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Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

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Groundspeak needs your help featuring a geocacher each month that stands out by inspiring other geocachers with their innovation, creative hides and/or logs, respect for the environment, and helpfulness. More than a fifty geocachers submitted outstanding nominees from around the world.

The featured Geocacher of the Month recognition celebrates geocachers for their contributions.  A panel of Lackeys had the difficult task of selecting three of the most outstanding nominees. You can help name one of these nominees the featured “Geocacher of the Month.”

Each geocacher you see below displays extraordinary geocaching qualities including generosity and  inventiveness. Write a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you’d like to see as the September featured “Geocacher of the Month.” Those not recognized as a nominee or as the featured “Geocacher of the Month” are encouraged to submit nominations again next month.

Read the testimonials below and leave a comment with your suggestion. Some testimonials have been edited for length.

AussieCacher

(Member since 2006)

AussieCacher

Nomination by pkreun: “AussieCacher has hosted events in both the US and his native country, Australia, helping experienced and new geocachers alike. He is always willing to go out of his way to help others. In 2007 he organized a Travel Bug race from Sydney, Australia to Sioux Falls, South Dakota with 33 Travel Bugs taking part in the race.  He laminated each competitors TB details and delivered them all to the starting location in Australia. AussieCacher has created and hidden some very unique and creative geocaches in both Australia and the US. Many of these geocaches have not been seen anywhere else and were hand made from scratch.

AussieCacher thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and respects the environment immensely. During his travels geocaching he has performed CITO many times and rescued animals from turtles, birds, frogs to dumped kittens. AussieCacher has taken part in 12 CITOs and just last month he hosted his first CITO.  He has developed 12 EarthCaches as well as finding over 180.”

 

SuperGoober

(Member since 2005)

SuperGoober

Nomination by The Weasel:  “Jeff has hosted five “official” 101, 201, and 301 events. What I would like to stress is that Jeff has done WELL over 50+ 101 events for SEVERAL groups from the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Libraries, and any group that asks for a class to be held. Some of these events have been several hours away, but Jeff is always willing to lend a hand and do this.

Jeff has hosted 8 “unofficial” trips to a 5×5 caches of his, The Siege!. This is a very extreme cache which involves going over a cliff face. Jeff is ALWAYS willing to take groups to this cache to ensure their safety.

Jeff is a VERY active member of the Iowa Geocachers Organization where he has held a position on the BOD for several of years as well as part of the Land Management committee.

Jeff is a volunteer  with the Linn County Conservation, and has donated several hours helping them with various events.

Jeff is a model geocacher which all of us in the area and beyond can be proud of. He is always willing to lend advice/help to any cache that approaches him or contacts him.”

 

pilgrimsprogress

(Member since 2006)

Pilgrimsprogress

Nomination by OddAngles: “David and Tina would be an excellent choice for this award.  This team has a Fire Love for Geocaching. They will take anyone who wants to caching and take them to do any and every cache that their heart desires.

David and Tina are always willing to participate in CITO’s and have co-held many CITO Events.

They have been caching since December 2006.

I would say David and Tina are well rounded cachers in experience when it comes to terrains and difficulties.  Their cache hides are as versatile as the caches that they’ve hunted.  The Pilgrim’s have hidden water caches and high terrain land hides as well.

When Pilgrimsprogress help’s with an event, they will go to no end to make it fun.  David and Tina will come up with the most exciting and fun games.  Besides the Human Checkers, they did a boardwalk team race once…where a team of 3 had to walk using boards as their feet. Pilgrimsprogress also co-managers of a Geocaching Group out of Augusta, Georgia called “CSRA Geocachers”.  They are the heart and soul, the brains and backing behind many of the group’s monthly events.”

 

A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide the featured Geocacher of the Month award. Each featured  Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured ”Geocacher of the Month” geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Geocaching.com: Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocachers of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com.

Geocacher of the Month geocoin front and back

 

Every nomination must meet the following requirements. Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the October Geocacher of the Month must be received by October 3rd.

Once we have received all of 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 we might learn from each other.

  • Durango Dale

    SuperGoober, Jeff has been among my caching years. In that time I have hunted his caches, hunted along beside him many times. Geocaching 101 classes that he instructs are both informative and entertaining with the magic tricks and his willingness to answer the questions put before him. A team player. Jeff being among geocaching friends sharing abilities, talents and most of all out there to have fun. SuperGoober is our official photographer at events for our group photos. We greatly appreciate his efforts.

