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.

  • the porters

    Vote for Balkamper13

  • Voting for Ballkamper13. Sent by DGS. Good luck!! — LeLeboo_05

  • Jason

    Voting for Balkamper13.

  • bubbapuff

    Our vote is for cschooner. He has very creative caches. Some like Macgyver are two part, and you have to solve the riddle, find/use a tool he has created, before you can find the cache. Makes for a fun time for all ages. Cschooner has also cared for my daughter’s cache, which is in the middle of his series of caches along the nature preserve. His caches are a favorite for many along the bike path in Scottsdale.

  • Shawn Conlin

    Definitely a vote for balkamper13. Ted has a way with caching. He is so generous with his ability to help out in Utah’s Caching Community. He is kind, caring and an all-around great person. He has some Awesome cache placements and it is always a joy knowing that I am searching for one of his caches.
    Balkamper13, Novembers cachet of the month, for sure!!!!

  • animjason

    I love (insert sarcasm font) the votes from “GCCO” and “GCCO Board” as those are fake and not endorsed by the GCCO nor its board… Any votes by us would be under our own user names. Just my 2 cents… ~ Real GCCO President “animjason”

  • OpusTerra

    cschooner got my vote. Its amazing series of nicely done caches was a must to do when we visited Phoenix last spring.

  • cmsgthines

    I have been hunting cschooner caches since he started about a year ago. He is one of the most innovative, dedicated and all around great guy when it comes to geocaching (as well as friend). His back yard is entirely dedicated to creating devious caches. Tools, paints, trinkets, to name a few. He rides his trails every day checking on his caches and looking for more places to hide. In other words look him up in the dictionary and there’s his picture. He gives his cell number for calls for hints. My caching friends who live in Canada called me a week ago asking had I seen all the caches this guy has put out. His caches have caused me to get wet, ride my bike for ten miles looking for one string of caches. The number one reason he should be selected for Geocacher for November 2012 is that he is one of the most dedicated to the art and fun of geocaching.

  • 2045fan

    cschooner….. This past October we were visiting in Mesa & went caching along one of the canals near Scottsdale where there are many cschooner caches. The best time ever !! His caches are so creative & nothing like we had seen before! Very obvious that a lot of time & thought went into each one! He gets our vote for cacher of the month! I hope to look for more when I’m back in the area in a couple of weeks!


    We..HOOTnOWL aka Bob & Sandy Bridge nominate Al Schoon aka cschooner to be the November Geocacher of the Month…
    October 2012, we were on a caching adventure in Arizona. We flew into
    Phoenix from Pittsburgh, PA in the early afternoon. We had chosen
    several caches of cschooner to do before checking into our nearby
    What a fun trail of caches he had placed along the bike trail and
    canal. We were on an adventure of a lifetime, while searching for
    cschooner’s caches. Doing his caches made us feel like a couple of kids
    in a candy store. Every cache was completely different…Always made
    us wonder what would be the twist with the next cache. Each cache
    required a fun and mysterious task to complete. Since the weather was
    so hot we could only do a few of his caches but we are still
    talking about the ones we found. To sum it all up–the caching trail
    of cschooner was the “High Light” of our caching adventure. We cannot
    wait to return someday and complete his creative fun-filled caching
    Thank You,

  • tuxxj

    Balkamper13 gets my votes!

  • RN+terrier

    I am honored to cast my vote for Balkamper13. I both admire and applaud Balkamper13 for all his contributions to the geocaching community. He and Cacheseekers have created a spectacular Crime Scene Investigators cache series. I AM a CSI addict!! Hours and hours are put into their amazing events (folks – we are talking great homemade swag plus so much more). Each and every person is made to feel welcomed and invited. Thanks Ted for teaching me how to use my Android for geocaching – you opened a whole new world for me 😉 On a more personal note – I will never forget the beautiful tribute to my 21 year old geocaching dog (who passed a month ago) on your blog. He has a huge heart and goes out of his way for both geocachers and muggles, lol. He is an outstanding ambassador for geocachers. Congrats Balkamper13 on your nomination – you deserve it!!!

  • Jeepster

    Got to vote for cschooner. Discovered one of his caches while in Phoenix last month and had such a blast, we ended up doing over 110 of his caches. They are extremely inventive and interesting … far from the normal cache hunt. When we reported onee ofhis caches missing, he replaced it the next day. Can’t wait to go back next spring and complete the rest of his caches.
    – Jeepster

  • truman_girl101

    Cschooner gets my vote! I enjoy finding his hidden caches!

