GSAK – Downloading using Maps

Here is another method for downloading caches into GSAK. In some ways it is more powerful feature then Pocket Queries, but once you understand the basics, it really isn’t any harder than Pocket Queries. I use both methods and don’t have a preference. Both are good depending on what you to achieve.

To use this feature, go to “ Access and click on “Get Geocaches” as shown in the picture below.


You will then see a screen like the one below. If you look in the top left hand corner you’ll see “Reference” with four options below it.  I personally only use the first two, Circle and Rectangle.  Since I live in Ontario, Canada using the Country/State option would not be that useful. Ontario is just too big, and even using the different filter options shown lower in the window, it would still provide caches I couldn’t reach with 24 hours straight driving…. However, I just downloaded 2000 caches that are located in Rhode Island with just the click of a button. So if I was travelling there, I’d have caches wherever I went in the state.  The GCXXXX option is too similar to what you can do with Pocket Queries.


Below are pictures showing what happens when you click the Google Map button with Circle or Rectangle chosen. In this screen you are able to move the red circle/rectangle to where you want to get caches for. It’s really just a matter of playing around at this point. In the second photo, I’ve shown a map that I’ve used a few times.Image17 Image18
In the picture above, I’ve drawn the Rectangle to cover the area between Belleville and Peterborough. I use this if I’m heading to Peterborough via a more caching friendly road, and haven’t really planned which route I’m taking. I just want every cache between the two places that I haven’t found, in case I decide to go a different way then last time.

When you have the Circle/Rectangle covering the area you want, click Return Coordinates. This will return you back to this screen. If you then want to filter out a certain type of cache, now just remove the check mark next to the type. Same if you don’t want a certain terrain, or difficulty rating. You’ll see a tab along the top called “Page 2” This just contains extra options such as excluding caches by certain hiders,  cache’s not found by a caching buddy, etc. When you’ve chosen the options you want, Click OK to start downloading. This may take a while depending on how many caches it’s downloading.



Eventually you’ll get a summary screen like the one below. Click OK on that, and you’ve finished downloading them using the map feature.



That’s it for this lesson. Now onto the next one. 🙂