November Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comment

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional)

From the cold winter nights in the frigid north to the warm beaches of tropical paradise, the nominees for Geocacher of the Month share (at least) one thing in common: dedication.

Each nominee is being honored for their contributions to the geocaching community. Each will receive worldwide recognition and a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but which will be named Geocacher of the Month?

This is your opportunity to  help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition Geocoin, a hat and a profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.

Mic68 - October Geocacher of the Month
Mic68 – October Geocacher of the Month

In October, Mic68 was named Geocacher of the Month.

One geocacher who commented wrote, “After visiting (Mic68’s)“Dragonheart” I kept referring to this cache as the best I’ve ever done. By now they have published another one which we have just finished a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this cache definitely is a milestone in geocaching! Wow! In Germany people are willing to travel quite a bit if the cache is worth it and I see people flocking in. The mixture of storytelling, suspense, technical know-how and fun is hard to beat.  Also, this team is immensely nice and helpful! All in all they are very worthy candidates and I would be happy for them to win!”

Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the nominated geocacher that you feel should be awarded the title. 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.

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



Janizy – Geocacher of the Month Nominee

Milton Munoz writes, “Janizy has been one of most outstanding geocachers in the history of the hobby in Puerto Rico. She started 4 and half years ago, since then she is being a leader, creating events and inviting geocachers to the most beautiful places of the island. Her caches combine a wide variety of clever ideas and diabolic camouflages, which have become the most wanted (and frightful too) in the local arena. She has created one the most successful Multi-Cache in the south part of the island, inviting geocachers to do CITO in a beautiful coastal valley area.

Janizy has involved her entire family into the hobby: husband, 2 daughters, brother, sister, brother in law, niece and nephews. Janizy and her family are known as one the most successful FTF (First to Find) hunters of the island. Janizy has a great passion for the photography too and always is taking pictures and recording video of every geocaching adventure and produces excellent videos that she uploads in her YouTube and Vimeo channels. Janizy combines pretty well her profession as Special Education Teacher and her passion for the geocaching, recently she created the first Earth Cache published by a local geocacher on the island. For all the energy and interest that Janizy puts in to geocaching, she deserves to be honored as the geocacher of the month!”



BIGBROTHERBEAR - Nominee for Geocacher of the Month
BIGBROTHERBEAR – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Gary Goodyear writes, “I would like to submit BIGBROTHERBEAR as the Geocacher of the Month.  BBB (bigbrotherbear) and his series Quest For The Holy Grail (GC3WKNB) was an inspiration for us. Jim (bigbrotherbear) spent months planning and researching the series.  BBB has taken time out of his life for so many people to accompany them on this journey. If someone needs some help while out on the trail he is more than willing to do this for them, not just a nudge or hint, he will bring them water, food or whatever they need. BBB is involved with the Iowa Geocaching  Organization. He has hidden many caches to help make the events successful for them.

BigBrotherBear is more than the average cacher. He contributes countless hours to the community as well. His series Quest For The Hoiy Grail won the IGO peoples choice for outstanding series of 2013.

If you look at the entire series you will see that it has been awarded more than 650 favorite points in total. BBB has hiked this series with several of the teams. 8-12 miles of rough terrain, hills, river crossings and wild life. BBB is planning a new series that involves over 161 well placed caches. It has been placed submitted and is awaiting review.

BBB will take the time to get the permission to place the caches and he also maintains them. I found one of his bike trail geocaches that was in need of repair. I called BBB and told him about this. The next day he was at the site and had repaired it.”




NorthWes - Nominee for Geocacher of the Month
NorthWes – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month

Darlene Fortin writes, “I would like to nominate NorthWes of Anchorage, Alaska for geocacher of the month. NorthWes is the president of Geocache Alaska. NorthWes is a man of knowledge on his state and on Geocaching. Northwes took time out of busy life to help me organize Events and Geocaching tours for 72 geocachers who were cruising from Vancouver to Alaska. Northwes organized a Meet and Greet for the Cruisers and the locals to meet each other and supplied some awesome prizes for the Event. Northwes is a very respected cacher in his area and has many caches throughout Anchorage and works hard to keep his and other caches in the area maintained. He also guided many of us on private geocaching tours through many of the parks in Anchorage. His knowledge of Alaska was amazing to help us with the many earthcaches through out Alaska.

NorthWes also helped me with all the paperwork to make Bermuda Island Geocachers a non-profit organization. His organization is well established and has members all over the world.

He is for sure one of the best ambassador for Geocaching and is well respected by his local cachers and now all the cachers that were cruising from all over the states and Bermuda. This man surely deserves to be recognized for all his hard work he has put into geocaching for Alaska!”




Comment below to tell us who you think should be the November Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through December 30.

