About Me
I have been active since the first week of geohashing, but I occasionally disappear for long periods of time. When I go geohashing, my intent is usually to enjoy nature or explore an interesting new location. Thus, the frequency with which I geohash is highly dependent on where I currently live. I also tend to geohash more in the warmer months of the year, as that allows for much more pleasant biking expeditions.
Since geohashing began, I have moved many times. Thus, there are several places that I consider to be my "home" graticule. My home graticules are:
|Genève (46,6)||June 2012 -> Present||Currently my home graticule. I am hoping for an awesome restricted area geohash while here!|
|Toronto (43,-79)||May 2011 -> June 2012||I lived there for the first year of graduate studies before moving to (46,6) for research purposes. I will likely be returning at some point.|
|Vancouver (49,-123)|| May 2008 -> May 2009
January 2010 -> April 2011
|I lived in Vancouver for the duration of my undergraduate degree. The time period listed begins from the start of geohashing (the relevant time frame). I still visit Vancouver occasionally.|
|Würzburg (49,9)||May 2009 -> December 2009||Thepiguy and I were research assistants in Technische Physik at the Universität Würzburg for eight months.|
|Calgary NW (51,-114)|| December -> January
|My parents live in Calgary, and thus I visit every year for the winter break.|
The time it takes me to complete an expedition write-up varies drastically. I often update the day of (or the day after) the expedition, but I have also been known to take several months, or even just under a year. However, I do get around to everything eventually.
- Expeditions: 59
- Successful: 52
- Failed: 5
- Retro: 2
- Saturday Meetups: 12
- Successful: 10
- Failed: 2
- Graticules Visited: 28
- North America: 6
- Europe: 22
- Geohashers met: 35
- North America: 13
- Europe: 21
- North Americans in Europe: 1
- Countries Visited: 6
- Virgin Graticules: 2
- Largest geohashing meetup: 12
- Longest consecutive geohash: 4
- Most geohashes in one day: 5
- First expedition: 2008-05-27
A short list of my most memorable geohashing expeditions and why, sorted chronologically:
- 2008-05-27 Vancouver: My first expedition.
- 2008-09-21 Vancouver: A water geohash, at sunrise, in an inflatable raft, while meeting Robyn for the first time.
- 2009-06-02 Bamberg: The expedition where I broke my wrist (geohashualty #1).
- 2009-06-07 Kempten: A big meetup on a lake under the tallest mountain in Germany.
- 2009-08-28 Bamberg: A quadruple hash, with Danatar and thepiguy, on the way to the Big Berlin Meetup. This was the first of the four hashpoints.
- 2009-08-29 Berlin: The Big Berlin Meetup!
- 2009-08-30 Dresden: A quintuple hash, with Danatar and thepiguy, on the way back from the Big Berlin Meetup. This was the first of the five hashpoints.
- 2010-05-21 Surrey: Eleven people hiking up a mountain at night.
- 2010-08-12 Vancouver: I almost become a geohashualty for a second time, but manage to escape with superficial injuries.
 Complete List
Chronologically listed, bold for Saturday expeditions, underlined for virgin graticules.
2008-05-27 Vancouver My first geohash!
2008-05-31 Surrey My first "official" (Saturday) geohash.
2008-07-19 Vancouver Ended up biking to Nanaimo and back, but ran out of time to make the actual hashpoint.
2008-09-07 Vancouver A short bike ride away.
2008-09-21 Vancouver An epic water sunrise geohash!
2008-10-11 Vancouver A geohash close to the airport. With lots of candy. Yum.
2008-12-03 Vancouver An irresistibly close geohash while avoiding studying for exams.
2009-05-09 Bamberg My first geohash in Germany! In the middle of a field.
2009-05-10 Würzburg Another German geohash, full of insanity. Those were steep and slippery hills!
2009-05-21 Mannheim Geohashiversary 2009 in Heidelberg!
2009-05-23 Würzburg Mouse Over Day 2009 in a forest!
2009-05-25 Würzburg A close forest geohash on a beautiful evening.
2009-05-27 Würzburg Thepiguy and my hashiversaries! Unfortunately in the middle of a field, but we got to just over 100m before no trespassing! I'm counting it as a success since I could easily have reached it, but respected the farmer's crops. Officially, some would say it's a failure.
2009-05-29 Bamberg Not in a forest! In fact, it was on a small road by a golf course!
2009-05-30 Stuttgart In a forest beside a firing range.
2009-06-02 Bamberg In a beautiful field! However, I became a geohashualty on the way home...
2009-06-07 Kempten On the Eibsee, in a boat, with 8 other people, in a virgin graticule, ... (the list goes on)
2009-07-17 Würzburg A midnight hash in a field near Würzburg!
2007-07-22 Würzburg Another midnight hash in a field near Würzburg!
2009-07-25 Würzburg A 14km walk geohash to the "Flugplatz Würzburg-Schenkenturm" (a small airfield).
2009-08-29 Berlin The Big Berlin Meetup! Twelve people from around Germany meet in a forest.
