I am a premium member of Geocaching.com and got an email from them this morning announcing a new feature for Garmin owners that uses Garmin Express to send lists of caches to your Garmin device.
Here is the gist of the announcement:
New: A magic button for your Garmin GPS
We admit it. Downloading geocaches to your GPS device hasn’t always been easy. But that’s about to change.
Thanks to our recent collaboration with Garmin, Premium members can now send a list of geocaches to their Garmin GPS device with the click of a button. We teamed up with Garmin on this new feature to make geocaching with your Garmin GPS easier than ever.
This is how it works:
Download the latest version of Garmin Express.
Search for geocaches you want to find.
Add those caches to a list.
Visit My Lists.
Select ‘Send to Garmin.’
Unplug and go geocaching!
Geocaching used to rely on the Garmin browser plugin to send geocaches directly to the device, but as we know, most browsers have now eliminated support for this type of plugin. So I guess this is the solution that they have worked out with Garmin.
I'm also a premium Geocaching.com member and got the same message. No question it will make downloading easier. There is still the problem of "ghost" coordinates though. Many geocachers use offsets or trick locations. Downloading the published coordinates and navigating to them can often lead you to the wrong location. I usually modify the coordinates for these geocaches using the included text before downloading to a GPS. I suppose it is part of the experience but can often be frustrating.
I'm surprised that they didn't craft their own standalone solution.
It appears to be much more limited than the Geocaching Swiss Army Knife program which has been used for years.
So I decided to try this out for myself...
The resulting waypoints created by Garmin Express on my 2595 are bare-bones, with only the GCxxxxx cache name.
The GPX file created by Send to GPS has ALL of the Groundspeak cache attributes (including logs). So hopefully there will be future enhancements...
Hmmm... I'll have to give this a try - thanks!
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