October Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

If you’ve logged a fun, creative or challenging geocache, and said ‘thank you’ to the cache owner – you may already know some of our October Geocacher of the Month nominees.

Grounspeak Lackeys selected these three nominees because of their creativity, effort, and dedication to provide fellow geocachers with cache hides that are sure to get the entire community raving. All three nominees this month deliver powerful geocaching experiences through creative hides.

September Geocacher of the Month, SpongeBob CachePants

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

Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be crowned The Featured Geocacher of the Month.Last month, Stuart, a.k.a. SpongeBob CachePants took the title of September Featured Geocacher of the Month. SpongeBob CachePants was recognized for for his ability to influence and encourage geocachers around him, and for his commitment to providing quality geocaches for his community. SpongeBob CachePants is also praised for his work on the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail Kickoff Event – a small community event that quickly became a Mega-Event.

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



Sherry Adams writes, “Mike, a.k.a. firedog09us has spent 27 years as a career firefighter. In his spare time, which he doesn’t have much of, he enjoys geocaching. He has introduced quite a few of his friends to this also. But what is really special about Mike’s geocaching is his hides. He has some of the coolest and most creative caches in Northeast Alabama. He puts a lot of time, effort and creativity into these hides and it shows. Almost everyone that visits one will comment on how fun, unique and clever they are.”






Nominated by duncast, John, a.k.a. TeamAstro “is a prolific finder and hider of caches, and an iconic cacher from South Australia. Very approachable and friendly, his eagerness to help out the new, and frankly give a piece of his mind on other’s caches is greatly respected in the South Australian community. Astro’s Solar System series of caches is an outstanding achievement. It is a series of caches being progressively released across Australia from Adelaide that create the worlds largest scale model of the Solar System. Astro is also the proud owner of the most popular cache in SA based on Favorite Points. Astro La Vista, Baby!”






Brandon.helm11 explains, “Whether it’s a Christmas tree, using eleven empty micro cache containers as ornaments and the twelfth as the log, or by honoring a small town by preserving local history by sharing his locations with other cachers and writing up a wonderful and informative description about each hide, Gene, a.k.a. Yowza-PA has inspired me to be creative in my own hides. Yowza-PA has also been a great advocate for this wonderful game offering tips, tricks, and techniques to others and making the experience more memorable for all of us who know his unforgettable hides.”





Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured October 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 October’s award through Sunday, October 21st.

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 November Geocacher of the Month must be received by Monday, November 5th.

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.

  • Bindiiye

    I’ve had to phone John a few times. 24/7. I vote for Astro

  • Princess Consuela

    My vote goes to Team Astro!!

  • Debbie

    I think that Firedog09us should be geocacher of the month!! He is simply awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • Aileen

    My vote goes to Firedog09us. He is an awesome person. He gives so much to his community serving the public as a Fireman. Such a dangerous job yet he is willing to risk his life to save others. I am sure he has saved many lives in the years he has done this type of work. That goes to show what a giving and caring outstanding person he is. He cares about people and has a heart of Gold. He loves God and his country. All of the things above could never describe what kind of person he is. He loves the outdoors. Keeping my fingers crossed for you Mike. Aileen :))

  • Crystal

    My vote goes to Firedog09us. He is an Awesome person. Gives much to his community serving as a fire fighter & EMT.

  • Cheyenne

    My vote is for Firedog09us. Outstanding person who gives so much back to his community.

  • Cody

    My vote goes to Firedog09us.

  • Cody

    My vote goes to Firedog09us. Sounds like he loves doing this. Also sharing this hobby with others. Sounds like he loves what he does and he is good at it. I think he gives a lot to society by being a fireman for 27 years. Very caring and giving person.

  • Jan Williams

    I believe
    firedog09us should win this month!Just because He is the BESTest ever!!

  • jazzno

    Yowza-PA is my vote- He got me hooked geocaching and is one
    of the most genuine souls I know!

  • Cheyenne

    My vote goes to Firedog09us. I like the fact that he shares his finds with his friends. Also he gives a lot to help others.

  • Svenjamin

    Teamastro is available all hours for help on caches all over Australia. His hides are educational and spread over an entire continent. An amazing cacher.

  • Engineman

    vote firedog09us here!

  • gmj3191

    Team Astro … although I have never met him, and I live in Victoria, I’m aware of his activities and his reputation via social media, and reading his logs on caches I have found. I’m also well aware of his fantastic caches through discussions in the caching community. He is a geocaching pioneer in Australia and would be a well deserved winner of the award.