The confessions of a Geocaching virgin
I thought to myself, "It's hard to be virginal again, but this 'paperless geocaching' is brand new to me ... so maybe I get a second bite at the cherry?"
"In any case, why not just grab hold of this Geocache bug with two hands and have a go."
But ... "How do you quickly load a bundle of relevant 'little treasure chests' onto my Garmin Oregon 300 .... and head off in anticipation of great finds?", I thought to myself, aloud this time.
So I started a bit of homework, which of course prompts a few questions.
Note: The cache picture is not 'Hounddog's Bone'.
The key cache data sources are geocaching.com (GC) and geocaching.com.au (GCA).
It seems that an essential cache management tool is GSAK (free ... but with a nag screen after 21 days; removable for the once off payment of US$25).
So far so good.
Now the US site offers additional handy services such as instant new cache notifications, Pocket Queries and bulk cache downloads for premium members for US$30/annum or US$10/3months. The free service is limited to single .loc downloads; messy ... but nicely managed via GSAK.
On the other hand the Aussie site is 100% free. It displays both GCA and GC caches via a friendly map view (e.g. NSW), and offers bulk download for GCA caches in GPX format. To access GC caches it's back to the GC site and single cache by cache .loc download. GCA caches are unfortunately in the minority.
Q1. Am I on track to date?
Q2. Is it worth signing up for a GC premium membership to access bulk downloads etc?
Q3. Is there an alternative way to select and bulk download your 'selection' of GC and GCA caches?
Q4. What is the best way to load up additional info and hints to the basic .loc downloads to keep things paperless? Is this necessary/ useful? I am still coming to terms with what data is available in GSAK and what is displayed on the GPS.
Note: I used the GSAK 'GPX/LOC' button to create a tidy 'GPX cache compilation', for 'map management' and GPS loading etc.