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 – for occasional and unplanned finds.
- A Garmin Montana 650 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.
Work with Basecamp and Memory-Map brought me back to the Garmin Montana. Maybe I should design some more Garmin icons.
Emboldened by successes with other tools, I went back to Basecamp to see if I could figure out how to use custom icons. It wasn’t too hard.
I’ve been a user of Basecamp for ages but it has a few issues I don’t like. So I tried exploring Memory-Map. It was time well spent.
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.