November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

The November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees provide their geocaching communities with a little TLC (tender loving care). They maintain for their own hides, but they are always willing to lend a helping hand with geocaches that are not their own. These geocachers are dedicated to doing whatever they can for their geocaching community from donations, to homemade swag, to their time.

October Geocacher of the Month, TeamAstro

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

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, John, a.k.a. TeamAstro was recognized for creating the Solar System series of caches in South Australia. This series of caches is the world’s largest scale model of the Solar System. John is famous for his creative hides and is the proud owner of the most ‘Favorited’ cache in South Australia. John is also an important part of the South Australian geocaching community, and is known for his friendliness and eagerness in helping out new cachers.

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



AZClaimjumper writes, “when you go a looking for a cschooner cache, you’re in for fun and adventure far beyond anyone’s imagination.” Al, a.k.a. cschooner “is relatively new to geocaching. However, the creativity of his caches is what makes geocaching such a fun and memorable outdoor adventure each and every time I go looking for one his caches. His hides are very creative and Al takes pride in providing timely cache maintenance, if a cache, or a part of a cache is logged by a fellow geocacher as missing. Take note of the number of ‘Favorites’ that Al’s caches have accumulated before you go looking for them. Almost 60% of all log entries haven given Al’s caches a ‘Favorite’ point. If you are visiting Phoenix, do a search for cschooner to see if one of his caches has been hidden nearby. Trust me, it will be a memorable adventure. A Travel Bug  has just been put into circulation in honor of Al as my way of saying ‘thanks’ for all the fun-filled adventures his creative hides have given me.”






Nominated by TheBergstromClan, Erik, a.k.a. OF-Erad “is an amazing individual and fun cacher. Erik is always up for a caching jaunt and will go out hiking, hit a power trail, or crawl through tunnels all in the name of finding another cache with friends.  He recently ended his cache-a-day streak of over 500 days because he was caring for a friend who needed some support. He gave the friendship priority over getting one more day in his streak. OF-Erad also adopted one of the toughest tunnel caches and then completely revamped it, rescuing it from the clutches of raccoons and other muggles in the process. Erik is a selfless cacher. Even though he had a long caching streak going, he still managed to always put other cachers in the group before himself.  As he told me on multiple occasions, ‘I only need one cache to keep my streak going. Let’s go get the caches you want to get.’ The puzzle caches I’ve placed in Aurora were placed using knowledge acquired with Erik’s help. He is mostly interested in making the great game of caching more interesting, more exciting, and more fun for kids of all ages.”






Cacheseekers! writes, “Not only is Ted [a.k.a., balkamper13] the Elvis of the caching world, he is just a darn good person. He has introduced and help countless novice cachers become caching addicts. He has lent out his GPS to new cachers, spent numerous hours teaching his secrets, and invited new cachers on caching adventures and to events. He donates quality, homemade swag, time, and money to caching events. Ted is the mastermind behind the Cache Scene Investigator cache series that has a huge following. This series has everything from underwater caches to pulley system caches hoisted up a tree. This series has the Utah caching world on pins and needles waiting for the Longitude and Latitude killer to strike again. Ted also carries around a cache repair kit and leaves every cache in better condition than he finds it in. Ted also shares his caching adventures and tips on his blog at Live Love Cache.com. The list of people he has influenced and befriended is countless.”


Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured November 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 November’s award through Sunday, November 18th.

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 December Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, December 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.

  • Joe

    I was informed to vote for

    balkamper13 or else!

    Just kidding, good luck, I hope they choose you.

  • cschooner all of the way, creative doesnt even begin to describe his caches. I have almost 2000 finds, and I dont think I will ever see anything like them again.

  • lv2wj

    Ballkamper13 for us as well – has been a great friend during our years caching and does great events.

  • geo-tek

    I vote for cschooner as he has very clever hides and has put a lot of work into them. I liked My Bucket’s got a hole in it and others he has done. When I reported that “think twice” had been muggled, he went out there the same day and fixed it. He is a very ingenious cacher with lots of ideas. His shop must be a good place to see! – geo-tek

  • GC Addicted

    This St George UT cachers votes for balkamper13

  • Thanks Brandon. I apreciate you voting for me and am glad you like Our events. Cacheseekers! and myself love this game.

  • Thanks GCCO. I greatly appreciate your vote. I am overwhelmed by the responces.

  • Thank you Aubrey. You and glowingman are awesome.