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  • Borky00

    I agree with several others that SuperGoober would be a wonderful pick for Cacher of the Month. He is always willing to help out a fellow cacher, the IGO organization or anyone willing to learn about Geocaching. He has documented several tutorials and constantly giving advice on the forums. He is helpful in every way he can. I have learned much from his assistance.

  • Hill Folk

    I am casting my vote for SuperGoober. Jeff puts together some very interesting caches without a doubt!!  He is also quite a photographer and his pictures can be a lot of fun.  Did I mention we were caching in the same place at the same time and bumped into each other over a 4th of July weekend.  Wasn’t planned, but, got a great picture for a memory.

  • 24hawki (Liz McGauvran)

    There is
    NO doubt that I place my vote for SuperGoober (Jeff Goodson). He is a
    consummate geocacher that 1) is VERY involved in the geocaching community, 2)
    places QUALITY hides (both innovative and creative), 3) demonstrates the proper
    way to maintain his hides, 4) contributes to our “hobby” in numerous
    ways, and 5) is overall a “SUPER” person!!

    Jeff found
    out I wanted to chase “The Siege” for my 1000th find and made
    arrangements to “tag along/host” my journey. That milestone is very
    special in and of itself, but the fact that he was there with me for that
    momentous occasion was “priceless”. Since then, he has made himself
    available for other special cache runs which only solidify my opinion that he
    is someone who should be given the title of “geocacher of the month”.
    (Actually, he could qualify for geocacher of the year!)

    I have included a group picture from the beginning of The Siege trek.  I am in the front row, second from the right, and Jeff is to my right.

  • ghöst

    SuperGoober definitely deserves this award. He is a geo-celebrity in the area he’s active in. He contributes so much to this hobby and on top of it all, he’s a very nice, fun-loving guy that is always willing to help out. He puts out some of the best hides in the area, and keeps geocaching interesting and fun.

  • ghöst

    SuperGoober definitely deserves this award. He is a geo-celebrity in the area he’s active in. He contributes so much to this hobby and on top of it all, he’s a very nice, fun-loving guy that is always willing to help out. He puts out some of the best hides in the area, and keeps geocaching interesting and fun.

  • Clown Shoes

    My vote is for SuperGoober.  He is what geocaching is all about!!!  He is always willing to lend a hand and teach you a thing or two along the way.  His caches are challenging and fun to find.  I have traveled to the area to do his caches several times and I am never disappointed.  I have had the honor of meeting SuperGoober when he graciously agreed to come along with a group of us to find his 5/5 The Seige.  He also took another group to a caching series he had.  I was planning on going with this group but unfortunately I ended up having to work that day.  SuperGoober agreed to come along with me and a friend the day before.  These are the kinds of things he is willing to do to ensure everyone has a great caching experience.  The time SuperGoober spends creating, maintaining, caching, teaching, and helping is incredible!  I can think of no one who deserves this more!

  • Cosmic cachers

    We live about 90 miles from the area that Super Goober is from, and we decided to attend a Geocaching 10 Year Event in his neck of the woods. After the event I saw that a group of geocachers were going to hike into the woods, lead by Super Goober, to find one of his caches with a 5/5 rating called “The Siege” (GC1K41Q). I quickly jumped at the chance to join this group. This trek required about an hour long hike up and down ravines into the woods and of course another hour back to the starting point. Naturally, due to the estimated time this would take, we all began hiking at a pretty good pace. As we got closer to our destination I began to have trouble keeping pace with the group. Everyone stopped so I could rest awhile and catch my breath before going on. Upon arriving at Ground Zero and taking advantage of another opportunity to catch my breath, I asked Super Goober if we could make the return trip at a slower pace. At that point the group split up and some went one direction to get another cache close by while others went back at a the same pace they took coming to the cache anxious to get back to the starting point. Super Goober lead the rest of us back at a slower pace while he checked on my condition as we went.I never had any symptoms of heart problems prior to this episode, but after this experience, I went to the doctor and told him of my experience. After some tests, it was determined that I had a major blockage in a very vulnerable area, commonly called “The Widow Maker“. I had major heart surgery, am doing very well and back on the geocaching trail once again. I thank Super Goober and “The Siege” for saving my life. Super Goober was very caring and sympathetic to my problem that day and I have come to find out that he is always willing to help anyone in whatever manner he can. I am so thankful that it was Super Goober that was leading this group of geocachers that day. Since then, Super Goober has been there to give us assistance with other caches Super Goober definitely qualifies for Geocacher of the Month in my eyes.

