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December Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

The December Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees work tirelessly to shape their communities and to make them stronger. No matter where they live or how long they’ve been pursuing the hobby, these geocachers are truly dedicated to giving the sport and their communities all they’ve got.

November Featured Geocacher of the Month, balkamper13

Now it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for December.

Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the Featured Geocacher of the Month title.

In November, Ted, a.k.a. balkamper13 was recognized for introducing and helping countless novice geocachers become caching addicts. Balkamper13 is known for donating quality homemade swag, time, and money to geocaching events. He spends numerous hours teaching his secrets and always invites new geocachers on geocaching  outings and events. Ted also shares his geocaching adventures and tips on his blog, LiveLoveCache.com.

Here are your nominees for the December Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.

ekitt10

ekitt10

Nominated by jo.b, Nik, a.k.a. ekitt10, “has been caching since August 2001, making him one of the oldest cachers in New Jersey. Since then, he has always been working to improve the geocaching community in the state. Nik is the the founder of the Central Jersey Geocaching group and co-founder of CentralJerseyGeocaching.net. He also organizes our big monthly meetup called, ‘Third Tuesday Beer and Burgers.’ Nik’s favorite phrase is ‘take pride in your hide.’ His view is that every cache owner should put the creativity and effort into their caches to make them truly worth finding. He is also an avid puzzle cache creator. Some of his puzzles are famous and  notorious. Nik has held puzzle solving classes and will always help a cacher out with one of his puzzles, especially if it’s one of their first forays into the sometimes intimidating world of the ‘scary blue question mark’. For over a decade, Nik has been a pillar of the New Jersey geocaching community, but beyond tenure, he has truly made a mark on the game and helped shape it into what it is today. He works hard to make the game more accessible and to make the community larger.”

Team GatorOKC

Team GatorOKC

Team Gilo writes, “Michael and Bonnie, a.k.a. Team GatorOKC has been a great asset and participant in the COG (Central Oklahoma Geocachers) group since 2007. They are instrumental in organizing COG meetings and generally participating in all the social events concerning geocaching in the OKC area. They invest a lot of time and energy in placing and finding caches here in Oklahoma. They are very friendly people who have made many friends from out of state and have influenced them to become addicted to this sport that so many of us have come to love. I believe they would represent geocaching well and would fly the banner of the geocaching community high.”

 

 

 

 

 

Moneydork

Moneydork

Kjwx and Cumbyrocks write, “His surname says it all really … Wayne Champion is a champion – of and for geocaching. Such is his dedication to this hobby and its community. The veteran New Zealand player has multiple names to prove it: Moneydorkcamocrab, and Wayne. Whichever handle you know him by, Champion has been a major player in the Australasian geocaching scene for many years. As Moneydork, he has established himself as one of our most prolific cachers, most recently celebrating his 15,000th find. As camocrab, volunteer reviewer for Geocaching.com, he has examined and evaluated New Zealand and Australian cache listings since 2006. And as Wayne, he was involved in the recovery efforts for both the Christchurch earthquakes and the Pike River coalmine tragedy. Last year Champion relocated to Australia for a job, but that didn’t stop him from returning frequently to oversee his dream of hosting the country’s first Mega-Event, GC35TTR. Champion initiated the idea while president of the New Zealand Recreational GPS Society and oversaw its planning from more than 3500km away. His efforts as chairman before and after the four-day event helped ensure glowing logs from all 501 attendees. More importantly, Champion himself is respected by his peers, fellow reviewers and leader board rivals. His own hides and events  are legendary Down Under and he never hesitates to give his all to this sport.”

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured December Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. This month only, the recognized nominees will also receive a special edition John Grisham THE RACKETEER Geocoin. We will be accepting comments for December’s award through Monday, December 17th.

Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com and include the following information:

  • Your name, the name of your nominee, their username
  • A picture of the nominee
  • Description (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month
  • Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award

Nominations for the January Geocacher of the Month must be received by Tuesday, January 8, 2013. 

Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.

  • Red Sky

    TeamGator (Bonnie and Michael) are the epitome of what geocaching is all
    about. Kind, welcoming and caring to a fault. They have a famous series of
    caches, “I See Dead People” that have taken me all over my state. They have
    found places in my own backyard I didn’t know existed and stuck a cache there
    for me to go and find. I’m sure they have one in all 77 counties of Oklahoma
    and that takes some driving as they maintain them, too. With their Spring Fling
    Chomp fest going on it’s 3rd year they have become icons in our caching
    community to friendliness. Just all around good folks!

    Don, aka Red Sky

  • Zorgon

    Moneydork is one of those rare individuals who seem to be able to sucessfully keep many balls in the air at any one time. He has contributed a huge amount to the local geocaching community with his governance roles in the gps society, his reviewer role and organising events including NZ’s first Mega and the annual family Easter Egg hunt and camp
    I have had the priviledge of caching with him on a trip to Australia and couldn’t believe how driven and committed he is in everything he does.
    A worthy candidate for this award.

  • Michaelcycle

    Happy to add my vote for Nik (Ekitt10) A real asset to the geocaching community.

  • 856loves201

    ekitt10 gets my vote!

  • Frodo_Underhill

    ekitt10 – aka Nik is the glue that holds the local caching community together. He always has an upbeat and positive approach to caching. A great proponent of the game. He’s has my vote!

  • waiiti20

    Moneydork gets my vote – he does so much for our wee country down under

  • Kiwi Moose

    Moneydork gets my vote, the amount of time and effort he has put into the NZ caching community over the years.

