September Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

The September featured nominees have been described as kind, patient, adventurous, and addicted. Groundspeak Lackeys selected these three nominees because of what they’ve said and done to inspire and encourage members of their community to get out and geocache.

August Featured Geocacher of the Month, whbaisden

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

Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be crowned.

Last month, Wendy, a.k.a. whbaisden was honored with the title of August Featured Geocacher of the Month. Whbaisden was recognized for putting together the Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail Kickoff Event that took place on September 1, 2012. She has also been a strong advocate for her community since she started geocaching in 2010.

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

SpongeBob CachePants

SpongeBob CachePants

The August Featured Geocacher of the Month, whbaisden, writes, “So much of what makes me a geocacher comes from Stuart, a.k.a. SpongeBob CachePants and his comment when we met two years ago. I had only a few finds compared to his 2,500 and he teased me that my finds were ‘not bad for a girl.’ That statement inspired me to change my entire life and become the crazy geocacher I am today. He has encouraged the people around him to be creative. His hides make you think. He has respect for the game and a name among the community that makes people want to be near him. His Gatti Land(ing) cache is my very favorite of the 6,800 I have found since his comment. Mostly, however, his work on the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail can not be unnoticed. He wrote every cache page and co-designed every aspect of the Geocoin, the website and the series. Without him and his contributions HMGT [Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail] would not exist. I’d have to say, SpongeBob isn’t bad….for a boy.”



Nominated by tallgirl84, Daniel, a.k.a. frisbee’r “is a geocaching legend! In addition to finding almost 20,000 caches, he is a great competitor in FTF’s and 5/5’s. Even though he lives well over an hour away from my hometown, he still  managed to beat myself and five other dedicated geocachers on a 5/5 kayak/canoe cache by a few hours. And he went solo! Frisbee’r is also very fast to respond to a call for help with finding caches he’s already found, without simply giving away the answers. Along with those wonderful characteristics, frisbee’r is also beyond excellent company! Despite his bad knees, he hiked up and down multiple steep and long logging roads for the Qwest series in Aberdeen, WA. This is after having done another series involving more hill climbing earlier that morning, and not once did the man complain. In fact – the other geocachers in our group and I took turns hanging back and having our own great mini-conversations with him. He is an awesome cacher and in my mind the poster-boy of what a ‘real’ geocacher is – excitable, kind, patient, adventurous and addicted!”





Nominated by Steelers Chic, Emily, a.k.a. emilierene “loves the sport of geocaching and is not selfish. She enjoys helping anyone who is interested in getting started.  She has gotten us involved by encouraging us in the beginning to just ride along and ‘see what’s out there.’  Emily plans her vacations around geocaching and her weekends are all about the sport. She has saved and saved,  and recently, she was able to purchase her new kayak so she can get geocaches on the water and on the islands.  She is a vital part of the geocaching community in Coos Bay, Oregon.  The caches she places are well thought out and draw you to places you might not go to if there wasn’t a cache there.”



Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured September 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. We will be accepting comments for September’s award through Monday, September 24th.

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.

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 a description (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 October Geocacher of the Month must be received by SundayOctober 7th.

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.

  • I would be proud to vote for SpongeBobCachePants.

  • m3a9

    Without a doubt, I’m casting my vote for EMILIERENE for September’s Geocacher of the Month! We both hail from the same small town in central PA, though we met through geocaching. She has always been an enthusiastic cacher and very welcoming to everyone involved in the game. In addition to hosting some excellent well-attended events while here (including the first event that I ever attended), Emily was an integral part in getting our local caching organization started several years ago. Before I set off for my own move to the west coast in 2010, she placed a “Good Luck” tribute cache for me near our hometown, as a way of wishing me well in my travels. This gesture meant a lot to me and shows the kind nature of her spirit. Here’s to emilierene!!!

  • justjenni

    After the HMGT weekend…Spongebob gets my vote! Fun, informative, very well done trail, and the events associated were superb!

  • Margreet

    My vote goes to SpongeBob: I heard that the Hatfield McCoy Geo Trail wouldn’t exist without him!

