, publications) and journalism. I'm self-employed, but past bosses include Microsoft, Adobe, and MacUser magazine. Currently, I'm advising various parks and cities on geocaching tourism (GeoTours, etc.).

While I've lived in Washington for 12 years and California for 15 years, I'm originally from Tennessee and grew up in Alabama. So far, I've lived in seven states and visited 15 countries.

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