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March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

The nominees for the March Featured Geocacher of the Month award are innovators, creators and co-conspirators with other geocachers. They’re all friendly and welcoming to geocachers from Germany, America, Spain and all over the world. Each is already a winner and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ.

louwtjievdw: Featured Geocacher of the Month for February

louwtjievdw: Featured Geocacher of the Month for February

Now it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for March.

Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the featured Geocacher of the Month title.

In February, Uncle Louwtjie, aka louwtjievdw, was named the Featured Geocacher of the Month. He’s known in the South African geocaching community as a creative geocache hider. He’s built a reputation as a geocacher who’s as quick to maintain his geocache hides as he is to make friends with new geocachers. He’s also known for friendly advice, leaving great logs on geocaches he’s found and having a cup of coffee ready for geocachers at his home.

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

moenk

moenk – nominee for Featured Geocacher of the Month

@mic nominated moenk who’s been geocaching since 2003. @mic says, “He (moenk) is the inventor of the very popular “Dönerstag“, an event which is celebrated in more than hundred locations worldwide on the same day. Furthermore, he created the biggest geocaching forum in Germany, Geoclub.de. And last but not least, he was producing a very famous podcast about geocaching called, “Cachetalk.” Another nominee wrote, “Moenk fosters the community towards a healthy growth, a responsible handling of nature and preserving the meaning and fun of geocaching. The Geocacher of the Month is a worthy reward for the energy, the
impetus and the style with which he supports the geocaching community.”

 

WVTim

WVTim

WVTim – nominee for Featured Geocacher of the Month

wallmeister22601 writes, “Tim is an outstanding geocacher who has inspired many a person with his unique and unusual geocaches. His caches are what inspired me to start hiding caches of my own and to continue geocaching.  His caches draw people from other states that come to his home state of West Virginia specifically to search for the wonderful and creative WVTim caches. He has the number one favorite physical traditional cache in the state of Virginia as well.

Tim is one of the most responsible geocache owners that I know. If any of his caches are in need of attention he will make it a point to repair them or replace them as quickly as he can. In short Tim in my opinion is a pillar of the geocaching community that inspires, encourages, educates and gives back so much.”

Chrismaxx

Christmaxx - nominated as Featured Geocacher of the Month

Christmaxx – nominated as Featured Geocacher of the Month

MallorcaClaudia writes, “They have placed a lot of geocaches in Majorca [including one featured as the Geocache of the Week with more than 350 favorite Points] and all of them are fantastic ones with special places, great views and nice trips. When I met them one year ago on a geocaching event I found out that they are also very friendly and nice people. They have given me a lot of advice on how to place geocaches and how to do the maintenance. For me they have become very good friends and for me the chrismaxx team is an idol.”

 

 

 

Comment below to tell us who you think should be the February featured  Geocacher of the Month. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. 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, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching. We will be accepting comments for March’s award through Sunday, April 7.

If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next featured Geocacher of the Month. To nominate someone, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.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’ve submitted them for the award.

Nominations for the next Geocacher of the Month should be received by Monday, April 8. 

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.

  • vballgirl#1

    WVTim

  • Roger

    WVTim has my vote

  • Debra

    WVTim all the way

  • Kandis

    I vote WVTim

  • Briona

    WVTim gets my vote

  • Jamie

    WVTim

  • Kandis Faye

    WVTim U get mine

  • sunn_bmixer

    I vote for Moenk!

  • slarti4242

    I vote for moenk, his great podcast is very instructive and he runs the most famous internet forum here in Germany. Besides that, he owns many popular caches over here and is inventor of the great Dönerstag event series!

  • Hunter

    I vote for moenk!

  • DigitalFuture

    Nobody deserves this more than moenk!!

  • Moenk

    Moenk

  • http://www.moenk.de/ moenk

    Sehr witzig, ich stimme nicht für mich selbst ab (Very funny, I would not vote for myself).

  • Raider2000

    I vote for moenk – of course, our candidate in this competition.

  • vasteelcitygirl

    Wvtim….

  • ncbiscuit

    I vote for WVTim. I wish all my geocaches were as creative as his!

  • Cache2DaMax

    WVTim! I love his caches!

  • Onkel Torte

    moenk is one of the most popular geocacher in germany and get my vote.

  • Onkel Torte

    I withdraw my vote for moenk and vote for WVTim

  • Scottish Cavalryman

    WVTim has the best geocaches I’ve seen in my extensive travels. They are always creative and fun.

  • http://www.moenk.de/ moenk

    This comment is a fake. I phoned to my friend Onkel Torte and we would never vote against me. By the way, I’m sure that this is not the only one in this strange election.

  • Wolves Team

    vote for moenk!!!

  • Johneblue

    My vote is for WVTim, never met him but I here he has some creative hides and is really deserving of this title.