  • ARONK76

    My vote goes to CSCHOONER. When I first found one of his caches I was amazed at the ingenuity and creativity in the hide. I soon discovered more of his hides and am amazed by every single hide. Now whenever I travel to Arizona, I always make sure I go looking for a few of his hides just to make sure I have a great trip.

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  • mault mathias

    cschooner get my vote…anyone that goes for the Monkey Mug must be extraordinary

  • merlot

    cschooner has created variety of caches that require the geocacher to use imagination, power of observation, skill and sometimes even luck to find and retrieve his caches. So get on your bike or put on your hiking boots and go look for some cschooner caches in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • I vote for cschooner. While in Phoenix on a business trip, my brother and I had a chance to do quite a bit of caching. His caches were reccomended to us by another AZ cacher and we were glad they were. Many were very creative. Some of the best I have seen anywhere. Thanks for the fun! Caching name: Minnesota Boy.

  • The_Porters

    BalKamper13 is the man Keep rockin it bro

  • TheOldYoungs (TOYs)

    cschooner gets my vote. Last March while visiting Tempe with friends we stumbled across “My buckets go a hole in it” and we were hooked. He has several very creative and fun caches. We made two trips up to the area where this series of caches are hidden and had so much fun. He was on a caching maintenance run and we met him while we were looking for another of his caches (we were on the wrong side of the canal!). We are back in AZ this spring we will try and find more of his caches. All I can say is thanks for the fun.

  • okieduo

    cschooner is my vote. He does an amazing job on his caches.

  • Ray King

    Cschooner gets my vote. His hides always make it fun. He has given to the game way more than he takes. Thanks Al!

  • smithzoo

    cschooner gets a resounding vote for the entertainment, creativity, entertainment, engineering, entertainment, execution, entertainment, wonderful naming and, did I mention, entertainment his caches provide. When you go looking for a cschooner hide you never quite know what your going looking for but you will be highly entertained by the hunt and what you find.

  • McAwesome

    McAwesome thinks Balkamper13 puts the Awe min Awesome. He needs to win this contest hands down, the other guys sound like cool cachers but no one can top The Elvis of geocahing. He got me started into caching and he is awesome, he found a instruction guide on how mto make cracked marbles and we spent hours mmaking “McAwesome” Marbles for my SWAG debuet. He also looked and looked for a cord for my Geomate Jr. so I could cache while out of town with my Grandma. He loves a good first to find and he caches in any weather. I love to make swag with him. He likes to find lots more caches in a day than I can handle but when i do go on power runs with him, we always race for the find. He is always going on Caching trips and helpful to all. Balkamper13 deserves this award! Pick him, do it, do it, do it!

  • ic-it

    Thumbs up for csschooner as geocacher of the month. We were visiting in Scottsdale earlier this year and still rave to others about his bucket cache; clever and well thought out.

  • I had an opportunity to meet cschooner earlier this year, while attempting to be FTF on a cache. He is an exceptionally nice gentleman, and one heck of a cacher. All of his caches are different and very creative. You can tell that he puts a lot of thought in to each cache he places, making the game all the more enjoyable for us, the searchers! If and when you get an opportunity to be in the area, I would highly recommend putting aside some extra time to hunt for his caches. More often than not, you should be able to find more than one of his caches in any given area.

    My vote is for cschooner. He is an asset to the Geocaching community.


  • Lookin’Good

    cschooner gets our vote! We love the creativity and humor of his hides — each cache is unique and intriguing. Most are on canals or bike paths, so we get a nice walk or bike ride while having fun! He puts a lot of time and effort into making his caches enjoyable for everyone and based on the favorite points they garner, he is one of the best!

  • I vote for ballkamper13. Great Cacher, puts on exciting events and hides fantastic caches.

  • roughly22over7

    cschooner gets my vote. The very first cache I ever found was one of his!

  • l2422

    my vote is for balkamper13 he taught me about caching. There is no one I support more. I have only found 2 caches and i love them they are balkampers and one is a fake set of grapes. it took us 3 tried to find them. awesome hide and vote balkamper13

  • l2422

    i want eggs and bacon and balkamper13 to win

  • GX4

    Balkamper13, and that’s the bottom line!

  • Lachlan

    Duck 43 in Perth, Western Australia. His caches are the most amazing creations ever. Everyone that comes to our amazing city always does the “Duck Run” over 10 km. They are always a unique idea that he thinks up and no-one has ever seen before. All his caches have at least 20 + favourites and his best just have to be seen.

  • RSchoon2287

    I vote for Dad or CSchooner as everybody else knows him. Thank you everybody for the kind words it is nice to see my Dad get some recognition for something he loves to do. Your stories and comments are his reward.