  • Sue Norberg


  • AR Bob

    Sponge Bob Cache Pants ….I like following him on FB

  • grizz-rider

    My vote goes to SpongeBob Cache Pants, Kelly and his co-host brought people from many states to the Hatfield/McCoy Feud Geotrail Kickoff Event and, what they thought would bring in 50 people, actually brought in over 500 people and is still bringing people today, The amount of planning and organization that was needed to handle this Event was handled very well and he should be rewarded with “GeoCacher of the Month” !!

  • Singletree Expedition

    SpongeBob CachePants ++

  • I vote for Spongebob Cachepants

  • J T

    I voter for SpongeBob. I hat a gray time with my dad at the HMGT GeoTrail when it opened. He so deserves this.

  • dslrtist

    SpongeBob is my choice. There is no more deserving cacher in the land. He is the silent partner in the HMGT and without him it would not have been the success that it was. Just ask his more vocal partner, whom he inspired with 5 little words, “Not bad for a girl”! Go SpongeBob.

  • pianoartist

    Go SpongeBob, my dad says you are the best.

  • CacheWidow

    I’m voting for SpongeBob!

  • Mineralbug

    My vote has to go to Emilierene. Even though I have not met her, she is an inspiration to cachers everywhere. In a relatively short time she logged quite a few caches in my home area while on a short visit. She sent me a message after finding a pseudo trackable that I placed in a cache just a short time before Emily visited. Since that time, I found several challenges and other caches that she visited while in the area. She is kind, encouraging, helpful, friendly, (and the list could go on and on). I look forward to meeting and making friends with geocachers like Emily that really love the sport, game and adventure that Geocaching is.

    GO EMILY!!!

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  • GeoWidower


  • Electric Water Boy

    Another 3 good choices. Voting for SpongeBob CachePants

  • bone shaker

    SpongeBobCachePants… his part in making the Hatfield/McCoy Event can’t go unnoticed!

  • Randall

    SpongeBob CachePants

  • cinistry

    My vote is for SpongeBob CachePants! He is a great guy with lots of great caches out there just waiting to be discovered.

  • sissypoo

    I love, love, love SpongeBob CachePants. He is a great guy! My vote is definetly for him.

  • Spongebob

    CachePants is our choice for the month. We met SBCP at the Kickoff to a
    Feud event in Pikeville, Ky, which happened to be the first of 7
    events for the weekend built around The Hatfield/McCoy Geotrail. SBSP worked
    with fellow Big Sandy cacher, WHBaisden to create an event filled weekend to
    bring in over 500 cachers for a first time Mega event. His caching experience
    helped create a combination of history and locations to bring cachers from all
    over the country. Not only did he recognize cachers when they attended the events,
    but he also sent personal e-mails to most attendees acknowledging their will
    attends. Now that is attention to detail. This Alabama vote goes to SpongeBob

  • lunarmist02

    My vote is for emilierene. Geocaching truly is her passion! Her enthusiasm for geocaching is out of this
    world and her smile, which she always seems to have, is contagious. From seeking out trail caches to urban hides or
    1/1 to 5/5 she is a powerful geocaching force.

  • Todd

    voting for emilierene!

  • wookieswife

    My vote is for emilierene. I have met a lot of cachers through the years of geocaching, but emilierene is the comsummate geocacher. The enthusiasm that she has for getting out there and getting every cache that she possibly can is amazing. She has cached in more than half of the US states and plans to cache in every state. She is an accomplished kayaker and is a very active member of the South Coast Geocachers Geo Navy. Most weekends you can find her out on the lakes around here paddling and caching the many and growing numbers of caches that you can only get by kayak. She has a infectious smile and an amazing amount of energy. She is always there to help any cacher, seasoned or newbie, to learn or enjoy the sport more. Emilierene is definitely the best person to be Geocacher of the Month.

  • Big Blue Truck

    Spongebob CachePants all the way!!!!

