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May 27, 2011
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I going for caches since 2008 and I am at (only) 399 by today. I do not have the time to go more often. I have looked to GSAK and think, this tool can do great things, but it will take a lot of time to get "worked in". It's also kind of difficult, because there is no german language pack, (I life in Germany, you know). So, the tool of my choice is Vantage Point, that gives me everything, I need.
I do have PQs running twice a week for my homezone, but I do not update my GPS regularly. Only every 2 or 3 weeks. I do have a PQ with only the new Caches from the past week, that I do copy twice a week.
Going for geocaches is some kind of addiction. But I prefer the T5 caches. I would have the skills for most of the T5 caches, since I have rope climbing gear 😛 , I have been a professional diver for 8 years :silly: and have the education for a driving instructor for boats 😛 .
So the D1/T1 micro traditional cache is mostly going directly to my ignore list. B)
Since I can remember to all of the past 399 Caches, I do not load them to my GPS.

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May 27, 2011
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Hello and welcome to the forum and geocaching also.

I've been geocaching since 2003.
I will keep the cache files on my GPSr for 2 - 3 weeks and then reload them. That way I will know about any caches that changed, like if it's missing, being repaired or has been moved for some reason.
The pictures are the pictures attached to the cache page, not 'gallery' photos added by finders. They don't cause any real problems so I leave them in and sometimes they are a real help while searching.

I don't load my found caches, but that's because I've found too many over the years and it clutters up the map.
It is nice seeing your found caches on the map though!

You can load a new cache straight to your GPSr from the cache page, look for 'Send to my GPS' on the cache page, click it and it will tell you how to download Magellan Communicator to your computer.
I think VP will be a bit easier for a new geocacher.
If VP is working for you keep using it by all means.
GSAK can give you many more options on what caches to load.
It is worth trying GSAK to learn what it can do and you may decide to use a combination of methods to load the GPSr.
What I do is load 10 Pocket Queries of every cache in Massachusetts to GSAK. I update the PQs every month. Then I use GSAK to filter the caches I want to look for and load those straight to the GPSr.

The feeling of addiction grows, pretty soon you will want to find a cache in every county in your home state or in as many states as possible or find a cache a day for 30 days straight. :woohoo:

Phil

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May 27, 2011
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minnesotan wrote:

Hey everyone. I'm very new to geocaching and am still getting the hang of my Explorist GC. So far so good though! I can say that my fiance and I are hooked!

I'd like to hear someone's thoughts on how long to keep the cache files on my explorist.

So here are my questions. Feel free to answer all or some. No pressure. Just a newbie trying to learn here.

- Do you clear out your loaded caches frequently?
- I just learned how to upload pocket queries yesterday. How do I not include the photos?
- Do you not load the caches you've already found? (part of me would like to see a big swath of yellow smileys) :cheer:
- So far I've been using Vantage Point with no issues. Would GSAK be easier for a new cacher?
- Does the feeling of addiction fade? 🙂 Just kidding. As I mentioned... we're hooked.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Welcome to the forum,

To answer your questions, most of which you asked is preference. Personally I do clear and reload my GPSrs almost every time I go out, because I want the newest logs and for everything to be as up to date as possible. I hate looking for a cache that was disabled two days ago! As far as loading your finds, well I used to load them, however, once I reach 100+ finds I found that it was taking up to much my the resources on my old GPS and it begins to become a problem on the Geocache list when you’ve found 90%+ of the caches in the area. Also, once you get to 1000+ finds it is just a waste of time and GPS resources to continue to deal with them. As far as GSAK or VP, I use both and both can be great tools, but again it is preference. GSAK is great for sorting and eliminating caches that haven’t been found in a while, however, if you’re like me and you’re going after caches that require ATV’s, Dirt Bikes or a 4x4, I love the Satellite overlays and 3D TOPO maps in VP for making routes that save time, effort and probably my life – when I’m able to lay out routes before going out after the caches!
As far as the addiction to Geocaching – no, it just gets worse! As a pastor I’m having wondering if I need to start a Geocaching Addicts class here at the church and be the first to enroll, but I’m at 3000+ finds and I’m ready to go out caching if you want to give me call 🙂

David

May 27, 2011
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Hey everyone. I'm very new to geocaching and am still getting the hang of my Explorist GC. So far so good though! I can say that my fiance and I are hooked!

I'd like to hear someone's thoughts on how long to keep the cache files on my explorist.

So here are my questions. Feel free to answer all or some. No pressure. Just a newbie trying to learn here.

- Do you clear out your loaded caches frequently?
- I just learned how to upload pocket queries yesterday. How do I not include the photos?
- Do you not load the caches you've already found? (part of me would like to see a big swath of yellow smileys) :cheer:
- So far I've been using Vantage Point with no issues. Would GSAK be easier for a new cacher?
- Does the feeling of addiction fade? 🙂 Just kidding. As I mentioned... we're hooked.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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