Paperless Geocaching With an Internet-Enabled Cell Phone

by Michael on April 20, 2009 · 1 comment

Over the weekend, I took the kids geocaching for the first time in quite awhile. Before heading out, I fired up our Garmin 60CSx GPS, plugged it into my MacBook Pro* and then headed for Geocaching.com to load up some caches.


I grabbed the nearest twenty or so, but only printed out the descriptions for the nearest five or six caches since we were in a hurry. This worked well enough, but we actually ran out of caches to hunt for while we were out and about.

I had the coordinates for a bunch more loaded into the GPS, but I didn’t have the associated cache descriptions. While I managed to navigate Geocaching.com and pull up some additional cache descriptions on my Centro, it was far from painless. Thus, I was thrilled when I returned home and discovered their mobile site:

http://wap.geocaching.com/

The availability of this site means that we can easily transition to paperless caching without having to jump through any additional hoops. No need to generate pocket queries, no need to sync extra files to my Centro, etc.

It’s also worth noting that Geocaching.com has a sweet looking app for the iPhone. Now I just need to get myself one…

*Note: Unlike the olden days, Garmin now has Mac-compatible software.


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Christian September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

You can use a java enabled mobile phone for geocaching with the free program GeoShrine.

Try it out :)

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