Required Skills: Be able Create and run a Pocket Query on Geocaching.com
It seems like every Geocacher I’ve spoken too has a different method for how they manage their Pocket Queries. Some people make a new one every time and have it deleted it once it’s run. Others have a few set up to cover the most likely area’s where they cache, that runs each day so they always have the newest caches ready. Which ever method you decide to use (including creating your own unique method that works for you) this tutorial will show you how to load them into GSAK.
This is probably the easiest way of getting geocaches into GSAK since for the most part, you are using the website to do this.
Once you have run a pocket query and have it showing up in your “Pocket Queries Ready For Download” (see below for an example) tab, you are ready to proceed further.
Now back in GSAK, go up to “Geocaching.com Access” and go down and select “Download Pocket Queries”.
GSAK will then load up a list of Pocket Queries that have been run and are ready to download. As you’ll see in the picture below, it shows the same two pocket queries as the first picture in this tutorial shows. Place a check mark next to each pocket query you want to download. You can place as many or as few as you want based on how many pocket queries have been run.
Then click on OK. GSAK will then download and process the caches. It will go through a couple different screens. Depending on your internet speed, computer speed and the number of caches, it could take a few seconds to a lot longer. Once it’s done, you get a screen like this one.
This is the summary screen saying your import has been successful. As this example, I imported 1000 caches, along with 201 child waypoints. (Child waypoints are waypoints such as parking, trail head location, etc). Click OK to return to the main GSAK screen, which will now look more like this. Well done, you’ve now loaded caches into GSAK using a pocket query. That is the end of this lesson. Onto the next one 🙂