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Geocache

  1. Loading geocaches to a Garmin GPSr
  2. Navigating to a geocache
  3. Geocaching with (spoiler) photos
  4. Uploading geocache logs
  5. Triangulate a geocache location
  6. Save 'Next Stage' waypoints for future review
  7. Removing geocaches from a Garmin GPSr
  8. Custom Geocache Symbols
  9. Custom Geocache POI's

 

 


1. Loading geocaches to a Garmin GPSr

  1. Load a single geocache from the geocaching.com geocache webpage
     
    1. Open geocaching.com webpage for desired geocache (coord.info/GC Code)
    2. Select 'Download GPX'



    3. Save the *.gpx file to the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX or [microSD]\Garmin\GPX directory

     

  2. Load a PQ (pocket query) from geocaching.com
     
    1. Create a Pocket Query
    2. View your Pocket Queries
    3. Select the 'Pocket Queries Ready for Download' tab
    4. Download desired Pocket Query by clicking on the PQ name in the list
    5. Unzip the downloaded PQ archive
    6. For geocache data, copy the larger *.gpx file to the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX or [microSD]\Garmin\GPX directory
    7. To include child waypoint data, copy the smaller *-wpts.gpx file to the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX or [microSD]\Garmin\GPX directory

     

  3. Load a List from geocaching.com
     
    1. Create a List
    2. Open your My Lists page at geocaching.com
    3. Select menu icon for desired list and choose 'Send to Garmin'



    4. Follow Garmin Express prompts to complete the transfer

     

  4. Load a geocache from the Map Search page at geocaching.com
     
    1. Open geocaching.com Map Search page
    2. Select desired geocache from Map
    3. Choose 'Download GPX' or 'Send to Garmin'



    4. Follow prompts to complete the download

     

  5. Transfer Geocaches using the 'Share Wirelessly' feature
     
    1. See Wireless - Share Wirelessly

     

  6. Download geocaching.com PQs and Lists to a GCLive enabled Garmin GPSr
     
    1. Example: PQ List Download on Garmin Oregon 7x0
    2. Example: PQ List Download on Garmin GPSMAP 66
    3. Example: PQ List Download on Garmin Montana 7x0

 

 


2. Navigating to a geocache

  1. See Navigation - Navigating to a geocache

 

 


3. Geocaching with (spoiler) photos

  1. Many Garmin GPSr can display both geocache photos and geocache spoiler photos when properly loaded to the device
  2. See Geocaching with Photos for more information

 

 


4. Uploading geocache logs

  1. Users with GCLive capable Garmin GPSr configured to automatically upload geocache logs should already see their geocache logs online
  2. In all other cases, geocache logs must be uploaded manually
  3. See Upload drafts (field notes) for detailed instructions
  4. Connect your GPSr to your computer via USB and upload your geocache logs
  5. Tip: We recommend you do not edit or delete the geocache_visits.txt or geocache_logs.xml files on your device

 

 


5. Triangulate a geocache location

  1. See Triangulation

 

 


6. Save 'Next Stage' waypoints for future review

  1. The process of saving 'Next Stage' waypoints for later review is essentially identical on all Garmin GPSr.
     
    1. Garmin pushbutton GPSr:
       
      1. Example: Saving a Next Stage waypoint on an eTrex x0, x0x, x2x
      2. Example: Saving a Next Stage waypoint on a GPSMAP 66

    2. Garmin touchscreen GPSr:
       
      1. Example: Saving a Next Stage waypoint on an eTrex Touch
      2. Example: Saving a Next Stage waypoint on an Oregon 7x0
      3. Example: Saving a Next Stage waypoint on a Montana 7x0

 

 


7. Removing geocaches from a Garmin GPSr

  1. Remove a single geocache loaded from the geocaching.com geocache webpage
     
    1. Remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{GC Code}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

     

  2. Remove a PQ (pocket query) loaded from geocaching.com
     
    1. For PQ geocaches, remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{PQ Name}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr
    2. For PQ child waypoints, remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{PQ Name}-wpts.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

     

  3. Remove a List loaded from geocaching.com
     
    1. Remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{GC List Name}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

     

  4. Remove a geocache loaded from the Map Search page at geocaching.com
     
    1. To remove geocaches loaded from the Map Search page using the 'Download GPX' option:
      • Remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{GC Code}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr
    2. To remove geocaches loaded from the Map Search page using the 'Send to Garmin' option:
      • Remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{GC Name} - {GC Code}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

         
  5. Remove a geocache loaded using the 'Share Wirelessly' feature
     
    1. Remove the desired [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\{GC Code}.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

       
  6. Remove all geocaching.com PQs and Lists loaded to a Garmin GPSr vis GCLive
     
    1. The following procedure will remove all GCLive data loaded to a Garmin GPSr
    2. Alternatively, PQs and Lists can be individually filtered (examples: Oregon 7x0, GPSMAP 66)
    3. On the desired Garmin GPSr; select [Setup > Geocaching > Geocaching Live > Remove Live Data > Yes]

       
  7. Remove geocache logs from a Garmin GPSr
     
    1. Remove or Delete the [GPSr]\Garmin\geocache_visits.txt file from your Garmin GPSr
    2. Remove or Delete the [GPSr]\Garmin\geocache_logs.xml file from your Garmin GPSr

       
  8. Remove preloaded geocaches from a Garmin GPSr
     
    1. Remove or Delete the [GPSr]\Garmin\GGZ\preload.ggz file from your Garmin GPSr, or
    2. Rename the [GPSr]\Garmin\GGZ\preload.ggz file to [GPSr]\Garmin\GGZ\preload.old to disable without removing

       
  9. Remove geocache child waypoints loaded via GCLive from a Garmin GPSr
     
    1. Remove or Delete the [GPSr]\Garmin\GPX\additional_waypoints.gpx file from your Garmin GPSr

 

 


8. Custom Geocache Symbols

  1. See Waypoints > Custom Waypoint Symbols

 

 


9. Custom Geocache POI's

  1. See Geocache Proximity Alerts to create geocache proximity alert POI's for your Garmin GPSr
  2. See Corrected Coordinates POI to identify solved puzzle caches with updated coordinates on your Garmin GPSr
  3. See Export Benchmarks as POI to load an unlimited number of benchmark locations as POI's to your Garmin GPSr