The nominations for September’s Geocacher of the Month include a globe-trotting ‘cacher, the founder of a GeoCamping group, and a man whom many tribute as the greatest CO in Sweden.
Nominated as an “unsung hero”, cincol’s accolades are certainly not going unsung anymore! This “gentleman and a geocacher” is credited with planting the seeds of geocaching in the United Arab Emirates. Christie says, “The UAE has a strong GC community and I could not be more grateful to him that this isn’t just something I can do when I visit the US in summertime. We will likely never meet but thanks cincol on behalf of the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman!”
fatkidsOTWunite is the driving force behind the Georgia Geo-Campers—a group of folks who mesh camping and geocaching in Georgia’s state parks. JunkingNGeorgia says, “[fatkidsOTWunite] puts a tremendous amount of work into these events every month, and always has a smile and laugh for all of us.”
1000sjöar is widely hailed as a “Swedish legend”. In Sweden, 10000sjöar is known as having hidden the most creative, interesting, and clever geocaches around (in the area? check out GC500Q5). Lok5 says, “This man has inspired a whole region in Sweden to start geocaching! He is always there if you need help in any way. With his creative logs, well-built hides, his sense of humor and his gentlemanly manners, he is with no doubt on of the uncrowned Geocacher Kings in Sweden!”
The September Geocacher of the Month award goes to fatkidsOTWunite! Hailing from Georgia, USA, fatkidsOTWunited has been geocaching for 7 years and has over 2,600 finds, but she stands out because of her incredible propensity to make others feel welcome in the game of Geocaching.
Although her work for Mega Events (like Going Caching), undoubtedly makes them incredible experiences for all, her specialty seems to be bringing smaller groups of folks together. fatkidsOTWunite is the driving force behind Georgia Geo-Campers, which geo-camps in a different state park for an entire weekend every month. In her nomination, LionsLair says, “She dedicates tireless volunteer hours working hand in hand with Georgia State Parks and each individual park manager to provide all attendees an experience that is not often offered to the general public.”
Everyone has something sparkling to say about the Geo-Campers group. Jane says, “Attending our first GA Geocampers event and not knowing a soul, [fatkidsOTWunite's] friendliness, enthusiasm, and geo-spirit just amazed me and immediately made sure we met everyone! Now thanks to her dedication and hard work, we have a new monthly adventure of caching at a different GA State Park! Janet arranges moonlight ranger hikes, frogwalks, you name it!”
Scott says, “[fatkidsOTWunite] gives to Geocaching way more than she receives. [Remember] the old caching saying “Take something, leave something of equal or greater value”? Well she always leaves a “higher value” trade behind in everything she does.”
With her “terrific sense of humor” and “selfless” attitude, we’re happy to name fatkidsOTWunite as September’s Geocacher of the Month. And guess what? So were the 80+ folks her left nice comments about her.
“[fatkidsOTWunite] is very deserving of this honor and has always been a good steward of our sport. Very dedicated and always volunteering to help new and old cachers alike enjoy their adventures in caching!” says JB.
Thank you fatkidsOTWunite for all you’ve done to inspire and enthuse the geocachers you meet!
By Dani Navarre
Nothing is better than geocaching with your best friend and who could be better than man’s best friend? Geocaching isn’t just a hobby for humans—your four-legged friends can join in on the fun too.
Coming home to slobbery kisses and a wagging tail is enough to brighten anyone’s day. Your dog waits patiently for you to return home, he hears the hum of the car engine, and bounds down the stairs to greet you at the door. He does so much for you and deserves a little treat. You can add a little color to your favorite canine’s grey day by putting a leash on that enthusiasm and heading out for some geocaches. Sounds like a walk in the park that earns more than one kind of smiley. As someone who has trained with scent detecting dogs, I know exactly how rewarding working with animals can feel. One of the most enjoyable parts is having a goal that you and your furry friend can work toward together. Whether you are practicing obedience training or just want to get out for some fresh air, geocaching can be a fun way to get all the members of your family (human and canine) outside.
So here are HQ’s top tips for geocaching pups:
Socialize at your local dog park. While your dog is having the time of his life, you could be catching a few smilies. Dog parks are a popular places to hide geocaches, so next time you are out take a look.
Is your dog an adventurous pup or does he make sloths look hyperactive? Be sure to choose caches that match your dog’s fitness level. If your dog is a trailblazer he may enjoy longer hikes with more challenging terrain, but if your dog is a couch potato an easy urban stroll might be a better match.
Turn your dog into a geocache. Has science gone too far? Don’t worry your pooch is safe, but he can become a trackable puppy with a geo dog tag. Your pup will enjoy all of the pets and your human friends will love the new trackable.
