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North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment Now

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

Sometimes continents must choose. Welcome to an all North American edition of Geocacher of the Month. This month we’re introduced to three geocaching community champs from North America. They’re already winners: recognized by their local communities, placers of inventive and well-loved geocaches and all-around advocates for new geocachers to join the adventure.

Your comments below help decide who takes home the earned, never-for-sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the 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.

iPajero was named the Geocacher of the Month for March for helping unite the geocaching community in South Africa. One comment read, “We’d sum them up as a mix of irrepressible energy, indefatigable commitment to finding caches and a clever impish sense of humour when creating their own caches!”

iPajero – Geocachers of the Month

Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A  panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.

 

Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month.

Write a supportive comment for the nominated geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.

hurleyanne

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

Nominated by Delaronda_Hillbillies:

Hurleyanne started caching in July 2006 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was one of a handful of people who started the Saskatoon and Area Geocaching Association in 2011 and has been on the executive since March 2013. This group hosts a 24 [hour] event each year, which includes a midnight “dine and dash”, a pancake breakfast and finishes with a BBQ. Well over 100 cachers attend this event every year and appreciate all the hard work that Hurleyanne and her fellow executive members put into it. In March of 2013 she traveled to California and Arizona to find a number of Route 66 caches by herself. She had such a great time that she returned in March of 2014 with a couple of other cachers from Saskatoon to do the TS trail in Nevada as well as approximately 400 caches on the ET trail. During the month of March she found 2907 caches with her most successful day being March 18th when she found 717 caches.

 

 

 

 

 

zacknmom

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

Nominated by dakotahillbillies:

zacknmom is a well rounded cacher in the Black Hills of South Dakota. You will find her name in about every logbook and more. She is crazy enough to cache at dusk, dawn, at night, in the cold & heat. Because of her drive to geocache, she has made it fun for those of us who cache with here too.

zacknmom has been active in geocaching events, CITOs and had events of her own. She has some really fun hiking caches. If a person needs help finding a cache she is always there to lend a hand. The stories she tells are so funny about her adventures! zacknmom takes a lot of pictures so we can enjoy her adventure as if we were there with her. One thing I know for sure, if you hide a cache, she is going to find it. With over 6.600 finds, it would be hard to stump her even if you tried.

Baytown Bert

Baytown Bert - nominee for Geocacher of the Month
Baytown Bert – nominee for Geocacher of the Month

 

 

Nominated by Lilsprinkles67:

You can’t help but get caught up in his enthusiasm for geocaching and life itself. He writes the funniest logs in the caches he finds, posts funny pictures of himself, had been known to wear a funny hat, wig, fake teeth, anything that would let people know when Bert is around – things are going to be out of this world fun and surprising.

Bert is real active in his community by organizing and participating in teaching geocaching classes, hosts events including CITOs, mentors geocachers, maintains several web pages not only about geocaching but Baytown as a whole. He meets and works with local community leaders about geocaching and has a set of goals to make geocaching better, safer, more fun, train other geocachers in nearby towns to be able to teach geocaching in their communities “pass it on” if you will.

 

 

 

 

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the April Geocacher of the Month. Comments accepted through through May 28.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

Announcing the January Geocacher of the Month

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

Geocachers from around the globe commented on their favorite geocachers, even if they only know them through their glowing reputation. It’s a small geocaching world out there and through nominees,  the worldwide community learned about three amazing geocachers this month.

Each of the nominees is already a winner, with a prize package headed their way. But only one geocacher can be named Geocacher of the Month.

All the nominees add an important contribution to their local communities and inspire the global geocaching community. Each will receive special recognition for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ  reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.

A geocaching pioneer from a progressive geocaching state in the U.S. claimed the title of January’s Geocacher of the Month: MikeOtt.

One comment reads, “He is not the reason I joined Geocaching but he is certainly one of the reasons I am still involved. He has taken a huge role in our state with organizing events and special caches. He has a unique way of finding the “right spot” for a cache. Always an educational experience in one way or another. Thanks. Mike for all you do for new cachers as well as veteran cachers!!”

MikeOtt is one of geocaching’s top geocache makers. Celebrate makers, learn the craft of creating clever geocaches and earn a new digital souvenir for your geocaching profile at a Maker Madness event near you.

MikeOtt - January Geocacher of the Month
MikeOtt – January Geocacher of the Month

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com

Every nomination must include the following items and abide by the following guidelines:

  • 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 Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.

Congratulations again to Mike  for being recognized as the Geocacher of the Month for January.

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Picture This: A Geocaching Trackable Frames a Journey

Geocaching trackables travel far and wide—hopping from geocache to geocache in the hands of geocachers. If we could hear the stories they had to tell, we’d have an endless supply of tales that include action, adventure, love and maybe even some sci-fi. We haven’t developed talking trackables just yet (soon?), but they can still tell a story via the pictures you post on the trackable’s page. The next time you pick up a Travel Bug or Geocoin, make sure to add to the story and post a photo of its journey to the next geocache. You could help tell a story like Kelly Frazee (geocaching name: kelwin).