  • SpongeBob CachePants

    A vote for balkamper13. Any friend of Cacheseekers is a friend of mine!!

  • Paula

    cschooner gets my vote!!!!!!!!

  • Paula Eckstein

    Al Schoon has my enthusiastic vote and my many thanks!!
    His caches are always on enjoyable paths, often near flowing waters. But more than that, the cacher quickly senses Al’s love of the game, and gains an appreciation of Al’s creative spirit, and his generosity. He must spend hours
    devising fun ways for us cachers to discover his treasurers.
    I personally am hooked on his duck series. They are such a joy to find, and always bring a smile.
    Recently, I have started a list of caches that I must share with my infant twin grandsons
    when the get a bit older – and most of those caches are cschooner’s creations.
    I can’t wait to share the little guys’ Aha! Moments.

  • AZClaimjumper

    Be sure to have a camera with you so you can share some of your grandsons’ ahhhh ha expressions & moments with cschooner & I’d like to also see the photos if we ever meet. To me, the thing that separates cschooer’s caches from others is the high percentages (16% to 60%) of all log entries on most of his caches are awarded FAVORITE points……& that’s the bottom line, that says it ALL.

  • AZClaimjumper

    I notice an Aussie, won last months Geocacher of the Month Award. And it’s truly remarkable that you, an Aussie, have heard about cschooner…..all the way down to those of you “Down Under”. You’ve definitely touched on the bottom line when you mentioned the huge percentage of FAVORITE points ALL of cschooner’s caches garner.

  • Purple Abacus

    Yes, I concur that cschooner’s caches are definitely top of the line! They are wonderfully family friendly–providing an opportunity to really think about them while still maintaining the aspect of fun and simplicity without being not too obscure and impossibly frustrating. His hides made a great tour itinerary when I would visit my mom in Scottsdale from the Great White North. Cschooner takes real pride in saturating a beautiful area with his well-crafted hides so that even if logged as “dnf”, they neither take away from the fun of just enjoying the area nor diminish the desire to return to try again. Unfortunately my mom has now moved to the Desert Ridge area so his caches are not nearly as accessible as they once were. Nonetheless, they are definitely well worth a 60 minute round trip drive for an afternoon sojourn with Caches by the King 🙂

  • AZClaimjumper

    I’ve been reading each & every comment, with great interest. My take-a-way from this entire topic is that IF I ever visit UTAH, Ill want to look for some BALKAMPER13 caches & in COLORADO I’ll want to look for some OF-ERAD caches. I hope you will want to look up CSCHOONER caches if you ever visit ARIZONA.
    All 3 geocachers are obviously well thought of in their respective states, some geocachers just stand out from the rest; such is the case with all 3 nominees for the award of November Geocacher of the Month.

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  • DeAnna

    BALKAMPER13 is one of the first and the best gets my vote

  • isme1922

    My vote is for


  • Go cache master!!! Balkamper13!!!

  • I vote balkamper13! Boo ya teddy! Good luck!

  • Osito the geocacher

    I must place my vote for Balkamper13. He was the man who showed me the ropes when I started geocaching. He has always been very kind and has extreme patience when teaching the newbies the basics of this game. I first met Ted on a camping trip in Idaho. He was playing hackey sack with his nephews and a few friends and I asked to jump in on the game. He was very friendly and said yes. After playing for a while he invited me and my girlfried to eat dinner with his family at their campsite. This dinner was where I firt heard about geocaching. His family was asking him about some of the new fun hides he had found. He was telling them about a tin man geocache just up the canyon from where we were. After dinner we all jumped in our vehicles and headed up to the trailhead that took us to the cache. We all took the short hike and just before we got there he handed his GPS to his Niece and told her she was leading the way. After letting us search for a bit he helped point her in the right direction and we found this awesome site. It was a bunch of old rusted tin parts welded together to make the body of a tin man. Inside the chest was a tuppaware box full of fun swag. I will remeber this cache forever. Since that day I have had the pleasure of joining Ted on a few great geo expeditions. We always have a great time caching with him. He has also helped us make up some really cool signature swag to leave behind in caches we find. Darcey and Ted make some of the funnest little swag items from stuff the find at the dollar store. Kids love finding caches they hide because they know they are going to get some sweet tresures. Of-Erad and cschooner sound like great guys but there is only one TED in the world. BALKAMPER13 you deserve this award thanks for all you do.

  • Dorkteam6

    Love me some balkamper13

  • Swagette

    Balkamper13 taught me my love for caching as well as countless others. He definitely is the greatest cacher I know!