Geocaching Technology

A collection of articles about the various bits of geocaching technology I use and things I’ve done to make them more useful.

My Technology Stack

I use a variety of different devices and software, depending on what geocaching I’m planning to do.

  • The Geocaching website for logging finds. I always create drafts logs on my devices, upload, and then process them through the website.
  • An iPhone with the cachly app and the official Groundspeak geocaching app – for occasional and unplanned finds.
  • A Garmin Montana 700 for long days out, where the phone would struggle with battery life and/or the phone signal might be dodgy.
  • GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) for planning batches of caches to load to the Montana.
  • Either memory-map or Garmin Basecamp for visualizing geocaches at home overlain onto various different mapping layers.
That’s quite a lot of different tools for a supposedly free hobby. None of them quite did everything that I wanted. This lead me to pursue quite a lot of customization, as you can see from the posts below. Searching the internet for new techniques brought me back quite regularly to my own blog posts. I can only conclude that I am now a proverbial big fish in a small pond for some of the subjects here.

Many of the posts here include downloadable items and instructions on how to use them. All of the downloads are free, but I will take a dim view if you change a single word and then sell it on as your own.

Interactive Cache Maps

Interactive Cache Maps

Since Christmas I have been trying to gradually improve this website. One solution I was searching for was a way of displaying an interactive cache maps of my finds on a particular day. I found a solution, and I think it’s good enough to write about. Why not?

Montana 700 Series

Montana 700 Series

Renewed enthusiasm for my favourite hobby persuaded me to acquire some new technology. If only I was allowed to go out and use it.

More Garmin Icons

More Garmin Icons

Sucess with custom icons in Basecamp and MemoryMap encouraged me to have another go at the Garmin Montana.

Back to Basecamp

Back to Basecamp

I went back to Basecamp to see if I could figure out how to use custom icons. It wasn’t so difficult.

Memory-Map

Memory-Map

There are a few things I don’t like about Garmin’s Basecamp, so I decided to dabble with MemoryMap.

Basecamp

Basecamp

Garmin’s Basecamp tool supports multiple sports and activities but doesn’t have maps built in. You have to find and install them yourself.

Garmin Custom Icons

Garmin Custom Icons

A brief journey into the world of Garmin Custom Icons, because the default ones on my Montana were difficult to see against a busy map.