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.

  • disqus_aBA5Oz94J9

    My vote is for roymerc. He is a master of inventiveness and specialises in electronic caches often with a touch of whimsy. His caches are loved by youngsters through to well seasoned cachers. We can’t get enough of roymerc.

  • tangowithcupcake

    I am voting for Roymerc. His amazing caches have helped put Denmark on the tourist trail. Many cachers who were only going to stay for one day stay for longer simply to experience the electronic and mechanical masterpieces created by this brilliant individual. A cache which rises from the ground after all the steps have been completed, a bomb which explodes if not defused correctly, and so many other brilliant creations. There is nothing like this anywhere else!

  • o’cholio

    My vote’s for roymerc: the ideas behind his creations are amazing in principle, but the execution of the idea is incredible. Even more amazing is the documentation he includes with each cache; professionally written/drawn schematics and explanations of how he built each device are supplied. The jewel in his crown would have to be ‘My Myst Take’, a solar-powered physical manifestation of the 90’s computer game ‘Myst’. It has to be seen to be believed!

  • Tnphotobug

    All of the nominees look good, but I’m going to vote for OHMIC. I’m a biology major, and it looks like he does cool biology related caching. 🙂

  • Ian Mackereth

    Roymerc has redefined caching in his area, and cachers visiting Perth from elsewhere in Australia or the world are routinely advised to make the 4 or 5 hour drive (each way) to Denmark, his home base, to find his amazing caches. And those that do are always glad they did.

    Several of his caches have 80%+ favourite ratios, including a few 100% ones!

    We’ve found some wonderful caches in various countries and States, some of them showing amazing workmanship and skills, but nothing to compare to Roymerc’s work. And there’s so many of them, hardly any of them ‘ordinary’ in any way!

    I’m already insanely jealous of his cache-making skills, so adding GotM to his resume won’t make any difference!
    – Ian, the bearded half of Bear_Left

  • fluffyfish

    I vote for roymerc. the quality of his cache construction is unrivaled in Australia.

  • spatialriq

    roymerc is a legend in the Western Australian and Australian geocaching community and hopefully the world. I’ve only sampled a small number of his caches and have given them all fav points as they are simply works of engineering art. His attention to detail is stunning. He’s got my vote!

  • R0gue

    I vote for roymerc

  • urch

    Roymerc – the cache creating genius of the South West, renowned throughout the country! Unique and beautifully constructed caches, in great locations, an absolute joy to find, and always the top of recommended ‘to do’ caches for any visitors, despite the distance involved.

  • Dan Roworth

    Voting for Roymerc- I spent a family holiday in Denmark recently and had just started caching. Roymerc’s caches were simply amazing, well crafted, generally easily accessible and innovative. No sistema containers here. I particularly remember a surprise cache that was at a historical restoration society. It was a small multi- find a crank handle, go to coord B, insert crank handle and turn, watch pretty lights on barbers poll and wait for something to happen. Not realising that in addition to making the pretty lights I was lowering the cache down from the ceiling- I noticed it when it hit my head though. Suprise!

  • Shannan Cotterill

    My vote is for Roymerc, good luck!

  • Janine Lord

    My vote is for Roymerc, can’t wait for our chrissy holidays to Denmark to visit all of his caches!

  • Hosta Hunter

    voting for Ohmic

  • stamstars

    We’ve done 10 of roymerc’s caches and they are surprisingly good, amazing actually. The effort he puts in, both thought and handiwork, is truelly amazing. The guy is just out there. We vote for roymerc

  • Susan Scarf

    I am voting for Roymerc as he is an inspiration to Perth’s geocahers and really raises the standard

  • Sfibol

    Well, ROYMERC is my personal all time favorite. My vote goes for him. Such interesting mechanisms, all very different but equally fantastic, I always use them as the best examples of caches around when I introduce muggles to the game.

