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.
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.
Supporting a friend with an online archive of a local hardcopy newsletter, and enhancing it with some bits of technology I use regularly
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?
Renewed enthusiasm for my favourite hobby persuaded me to acquire some new technology. If only I was allowed to go out and use it.
Work with Basecamp and Memory-Map brought me back to the Garmin Montana. I planed to build more garmin icons to highlight certain cache types.
I went back to Basecamp to see if I could figure out how to use custom icons. It wasn’t so difficult.
There are a few things I don’t like about Garmin’s Basecamp, so I decided to dabble with MemoryMap.
Garmin’s Basecamp tool supports multiple sports and activities but doesn’t have maps built in. You have to find and install them yourself.
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.