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 Geocacher of the Month

Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Geocacher of the Month should be received by January 3. 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.


  1. The whole community of geocachers of Puerto Rico and its association (AGPR) have joined to support Janizy in this poll. All the nominees are already winners for be among the finalists but we know that we have a strong candidate who meets all the requirements to earn this honor. She is a pillar in the geocaching community and always contribute with excellent ideas.

    We hope Janizy be selected as the geocacher of the month, without any doubt the celebration of this victory will be heard throughout Puerto Rico.

  2. I believe that groundspeak will see true qualities of big brother bear and see that proof is in the pudding bear others may talk the talk, bear walks the walk!
    You get mine brother bear

  3. I would like say that BIGBROTHERBEAR does a super job at putting out some awesome caches and series and deserves to win the honor.
    Good Luck Jim

  4. What do Bears do in the woods. Why they chase stars of course. Good luck on your nomination my friend.

  5. I give BIGBROTHERBEAR a favorite point for sure. He has done a lot for geocaching and the region. Good luck Jim.
    Bill McCarthy

  6. My vote is for Janizy! She has made great contributions to geocaching in Puerto Rico. She has helped to unite the community and has maintained active the game.

  7. Big Brother Bear is what we call Well rounded, he’s not one trick pony he has done it all!
    Midwest loves its Bear!

  8. Janizy my vote is for you because you have inspired so many geocachers and muggles and had a positive impact in the hobby around the island that you deserve this recognition, you should be the geocacher of the month!

  9. Big Brother Bear is a world class geocacher his stats prove this. His commitment to to his community is unwavering, his love of the parks and trails of Iowa are boundless. these are facts by the many endorsements That Big Brother Bear has received.
    He is inspirational He is selfless he is giving and he is awesome!!!

  10. Todavía me disfruto lo de los gusanos. Después de ese evento ya nadie quería ser líder de equipo…lol. Gracias!!!

  11. Burtonsinak would like to recommend Northwes as Geocacher of the Month. Northwes is an excellent and amazing ambassador for geocaching and particularly for geocaching in Alaska. He is a geocaching educator, a life long learner, a superb leader and administrator (multi-year president of Geocache Alaska); and an inspiration to geocaching newbies and seasoned cachers alike.

  12. Un millón de gracias por todo el apoyo y las demostraciones de afecto y agradecimiento. No tengo palabras para expresar lo feliz que me siento al leer cada comentario. Estoy inmensamente agradecida de la oportinidad que me han brindado.

  13. My support goes to NorthWes for the Geocacher of the Month. He has been instrumental in GeocacheAlaska! for years with developing great land manager relationships throughout the state. Our state organization, with Wes as President, has fostered numerous blanket geocaching permits for numerous state and federal lands all over Alaska. He is constantly stepping up to help new cachers by hosting educational events as well as delivering state-of-the-art educational presentations to cachers all over the state via internet conferences. His relentless push for CITO events has helped create numerous repeating CITO events that continue to clean up dozens of areas throughout the year (not just around Earthday, but all year long). Wes was one of the first to reach out to me back when I was a new cacher, which help set my perspective on this wonderful activity. I thoroughly enjoy working with Wes in our state organization, GeocacheAlaska! and know that he will always be one you can count on to keep geocaching alive and well in the state of Alaska! You couldn’t have picked a better candidate. -SSO JOAT

  14. Woohoo!! : D

    No words can express our gratitude to the community of geocachers, friends and family that overflowed leaving supportive comments for me. It’s my name that’s here, but it’s actually whole Puerto Rico who is celebrating this honor.

    I want to congratulate BIGBROTHERBEAR & NorthWes!! I want you to know that I admire you and would love to meet you some day and do geocaching together.

    I also want to extend a special thanks to Milton_fmh, who nominated me as the geocacher of the month. You know you’re part of my family.Thanks for being so great geocacher and friend. THANKS!

    Let’s go celebrate!


  15. I would like to add by two cents worth for NorthWes. I first met NorthWes in July 2011 while attending a Geocache Event on the Kenai Peninusla and again in Seattle, WA at the first Block Party. Our paths crossed again in the Spring of 2012 on the start of my first 6 month stay in Anchorage. NorthWes made feel welcome and proud to join Geocache Alaska. I returned to Anchorage again in 2013 and enjoyed connecting with NorthWes once more. NorthWes then set up several Events and other activities for the geocachers on the Geocaching Cruise. The one Event turned out to be the largest geocaching Event ever held in Alaska. Several of the Geocache Cruisers were friends of mine from Sacramento, CA, that I was able to visit with while I was so far from home. NorthWes also represents Geocache Alaska to Alaska State Parks, the Municipality of Anchorage Parks, and the BLM. NorthWes is a strong voice for all geocachers in the State of Alaska.

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