  • Sweet a vote from Dr Disaster withoutout getting hit by a water balloon. I appreciate your vote and all that you do for us.

  • Thanks for your vote PairOMedicChick. If your ever in the Salt Lake City area we would love to show you around.

  • Glen thanks for pickin me, I am stoked to even be nominated.

  • Daphne you are freaking awesome. Thanks so much for your support. I am so excited to even be on here you should be on here soon yourself. Thanks for everything you do. Darcey and I hope to see you again soon.

  • Roddy I love showing and telling people about this game. If it weren’t for people doing that I may still not have known how great geocaching is. Spread the word and stop the mugglings is the way I see it. Thanks for your vote.

  • Inthemidst I think that I would like to cache with you also. If your ever in the Salt Lake area shoot us and email and we will show you some neat caches and a great time. Thanks for you vote.

  • Sweet a vote from the great Railroader. Thanks for your support Danny. We love what you and your mom do for the Utah caching game.

  • Well thank you Alton.

  • Lightsaber93/4 thanks for your support.

  • Striza is the Shizza. Thanks for all your support man. I greatly appreciate all you guys have done.

  • Thank you!

  • It has to be the shoes right 🙂 Thanks so much for your vote.

  • Thanks Ian, I am so thrilled to even be nominated.

  • Stickers25 thank you for picking me.

  • Much thanks. Hope to cache with you again soon.

  • Elizabeth thank you so much for all your help and support.

  • Awesomeman, you are the uber awesomest. Thanks for your vote.

  • Are you kidding me, I get a vote from the great firenice aka Mr Rajah aka Dick. Wow that means alot to me bud. Thanks for all the time and work you add to this game. You sir deserve a medal for putting up with us Utah geocachers LOL.

  • Generic Cacher Thanks for you vote.

  • Gee O Cacher, Thank you for your vote. I cant believe Darcey got me on here. She is the best. I hope all is well for you.

  • Adamg thanks for voting for this guy.

  • Wow I have always loved the Dirtbags but you guys have way gone above and beyond for this. Thank you all so much for all you have done to help. I dont care what anyone has to say about a dirtbag. There are always alright in my book.

  • Glowingmans Mom. Thanks for your support. I love stopping by the glowingman cache around the corner from my house just to see what cool new stuff is inside. You guys are great.

  • Cache-dude your sir are the awesome one. Thanks for your support. LONG LIVE THE KING

  • Rocky Mountain Dirtbags Thanks for all your support. I must say that without the greatest lady by my side (Darcey of cacheseekers!) all this would not be possible.

  • Jessie your the best. Thanks for keeping Dr Disaster under control sometimes 🙂

  • Doll Face you are the greatest second wife ever. Thanks for all you do for Darcey and me.

  • AZclaimjumper

    Thanks for taking the time & effort to share this heartwarming story with us. When you meet cschooner, what you see is what you get, a real straight shooter.

  • BMars7391

    Balkamper13 is my vote. Have had a lot of good times with him out caching. Or meeting at a cache at 1:00 am in the morning for a co-ftf.

  • balkamper13 has my vote. he he such a great guy i know he is good at what he does. he deserves to win with all the honors.

  • The_Simpsons

    We think balkamper13 is definately deserving of this award. His cache hides are some of our favorites and he is a great asset to our local geocaching community. We consider Ted a good friend. He throws some awesome events also! He has our vote…

  • My vote is for Balkamper13 (BK13). He is the cacher who showed me the ropes when I was new to caching. Thanks for the tips tricks and hides buddy. I hope you win.

  • Cschooner has our vote. His caches were the highlight of our trip to phoenix last year. We still laugh about them and they are the ones we tell tales about.

  • Kammy

    I think balkamper13 should win!!! He has helped so many people learn the game.

  • Phil

    Balkamper13 gets my vote

  • Stetson


  • Ballkamper13

  • GCCO Board

    We vote for OF-Erad.

  • Tene thanks so much for your support.

  • TJC852

    My vote goes with Balkamper13 he has been so active in the Utah caching community and with out him I would have never got my start LOL. I appreciate every thing him and Cacheseekers have done to make my geocaching adventures so memorable.

  • vorticity

    Erik Of-Erad is THE single most helpful cacher in Colorado. No comparison, IMHO. He has been a great addition to the Colorado Caching community from the day I met him at his driveway cache I have been nothing but appreciative. Let’s all give Erik our votes.

  • balkamper13 for sure!