  • dakotacats

    My vote goes to Moneydork – he worked so hard to put together New Zealand’s first Mega Event and all his hard work and dedication paid off – it was an awesome event.

  • wigoweb

    ekitt earned our vote long ago. We have crossed paths several times and hiked to caches together. He is always welcoming and provides good company. We’ve also seen him and visited with him at many events in south Jersey and in central Jersey.

  • Old Boots!

    Moneydork has been an inspiration for our family caching endeavours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shetalkstostrangers Bethany Kim Cecere

    Ekitt10 gets my vote! While I only met Nik in person recently, his geocaching influence has encouraged cachers near and far – cachers from Washington State to collaborate on one of his infamous puzzle caches, as well inspiring a few local (MD & VA) events like Nik’s burgers monthly event. It has knit together an amazing new group of cachers over this past year.

  • Kiwitonita

    Moneydork. No just because he has found many, many caches – as anyone can do that and still be a not very nice person. The dedication, encouragement, hard work behind the scenes, good manners, good humour and plain old fashioned good example is why he should be Geocacher of the Month.

  • moose_is_loose

    moose_is_loose

    Ekitt10…hey I know this guy…he gets my vote !

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.green.568 Alan Green

    Moneydork!

  • Woody104

    Moneydork gets my vote. A terrific NZ Mega organised while in another country. That’s dedication.

  • Zalgariath

    Moneydork!! We just got back from NZ and grabbed a few Moneydork caches. He is a cornerstone of Kiwi Caching and is now making a mark across the ditch in Australia. The amount of time he has dedicated to the cahing and wider community is immense!

  • Aussie Aussie Aussie

    Moneydork gets my vote. I can’t just be an American-a-thon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.mitchell.397 Nathan Mitchell

    Moneydork gets my vote!

  • -gonefishing-

    Moneydork gets my vote. Over the years he has consistently put huge efforts into promoting and advocating for geocaching in New Zealand and Australia. NZ’s first ever Mega this year was his brainchild, and did so much to invigorate the local caching community not to mention boosting the Dunedin economy!

  • keewee

    moneydork is an amazing cacher and a star reviewer! If there is an issue with your listing he is only to happy to make recommendations to help you get it listed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonnieirwinsky.rennels Bonnie Irwinsky Rennels

    Team GatorOKC have long been considered

    the social elite of Oklahoma geocaching with wealth and class for above everyone else that their often considered royalty

  • mike-miss

    my vote goes to moneydork!

  • meeeee

    moneydork – he’s a good guy!

  • chris geertsen

    moneydork and ekitt10 gets my vote!

  • MuseOfIdiots

    Ekitt10 is my choice!

  • Human SKI

    Ekitt10

  • SAROC

    While all three nominations are more than worthy of being the December Featured Geocacher, Moneydork, for me, stands out as being THE cacher who certainly gives body and soul to the caching community of NZ (and now Australia) through his many many involvements. He’s positive, supportive, an enabler and has been a major contributor and advocate to and for Geocaching! Just consider his part in the organisation of the recent NZ Mega Event while being resident in Australia.

  • FuzzWuzz

    Hands down, my vote is for ekitt10! Nik is an ambassador for the NJ geocaching community and accomplished “puzzle master”. His mantra (“Take pride in your hide”) is an inspiration for fellow geocachers to strive for a higher level of quality in our hides. I’m relatively new to geocaching (<2 years) and CJG, and the few times we've hung out together at events he always made me feel welcome. He's always willing to offer advice or help when stuck on a puzzle. In fact, I'm currently working on one of his tough puzzles ("PMC – The Message" – GCXX5E), and when I reached out to him (mainly to ask if he could supply a geochecker for me), he took a genuine interest in my analytical approach and complimented me on my progress (Nik, if you're reading this, I didn't give up, just got busy with Christmas! I'm still working on it!). Oh yeah, and he's also a nice guy :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/valerie.humphreys Valerie Humphreys

    Most deserving are the Gators. Heartwarming to see a couple that is devoted to each other and devoted to the caching community. Who else is willing to travel the whole state to hide caches to make the Oklahoma DeLorme Challenge easier. Always step up to the plate to assist other cachers. Their ISDP series is one of the best and I have driven about 30 miles out of my way just to get one of them.

  • ggggeo2

    another vote for ekitt10!

  • JerseyEric

    Ekitt10 gets my vote. I just started caching this year and Ekitt10 has been very welcoming to me and my sons as newbies. When we ask him questions at local events about puzzle caches, Ekitt10 has been helpful, providing guidance on how to approach a specific type of puzzle, not just giving away the answer. The other nominees seem like cool people who also contribute alot to the caching community . . . and Moneydork is such an interesting name! Don’t step in the mud!!!

  • PetObsessed

    Go Ekitt10!

  • Kire

    Team GatorOKC gets my vote!

  • SplattyNZ

    I have enjoyed Moneydork’s caching adventures for some time. My vote goes with him :)

  • Trail06

    Moneydork gets my vote. He is a consistent geocacher who has invested a lot of time into geocaching in New Zealand and
    Australia. He is a winner on all counts!

  • Superior O

    unfortunately i have not had the pleasure to meet all of the candidates. just to be nominated is a huge kudos to say the least. i have had the pleasure of meeting the raven. words fail me as to how amazed i was at what a great person joined our little past time. the raven has my vote. the raven. the raven. Superior O

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dan.The.Raven Daniel Hunt

    Wow… January’s voting for 2013 was so jamb packed, that votes are actually spilling over into previous months! LOL… Thanks Superior O for the vote, but I don’t think this one will be seen by Groundspeak… Cheers! :-)


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