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Haffy
12-14-2007, 09:18 PM
Check this out? http://www.flickr.com/photos/icenrye/2044401045/

dubord207
12-15-2007, 07:57 AM
That looks like the ticket. Hey, Haffy, or anybody that might be able to help: Di and I are using a lot of printer ink and paper printing the first 3 or so pages on caches we hunt. Is there a device that's portable to which these things can be downloaded? I know very little about Blackberry like devices but would get one if they work well.

brdad
12-15-2007, 08:46 AM
That looks like the ticket. Hey, Haffy, or anybody that might be able to help: Di and I are using a lot of printer ink and paper printing the first 3 or so pages on caches we hunt. Is there a device that's portable to which these things can be downloaded? I know very little about Blackberry like devices but would get one if they work well.

There are several ways to have portable cache pages. Palm based PDA's are probably the most popular using a program called Cachemate (http://www.smittyware.com). I'm not sure what kind of OS or capabilities Blackberrys use, maybe someone here knows.

You can also do a search of these forums for "paperless" for other ideas.

Hiram357
12-15-2007, 09:25 AM
There are several ways to have portable cache pages. Palm based PDA's are probably the most popular using a program called Cachemate (http://www.smittyware.com). I'm not sure what kind of OS or capabilities Blackberrys use, maybe someone here knows.

You can also do a search of these forums for "paperless" for other ideas.

I looked at blackberries the the q phones a while ago for work, and I wasnt too impressed, they were veiwing only capabilties, nothin fancy, you could send email and stuff like that and veiw web pages, other than that they looked pretty useless to me. they also had a bunch of useless crap on there (that I'm sure other people go nuts for) like those cameras and the mp3 players (not what i want in a phone/pda) they're not like palms or pocket pcs where you can actually download your own programs and things to them, so if you were to use it for caching youd have to be in an area to get a signal to log onto the webpage. (heh, good luck doin that up north) :D

WhereRWe?
12-15-2007, 09:31 AM
There are several ways to have portable cache pages. Palm based PDA's are probably the most popular using a program called Cachemate (http://www.smittyware.com).

Most of us "paperless cachers" use Palm PDAs with Cachemate. Cachemate will work on any Palm OS system, so cost should not be a factor. Better PDAs with more memory (SD cards) do make it easier, though. I'd suggest waiting until one of the upcoming geocaching events and see what people are using. Most bring their "toys" with them to events. :D :D

Haffy
12-15-2007, 09:32 AM
Yeah I like the simple way of just downloading all the caches into a Palm or PPC based PDA using the program Cachemate. I went a more expensive route a couple of years ago and purchased a Palm Zire 71 on Ebay and hadn't used it at all when I went caching one time with Beachcomber in Portland and fell on it and smashed the LCD screen. I did find a cheaper one but the next one will be a "real" cheap one which you can get on Ebay for 30 bux or less like the Palm M 500 or something similar. Cachemate is the program of choice for most who use either the Palm or PPC. You can download all the caches you need in them and have all the info that is on the actual cache page except maybe any photos.

Just do a "Google" on paperless caching and there are numerous articles and tutorials on it.

WhereRWe?
12-15-2007, 07:05 PM
re 71 on Ebay and hadn't used it at all when I went caching one time with Beachcomber in Portland and fell on it and smashed the LCD screen.

LOL! I had a Zire 71 myself, and dropped the GPSr on the screen. Ouch! But I got a Palm Tungsten E2 that I like a lot better, though. :D :D

WhereRWe?
12-15-2007, 07:07 PM
I went a more expensive route a couple of years ago and purchased a Palm Zire 71 on Ebay and hadn't used it at all when I went caching one time with Beachcomber in Portland and fell on it and smashed the LCD screen.

Sheesh! I'd bet Beachie knocked you down - and you undoubtedly deserved it! LOL! :p :p

Haffy
12-15-2007, 08:21 PM
Ha Ha,actually there was about a foot of fresh snow on the ground and the going was tough on the trail that we were on and while going down a bank I slipped and fell on it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.....:rolleyes: ;)

hollora
12-16-2007, 12:12 AM
When I started I was printing out pages too. Learned to limit what I printed so cut down on the paper but still felt guilty. Had a Palm (think its a 550) for years (it has a card) and used it for work things. Son said it would take the caching stuff with a chip so away we went. It is very slick and I love it - no more paper.

