need a bit of help , got a few places but cant figure out to get them loaded onto my garmin Montana 650t
is to use a program called GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife). The coordinates need to be loaded in GPX format in the GPX directory on the main unit or in a directory created on the SD card (/garmin/gpx).
You can use EPE (from this site at http://www.poi-factory.com/node/21156 ) to ceate basic geocache files in GPX format.
Without buying a membership you can download geocaches from geocaching.com. Well worth the yearly membership if you are going to get into geocaching. That site also covers all of the info needed to create and load geocache files on all popular GPSR'.
Hope this helps.
For basic info on a geocache location AND not needing a membership you can download as a loc file. The .loc file will have coordinates and cache name.
You can then open the .loc files using EPE and save as a gpx file
I will sometimes go a little further and save as a csv file and then add the description/details into the csv file and then save as a gpx.
If you really get in to it a membership is worth it.
I only have basic knowledge but would like to learn if someone is starting a tutitorial
You can send each geocache individually to your unit directly from the cache page using the 'Send to my GPS' link. Not sure if that is a premium option or not though.
GSAK is the best way to go, but it has a pretty steep learning curve.
thanks so much keep the advice coming!!!! lord knows need all of the help i can get
You may also want to view some of the many short videos at http://www.geosnippits.com/. There are all kinds of geocaching topics covered there.
With my 76CSx I use EasyGPS, but with the newer units I think all you have to do is copy the file into a folder. From what I've read this pertains to .gpx files, I'm not sure if .loc files work the same. To get .gpx files you have to be a premium member, but it's well worth the thirty dollars a year if you are going to do any serious geocaching. I would suggest getting on the groundspeak forums and post a question on loading files to your model GPS, the guys are pretty helpful to new cachers.
I'm almost afraid to post an answer to this topic "good at geocaching". I have however managed to successfully use my Nuvi 1350 as an effective geocaching unit - but I had to do a lot of reading and testing.
Here is a link to a British geocaching site and they have a review of the Montana and write of its geocaching abilities. http://geocass.wordpress.com/
GSAK is a very powerful geocaching program that manipulates Geocache gpx files. If you are computer savvy it will all make sense, otherwise read, read, read.
Gary Hayman's website presents a wealth of good information about file handling that is applicable to most Garmin GPSs.
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