  • Hoppingcrow

    My vote is for frisbee’r. A) He’s my caching partner, so I can attest to his addiction and enthusiasm for the sport. B) I’ve been with him on several of those 5/5 adventures, and I usually let him go first to be sure it’s safe enough for me to try. C) He doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase, “I think we ought to call it a day,” even when the “day” started at 7 AM on Tuesday and you uttered the phrase at 2:30 AM Wednesday. His customary response is, “We need to get that last guardrail micro out of the way to clean the area out, and oh look! There are three more right there close.” He strategizes with maps in a big notebook. He religiously notes down details of each hide. “Dedicated” doesn’t begin to describe the man. “Utter nutcase” comes closer, and a better caching partner you’d never find!

  • lt silverfox

    Our vote is for emilierene. We enjoyed caching with her when she lived in Pennsylvania. She always had time for “one more cache”.

  • Colecops

    My vote is definitely for Spongebob!! The hard work he put into the Hatfield-McCoy Geotrail is simply amazing. He chose spots where everyone could enjoy the history of the famous Hatfields and McCoys.

  • adventuresofkfalls@yahoo.com

    I think emilierene should be the geocacher of the month she is a great asset to geocaching. She helped with a flash mob in our area that was great fun. She is an all around great person and geocacher!

  • Ticketted

    My vote is for SpongeBob CachePants.

  • Geo Walker

    I’ll cast my vote for SpongeBob. I had a chance to meet him at the Hatfield McCoy Event. I was impressed w/his ability to handle the OVERHELMING response to the event. He told me they figured if 50-75 folks showed up it would be deemed sucessful, well try over 500. Sure some thing may have been a little slow but nonetheless the event went well… Very Impressed…

  • My vote is for emilierene. She is a geocacher at heart! Karla

  • Grand High Pobah

    My vote is for Spongebob Cachepants. I think all the other nominees are deserving but he is the one I know.

  • SpongeBob CachePants gets my vote. He has done a lot for the caching community and his local community. His efforts with Mega Event the Hatfield McCoy Geotrail was a stellar effort in bringing cachers together to learn history of his area. For all the reasons that have been stated previously I think SpongeBob CachePants should be cacher of the month.

  • SpongeBob CachePants! I thought I had posted this a bit earlier today and do not see it on this list. SpongeBob has done a great thing bringing the caching community to the WV Hatfield McCoy Mega Event and GeoTrail. He is a very dedicated cacher and is deserving of this September honor.

  • Monica

    Spongebob CachePants!

  • TheRichFather

    Voting for
    emilierene. Is always fun to be around and fun to cache with!

  • julie

    I vote for emilierene because her
    passion for the sport is inspiring. She is a good geocacher representative; the
    perfect person to win. This is because she is an excellent example of how much
    fun the sport can be. Her enthusiasm is so catching that people who don’t
    geocache want to go with her just to share in her fun. She bubbles over with
    excitement to the point everyone wishes they have what she has.
    Vote for emilierene!

  • 4semmels

    Voting for emilierene!

  • I cast my vote for emilierene

  • Scott Ezra

    emilierene, she has the coolest husband ever!!!

  • Walkabout46

    My vote is for SpongeBobCachePants!

  • Frisbee’r

    Our vote is for Frisbee’r. He is the best…

  • Turtletoes/Biggie

    voting for SpongeBobcache pants

  • cactus03

    Add my name to the long list of cachers who have Dan’s (frisbee’r) number on their cell phone for PAF emergencies! Frisbee’r was one of the first cachers I met when I started caching in the Olympia area, and I was immediately struck by his enthusiasm and generosity. He seems to remember every single cache he’s ever found and every puzzle he’s ever solved — I definitely appreciate this latter skill as frisbee’r has helped me out of quite a few binds when I’ve been stuck on a tough puzzle cache. Thanks, frisbee’r!

  • Patte Cakes

    My vote is for frisbee’r…the only guy I know who’d blow an entire tank of gas to scout out a puzzle cache that he hasn’t even solved yet (e.g. a certain Fox Island cache). 😉

  • Luna Sea

    emilierene gets my vote!

  • OOPS! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to give a down arrow click thingy! lol my bad! I clicked the up arrow, too to make up for it! 🙂