  • Jcorbett

    My vote is for SuperGoober.  I am a Naturalist for Linn County Conservation at the nature center Wickiup Hill.  Jeff has done numerous workshops for us and they are always full, as many as 100 people or more.  Most of our other programs that we offer don’t even come close to that many. He has shared his passion for Geocaching to the young and old. I have seen Boy scouts flocked around him asking questions all at the same time and Jeff patiently answers them one by one. Our mission at the center is to teach respect and love for the environment.  Jeff also shares this same commitment through his presentations. All of the other staff here rely heavily on Jeff’s knowledge.
    SuperGoober provides a high-standard, fun-loving, family oriented awareness about Geocaching here in eastern Iowa.  And if that isn’t enough, he also does a great magic trick show to keep everyone entertained!

  • Jo

    SuperGoober is very deserving of this honor. He did a 101 presentation for us here at the Marion Public Library and we had an excellent turnout. Jeff was great to work with and was obviously enthusiastic about his subject matter. He also helped us get a cache placed in our library, which included getting a nearby cache archived. We at the library are excited to be part of the geocachers movement and welcome all to the library. Thanks to SuperGoober for his help making that happen! –Jo Pearson, Assistant Director, Marion Public Library

  • Big Brother Bear

    Super Goober! is what Geocaching is about, I’m new to Geocaching and grown to love this sport in no small part to Jeff. his caches always well maintained and thought provoking, any questions I have had on Geocaching he has always answered I owe Super Goober and Iowa say thank you Jeff for all that you do!!!

    Big Brother Bear

  • WyseGuys

    Not only have I been able to join SuperGoober on several expeditions to some of his more difficult caches, I’ve also gotten the pleasure to search for some of his caches.  His caches are always well maintained, and well done.  He follows up on DNFs to confirm things are in place as they should be.  He also is willing to share his cell phone number with other people, and the few times I’ve called him for hints he’s been more than willing to help out.  SuperGoober is one of a kind and has my vote.

  • dgoemaat

    SuperGoober is a great ambassador for the sport of geocaching and a valued partner of Linn County Conservation.  Our agency celbrated its 50th anniversary 3 years ago.  SuperGoober helped organize a group of geocachers to place 50 caches in area parks in 2008 to promote our local parks and other special places in our area.  He regularly teaches geocaching classes to scouts and other youth as well as classes for the general public through our education program.  Geocaching is a great way to encourage people to get outside and enjoy parks and other natural areas.  In addition to all of his other great work, he helps us ensure that geocaches in our parks are being maintained. SuperGoober gives a lot of his time and energy to geocaching and is a great choice for geocacher of the month.

  • Kalendraf

    Our vote is for SuperGoober.  In addition to making many geocaching presentations, he has led multiple groups to “The Siege” (GC1K41Q) which is one of the most memorable caches we have ever attempted.  Recently, he accompanied a group that tackled “The Gauntlet” series (GC2HWCN).  He has also placed many other interesting caches in the area, and he keeps them well-maintained.  Jeff has been very supportive in answering questions for us, and he is always willing to help out.  He is a great ambassador for geocaching.

  • Gail Barels

    My vote goes to Jeff, or SuperGoober.  He has introduced so many people to geocaching and creates a wonderful atmosphere for learning.  Go Jeff!!

  • The Weasel

    Just as a FYI, Dennis Goemaat is the Deputy Director for Linn County Conservation.

  • The Weasel

    Just as a FYI, Gail Barels is the Conservation Education Specialist for Linn County Conservation.

  • Pokey22

    SuperGoober is a fabulous person, I have attended many events and trips he has hosted. My vote goes for him :)

  • Tracy Spry

    Nominee Name:  Jeff Goodson (“SuperGoober”)
    Super Goober was instrumental in helping coordinate our first geocaching event at Lake Red Rock last year. He also offered his services (and a lot of time in the car since he doesn’t live closeby) to teach a 101 and 201 class at our visitor center.  He is passionate about the sport and teaching others how to get started or increase their knowledge base.   Geocaching offers a great incentive to get outside and explore the great outdoors, and SuperGoober’s work helped “open the door” to some new cachers exploring the lake and its resources!