  • Team_Shamrocks3

    We vote for WVTIM. Tim has been a great inspiration to many cachers. His time and effort he puts into each of his caches is remarkable! Good Luck Tim!

  • Zalu

    Moenk for first geocaches in Oldenburg!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.klar.16 Benjamin Klar

    I vote for moenk! :) The best reason is his great forum….

  • Lorriebird

    WVTim all the way! A great guy nominated for all the right reasons. Good luck!

  • BSWI

    I hardly like the idea of supporting someone so contrarian. WVTim is by far the best bet.

  • SusanBsclan

    WVTim’s cache’s have never let our family down! He gets our vote!

  • jonesr

    I vote for WVTim.

  • Nils

    My vote for moenk! Because he did a lot for the geocaching community. TFTC – Thanks-for-the-communityaction, moenk!

  • Steve

    Congrats to all three nominees! I hate that we have to select one, because all three are worthy. I took a quick look at each profile and noted the following:

    Active Caches (excl events): WVTim – 109 (2 needs mtce); Chrismaxx – 60 (0 needs mtce); Moenk – 25 (11 needs mtce)
    Recently Placed Caches (Placed since 01/01/10 & Active): WVTim – 84; Chrismaxx – 38; Moenk – 3
    Events: Moenk – 27; WVTim – 16, Chrismaxx – 4
    Caches with 30 Favorite points or more: WVTim – 20; Chrismaxx – 18; Moenk – 1

    Based on all this, I would select WVTim 1st, Chrismaxx 2nd, and Moenk 3rd.

  • Wallmeister

    The 2 caches marked as neeeds mtce for WVTim were marked as needs mtce on 4/5/13, 2 days ago so it’s not like they have been in need for a long time. One has been tmp disable by WVTim as well. Just pointing out that WVTim does not sit by and watch needs mtce logs pile up.

  • Andrea

    WVTim! we were driving home from NY to FL and we came across his “evolution of the outhouse” cache and actually decided to stay in WV for the night so we could do a few more of his caches in the morning! they were terrific

  • Lufness

    Please moenk because of his nice forum!

  • Schatzjäger2

    I vote for moenk because I really like the way his forum sticks together the German community.

  • GLin

    On the surface this looks like a tough decision. There are lots of votes for moenk and WVTim. Appears moenk has the most votes, but WVTim clearly has the most comments or should I say “supporting evidence”. Probably 80% of the people who made “comments” (more than – “I vote for _______”) are supporting WVTim. I see “paragraphs” of supporting statements about WVTim and the many things he has accomplished for geocaching.
    I am familiar with WVTim due to his YouTube videos. His gadgetcaches channel, in only 3 months, has nearly 11K views. He does instructional videos on how to build his gadget caches. So, he not only has amazing caches, he is giving ideas and instructions to cachers everywhere on how to build them. Cachers everywhere are benefiting from this guy whose caches have over 2K favorite votes. Plus, he just doesn’t do great caches. I’ve learned from this blog he has seminars, educational events, he teaches geocaching in schools, and to the Boy Scouts. He assists his state and local government in placing geocaching trails.

    This is not like the problem you must have had in Jan. – in trying to decide between The Raven and Weasel. Both had tons
    of supporting documentation! That’s NOT the case this month. WVTim wins this one hands down. The EVIDENCE is clearly
    overwhelming in favor of him.

  • Josh Liller

    I have not met any of these folks, but WVtim’s reputation has reached my
    ears in Florida from several cachers who prize quality over quantity.
    That’s a very strong recommendation in my book. My vote is for WVtim.

    -Joshism

  • http://twitter.com/Kiki1701HL Kiki

    I vote for WVTim!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlescrichards Colby Richards

    WVTim

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Thank you to everyone who cast a vote and commented. It’s important that we say again, that everyone nominated is an outstanding geocacher and person. Just to be nominated by your fellow community members is an honor. Each nominee contributes to the greater community in their own ways, and we’re all better for it. We now here at Geocaching HQ have the difficult task of deciding, weighing heavily on your remarkable comments. We’ll make the announcement in the next few days, and email all three nominee with the decision first, before posting on the blog. Each will receive prizes and recognition for their efforts. Again, congratulations to all and thank you for your comments!
    Eric

  • tarozwo

    We vote for moenk :-)

  • Guest

    My vote is for WVTim. He is obviously keeping his caches maintained so that cachers can enjoy them. He is also spreading the word of geoacaching by teaching others. What a great example of a geocacher! We need more people just like him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/busymom23 Ruth Gilbert

    My vote is for WVTim. He is spreading the word of geocaching and being a responsible cache owner by maintaining his caches. We need many more caches just like this!

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Voted has ended. I’m going to lock down comments as we decide the winner. Watch for updates later this week!

  • Global

    I also vote for Moenk!


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