Geocacher of the Month Nominees for May 2013 – Add Your Comments

Geocacher of the Month

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.

MulderNScully -  April 2013 Geocacher of the Month
MulderNScully – April 2013 Geocachers of the Month

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.


Pele53 – Geocacher of the Month Nominee

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.

The first of them is the house where they live, where Sleepy and Snowwhite is, the second was The hunters cabin, the third The princes castle and the last was the mine where the rest of the dwarfs where. The whole trail was tracked by “diamonds” in the forest, just in case Snowwhite had to find them. The first of these actually won the Ostrobothnian best other cache 2011.

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.”


Ohmic - Geocacher of the Month Nominee
Ohmic – Geocacher of the Month Nominee

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.”



roymerc - nominee for Geocacher of the Month
roymerc – nominee for Geocacher of the Month

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 geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.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 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.

  • Anu Knuutti

    Pele53 has hosted many events and made several brilliant caches. He has found over 10.000 caches, but still he is not tired of making caches for others to find. Most of the caches have required a lot of work to make and they are fun to find. Pele53 is also a very positive and friendly person, always willing to help, no matter what the problem is. I dreamed about a certain type of a cache but could not build it. Pele53 built it for me – for free :).

  • millacords

    I’m voting for pele53, his caches are of top quality and there is often lots of work behind them. As a host for geocaching events, pele53 is well known for bringing people together, and his “coffee meetings” are well worth visiting if you come to Vaasa, Finland. He has also found a great amount of caches.

  • Myst354

    I would like to vote for OHMIC his catches are always fun to find. he also is always willing to give a person a hint if you are stuck on a difficult puzzle.

  • Torkkeli

    I’m voting for Pele53. He is good example to all geocachers!

  • Stonagal

    I enthusiastically cast my vote for OHMIC, a great geocacher and great person. I neglected to mention he is also a past president of the Manitoba Geocaching Association. Go Jacques!

  • GlfWid0

    I vote OHMIC!!!! Met him in Kenora when my caching nickname was Sarada69….thanks for driving out to an event in Kenora OHMIC!

  • ToonYogi

    I vote for OHMIC….

  • fallyn

    My vote goes for OHMIC! I have yet to meet him in person, although I have and I think he was unaware 😀 as I was “illegally” on the roof of the Oak Hammock Marsh. He has 132 great hides, most of which are orientated with the marsh theme. He is a dedicated cacher always willing to help and be involved. GOOOO Jacques! (OHMIC)

  • MrMission

    My vote is definitely for OHMIC for all of the reasons stated. Great events, fun caches, travels to world to find new interesting places to cache, and is an outstanding ambassador for geocaching and wildlife in the media.

  • Geodoc

    I vote for OHMIC! Stonagals nomination report says it all!

  • Bruce Dyck

    OHMIC has my vote.

  • Stacy Robertson Bosak

    OHMIC all the way!!! not only do his stats say it all, he is probably the friendliest man out there, always willing to go the extra for anyone. Way to go OHMIC on your Nomination!!

  • Sharon and Ron Friesen

    Our vote is for OHMIC – he’s a wonderful cache hider with creative caches, complimentary on the cache finds, and an all around friendly person to get to know. Xplorer and Ramblin’ Rose

  • Antihiro

    My vote is definitely for OHMIC. If you live even remotely close to the province you’ve heard of him, his caches or his events. He always has an interesting story to tell and would be a great addition to the wall of Geocachers-Of-The-Month!

  • Dave Hickman II

    I just read through some cache listings for each of the nominees. They are all top rate COs and should be commended. However roymerc blew me away with his cache ideas. I am envious of the people in his nook of the world, such brilliantly unique caches! In fact I feel inspired to do something similar here in Kansas City.

    Dave aka Origamifolder

  • crackerjackie

    My vote is for OHMIC!!! He is a great promoter of geocaching and does excellent introductory sessions on geocaching. His yearly Cache the Marsh event is awesome! He makes neat caches. One was a giant mass of burrs!!!

  • dragon flyer

    I vote for OHMIC! I’d read up on numerous of his caches in preparation for a long trek to points east from Vancouver, BC last summer, but the Cache the Marsh event was the clincher. I used to live in Winnipeg, and always wanted to visit Oak Hammock Marsh… But sadly, I didn’t make it to MB in time; on another trip I will ensure that doesn’t happen again!

  • dani_carriere

    I have to say OHMIC, hands down. Aside from his work at Oak Hammock Marsh and with Duck Unlimited, OHMIC has single-handedly introduced geocaching to many tourism groups and municipalities in the Province of Manitoba. Many tourism related references to geocaching in Manitoba are definitely the direct result of a presentation, or discussion, OHMIC has had on the subject. He has a degree in Geology and is well-versed in ecology and earth sciences. He is very enthusiastic about his interests and his enthusiasm is contagious. All of his hidden caches have an educational slant on it, whether he’s trying to tell you about aquafers, plant life, or species of waterfowl. And all of them are enjoyable and worth the effort to find.
    I have had the opportunity to cache with him on many occasions and can honestly say that my find count has increased exponentially as a result. OHMIC, earth-friendly, enthusiastic, avid cacher. He is *the* ambassador of Geo.

  • Oakbank24

    I vote for OHMIC because his Cache the Marsh event held yearly is so much fun. Oakbank24.

