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New user to Garmin GPSMAPS 64st. At the end of a caching trip we delete all of the remaining caches we had loaded in our GPS - the ones that we did not find, as well as the ones that we ran our of time for. When we try to re-load them to try again, the GPS says that they already exist, but they do not show up on our list of geocaches, waypoints, etc. Where can we find them in the GPS? BTW - if we just could not find them, we often mark the case open just to get them out of our queue.

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Possibly the preloaded caches. In the Garmin/GGZ directory.

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How are you loading your geocaches? Pocket Queries? GSAK? Individually via "Send to GPS?"

 

If you're using "Send to GPS," it is recommended that you stop using this method and start using Pocket Queries or a geocache manager such as GSAK (windows) or iCaching (mac) to help manage the caches on your device.

 

When you say that you deleted all of the remaining caches, how did you delete them? Did you actually open up the GPS device in an Explorer or Finder window, navigating to the Garmin/GPX/ folder and delete all of the .gpx files associated with geocaching?

 

It's likely the ones you want don't show up in your list of geocaches because you marked them as found anyway. The GPS remembers this because it creates a list of your geocaching history in two files called geocache_visits.txt and geocache_logs.xml. If you delete the geocaching .gpx files AND the two geocache log files, they will likely show up again as unfound when you re-load the files.

 

Some tips to help you with your workflow:

 


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  • The geocache_visits.txt file are your field notes (now called drafts). If you go to the field notes/drafts page on geocaching.com, you can upload this file and use it to create logs of your finds and DNFs.
  • If your finds disappear from lists, it's because you have a filter set up to exclude them. You can also set up a filter to hide caches that you marked "Did Not Find" so that you're not marking DNFs as found on your GPS just to get them off of your list.
  • Using the above points, you can then actually mark caches you searched for, but did not find, as a DNF on your GPS and subsequently log your DNFs on geocaching.com when you get home.
  • Pocket Queries (and geocache management software) let you load and delete caches in bulk, rather than keeping track of individual files. This will make your life a lot easier, in addition to allowing you to bulk load all caches in a given area for those spontaneous caching runs.

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How are you loading your geocaches? Pocket Queries? GSAK? Individually via "Send to GPS?"

 

If you're using "Send to GPS," it is recommended that you stop using this method and start using Pocket Queries or a geocache manager such as GSAK (windows) or iCaching (mac) to help manage the caches on your device.

 

When you say that you deleted all of the remaining caches, how did you delete them? Did you actually open up the GPS device in an Explorer or Finder window, navigating to the Garmin/GPX/ folder and delete all of the .gpx files associated with geocaching?

 

It's likely the ones you want don't show up in your list of geocaches because you marked them as found anyway. The GPS remembers this because it creates a list of your geocaching history in two files called geocache_visits.txt and geocache_logs.xml. If you delete the geocaching .gpx files AND the two geocache log files, they will likely show up again as unfound when you re-load the files.

 

Some tips to help you with your workflow:

 


  •  
  • The geocache_visits.txt file are your field notes (now called drafts). If you go to the field notes/drafts page on geocaching.com, you can upload this file and use it to create logs of your finds and DNFs.
  • If your finds disappear from lists, it's because you have a filter set up to exclude them. You can also set up a filter to hide caches that you marked "Did Not Find" so that you're not marking DNFs as found on your GPS just to get them off of your list.
  • Using the above points, you can then actually mark caches you searched for, but did not find, as a DNF on your GPS and subsequently log your DNFs on geocaching.com when you get home.
  • Pocket Queries (and geocache management software) let you load and delete caches in bulk, rather than keeping track of individual files. This will make your life a lot easier, in addition to allowing you to bulk load all caches in a given area for those spontaneous caching runs.

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Thanks for the hints. We do load individually by using Send to GPS! I am going to check into the filters first, and then work on learning some new tricks for entering caches. Thanks to Mineral2 for the tips!!

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