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Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your Comments

Eric Schudiske on April 25, 2013, 1:00 am

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The nominees for the April Featured Geocacher of the Month award hail from three different nations, but contribute to one global game.  Each offers a welcoming hand to those new to geocaching and creative hides for all geocachers.  The nominees come from the United States, New Zealand and Denmark.

Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.  Each geocacher is already a winner and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the honor.

Each Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, hat and profile icon. They’ll also get a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.

WVTim - Featured Geocacher of the Month

WVTim – Featured Geocacher of the Month

In March, WVTim was named the Featured Geocacher of the Month. He’s known as an inspiration to geocachers for his unique geocaches, excellent maintenance habits and his geocaching YouTube channel. He’s accumulated more than 2,000 Favorite Points on his geocaches and he teaches geocaching in schools and to the Boy Scouts.

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

 

 

Olefant

Michael Schwartz “schwartz-hansen” writes, “Our nominee is Olefant (the name is a combination of his first name Ole and his logo a biking elephant – elefant in danish).

He is a retired music teacher from Copenhagen who by now has released nearly 250 caches in Denmark and other countries. He started geocaching in 2009, and has been very active from 2011 until now. He has made a lot of cartoon caches and his FTF-certificates are often laminated pictures of the cartoon figures. At his last event on the 16 of March, he released more than 30 caches, with cartoon series and an Astrology series called the Zoodiak – because the theme of the event was animals.

With his events and his caches, we think that Olefant is a big inspiration for the other geocachers in Denmark, … besides that he is always taking his time to talk to all the persons he meets at events and when he is in the field geocaching.”

 

 

 

 MulderNScully

MulderNScully - Nominees for the Geocacher of the Month

MulderNScully – Nominees for the Geocacher of the Month

Cristina Florez, “Mamabear Crew” writes, “My nomination for MulderNScully isn’t just because they’re “nice”… it’s because they take geocaching as a true sport. And their caches… ooooh their caches……. just like their username suggests, they are out of this world! Inventive, thought out, truly educational, and some of them hard as hell. They have been an inspiration to us and we will be trying to follow their lead in making this sport a true adventure!”

Jerry Lynn DellAmic writes, “They have helped me when I got stuck on puzzle caches, but they never gave me the solution.  They made me talk out loud. …MulderNScully take pride in their geocaches.  For them, it’s not about the numbers.  It’s about enjoying life.  Taking the opportunity to walk among nature.  Go to places that you may not ever get the chance to see. If it hadn’t been for this great hobby, I would never have had the opportunity to meet these life long friends.”

Onslow Fisherman

Onslow Fisherman - Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Onslow Fisherman – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Natalie Gray writes, “I would like to nominate Jim Greene, also known as Onslow Fisherman, as Geocacher of the Month. I met Jim by mail, when he very nicely answered some question I had about a puzzle cache he had. He invited me to meet him and his wife in NZ and I jumped at the chance. We became friends and he has helped me with computer questions,etc…We’ve even done an “International Cache” together, GC44F7A and GC42HKJ respectively. Jim is well respected in his native geocaching community, always giving back. He ran a GSAK seminar at NZ Mega in October, and also arranged a 4X4 event last year. His caches are great, and he’ll even lend you his GPS to find them. (GC2QAHK and GC2MF3T). He is helpful to newbies and experienced cachers alike, gets tons of favorite points on his caches, and makes our sport better every day. He also has over 1000 caches to his credit, which is hard to do in a relatively small island country. Jim Greene/Onslow Fisherman, epitomizes the best in geocaching and definitely deserves to be a Geocacher of the Month.”

 

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the April Featured Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through Sunday, May 7.

If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. To nominate someone, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.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 Featured Geocacher of the Month

Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month should be received by Monday, May 26. Once Geocaching HQ has received 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 that we might learn from each other.

  • Another Funny Guy

    Wuuuhuuu… Comments deleted again… You are some funny guys…

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    I have witnessed countless examples humbly illustrating that geocachers around the globe are creative, adventurous people who are kind and compassionate. The Geocacher of the Month process is designed to let others see that as well. If you’re seeing this blog for the first time, trust me, we’re really nice people. Sometimes, we disagree. We foster open debate about issues, and you’re seeing that on this blog. If you take the time to comment about one of the three current nominees, send them a personal note of thanks, or just list a comment that thanks them all for their contributions, it’s appreciated. Thank you to all nominees, past and present.

