January Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comment

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin

The creator of a “school” for geocache hiders, an extreme geocacher with hides along mountain trails and the person who’s the glue that helps bind an entire state of geocachers together. We’re honoring each of these nominees for Geocacher of the Month 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.

In December, Siig was named Geocacher of the Month.

Siig – Winner Geocacher of the Month January 2014

One geocacher who commented wrote, “Hands down winner this month must be siig! There is a reason why they are by far the team in Denmark with most favourite votings (and not just 100 as hinted above….almost 2800 favourites received!). You always leave one of their hides with a silent smile or a big and noisy laugh, as they are most often very innovative and funny caches. Their caches are well kept and always an experience.”

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 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 January 2014 Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.

 Mike Ott

Nominee for January 2014  Geocacher of the Month
Nominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the Month

Tim Werbrich writes, “MikeOtt is Delaware’s Geocaching Ambassador and the Presidential leader of the Delaware Geocachers.  Mike has over 16,500 finds and owns over 300 caches!  Mike took the lead in creating the Delaware Geocaching Trail in conjunction with Delaware Tourism.  This trail of about 70 caches takes cachers over scenic trails and to unique attractions throughout Delaware.  He also created the C & D Canal Power Trail, a trail of over 150 caches that border the scenic Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.  Mike also began the First State Challenge, an annual challenge series of caches in each of Delaware’s 3 counties.  There are a lot more things he does for geocaching.


Mike is passionate about caching, but he also promotes caching throughout the state and region.  Mike is at every event and CITO.  He encourages others to give back to caching as well.  I think he is the glue that keeps caching alive in Delaware.  Mike is the perfect example of a ambassador to geocaching.  Having cached with him in Alaska and the Northwest US, I know first hand his passion for caching.  It is my honor to nominate him as Geocacher of the Month!”


Nominee for January 2014  Geocacher of the Month
Nominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the Month
Stephan from Gonzo&Xuni writes, “Kallesons real name is Martin Hanneken. He is Co-Founder of our Geocaching Verein “Geocaching im Emsland e.V.”

He is an active part of our local geocaching community. Martin owns a mixed variety of geocaches, such as night caches, really difficult mystery caches and a nice range of clever traditional hides.

What makes him a good candidate as a geocacher of the month is the fact, that he developed a “Geocaching Owner School” which he offers as part of event caches in our local region.

Goal of these school events is to make new and old cachers aware of our guidelines, do’s and don’ts, rules, and all other aspects. Attendees of his “Owner school” will learn how to do it right.

His efforts to train and make people understand the basics of our hobby makes Martin a very good candidate for the geocacher of the month.

He owns one of the best Night caches in our local area. “The Hunt @ Night



Nominee for January 2014  Geocacher of the Month
Nominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the Month


Natalie Gray (Coralteach) writes, “I would like to nominate Cass Kalinski, otherwise known as CKayaks, for Geocacher of the Month. He not only finds all sorts of high terrain caches, etc…himself, he also places a lot of caches for others to enjoy, including an entire challenging trail in one of our largest parks. Even more than that though, is what he gives back to the geocaching community. Besides placing caches, he holds GREAT events. For two years in a row he has hosted a big event in Los Banos, CA.

He puts out 50 caches and cachers come from miles around to go out and have fun for the day. This year they were all puzzles, which was really great, and a lot of additional work for him!  He had really great coins made up for both last year and this year, and it is becoming an annual event, and could even develop into a Mega Event! In addition, he hosts CITO events, and has one coming up on Jan. 18th. His caches are clever and fun, his stats are incredible, but the time and effort he goes through to host events, is incredible. His events draw cachers from all over the Bay Area, down to the Central Coast, and turns us into a community. I don’t think you’ll find a more well rounded cacher, or anyone more deserving of the award for Geocacher of the Month. He is a legend around here, and truly merits this award.”

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the January Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through February 28.
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 March 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.










  • Edmund Bruns

    I vote for Kalleson!

  • George Menthis

    My vote is for Mike Ott. I do not live in Delaware, but I have done many of Mike’s caches.
    I look forward to the creativity of Mike’s caches, as well as the placement. He puts caches out in
    quality areas, and often they have quite a sense of humor.

    I had heard of MikeOtt, long before I had met him. He is quite the legacy amongst the geocaching community.

    He has created and led many challenges in the state, that will bring neighboring cachers into Delaware.

    I have attended many events, where Mike always has something nice to say and has quite a large group of admirers.

  • Michael

    Hey there..
    I vote for Kalleson.
    Kalleson is always the first Person of you have any question about something.
    He also always works hard and intensiv to build new caches…

  • DM117

    My vote is for Kalleson!

  • Umpire35

    I vote for Mike Ott because he is the backbone of geocaching in the Delaware area and a super guy.

  • Ump35 & Bee

    My vote is definitely for Mike Ott. He is a super person and dedicated to the goals of geocaching.

  • José Carlos

    Kalleson gets my vote! Helpfull Person. Cool caches. Good luck buddy!

  • Rudolf Wagen

    I vote for Kalleson, because he made some nice and interesting caches. He’s a good guy and also the new President of G.i.E.

  • VPDJ

    I vote for MikeOtt – his impact on East Coast Geocaching has been fantastic.

  • Börkumer

    Ich möchte meine Stimme für Kalleson abgeben und das obwohl ich als gebürtiger Ostfriese Emsländer von Natur aus hassen sollte.

    Beim Durchblick der Userprofile fiel mir zunehmend auf, dass die anderen Kandidaten zu Trails tendieren, dass ist für mich der Grund warum unser Hobby derzeit am Scheideweg steht. Kallson hingegen tritt in der deutschen Community als Hilfsbereiter Cacher auf, der gerne Anfängern den rechten Weg weißt, Konfliktpotenzial aufzeigt und aufwendige Caches erstellt.

    Falls mal wieder meine Sprachwahl in Seattle auf Taube Ohren stoßen sollte: i vote for Kalleson!

  • TAXMAN 1

    I vote for Mike Ott, Delaware’s premier cache hider. Mike has hidden over 300 caches, many in Middle Run Natural Area, a large, undeveloped park, where he also maintains the extensive trail system. Mike has also placed an extensive power trail on both sides of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. In addition, Mike hosts caching events for caches to meet and discuss their hobby. Mike is generous with his time, and is always willing to be of assistance to cachers in need of caching aid.

  • Wigoweb

    Mike Ott gets our vote for Geocacher of the Month. We have attended several outstanding events created and completed by Mike including a Saturday morning puzzle solving workshop in Lewes, DE. We have found many quality caches hidden by Mike in DE and cached with him in South Jersey. Mike is always informative and supportive of other cachers. He should be Geocacher of the Month.

  • Tor Sten

    I vote for Kalleson. Helpful and friendly cacher. He provides tips about caches and is an active member in the forum. Good Luck from OL