I first heard about Geocaching on Slashdot and have been caching off and on ever since. It's quite fun when I'm out hiking anyway to grab a list of caches in the area and try to find them while I'm up in the mountains.

If you are wondering what exactly Geocaching is, check out the FAQ.

My Caching Info

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I use a Garmin eTrex Legend, along with my Handspring Visor.

Geocaching and Linux

I started writing a script to convert the .loc files downloaded from into a format that I could upload to my GPSr from my Linux box, but due to my limited understanding of the Perl XML stuff at the time, it never worked well. It required a fair amount of coddling to get the files to go through it properly. Fortunately, I was able to find a program to do exactly what I was trying to do. As a result, I abandoned my own project and now just use the excellent gpsbabel. It can read the .loc files and upload the waypoints to my GPSr, or write them to a file in any number of formats. Very nice.

I wrote a perl script to download the cache descriptions to my Handspring Visor. I'm not releasing it here, because now that the Geocaching site has pocket queries available, I don't think they like such things circulating the 'net. I can't really justify spending the money to subscribe, given the low frequency of my Geocaching excursions. If you ask me really nicely though, I may be persuaded to send the script to you.

I currently copy the information from the cache pages (from the script mentioned above) into memos on my Palm PDA. I have some intermittent motivation to work on a PalmOS program to help keep track of caches when I go out. I have a partially finished version of it that really isn't functional. Some day I will probably finish it. If you're interested, let me know. It'll get done sooner if I think it will help out others.

Aside from the basics of Geocaching and Linux, there are a variety of other GPS programs available for Linux, but since I don't take my laptop with me when I'm Geocaching, I haven't used them very extensively. bart's page o' geocaching has a good compilation of links if you're interested.

Geocaching Links

Let's Go Geocaching