  • Stewbrears

    Just found this link and I have so many names from my home town that constantly go out of their way to make geocaching special so I will be nominating lots. Great idea. My voyt at this time will be for Pilgrimsprogress as they remind me of the people I want to nominate in the future. Great dedication to making this sport fun.
     

  • welch

    Please add another vote for SuperGoober, sometimes he’s a little nutty (goober :D ), but always willing to help other cachers.
    congrats on being nominated SG!

  • The Weasel

    Just as a FYI, Tracy Spry is the  Interpretive Park Ranger for Lake Red Rock.

  • Keekle

    Those are the parks that I was referring to that I visited for the first time because of SG’s caches.  I’m still finding the caches and exploring these wonderful parks 3 years later.  I don’t live in Linn county but have returned to several of the parks for picnics and hikes with the family. 

  • Keekle

    TrapperDan is from Iowa so I suspect he was referring to SuperGoober. :)

  • jdlc1936

    SuperGoober is a Super Geocacher in every way. He places very creative, fun caches and he maintains them. He is always willing to instruct the newbe in the Geocaching. I know he has few limits. I’ve seen him on the way to a cache with the snow knee deep and the temperature zero, more than a mile from parking.

  • shabs

    SuperGoober would get my vote in a heartbeat. Promoting geocaching, very active in hides, and hunting, bringing people to nature, ingenious caches and puzzles, and is enthusiasm for the sport a but a few of his traits. Also, he is always ready to help anyone in need.

  • RLowtek

    I would like to nominate Jeef Goodson, geocacher SuperGoober, of Hiawatha, IA.  In addition to being a very positive cacher, he has taught numerous geocaching classes – both informing and positively promoting geocaching.  Additionally, he is always extremely positive in both the placement of his caches and in hunting and logging.  I believe he is the epitomy of who a cacher of the month should be.

    John, geocacher RLowtek

  • CSRA Geocachers

    Pilgrimsprogess!
    This team will go above and beyond for Geocaching.
    They host, teach, and live for Geocaching.
    Hosting events, meetings and CITO’s, teaching classes on Geocaching to Scouts and schools alike.  Caching almost daily to find that cache.
    They will open their home to a out of area cacher; their hospitality is exceptional.
    Even if they are not chosen…they will always be winners to their local Geocaching Group!!
    Thank you for noticing this great Geocaching Team!!

  • Gloter

     I could say so much but it has already been said by the people before me. Cast my vote for for “The Goob!”

  • Colleen

    Hands down, SuperGoober is an outstanding mentor to new cachers such as myself. His positive, excited , always helpful approach introduces so many to this fun hobby. My first thought when I heard of a “Cacher of the Month” award was, Jeff will finally be recognized for all his hard work.

  • Annieptigger

    I vote for Super Goober because he gives his all to this sport. I love his magic tricks when he gives his geocaching classes. He is always there to help anyone who has a question. With geocaching you are your own search engine.but Jeff is always there to help give you a jumpstart with your engine. He deserves this honor because he truly puts his whole heart into supporting geocaching , making it fun and people wanting to do what he is doing. One thing I can say about Jeff is he doesn’t believe in the numbers that one can achieve he is more interested in helping a fellow geocacher and giving them support.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DXZRDZVLHWYYPRSR2CTX6Z4YNU rocky

    I favor SuperGoober on this one, I frequent the Iowa area and am a member of their association and have learned a lot in discussions with SuperGoober on various aspects of the game and how to help teach folks how to geocache. Looking already to next summer as I am planning on attempting a couple of his caches and knowing that he is ready to help other cachers make the find on a cache of his shows that he cares for the game.

  • lizs

    Wow, I’ve met the first two cachers listed. AussieCacher was at an event at Valentine, NE that I attended. But…. I guess I have to go with SuperGoober. I attended one of his geocaching “101″  (or maybe “201″) events in Linn County, near Cedar Rapids. He was very helpful in sharing details on how to go paperless, as well as handing out a CD he’d created on the topic. Of course he’d hidden a few caches along the way as well. Go SuperGoober!!

  • BlueDeuce

    SuperGoober. A slow eater but a great cacher.

  • mhoefing

    He is always there to help, when you are new or if you have been in the game a while.  He has caches that make you think, or easy ones, but all are well cared for.  He helped me get to where I am.  I am from Des Moines, Ia and can’t wait to get back to Cedar Rapids to get to look for some more of his caches.  The two hour drive is worth it!