    The purpose of the Geocacher of the Month is to recognize three outstanding geocachers each month. Each geocacher who is nominated is rewarded with public recognition of their contributions to the greater geocaching community and a gift of appreciation from Geocaching HQ. Every Geocacher of the Month nominee on the blog is an outstanding member of the worldwide community. I’m proud they call themselves geocachers. Geocachers from around the globe are encouraged to comment about the geocacher they believe should be named The Featured Geocacher of the Month. Comments in all languages are weighed and one geocacher is chosen. The dissatisfaction by some over the the last Geocacher of the Month process has been noted. We hear you, and the process may evolve in the future. It’s important to note – no comments on this blog have been deleted or censored (unless they contain profanity – we are family friendly).

  • Schrottie

    Mensch Jochen, inzwischen dürfte auch der letzte begriffen haben das Du Reviewer werden möchtest, Du kannst also langsam aufhören.

  • Schrottie

    Censorship is one of Groundspeaks favourite things. Not only here, also in the forums. :-

  • Schrottie

    Am Ende? Groundspeak hat doch sicher schon vorher festgelegt, wer gewinnen wird…

  • Hans-Jürgen

    Most of the US geocachers do not know that there are other languages than english and spanish…

  • daywalk

    (There is a Geocacher of the Month competion? And Jim has been nominated? So go to this link and have a look? OK…)

    Each of the three nominees are clearly respected and giving back a lot to their local geocaching communities. However, like most geocachers in the south of the South Island of NZ, I know OF so I will be utterly parochial and vote for him.

    We met OF on a caching holiday in Roxburgh when he lent us his fancy touch screen GPS and introduced us to Chirping and Wherigoing. Fun! And when he found that we couldn’t do some of his geocaches because we were basic customers and they were PMO caches, he went off and changed them to be accessible to us. Since he is the only cacher in the area, he uses PMO caches to see who is doing his new puzzles and so meets people world-wide. But, he takes the PMO designation off after a few months so everyone can do the caches- I like that inclusive attitude.

    Jim can’t do high-terrain caches, and his hands don’t do what he wants them to these days, but you never hear him complain – he makes the best of every caching experience. And it was a joy to “geostalk” his visit to Wellington and read his log for Geocache by Kevin Anderson http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=ec59c01d-abf0-4add-bfb1-13c6349d35a0http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=ec59c01d-abf0-4add-bfb1-13c6349d35a0

    And look at his find/hide ration – OF has provided geocachers with lots of fun in Central Otago. We loved his research for the Central Otago railway line series He likes his puzzles but better still, he’s generous with clues to guide you on your struggle.
    OF is one of those decent blokes who always sees the best in everyone; I’ve never heard him make a disparaging comment about another geocacher or anohter person’s caches. To sum it up, OF has mana in the NZ geocaching community.
    Well done and happy caching to all three nominees!

  • Max Mustermann

    I think that Jon Doe should win, he always wins, so why should he not win this month?

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.n.courtright Beth N’ John Courtright

    Our vote is for MulderNScully…these two cachers bring enthusiasm, ingenuity, and a sense of adventure to our communities caching experience. Whenever we head to Miami we try to look for one or more of their caches because we know they will be well thought out and take us to a neat spot. They are friendly and welcoming to new cachers; willing to take time to discuss great places to cache. I think they epitomize what this hobby/sport/addiction is all about….fun!

  • TriIIian

    I’m very disappointed by the “geocacher of the month” feature. This is why: it doesn’t unite the worldwide geocaching community. On the contrary: it is divding the geocachers as last month’s voting has shown. I don’t see the benefits of this at all. It’s like all the “employee of the month” rubbish: by awarding one special person – especially after nominating a couple of people you can’t seriously compare – the others (and also their supportes) must feel like “losers of the month”.

    Why not just present one geocacher each month and feature his or her outstanding merits for the geocaching community? Whoever wishes to add his or her two cents can as well do this in the comments of the respected posting. People could still be encouraged to suggest their favorite cacher.

    Please stop this ridiculous voting, especially when the result is completely intransparent!

    By arguing for one nominee you’re almost always bashing the others – either literally or virtually by neglecting them. Why should we wish to do this?

  • Love it or leave it

    such a sore loser. no wonder you didn’t win.

  • reality

    Groundspeak created the award. Of course they decide.

  • ok right

    It wasn’t an election so it seems to be your ignorance. lots of nasty comments here that isn’t censored too, so wrong again!

  • TriIIian

    what happened to the comment I wrote earlier today? it took me more than 30 minutes to write it in English. Now it’s gone. I can’t believe it. Wouldn’t I get a message if it was deleted??

