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Published January 16, 2013, 06:09 PM

Fargo man bares chilling weather to find area treasures

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It takes a special breed to weather our weather. But imagine wanting to go out into these conditions.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It takes a special breed to weather our weather. But imagine wanting to go out into these conditions.

Jon Kitzman of Fargo is in the middle of a streak.

A GeoCaching streak, and since early last summer, he hasn't missed a day outside, searching for treasure. Rain, heat and snow storms have not got in the way.

Who in the world would choose to leave work and spend the lunch hour in these conditions?

Meet Jon Kitzman, who is addicted to the popular pastime of GeoCaching. So much so, he is in the middle of a hot streak.

Jon Kitzman, Going for GeoCaching Streak: “This started July 2nd so this will be the 198th consecutive day.”

He logs on to a website, finds a map of Fargo Moorhead and locates a geo caching site in town. Using a GPS watch, he heads out, even in the bone chilling, wind whipped conditions, trying to keep the streak alive. And it's a pastime he never dreamed would bring him to some of our best kept secrets.

Kitzman: “Kind of gets me out in conditions I am not used to, some pretty amazing things the Sheyenne grasslands it was at night and foggy a beautiful experience.”

After plowing through the powder today, Jon's perseverance paid off, his coordinates brought him to the river, near Bluestem, where he found his stash, in the crotch of a rotted tree.

Kitzman: “Like treasure hunting.”

He signed the log book, put a tracker medallion in a container, a little surprise for the next GeoCacher.

Kitzman: “These trackables have a code and you can track them online.”

And I guess the old saying is true, we can't beat old man winter. We might as well do what we can to live with it.

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