Sensitive puppy paws. Be aware of the geocache’s terrain. The summer heat and cement or metal surfaces can be a dangerous combination for your dog’s sensitive paw pads.
Carry water. Make sure you and your dog are hydrated to keep those tongues wagging.
A safe pup is a happy pup. Check to see that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date for tick and mosquito protection. A hike through the woods can make for a fun day…until you come home with a car full of ticks and one sad puppy.
Collars aren’t just a fashion trend. Local leash laws vary by city. Before you set Rover free to roam, check to see if a leash is required.
1,000,000 reasons for Americans to get off the couch and explore their neighborhoods are waiting to be discovered and some are likely within walking distance. Geocaching.com launched in 2000, listing just 75 hidden geocaches. As of 7:45 am EST on Sunday, September 14, the 1,000,000th active geocache in the U.S. was published on Geocaching.com. The 1,000,000th active geocache is called Daddy’s Fishing Hole, located near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
As of 9:00 am PCT on Monday, September 15, the 1,000,000th geocache has only been found only three times. To celebrate the 1,000,000th active geocache in the United States, the staff at Geocaching.com named the top 8 most amazing geocaches for beginners in the U.S.
Just outside Milwaukee, WI, adventure-seekers will have a little extra help from some geocaching chickens.
Geocachers in Hershey, PA will be able to channel their inner Indiana Jones with this adventure.
Visitors to Fremont, CA, will learn the best way to catch a geocacher (and it might just involve a giant mouse trap).
Follow the yellow brick road to this geocache in Saratoga, Springs, NY.
Unlock a 1890’s history lesson involving Moon Towers in Austin, TX.
Visitors to Blackshear, GA can discover a newspaper box that’s out of the ordinary.
Stop by Denver, CO to find a geocache that’s a puzzle and a fashion statement.
One AA battery is all new geocachers in Seattle, WA need to unlock this geocache.
Geocaching events will be held near each of the sites the weekend of the September 20 to cheer on the 1,000,000th geocache and welcome new geocachers to the adventure. Expert geocachers will attend each of the geocaching events to guide new people through the free adventure. They’ll also give insider tips and tricks, and help find the geocache. New geocachers should register for the events and anyone can find a geocache near them now.
California holds the record for the state with the most active geocaches, boasting more than 130,000 hidden geocaches.
The oldest active geocache in the U.S.. published in May of 2000, is located in Mingo, Kansas.
Texas A&M just published an independent, CDC-funded study on the health benefits of geocaching.
Geocachers occasionally arrange their geocache hides in the form of county-sized art.
Nearly 11 million people have registered for accounts on Geocaching.com since 2000.
Germany is second to the U.S. in active geocaches with 325,000.
There are currently 2,487,221 active geocaches hidden around the world – in 2013 alone geocachers were found 75,453,001 times.
Some geocaches just go above and beyond the traditional idea of what a geocache is. In particular, this geocache combines not only a multi-stage puzzle-solving adventure, but also inventive and creative containers. On top of all that, the geocache creator partnered directly with the Alabama State Parks department to ensure that this geocache will entertain geocachers for years to come. Just a look through the Found It logs will give you a glimpse into what geocachers think of this geocache. If you’re ever in the area, stop in, try your luck at the maze and earn this awesome smiley.
“I have always enjoyed working with wood and have built houses, furniture, cabinets and canoes; so geocaches were something that fit right in. Building different, unique and creative caches is what I enjoy the most…The partnership with the Alabama State Parks began with a request by the manager of Chewacla State Park to the geocaching community about placing caches in his park…
I read all the logs on all of my caches, however the ones that are positive and really enjoyed the cache are the ones that I enjoy the most. Creative caches take a lot of time and money to build and place and when you receive a log from someone that enjoyed the cache and their time outdoors makes the effort to place the cache worthwhile. The favorite points are nice to see as well and let others know the cache is worth the time to find.
To the geocaching community I would like to say thank you for your logs and favorite points and ask that you take care of the cache. Sometimes things break, just let the cache owner know so it can be corrected. I have had a number of caches stolen or damaged as I know many other cache owners have which is very dishearten after the effort place in the cache. Otherwise, enjoy the great outdoors and geocaching.”
“I’ve heard so much about this cache through other finders. I wasn’t going to leave the park without it! I played with the maze for a good 30 minutes and had no luck. One of the park workers and her two daughters stopped to help me out, and finally we had the treasure in hand!” – Leleboo_05
“Wow! This is one of the best caches we’ve ever done and that’s saying a lot because we’ve done so many of your caches, Woodnutt, and they’ve all been so well thought out, crafty and some were just downright evil (LOL)! We loved them all, but this one was ingenious!” – Zargonians
“I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it before, I really enjoyed the concept and the work that went into making this. Gains a favorite point from me and swapped out TBs. TFTC!” – Physty
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