2009-09-03 Bamberg On the edge of a road in Winterhausen. My first bike geohash (and first time riding a bike) since the geohashualty!
2009-09-06 Würzburg Just into a field near Zellingen. Another bike geohash.
2009-09-13 Bamberg In a forest by Hundsfeld, which is by Rothof, which is near Rottendorf. Biked most of the way home in the rain.
2009-09-14 Fulda Right on the edge of a field by Elfershausen-Trimberg! Three horses watched us. WARNING: Graphic pictures included of a dead deer found at the exact hashpoint (not joking).
2009-09-20 Würzburg In a grassy area, just off the path, in Rottenbauer. A very easy geohash!
2009-09-27 Paris Admitted to the area by a drunken French man who liked to talk!
2009-10-02 London West Took the train to Stonehenge in the morning, but detoured to Reading on the way home for a geohash!
2009-10-03 Swindon An ambassador picnic hash in a farmer's field, near Winchester!
2009-10-12 Würzburg Canadian Thanksgiving 2009 in a field in Germany!
2009-10-24 Szombathely A failed geohash in Austria, south of Vienna. A private residential community beside a private lake.
2009-10-31 Bamberg Halloween geohash! A cold bike ride to a sugar beet field.
2009-12-13 München A final German geohash, in the snow!
2010-05-21 Surrey Geohashiversary 2010 on a mountain near Vancouver. 11 person meetup!
2010-05-27 Vancouver A retro hash on my hashiversary done to my very first geohash (2008-05-27).
2010-06-13 Vancouver A No Trespassing geohash in Squamish on a beautiful day.
2010-07-01 Vancouver The Vancouver graticule blesses us with a true Canada Day miracle!
2010-08-12 Vancouver On southern Wreck Beach. On the way home, I barely avoided becoming a geohashualty (yet again)...
2010-12-19 Calgary SW In a snowy field near St. Mary's College.
2011-05-06 Toronto On my moving day, less than 2.5km from the IKEA I was at.
2011-05-08 Toronto A Mother's Day geohash with my Mom, on the way to Niagara Falls.
2011-06-19 Nürnberg A less than two day visit to Würzburg leads to a geohash in the Nürnberg graticule with Danatar!
2011-07-11 Toronto An easy geohash in a Costco parking lot, near Downsview Airport.
2011-08-29 Port Alberni An attempted geohash on the way to Tofino, foiled due to lack of construction radio equipment.
2011-10-01 Toronto A fall geohash near Kipling Station.
2011-12-22 Calgary NW A quick and easy geohash while home for the holidays in Calgary.
2012-07-15 Bourg-en-Bresse My first back-in-Europe geohash, near the French/Swiss border and the commune of Challex.
 Graticules Visited
Chronologically listed, bold for home graticules, underlined for virgin graticules.
I've visited enough graticules in Germany that I figured I'd make country and region maps. Click here to see them!
 Geohashers I've Met
- Thepiguy: We went geohashing together on our first expedition.
- Robyn: Met her before dawn, in time to inflate rafts for a water sunrise geohash!
- MylSh: Dragged him along to the geohash. He's gone on a few others since then.
- Danatar: Met him in the middle of a field during my first geohash in Germany.
- 2009-06-07 (Eibsee Expedition):
- Zb: Saw me looking lost in the München Hbf and led me to a good place to get pastries. Then we waited for the others to arrive.
- Dawidi: Recognized him next in the München Hbf, thanks to his awesome geohashing shirt.
- Hans: Arrived with Dawidi, and he was the next I saw at the München Hbf.
- Tomcat: Also arrived with Dawidi and also met him at the München Hbf.
- Ekorren: Next to arrive at the München Hbf, with Danatar and Thepiguy. He led us to a couple geocaches too!
- Baerenfell: The last person I met at the München Hbf.
- 2009-08-29 (Big Berlin Meetup):
- Jerrome: The first new person I met at the Berlin Hbf.
- Relet: The second new person I saw at the Berlin Hbf.
- Lyx: The third new person I saw at the Berlin Hbf.
- Davidc: The fourth new person I met at the Berlin Hbf.
- Pari: The fifth new person I met.
- JUB: The sixth new person I met.
- Hessophanes: The seventh and final person I met.
- Hermann: Met him at the Würzburg Hbf. He came all the way from Hamburg!
- Benjw: At the Flitwick train station.
- Elbie at UBC, en route to the geohashing day 2010 festivities. Known her for years, but finally "met" her while geohashing!
- Arbron, gracious enough to give us a ride from UBC to the bottom of the mountain.
- Wade, while preparing to hike the mountain.
- Rhonda, also preparing to hike the mountain, and started out in bare feet.
- Yangman, preparing to hike the mountain with a full backpack. He was prepared.
- Denise, a passenger of the third vehicle and a first time geohasher.
- Kyle, the driver of the third vehicle, and a first time geohasher.
- air384 and I have been together for a while and best friends for years, but this was our first expedition together.
I know several other UBC geohashers, but I've not been on a geohash with them, so their names are not on the above list.
The ribbons were taking up a lot of space, so I've moved them to their own page. Click here for my ribbons!