After the hunt

Your digital, geocaching, trophy room.





1. Download 




2. Open file 




3. Save 





4. Place 


5. Gloat 


Working with Track Logs

Imagine this.

Your significant other asks you if you've won at geocaching yet. Your local grocery store clerk asks you why you buy new batteries every week. You whip out your Mac and a moment later you both find yourselves flying dramatically across the face of the earth. As  you  do  so  you  point  out  small markers  that  dot  the  landscape, detailing harrowing adventure after adventure.  A  look  comes  over  your now entranced friend's face - they finally get it.

This is how to do it.

1.) Google Earth is so amazing it can read both .loc and .gpx files (thanks to Robert Lipe for the heads-up). Whether you've used GPSBabel+, my Automator workflow, or you've done any converting manually you should have one of the two types of files at your disposal. If you don't use the Automator workflow, no sweat.

2.) Open Google Earth, then open your .loc or .gpx file. Watch as you dramatically zoom in on your cache location, and notice how Google Earth automatically recognizes the coordinates and displays the alphanumeric waypoint name. If you've used GeoToad, you'll see some nice surprises.

3.) Notice that this file is now listed as GPS Device under the Temporary Places in the left-hand column. With this still selected, hit Cmd-S or go File>Save>Save Place as... and save the geocache location wherever you'd like. I've created a Geocaches folder in my Documents folder where I save all of these files to. I also save these files as the number cache it is for me instead of by names. So when I finally save my 1000th cache to Google Earth, I will save it as "1000.kmz".

4.) Create a folder called Geocaches in My Places, and place the GPS Device file here by dragging on the little icon.

5.) Make sure your friends don't drool all over any electronic devices you may have out. Congrats.

  • This also works with any Track Logs you may have logged and saved to your SD card. Use GPSBabel+ to convert them from "Magellan SD files (as for eXplorist)" to "Google Earth (Keyhole) Markup Language". If you have issues with this check out the GPSr + Mac page.
  • Continue like normal - open Google Earth, open the new .kml file, then save it. It looks awesome.






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