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Geocaching app and altitude for finding earthcaches

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Just wondering I am wanting to find myself an earthcache but have noticed that a few of them refer to altitude. Is there any way that the geocaching app tells me this or do I need to go and buy a gpsr.

 

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There are other apps that can be used, for example GeoCam. It's mostly for attaching positional data to photos, but there is an altitude feature built in. There is also a tilt feature, that can be used for dip and strike data.

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I'm not aware of a feature in the app itself, because most GPSr's that measure elevation use barometric altimeters to do so. Not something that's on your typical cell phone. But other apps in the phone may approximate it, and you can always estimate using a good topo map.

 

I'd do the best you can to get it as close as you can using your phone and then explain to the EC owner that you have a phone, not a GPSr, and this is as best you can get to their intent. 9 out of 10 EC owners are likely to understand.

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What platform are you using? The iOS caching app that I use lists elevation data, and I have a couple of apps installed that do elevation as well. I assume that there are elevation apps for other platforms - a quick search turned up several for Androids.

 

I would not use them for anything but an approximation, but this should be enough for most earthcache owners. I have ran into a problem at only one earthcache where the task was to record the elevation data using your gpsr. Simple enough and by its own terms there could be no wrong answer. But the owner only accepted answers within 25 feet or so of the readings he took. We went back and forth for awhile about the margin of error in the devices and the differences between my gpsr, my iPhone, and his gpsr. He eventually allowed my log to stand because I had included an onsite photo.

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