  • trag_cachers

    I would like to submit my vote for OHMIC! He is a great and inspiring individual! His excitement for life and geocaching is second to none, and that excitement can’t help but rub off on everyone he meets. He has tons of finds, and lots of hides, but perhaps his greatest gift to the Geocaching community is the countless number of radio, television, and newspaper interviews he has done talking about how wonderful Geocaching is! OHMIC is very deserving to be recognized as Geocacher of the Month and I am proud to know him!!

  • hokki

    I vote for pele53 because he is a funny, interresting man and makes really great caches!

  • Sorlax

    My vote goes to Pele53.He’s amazing caches have given me many exiting and delightful geocaching experiences.

  • hoggerjeff

    OHMIC is the man. Jacques is probably the most dedicated geocacher I’ve ever met. He eats, sleeps and breathes this hobby and if anyone deserves recognition for the work he’s done to promote it, not only in Manitoba but everywhere he goes, this is the person. I’ve had the privilege of serving on the board of the Manitoba Geocaching Association with Jacques and his dedication is incredible. The most amazing thing about him is his infectious personality. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the man without a big smile on his face. Besides, with almost 15,000 finds and over 130 quality hides in just over 10 years, the man is a caching machine! That’s on top of his full time job and the spare time he takes to promote caching and educate new players.

  • 156 Paris

    OHMIC, for not only cache the marsh, but all those finds!

  • gievlos

    I vote for pele53. He says that every cach is a good cache!

  • akkatracker

    Roymerc’s caches are some of the best in the country and are seriously fun.
    Brilliant caches and apparently a top guy as well.

  • pikkopro

    I’m voting for Pele53!

  • xanilus

    I’m voting for pele53. He is amazing person and his caches… You just get “wow” experience everytime

  • Steve Webber

    I’m going with Roymerc. I have done most of his caches and am yet to
    find any thing else that comes close to the effort that he puts into his

  • reinikka

    My vote goes defenitely to Pele53!!!

  • millione

    My vote goes to Pele53. He brings cachers together in nice coffee meetings and makes everyone feel comfortable. He puts a great effort in own caches (known as Pele53 quality) and has found a remarkable amount of caches.

  • Marion Ziller

    I vote for Pele53

  • S.T.D.K

    My vote is for OHMIC. His dedication to the sport and his promotion of it are second to none. His “Cache the Marsh” event is not only fun, but educational at the same time. It’s rare to not see him at an event and even more rare to see him without a smile.

  • ruylopez

    OHMIC has my vote. His work to promote geocaching in Manitoba through many years of hard work is outstanding. He is also one of the friendliest cachers and a pleasure to cache with and get to know.

  • Trisha Tarr

    I’d like to vote for OHMIC, We loved the Santa’s Reindeer cache’s. He’s always been very helpful and friendly as well.

  • Shebaz Jenkins

    My vote is for OHMIC. HIs work here in Manitoba has directly boosted the exposure here. He puts out some phenomenal caches too.

  • gnirips

    Our vote is for OHMIC. In addition to his significant number of finds, hides and events, OHMIC is a true Ambassador of the sport of Geocaching. He enthusiastically promotes Geocaching in his role as Interpretor at Oak Hammock but has also taken on many outreach initiatives on behalf of the MBGA. A very worthy Cacher of the Month nominee.

  • WildlifeLady

    My vote is for Pele53. I would love to be able to find one of his caches. The other contestants are awesome too, but I try to make my caches fun, history included and interesting also so I reckon that is why Pele53 is pulling me to vote for him. THANKS FOR THE FUN and happy caching to everyone!

  • Mark S. von Hinten

    Pele53 ist definitiv der Mann der Stunde, nicht nur, dass er sehr tolle bis hervorragende Caches auslegt, nein, er ist auch noch Finne, und es ist nur konsequent, dass jemand aus einer so schönen Region gewinnt.

  • Julie Gelmich

    I’m voting for OHMIC, he’s a great guy & his caches are awesome!

  • Petri Pelkonen

    Vote for Pele53. Quality caches that are pleasure to found.

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  • Ivant Sumcache

    OHMIC for Cacher of the Month! He definately has my vote!

  • disqus_FphSfioKZz

    My vote goes to Mr Pele53.

  • Meemomydog

    I’m voting for OHMIC!!! His cache the Marsh events are so fun – and he is great at promoting geocaching in Manitoba!!

  • festucafinder

    I vote for OHMIC. Apparently we share similar interests in equipment! He is a well-known geocache finder and placer in our province. It would be a well-deserved title!

  • KeeGee

    OHMIC gets my vote. The media ambassador, the friendliness, the event-hosting, the creative cache hiding – don’t forget the stats. All Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states, much of Europe, four continents.

  • cahoots101

    i vote for

  • Sandy Welbergen

    I am voting for OHMIC! He is an amazing guy, super smart and personable, and terrific spokesperson for both Oak Hammock Marsh and geocaching. His geocache hides are always inventive and challenge you to think outside the box. I admire his tenacity and his ability to find time to geocache wherever and whenever he goes!

  • TXNCHK_and_MonkeyMan

    I vote for OHMIC because he is amazing!! He is so helpful and friendly to new cachers and is one of the most fun people to go caching with! He is in great shape and has no limits when it comes to finding a cache…and his energy knows no bounds! He has also been caching in so many neat and wonderful places…I love living vicariously through his photos and stories! OHMIC rocks!! ~TeXaN CHicK