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.

  • geegee

    firedog09us gets my vote! He knows everything about everything!! He really encourages everyone to try caching and loves to get people excited about their finds.

  • Peter Aiken

    Clear Skies for Team Astro!

  • firedog09us for me – I just ran across his “A-MAZE-ing” cache and now I can’t wait to see all his others!

  • another vote for firedog09us……go Mike

  • maikel&ilke

    Firedog98us gets my vote

  • Lisa Eiland

    Team Firedog09us!!

  • Karen Twilley


  • Nemocamaro

    My vote is emphatically for yowza-pa. This summer, my daughter was born. Instead of having her close to home, my wife was sent to a more specialized hospital quite a distance away. Luckily for me, it happened to be the home town of Gene. His well placed caches helped me physically work out my frustrations with a good hike and his puzzle series kept my mind busy when i needed the most distraction.

  • joejr10@msn.com

    Yowza-PA has my vote!

  • Autumn Nelson


  • Bryan Wenzel

    A vote for Yowza-pa!!

  • Meems

    Firedog09Us!!! All the Way!!!!

  • Dougs94 and Linda

    firedog09us, we always look forward to his caches.

  • Gratzstorm

    Yowza-PA has my vote!

  • Stevensons a Searchin

    Yowza-PA has our vote

  • jen

    Firedog09us gets my vote…

  • Bob

    Firedog09us has my vote….

  • Team Stargazer

    Here’s another nomination for Team Astro! It’s all Astro’s fault that Geocaching came into my life in the first place so I’d love to see him be ‘punished’ with this month honour … clear skies John 🙂 Team Stargazer

  • David

    Add a vote for firedog09us from me. Refreshing creativity and much appreciated hides. Good write-ups on his listings too.

  • Julian Sporne (Trail06)

    Team Astro is my vote. He plants great caches that are both fun and educational. A highlight for me was camping out after a long day caching and Astro teaching us about the solar system and the constellations. Definitely Team Astro for me.

  • Michelle

    Firedog09Us..has my vote! Awesome guy

  • Spooky

    My vote is for firedog09us…His hides are amazing…One of a kind….

  • JuneBug

    Firedog09us all the way…


    Yowza-PA gets our vote. He dove whole-heartedly into caching and uses some interesting “containers” for his hides, not to mention his write-ups!

  • firedog09us

  • Tuts

    firedog09us has my vote.

  • mosey1946

    firedog09us Goooooooooo mikey you have my vote.Hugs Mosey

  • I vote for firedog09us! He’s a great guy!

  • oopsie_daisy

    voting for firedog09us

  • norman walton

    i vote for

  • firedog09us

  • another vote for firedog09us.. he is a kind and caring man who i admire deeply

  • firedog09us

  • duncast

    Despite the fact that I nominated him, I’d be allowed to post something here too I guess? 🙂 As a new cacher myself, TeamAstro has directly and indirectly contributed quite a bit to my own passion of the game. And I know my own experience isn’t unique based on the glassy-eyed stories of Astro’s exploits from other, more experienced cachers I’ve met on my travels and at events. Team Astro has literally travelled the length and breadth of Australia with his cache hides, inspired others to look skywards with their caches, and is completely selfless in the way he conducts himself around other cachers. One of my fondest memories during my albeit short caching career was finding the TeamAstro dedication cache on the Wanderingheros trail (GC30697). Not only is Astro’s caches uniquely fantastic, caches dedicated to him are also. He just oozes inspiration. He might have a few choice words to say about micros in the bush, but its all about educating new people like me the proper etiquette of the game. TeamAstro is an absolute force behind the caching scene in Australia, and deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month.

  • WillowthWisp

    Another vote for TeamAstro. Always willing to help out – esp on the phone – 24/7!! clear skies there.

  • Kerri

    TeamAstro for me

  • Gr8sweetpea

    Mmmmm….now let me think…..oh clear skies! TeamAstro has my vote 🙂

  • broncaileig

    Go TeamAstro

  • Tomi

    TeamAstro all the way!

  • Jeff

    Vote for firedog! wirework1@aol.com

  • obaxter

    Another vote for firedog… Mike has introduced many to geocaching…his patience with newbies, his hides at our area’s historic sites plus his cleverly designed caches make his a great choice.

  • Launa W

    How many cachers can boast a number of caches spread over an area of 7.7million sq/km? Teamastro is the clear choice this month.

  • firedog09us he is awesome..

  • Sue Hampton

    My vote is for
    firedog09us…. Great guy!

  • Jasmine Beachy

    I vote for firedog09us

  • Team Hamam

    TeamAstro gets my vote. Not only in the local area, but right across Australia, John/Astro has influenced and introduced lots of people to geocaching. The solar system caches, placed way back in 2003 are still there (I don’t think any have been muggled) – amazing in its own right. These educational and fun caches are amazing but even more incredible as they are an actual scale model of the solar system. Surely this month, there is a clear winner!! Australia needs a winner too!!!

  • Wesley82

    Go Astro. Thanks for getting me out an about even thought I’m 86 years young. Always encouraging me to go the extra mile. Clear skies!!!!!!!!!

  • foxsparrow41

    firedog09us gets my vote. Great fun and great history in his hides.

  • Janet Williams

    My vote is going for firedog09us…Really great person…Helps alot of people…

  • Janet Williams

    My vote goes for firedog09us…Really great guy…Helps alot of people….