  • Sylken

    While visiting Western Australia we found our first Roymerc cache almost by accident. One of his BYO Battery caches was the closest to where we were staying so we casually walked up to find it. What a surprise!! After that we were almost running to find the next Roymerc cache. After logging every one of his caches available during our much extended stay (34 in all from memory at the time) we had well and truly run out of superlatives to use in our logs.
    His design, construction, execution and maintenance of his caches is first class and many of them take months of work to complete.
    He is careful to get permission from the shire or other authorities to install his caches…often in full view in public places.
    We are sure any geocacher in the world would enjoy finding his caches. His efforts can only benefit the world of geocaching. He gets our vote for sure.

  • amryall

    roymerc gets my vote of course because he’s a West Australian like me! I hear nothing but praise about this guy and I’m trying hard to travel to find, attempt to find some of his famous caches! Good Luck mate, from amryall!

  • BelKen

    Our vote would go with the local(to us) RoyMerc. For us computer nerds who have ever played the Riven/Myst games you will get an idea of the level of work that goes into his caches. They are a credit to his skill and we are blessed to at least have them close to us.

  • JB.

    My vote is definitely for OHMIC for all of the reasons stated in the nomination. I’m proud to know him and to have him in my speed dial. Posted by JB.

  • Jabbywockyz

    I vote for OHMIC. A true pioneer of Geocaching for Manitoba! I agree with everything said in Stonagal’s nomination. We look forward to another adventure to the marsh and finding more of OHMICs caches.

  • Hockey_family

    Definitely OHMIC!! We met him at an event last year and he is a great guy! Even though we have never been to his events, we’ve cached at Oak Hammock Marsh and his caches are fun and creative!

  • AlliedOz

    Roymerc takes caching to the next level with his well constructed works of art, at every event you can hear at least one conversation regarding a Roymerc classic!
    A Roymerc Vote +fav point.

  • LouiseAnn

    I vote Roymerc

  • Swaggies

    We are voting for Roymerc, his caches are amazing! As I said in one of our post, “Thanks for making a nearly 50yo feel 10 again”. I hope he never gets sick of creating new caches for us to nut out!

  • GeoJoeJaneCashaJace

    my vote is for ohmic

  • csucat

    Roymerc’s cache are amazing! He gets my vote!!

  • teamdose

    We would love to vote for Roymerc – his caches are amazing, and he deserves to win this award!! I can’t wait to get back to Denmark and attempt more of his clever creations.

  • Adrian and Susan

    Roymerc for us, his caches are fun, and have shown what can be done with a bit of engineering knowledge. Everyone we talk to about interesting caches always name his caches in Denmark, Western Australia as the best.

    All the best from Keego_and_Chil

  • ShortcutHicksy

    I vote for roymerc, one of Western Australia’s best.

  • Peter Prassinos

    We are voting for Roymerc. We don’t know the other nominees nor how good Roymerc is in comparison. What we do know though is that for a cacher that is so far away from the main population of Australia, he has generated an amazing reputation for clever and innovative and interesting caches throughout the whole country! And he hasn’t made any attempt to self promote either. (as can be seen by the long shot photo that is supposed to reperesent Roymerc!)

  • SteKer54

    Our vote goes to Roymerc. We have thoroughly enjoyed finding all his caches and very impressed with his handiwork. Definitely the best and most fun caches we have found anywhere in the world.

  • House of Hof

    Roymerc receives my vote. Have heard wonderful things about his caches in the Denmark WA region. Looking forward to a 5 day stay in Denmark in January to experience his work first hand.

  • McAdies

    OHMIC, great Earthcaches!

  • Robmc

    I’m voting for Roymerc. When we went across the country to cache in Perth, friends had said we should make a point of spending a couple of day to drive down to Denmark to check out his caches. Although this was a long way out of our caching area, we were certainly not dissapointed.
    He puts so much thought into the design and execution of his caches, they are great. I could describe some, but it would be far better for you to go and try them for yourself.
    One particually complex one was archived at the time and we contacted him, and he came out and fixed it up for us, then took us back to his property for morning tea.
    We are hanging out for our next trip to Western Australia to see what he has thought of now.

