CacheCrazy.Com: Pocket Queries and You (with Bonus Magellan eXplorist GC How-to)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pocket Queries and You (with Bonus Magellan eXplorist GC How-to)

By: George aka ggggeo2
(Note: Pocket Queries are a Premium Member feature of Geocaching.com.)

Pocket Queries. What are they? Simply put, it is a request made against Geocaching.com's database of caches that exports into a GPX (GPS eXchange) format. GPX is a simple XML-based format that allows data with a specific structure to be transferred between systems. In this case, between Geocaching.com and your GPS receiver (GPSr.) Based on the parameters you enter, geocaching.com will download all of the data for those caches into a file including name, coordinates, difficulty and terrain, description, hints, and recent logs.

Instead of downloading caches one-by-one, you can download up to 1,000 in one shot. Want to know how? Here is our step-by-step instruction guide on how to put Pocket Queries to work for you! Click the to show this presentation full-screen.




Alright, are you back yet? Good! Now you have some GPX files with 500-1,000 cache listings in them. So, what do you do with it? Well, next, you will want to get that GPX file onto your GPSr. How exactly you do that will depend on the make and model of your GPSr. Many modern GPSrs have a folder on the main drive (e.g., E:\) where you can simply drag and drop the GPX files into. On my Garmin Oregon 450, this folder is called "GPX". I've seen other times where it's called "Geocaches". Some GPSrs require seperate software to load GPX files onto the device. Check around for your instructions, or post a comment here and we'll try to help you find them.

One of the most common and popular GPSrs, especially among new cachers, is the Magellan eXplorist GC. It is a handy device that you can use to go geocaching, ditch the paper printouts, and save your cell phone battery on those long geocaching days. My dear mother, cacher ladyiredhat, got one of these and I put together the following instructions for her to get better acquainted with her new GPSr. And you, dear reader, can also benefit from this production (especially if you also have an eXplorist GC.)



So what have we learned today? Hopefully how to use those Pocket Queries to your advantage, how to get them onto your device, and (if you have an eXplorist GC) how to use a few more features of your device.

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Let us know how you made out in the comments, and thanks for checking out CacheCrazy.com!

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