Geocaching Preparation – How do you Record Cache Details before a Hunt?
When we first started Geocaching in order for us to know the details of each cache we were about to look for I would take a piece of paper and write down the Geocache code so we know which one to plug into the GPS, the hint (if given,) the cache size, the difficulty if 3 star or more, any info in the description that I believe may help find the cache and if one or more of the last few logs were DNF’s I add that too, just so I know that it may not be there.
After our first 100 finds or so, I got tired of spending 20+ minutes writing all of that stuff down. That’s when we started printing out the full cache page. It’s much quicker and easier, but it takes alot of paper and printer ink, especially if you have a long day of caching planned.
There are a few programs out there that help with this. The most popular is called the “Geocaching Swiss Army Knife” (GSAK) but in my experience it’s incredibly confusing and difficult to use. As a matter of fact, I uninstalled it on the same down I installed it because it just gave me a headache trying to figure it out.
SO, I’m on a mission to make cache hunt preparation quicker, easier and far less complicated! I’m going to have a piece of software developed that is simple to use… does exactly what needs to be done, nothing more and nothing less!
But if you aren’t a spoiled iPohone user 😉 please let me know how you prepare. Do you write down cache info? Do you print the cache pages out like we do? Do you use software?
I’ll be using the info I get from you in order to have this software developed and you’ll have the opportunity to use it once it’s finished.
Thanks and Happy Caching!
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