What are Pocket Queries?
Pocket Queries are the “Easy Button” of Geocaching! I was a long-time Cacher before learning what they were, so although you may already know all about them, I can only assume there are alot of Cachers who, like me, have been caching for a while and still don’t know what they are.
So, let me explain. A Pocket Query is basically a Geocache filter that the main Geocaching website offers at http://www.geocaching.com/pocket/ There isn’t any ONE thing that pocket queries are for, which is what makes them so great!
SO, let’s say you want a list of caches within 30 miles of your home coordinates that you haven’t found yet. Too easy. Just go to the pocket query page, check a few boxes and you have your list, which is emailed to you and can be downloaded in GPX format, which means with most GPS units you can actually UPLOAD it directly to your GPSr! (no more entering caches into your GPS one at a time.)
You can also upload this list to compatible devices like iPhones, iPods, iPads (and I’m sure several others.) You don’t even need an internet connection with these devices, because all of the cache details are already there, which means PAPERLESS CACHING!
Now, let’s say you’re a FTF addict No problem. Go to the pocket query page and tell it to run every single day… and to find caches that “Have not been found” and every day you’ll get a report in your email inbox of all caches within your specified radius of the location you specified (if any) that have never been found. KEEP IN MIND THOUGH, this is generated daily. So if you’re a BIG FTF hunter, the best thing to do is to set up notifications for instant alerts of new caches.
There are many other possibilities. You can filter your queries by difficulty, container type, terrain, attributes and more.
So as you can see, Pocket Queries make finding the caches you’re interested in finding much quicker and easier. Not to mention the other, added benefits like the ability to preload all caches in a specified location to your GPSr at once… paperless caching etc.
Do you use Pocket Queries? I would love to hear what you use them for and anything else related them in the comment field below.