Paperless Geocaching

Geocaching is by nature a high-tech sport. Why not make the most of technology?

Paperless geocaching means hunting a geocache without a physical printout of the cache description. Traditionally, this means that the seeker has an electronic means of viewing the cache information in the field, such as pre-downloading the information to a PDA or other electronic device.

Various applications are able to directly upload and read GPX files without further conversion. Newer GPS devices released by Garmin, DeLorme and Magellan have the ability to read GPX files directly, thus eliminating the need for a PDA.[21] Other methods include viewing real-time information on a portable computer with internet access or with a web-enabled smart phone.

The latest advancement of this practice involves installing dedicated applications on a smart phone with a built-in GPS receiver. Seekers can search for and download caches in their immediate vicinity directly to the application and use the on-board GPS receiver to find the cache. (from Wikipedia article).

Paperless Geocaching from Cacheopedia

Geocaching Software from groundspeak. Includes notes on software for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and handhelds.

Paperless Geocaching: A Video Tutorial To Go Green from HeadHardHat (dated, but still valid)

Paperless Geocaching from Fred Delse (dated, but still valid)

Paperless Geocaching from the Georgia Geocachers Association (dated, but still valid)

You may also find information on my tools and procedures pages.