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Announcing the August Featured Geocacher of the Month

We started honoring geocachers for their great hides, amazing spirit, and contribution to the geocaching community exactly one year ago. Nominations continue to come in from all corners of the world to recognize the young and the old, the cool and the geeky, and everyone in between who has made a mark on their community.

This month’s featured Geocacher of the Month is described by her community as caring, dedicated, and helpful.

August Featured Geocacher of the Month, whbaisden

Congratulations to Wendy, a.k.a. whbaisden for being named August’s Featured Geocacher of the Month!

Wendy is recognized for helping to organize the Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail Kickoff Event scheduled to launch for September 1st. The GeoTrail cuts through Kentucky and West Virginia in the United States. Wendy has also been a strong advocate for her community since she launched on her first geocaching adventure in 2010, and she has no intention of slowing down.

A geocacher casting a vote says, “In the very short time she [Wendy] has been involved with geocaching, she has managed to instill in any number of people the joy of geocaching. She has managed to get multiple city governments and chambers of commerce aligned behind what has turned out to be a major event, possibly even a Mega-Event. Nothing in her previous geocaching experience has prepared her for this massive undertaking, but she has not wavered in her determination to succeed, nor has she been stopped by any obstacle. I think she had done a truly remarkable job and is worthy of recognition. It is for these reasons that I am throwing my support to Wendy.”

whbaisden will receive a collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.

Featured Geocacher of the Month Icon

Thank you to the fellow August nominees and all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.

The geocaching community is encouraged to re-nominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month. If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.comEvery 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 September featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Monday, September 10th.

Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top three candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 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.

  • Wendy

    I am totally completely honored ! The icon makes me want to cry (okay y’all knew Id work crying in there someplace) And the coin gets me all excited but after this weekend at what VaTechnoTeacher called my “MEGA mistake” ((lol)) I am even more certain that this game is about numbers ! It’s about the number of friends on your phone who will run to your aid if you break down on a mountain in the back woods butt crack of no place who will get in their cars with nothing but a set of coordinates and find you to help you out of a mess. Its about the number friends you make along the journey. This weekends kickoff event for the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail that SpongeBob CachePants and myself have worked to put together over the last 6 weeks was a lone undertaking in our minds. We designed the coin with love and care for every tiny detail. But come Friday morning the day of the event I woke up to realize that 517 people were coming because they wanted to be part of a number larger than me. Geocaching has changed my life forever. Its not about the tupperware. Its about a group of cachers from Florida who show up at your door and say “You planned it for 6 weeks, you invited everyone, now we got it…Go be the host” and they give up their geocaching adventure to do the physical work needed to be done to accommodate 517 guests from 18 states. I have gained far more from geocaching than I ever gave. There is no way that I can accept this honor without the mention of those who have worked so hard this week….SpongeBob CachePants (who is not bad for a boy), Michelle, Robert, Brian, Warren, Marie, Melissa, Ray, Kelly & Kandis, Gurphamily, Patrick, Bob & Mary, You all totally Rock and are certainly worthy of Geocachers of the Month awards. If groundspeak would let me give a favorite point to a geocacher instead of just a geocache….YOU WOULD ALL GET FAVORITE POINTS FROM ME :) Thanks to both of the men who were nominated with me, I look forward to caching with you both in the coming years.


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