  • busterbabes

    Can I vote more than once?  Jeff has agreed to hold a 101 at our IowaGeocachers.Org annual Hike and Seek event.  Elkader, IA. It was advertised in the local paper (local being under 2,000 people)  We have 34+ that are looking to learn about geocaching….and Jeff stepped right up.
    Now….I gotta figure out the magic tricks he does to keep the attendees engaged, and attentive..
    No matter how many 101′s I have been to..I can’t miss a SuperGoober 101!
     

  • Icmclean

    As an employee of the same company as Supergoober and as an Aussie I was torn between two choices, but knowing SuperGooger personally I have to vote in favour of SuperGoober.

  • Icmclean

    I work in the same company as SuperGoober but I am an Aussie, so I had a hard decision to make.
    I have chosen SuperGoober because he is a personal friend and work collegue and he seems to have a reputation in the caching community.

  • The Riddeller

    Hi,
    Riddell here…
    I am another Aussie that knows Jeff Goodson (Supergoober) on a personal level and would like to put my vote in for him.
    Always helpful and gets things done.
    If he says he will do something for you, you can be guaranteed he will do it.
    Like myself, he is active in community work, conservation and the environment.
    Regards, Ian
    (GC name: Riddell)

  • Tape Worm

    I will toss another one to Goober.  He helped me put on a 101 class/kick off event for a year long “project” to involve and teach scouts about geocaching.

    Tape worm m/

  • Warwickduncan

    Jeff is crazy (that’s why we like him).
    He gets my vote!

  • kbraband

    I tried to post this a couple of weeks ago but apparently it didn’t take, so here goes again. This is a well-deserved recognition. SuperGoober is a super choice. I have corresponded with him many times over the years as he asked questions about unusual and creative caches he was thinking about placing. He has hosted lots of geocaching events and has been a leader in working with land managers to create special educational events that call attention to public lands and geocaching in general. I’ve had the pleasure of hiking with him on one of his “The Seige” cache hunts that he has organized. I’ve always found him to be super courteous and super friendly, even when he asked me for advice about how to deal with occasional poor behavior on the part of other geocachers. A true geocaching leader and gentleman. Two thumbs up.   kbraband

  • Lego Crew

    The Lego Crew gives eight thumbs (and four paws) up for SuperGoober.  There is very little that we can add about Jeff which has not already been said.  

    Jeff creates some of the most interesting containers and hides in the area.  When heading out to search for one of his caches, one always knows they will leave with a smile on their face.  Fore example, one of his unique caches include a container that opens using voice activation of a key word, while another makes use of a short-radius FM radio broadcast to get the final coordinates.  

    Jeff also takes more photos than any other cacher we have met.  In fact, he has a photo of himself taken at each of his 3600+ finds.  Few cachers are willing to lug around and set up a tripod for each of their finds.  

    In our opinion, SuperGoober is a great choice for cacher of the month.  Within the caching community, he is a leader, a teacher, an engineer, and an inspiration to all.   

  • ea

    Our vote is for SuperGoober! The kids love his educational puzzles and finding his unique caches. He’s inspiring them to go into engineering/electronics.

    With all the positive comments, all the candidates seem deserving. SupperGoober is still be my choice

  • L J Silver

    Apparently my earlier log got lost in the cyberspace. So I start again.
    My vote goes to SuperGobber.
     For hosting 101 Events and tutorials. For taking people to his 5/5 caches. For his fun and all levels caches. And for the caches locations.
    And ……. 

  • Jollywally

    Look out Signal… SuperGoober may even give you a run for the money as a genuine Icon for geocaching.  A signature photo documenting each of his finds challenges your ubiquitous association with the hobby.  Seriously though, SuperGoober’s contributions, which include introducing this hobby to countless people (including myself) through his classes, numerous innovative hides, leadership in the regional Iowa Geocachers Organization, mentoring and encouraging of others (whether through chance meetings in the field, directly sought out, or through geocaching forums), make him an outstanding candidate for this tremendous honor.  SuperGoober represents the highest standards for geocaching and earns my vote and respect for Geocacher of the Month . 

  • GramAmy

    I met SuperGoober several months ago at one of the events he puts on for new people.  Very helpful, answers questions and guided me to be more interested in learning the ins and outs of successful geocaching.  

    A great positive person!  He is a “GOOD” know it all.

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