  • Marty

    Hands down….MulderNScully!!! They have great hides in beautiful locations. Always very informative too. On top of that, they are extremely nice and offer advice to newer cachers (like me).

  • Jerry Lynn DellAmico

    MulderNScully!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.nelsoncasines Jennifer Nelson-Casines

    My vote is for Mulder and Scully. They have been mentors to many new cachers and are always willing to give a helping hand to a fellow cacher and some of my most memorable caching adventures are because of them. They aren’t about the numbers, they are about the places geocaching takes us to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.w.morison David W Morison

    One vote for MulderNScully!

  • Andrea

    MulderNScully!!! Believe!

  • APawInMyFace

    MulderNScully ! Organized the first meet up I’d been to in my area. Nice folks.

  • Jacquie Neetz

    MulderNScully! Believe!!

  • MamabearCrew

    MulderNScully rock the geocaching world!

  • Democracy now

    Please read the blog post above, is says “Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Featured Geocacher of the
    Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the
    geocacher you feel should be awarded the title” – So why should we write/vote or something like that when the decision is made by GS?
    They should just present the Geocacher of the month without a public voting instead of pretending to respect the comminity’s opinion

  • reality

    You have trouble reading. It isn’t about you. It is to say nice things to the people mentioned. Maybe what you say makes Groundspeak pick them over someone else. It isn’t voting. Why is that confusing?

  • reality

    You vote because someone is European? That is dumb. This isn’t vote for the European award.

  • non-american do-gooder

    German jerks?
    And we Germans are suggestet to be racists! HA!
    I hope we “jerks” keep our €29,99 and spend them for better things…
    I’ll do!!!

  • frostengel

    Lieber Schrottie,

    noch habe ich zum Glück besseres zu tun, als mich von Cachern beschimpfen zu lassen, damit ich für sie arbeite. Und wenn ich abends am PC sitze, habe ich auch besseres zu tun, als mich mit halbgaren Listings und Leuten wie uns rumschlagen zu müssen (hier in den Foren macht es noch Spaß, aber jeden Tag halte ich uns nicht aus), noch dazu ohne Entlohnung.

    Mein Respekt an die Reviewer, dass sie immer noch ihren Job machen – noch dazu relativ gut machen, will ich meinen. Nach so mancher Aktion hätte ich den Job mit den Worten “Macht euren Sch… doch allein.” hingeworfen oder würde ihn klar nicht mehr vorurteilsfrei ausführen können…. ein guter Grund, warum ich mich gar nicht als Reviewer eigne, zumindest nicht in allzuvielen Regionen. ;-)

    Also leider muss ich deinen Vorschlag danken ablehnen, ich bleibe lieber auf der anderen Seite der Cachergemeinde – die Seite, die zumindest mir noch Spaß macht.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Jochen

    PS: Sorry for the German offtopic post. :-)

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Trillian… Your original comment is below. Thank you for your words. We’re learning as we grow. The thought of honoring three geocachers each month and offering other geocachers a chance to comment helps us all learn about geocachers around the world. I worry if we at Geocaching HQ name one Geocacher of the Month. The transparency disappears and so does some of the value. Instead of celebrating 3 geocachers and learning how they give back to their communities we celebrate one individual. We’ll work on solutions for next month to help increase the celebration of the players and decrease the discontent. Thank you again for your words,
    Eric

  • This is ridiculous

    It Says “now its your turn to HELP us select the next geocacher of the month”. Maybe they looked at the votes and the cachers, and although Moenk had more votes, they found WVTim more worthy of the award.
    Anyways, I think all three people this time are worthy of the vote, but I’ll vote for Olefant because he seems pretty worthy.

  • you guys are all being racist

    What’s this? Offend other races topic? Hello, I agree that the English of Germans is better than the German of English speakers, but you don’t have to offend people by saying that “The English of most German geocachers is just ridiculous” or “Most of the US geocachers do not know that there are other languages than english and spanish…” This is a worldwide game – we’re meant to work together, not push people away!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753253153 Geo Auyantepuy

    My vote goes for
    MulderNScully Great geo friends and mentors to me as well my son, they are awesome hiking companions through the South FL wet lands!!!!

  • moenk

    Post vote for me. Protest becuase GS lets us here. GS is weak!

  • me again

    moenk is the man!

  • Einar Schisshier

    My vote goes to that cacher who will be announced by the GS HQ, so I’m on the right side!


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