HauntHunters, on Aug 20 2008, 10:23 PM, said:
I had originally posted this in the Livejournal geocaching community a while ago and finally decided to cross-post here.
Is geocaching male by default?
We geocache as a family and use a team name. We geocache as a family because I wanted to geocache. I keep track of cache announcements, plan the find routes, maintain the hides and manage the correspondence. Our team name is our Groundspeak account username so it's also our Waymarking username. I'm the only waymarker in the family.
What does a geocacher comment for one of our hides?
"...and met the owner's wife..."
So, is geocaching male by default?
I'm not asking if there are women who geocache. Obviously, there are. I'm one of them. I'm talking more about the social expectation or perception of geocaching by geocachers. The assumption that a woman is the wife of the geocacher instead of a geocacher.
Not at all. There is a VERY strong female presence in geocaching. Allow me to remind you that two of the top high-number geocachers are female, and many of our most active forum participants are female. Further, speaking for myself, my wife Sue is a FAR more active geocacher -- at least in terms of hunting caches -- than am I, and she may find up to 78 caches in a single day, and up to 340 caches in one month, whereas my idea of heavy caching is to look for perhaps one to three caches per month, and they must, for the most part, be caches in which I am really interested. And, a good friend of ours is Lynn, CCCooperAgency, and in her team account, it is she who makes 99.99% of the finds, and, much as in my case as recounted above, her husband rarely goes out in the field to hunt geocaches, whereas Lynn is one of the top-ranked (in terms of find count) cachers in the world, and also owns hundreds of caches.
And, in my own life, most of the folks with whom I geocache are females. Aside from my wife Sue, I have, over the past couple of years, tended to go geocache hunting with my (female) friend Taj/Aryanna when I have been traveling or visiting with her in the Midwest and Great Plains states, with my (female) friend Mote (an artist) when I have been visiting LA, and with my (female) friend Greta (a backcountry guide and artist) when I am visiting the Jackson WY area.
In fact, all of my online geostalkers, including the much-beloved Sioneva (who calls me at 2:30 AM each morning using the Autovon phone system on a remote Air Force base in the God-forsaken wilds of Nebraska) on the forum are also all female, and all of my geostalkees, including Sioneva (better known as Sionevil) are also female geocachers!
This post has been edited by Vinny & Sue Team: 21 August 2008 - 02:45 PM