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September 02, 2013 08:15 PM CDT

Greetings from the Northwoods

Woodcarver Dan's gadget caches

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Greeting from the Northwoods



First a little introduction, my name is Dan Haack and I live in Rhinelander, my geocaching name is WoodCarverDan. I started caching during the spring of 2010. I found my first cache on April 30th and I hid my first cache on May 28th. I got involved in caching through the Boy Scouts. In spring of 2010 the BSA developed the Geocaching merit badge.


I was a truck driver before I got hurt, now I kid on my profile page that my occupation is Geocaching, Boy Scouting, and Woodcarving. I got involved in both scouting and woodcarving when I could no longer work.


It didn’t take me long to realize I enjoy hiding caches as much as finding them. I have hidden both urban caches as well as caches that take you to unique and interesting places. I know we have all said “I would have never come here if I would have not come here to find a Geocache.”   In my opinion there are a couple different reasons to hide a cache, one to bring people to interesting places, the other is to make a cache a challenge to be found.


I would like to invite you to come caching in Rhinelander and the surrounding area, I have almost 100 hides within a 3 mile radius of the center of Rhinelander. You will find just about any type of cache you can imagine. They range from simple park and grab to very challenging. One of my favorite ways to hide a cache is in plain sight. I take pride in building the cache description pages, I almost always use HTML codes to create a more inviting cache description. I also take pride in maintaining my caches. Out of the 227 caches that I have hid or hosted the only ones that have been archived are the event caches and 2 caches in the Nicolet National Forest which ended up to be in sensitive areas.


During this last winter I decided to try and make Rhinelander a different and unique place to geocache. I developed some caches that I call Gadget caches. These are caches that are easy to find but where it takes patience to figure out how to open. I used the term gadget as “a small tool that has a particular function”. Most of the caches provide the gadget but there is one that the cacher has to supply. Along with the gadget caches I created a unique trackable hotel you can access a bookmark to all of my gadget caches from that page. Currently I have 6 but I’m always working on the next one.



I have received a lot of positive feedback from the “Found It” logs. I have been asked why I submit them as a regular cache and not a puzzle cache. From my own experience I know when I’m traveling that I don’t like to search for either Multi caches or Puzzle caches, reason being is they take longer and I usually want to find as many caches as possible, I usually don’t even take time to read them. For that reason I have submitted them to be published as regular cache and I use the attribute “Field Puzzle”.


Next time you're traveling to the Northwoods I hope you can get through the Rhinelander area and search for a cache or two of mine!


Happy Caching,

WoodCarverDan  (aka WCD)

Dan Haack

Rhinelander, WI


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