  • pkldbutterfly

    My vote is for OHMIC. I think all the comments already speak about why he should be the geocacher of the month! 🙂

  • Glacier_ice

    OHMIC gets my vote. He has been a tremendous ambassador of Geocaching within Manitoba and outside of Manitoba. Stories of his lack of ability to say ‘no’ are legendary. He is always up for an adventure be it locally or abroad, and he is very well traveled. His work, promotion and enthusiasm for Geocaching are amazing. Wherever he is, he’s promoting it. Sometimes it is planned, other times that infectious smile hits his face as he looks at someone and asks “Have you heard about Geocaching?” What he’s done locally for Geocaching has been incredible. An annual event at an ecological preserve called Oak Hammock Marsh, a large area well known for being part of the migratory path for many different species of birds and waterfowl. He works tirelessly at educating people about his passions, of which he has a few. People I know that have had an opportunity to work with OHMIC professionally talk about him with a smile on their face. Infectious personality, tireless promoter, Geocacher extraordinaire. That’s OHMIC, a very worthy choice for Geocacher of the Month.

  • netleyhunter

    My vote is OHMIC, such an amazing person and cacher! He travels the world to cache. Thus far he has cached in 33 countries, all Canadian provinces and all American states except Alaska which as I understand it he will be caching in shortly. He served on the board of the local caching group and always puts out high quality caches that teach you something about the nature world.

  • Freebkids

    I’m voting for roymerc, I keep a spare battery in my pack just in case… 🙂 I’ve been lucky enough to do some of his caches when I was in Denmark (WA) hopefully I’ll finish his series next time I’m down. (Freebkids)

  • Feathertop

    A couple of years ago I spent time down in Denmark doing Roymerc caches. They remain all time favourites of mine and were the definite highlight of that trip to WA. I have never seen anything close to his handiwork. It is caching at another level that is seldom replicated.

  • GG+J

    I vote for OHMIC – he is intelligent, fun, friendly, energetic and helpful – a mad cacher who has been all over the world and comes back home to host the most fabulous events… and he does everything in at least 2 languages! He has done many interviews to promote geocaching in our community and hosted events to get newbies started the right way. He’s the man!

  • disqus_Vlu9yJse7I

    Voting for Roymerc!! His series in Denmark is brilliant! 😀

  • Bekstar12

    Im voting for ROYMERC, I haven’t yet had the privilege to find a Roymerc cache but am much anticipating spending some of the summer down Denmark/Albany way to do them 🙂 They are very highly regarded caches in Australia 🙂

  • Wagonmaker

    I vote for OHMIC!

  • Jason Reid

    Since moving to WA last year, i have heard nothing but great things about roymerc caches. Really can’t wait until Xmas to sample his ingenious hides … Vote 1 – roymerc 🙂

  • Pentti Pyylampi

    Absolutely Pele53. He is humble cacher, always ready to help others. He has made exellent caches, the best in Finland!

  • Geppana

    My vote goes to Pele53. He have done many great caches and hopefully more are coming!

  • Deanne Moignard

    Definitely voting roymerc as anyone in Australia should! He is a great person sharing his personal experiences and expertise. What an example to all geocachers!


  • thestormer

    My vote goes to Pele53, because even if he is one of the people in Finland with the most found caches, he still has time to make fantastic caches, for instance made the cache that was voted the best geocache in Finland in 2012, he has time to arrange popular events, and he is a social and friendly guy that always has time to talk with and help other geocachers when they meet him.

  • AkiKarhu

    Pele53. I vote goes in favor for him. Definitely!! I am sure the other nominees are also great guys, otherwise they would not be here on this nomination list. It’s just that I only know Pele. As a person he is warm and friendly and as a fellow geocacher I do enjoy his fabulous geocaches and always get glowing eyes when I see that a new “Pele-cache” had been published. YESSS! [:P]

    To make a long story short: “Pele53”!

    Thank you,