Announcing the First ‘Geocacher of the Month’

Congratulations to all the Geocacher of the Month nominees. The geocaching community is comprised of inspirational individuals – who go above and beyond in geocaching innovation, creativity, respect for the environment and helpfulness. Each nominee should be congratulated as exceptional geocachers and individuals. We should all be proud that each of the cachers are part of our worldwide community.

The choice for the first Geocacher of the Month was difficult. A panel of Lackeys, relying on voting and community comments, could ultimately choose only one.

haksu10 August Geocacher of the Month

haksu10 is the August Geocacher of the Month. Dozens of geocachers wrote in to share stories about haksu10’s humble dedication to geocaching, geocachers and his local community. haksu10 created geocache.fi site, used by most Finnish geocachers daily. He also placed nearly a hundred creative and engaging caches. One of the most memorable is GC16QCH Haksulandia. According to a Finnish geocacher, “What makes it special, though, is that it is located at haksu10′s yard. According to the description, the cache is equipped with an electric outlet in case you need to charge anything. Call before you arrive (or just ring the doorbell) and haksu10 will make you some coffee.”

haksu10 will receive a collectors Geocacher of the Month geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Geocaching.com: Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.

The other two outstanding finalists Dale & Barb and De broekies will also receive special gifts from Geocaching.com, and we hope the recognition from geocaching community for their truly outstanding contributions. We can all be inspired by reading the testimonials and comments about all the nominees from other geocachers in this blog post. Community members are encouraged to renominate those who were not awarded Geocacher of the Month.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocachers of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com.

Every nomination must meet the following requirements. Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer 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 September Geocacher of the Month must be received by September 3rd.

Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 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.



  • Geocacher90788

    This “geocacher of the month” idea is stupid enough to ruin my husband and me on geocaching.

  • Chizmo

    It is a nice idea i think and there is no reason whatsoever why somebody should give it up all together because of the reward. Now that then is stupid!!!

  • akginger

    It’s a neat idea. Recognizing people who fix up caches on their own volition, hide clever caches that are above and beyond the popular micro or ammo can in the woods… there is no limit to the reason why you would nominate a person. I know cachers that are the silent mobile cache mechanics, fixing and trying their best to notify CO who refuses to maintain what they placed. It is these people who are the reason why caching has survived the abuse of other neglectful cachers who take, use and disregard those simple rules of CITO, swap swag of equal or greater value and be aware of the folks that will follow you to that cache. THANK YOU groundspeak for this great idea to help recognize a person who goes above and beyond to make caching the truly unique experience!

  • Congrats to haksu10 I’m sure it was a difficult decision, but we will once again put up our own local cache owner/geocacher in the future. It’s acknowledging the dedication to the sport and love of the “game”. None of this is “stupid” I < only one of our team that wished it was in the USA. It's a big BIG world and we have MANY out there in it.

  • Joshism

    What is wrong with publicly recognizing and thanking geocachers who have made an outstanding contribution to the hobby/sport/game/community?

  • Fellow Geocacher

    Wow, I feel like the geocaches won’t miss you… >:( I aspire to be half the cacher haksu10  is, and it is great that Ground Speak is recognizing those who go above and beyond for this great community. I believe that TRUE Geocaching is a dedication, and to others, it’s a hobby. No need to be rude, but none-the-less, I respect your opinion.

  • snowfighter

    Good bye

  • lazuline

    Nice idea but how does this relate to the actual experience of geocaching? To single out one person of how many now? not a good idea in my book. It wreaks of a small click of”the popular people”. And how are we supposed to have any type of international communications? Waste of bandwidth…

  • What an awesome idea!  Leave it to the folks at Groundspeak to come up with this great idea. A huge congrats to haksu10 for the first GCOTM!

  • K&JMyerd

    Thanks for bring attention to this dedicated geocacher 🙂 always remember CITO! Happy hunting ya’ll 🙂

  • oemcargps

    What an awesome idea!  Leave it to the folks at Groundspeak to come up
    with this great idea. A huge congrats to haksu10 for the first GCOTM!


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