Kelly recently had the opportunity to take a picture perfect bike tour across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand—and she brought along the perfect travel companion: a Geocaching trackable. The trackable, “Picture This” (TBKXCT), is an ornate wooden frame and has the mission to collect as many interesting photos as possible. So as she pedaled along the Silk Roads, she took photos of the trackable and posted them in a note on the trackable’s page. Here are a few photos of this amazing journey:

Wat Phra Si Sanphet Ayutthaya, Thailand Photo by Kelly Frazee
Wat Phra Si Sanphet Ayutthaya, Thailand Photo by Kelly Frazee
Bayon Temple Siem Reap, Cambodia Photo by Kelly Frazee
Bayon Temple Siem Reap, Cambodia Photo by Kelly Frazee
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Photo by Kelly Frazee
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Photo by Kelly Frazee
Angkor Wat Temple Siem Reap, Cambodia Photo by Kelly Frazee
Angkor Wat Temple Siem Reap, Cambodia Photo by Kelly Frazee
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Photo by Kelly Frazee
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Photo by Kelly Frazee

 

Have you taken any trackables to amazing locations? Tell the story and post the photos below.

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A Busy Day for Geocaching HQ’er MissJenn in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Unfortunately MissJenn couldn't bring this Corvette back with her to Geocaching HQ.
Unfortunately MissJenn couldn’t bring this Corvette back with her to Geocaching HQ.

I had the pleasure of attending the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This exhibit has been the torque of this town (get it?). See it while you can. It will be there until May 4, 2014.

Many of us took advantage of this very rare opportunity to have a so-called “Busy Day of Geocaching” – a day in which you can find a full dozen different cache types. The eager community fastened their seatbelts to geocache across Bowling Green. Up for grabs were a CITO event, a regular event, some experimental Lab caches, a Wherigo cache, as well as the Maze Exhibit itself. At least one Bookmark List detailed the possibilities. The Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club (MTGC) came out in full force to support this Busy Day with a cheery group of volunteers clad in blue t-shirts made just for this day.

Corvette Lab Caches.
Corvette Lab Caches.

We are most grateful to Melinda of the 6Lindseys, a Bowling Green local and veteran geocacher, who was instrumental in making all of this happen—and all on her birthday! She and the MTGC secured a generous stack of door prizes that filled up an 8-foot table: boots, GPS devices, unactivated trackable items, swag for cache containers, area souvenirs and much more. Thank you to these organizations that support the geocaching community so generously.

The 10 Lab Cache containers were judiciously painted with colors relevant to that portion of Corvette design history, matching the cars displayed as each Lab Cache’s cover image. Additional decoupage treatment completed the iconic look of each one. I was tempted to take one these attractive containers back to Geocaching HQ with me. It’s a good thing that I didn’t: rumor has it that these 10 will re-appear nearby in another Corvette-related project.

And now, it’s time for some photos:

A Corvette mockup.
As soon as you drive up to the Corvette Museum’s expansive grounds, you are greeted by this enticing mockup of the early Corvette body style. This was made even more enticing because parked right behind it was one of the Lab Caches. MonkeyBrad and SalPal make the find.
AbbysGrammy admired this 2014 Torch Red Convertible displayed at the lobby while awaiting pickup from its owners, Jim & Kay Gooderham.
AbbysGrammy admired this 2014 Torch Red Convertible displayed at the lobby while awaiting pickup from its owners, Jim & Kay Gooderham.
The area reviewers who attended were bold enough to take the stage to answer questions from the audience, as well as to give tips and advice on how best to submit appropriate geocaches. Pictured from left to right are: Doctor Teeth (KY), IronHorseReviewer (KY), Bluegrass Reviewer (KY), Thunder-Chicken (KY), TheScarlettReviewer (IL), Hoosier Reviewer, (IL), NCreviewer (NC) and Dogwood_Reviewer (NC). Serving as emcee and working the crowd was The Seanachai (TN), not pictured.
The area reviewers who attended were bold enough to take the stage to answer questions from the audience, as well as to give tips and advice on how best to submit appropriate geocaches. Pictured from left to right are: Doctor Teeth (KY), IronHorseReviewer (KY), Bluegrass Reviewer (KY), Thunder-Chicken (KY), TheScarlettReviewer (IL), Hoosier Reviewer, (IL), NCreviewer (NC) and Dogwood_Reviewer (NC). Serving as emcee and working the crowd was The Seanachai (TN), not pictured.

 

 

Editors Note: We’re very sorry to hear about the sinkhole that opened up in the museum. We’re incredibly glad that no one was hurt in the disaster and incredibly sad that 8 beautiful Corvettes were destroyed.

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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.

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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!”

 Kalleson

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

 

CKayaks

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.