The nominees for the May Geocacher of the Month deliver geocaches that wow geocachers on three continents. From Canada to Europe to Australia they deliver creative geocaches based on Snow White, Reindeer and some that even require batteries. Each geocacher named below is already a winner. They will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the Geocacher of the Month honor.
Each Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, hat and profile icon. They’ll also get a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.
In April, MulderNScully were named the Featured Geocachers of the Month. MulderNScully have been geocaching since 2008. They’re known for challenging geocachers with inventive Puzzle Geocaches. One geocacher who commented about MulderNScully wrote, “They have been mentors to many new cachers and are always willing to give a helping hand to a fellow cacher and some of my most memorable caching adventures are because of them. They aren’t about the numbers, they are about the places geocaching takes us to.”
Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.
Here are your nominees for the May Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.
Göran “McBack” Back nominated Esko Aspholm alias “Pele53.” Pele53 has won several awards for best geocaches, and hosted regular Event Caches throughout 2012 and into 2013. McBack says one series in Finland demonstrates Pele53’s geocaching ingenuity. McBack says, “He has made many caches with a lot of work behind them. He had 4 nightcaches, with a lot of work behind, with the theme Snowwhite and the seven dwarfs.
One of the latest mystery “Eihän tässä ole mitään järkeä!” (translated like “After all, this makes no sense!”) that was voted the best cache of 2012 in Finland. This has also been mentioned in magazines and even the local radio station. It needs something special to be opened, that many of us has with us when geocaching. But with about 20 geocachers at site for the First to Find hunt, they needed to call help to get it opened. =D So many of his caches are made with lot of work, and he still have many ideas to new caches.”
Josh Bernier (username Stonagal) nominates OHMIC. He says, “With close to 15,000 finds, Jacques, OHMIC has found more geocaches than any other geocacher in the Canadian province of Manitoba. He has more than 130 published caches, over six cache types. But the biggest reason I think he should be the Geocacher of the Month is because of the great work he has done in providing quality events for local geocachers. OHMIC is an interpreter at the Oak Hammock Marsh. For the past seven years, he has hosted an event in May called “Cache the Marsh“. Geocachers split into teams and explore the Interpretive Centre’s numerous exhibits to get clues as to the locations of several caches. It’s a mad race for some new FTFs, and along the way cachers learn about wetlands ecosystems and wildlife. It’s a great family-friendly competitive event that ends with a barbecue. This was the seventh year OHMIC has planned and hosted the event, and it lived up to the great things I had heard other cachers say about it. OHMIC is also a Platinum-level Earthcache Master, and the owner of a local favourite series of caches named for Santa’s reindeer.”
Peter Dose, TeamDose nominated, roymerc. He says, “Roymerc may be the best “cache placer” in Western Australia. We have travelled from the far North down to the deep South of WA, and when we came across Roy’s cache’s in the Denmark area, we knew we had found something special. He puts an exceptional amount of time and effort into the design and creation of these cache masterpieces – and as a result has attracted a large number of favourite points. There is not one of Roy’s active caches which do not have at least 1 favourite point – fairly unique we would think in the caching world.
Each cache is unique and special in its own way. Some of the caches involve electricity, other of the caches involve complex machinery. Roy’s “Bring Your Own Battery” series is also unique, and has inspired copies further afield in places like Perth.
Denmark is a very beautiful part of Australia, and with Roy living there it is also extra special for all geocachers. We think roymerc is awesome, and so do many other cachers judging by the number of favourite points he has accumulated in such a remote part of the world! For these reasons, we believe he deserves to be recognised as a cacher of the month!”
Comment below to tell us who you think should be the May Featured Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through June, 17.
If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Featured Geocacher of the Month
Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month should be received by June 14. Once Geocaching HQ has received 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 that we might learn from each other.