As for phones - service in many lovely areas of the state to cache is horrible - depending on your carrier. Cache Maine and I had a Downeast experience which was not phone pretty and there are many areas in Northern Maine and over into the wilds (Millinocket and Greenville) where you may or may not have coverage.

Paperless is definitely the way to go. Some programs you can get the pictures too with some tweeking - Team Richards is up on that.

My son also just did something to tweek my GPSr so that coordinates for parking for a cache actually say that - woo hoo!

dubord207
12-16-2007, 10:05 AM
Sounds like the Palm and cachemate are the way to go. I googled paperless caching as Haffy suggested. Lots of articles with about ten steps or more to do this. Might be a bit more than my techno skills or lack thereof. My question is whether it really is all that easy? Di and I did 7 caches yesterday with clipboard and 2 Garmins in hands. One person that saw us wondered what kind of "survey" we were doing! I'm ready to get a Palm and will look to you folks and this site for technical and MORAL support!

Haffy
12-16-2007, 12:48 PM
It's not really that hard once you get the hang of it. Heck If I can do it anyone can, believe me. When that next event comes up in your area which I think would be Kaching Karen's get together in Augusta ,then I'm sure if you and Di attend you will be able to get some good lessons on paperless caching.

dubord207
12-16-2007, 01:22 PM
I hope to attend but I spend most weekends during winter months at Sugarloaf unless the wind is a factor. My very first cache October 31st, this year was one she put out on Togus Stream "A Great Place to Launch." Still snowing like crazy up here iin Maine, go Pats and thanks again for all the helpful insight. By the way, yesterday's high was around 14 and we were out for 7 caches. My mother thinks I've become senile!

Haffy
12-16-2007, 05:05 PM
Windy and cool here today in the 40's, it's been in the 70's til this weekend. Still great weather though and we got almost 2 inches of rain yesterday which was a Godsend but not nearly enough to fill the resevoirs around. The whole state is still in near extreme drought conditions so it will be a while before the restrictions are pulled though.

firefighterjake
12-17-2007, 08:05 AM
Sounds like the Palm and cachemate are the way to go. I googled paperless caching as Haffy suggested. Lots of articles with about ten steps or more to do this. Might be a bit more than my techno skills or lack thereof. My question is whether it really is all that easy? Di and I did 7 caches yesterday with clipboard and 2 Garmins in hands. One person that saw us wondered what kind of "survey" we were doing! I'm ready to get a Palm and will look to you folks and this site for technical and MORAL support!

I was just like you . . . well kind of . . . just a little shorter, fatter and with less hair on my head than you.

What I mean is I started out printing out cache information . . . and in fact I personally recommend that folks new to geocaching do just that instead of going out and buying a high winder, fancy (and in some cases daunting) Palm type device and going paperless. Once folks get the hang of geocaching and are doing it for a while and realize that this is a hobby they will stick with for a while then going paperless is most definitely a good thing . . . and I say this as a person who is a near Luddite when it comes to electronic gizmos (I don't even own a cell phone . . . my wife owns one . . . but we never use it and have no idea of what the phone number is even!)

Trust me . . . going paperless is much, much easier than doing the print-out thing . . . no more shuffling papers, losing papers, etc. The nice thing is you get all the info on the caches and can even do a search for other local caches to another cache . . . in other words if you're at a cache and want to do some more local caches you can do a search and it will present you with a list of other caches in the area.

The only couple of drawbacks that I see with paperless personally is that I only download the cache information once a week so if someone has disabled a cache and I'm relying on "old" information vs. printing out a page the day I go caching than I might be out of luck . . . that and I've had a few glitches here and there with my PDA which have somehow resolved on their own (i.e. incomplete information being downloaded.) All in all, I am quite happy going paperless.

I should also mention that when I'm going on a big caching trip I sometimes will run off a list of the caches I want to find so I know in what order I want to search for them . . . or in case my PDA dies on the trip. However, in most cases (i.e. one day caching trips) I just bring along my PDA and a list of the caches in the order I want to look for them.

firefighterjake
12-17-2007, 08:06 AM
. . . My mother thinks I've become senile!

We're all senile here . . . just don't tell anyone. :D ;)

firefighterjake
12-17-2007, 08:08 AM
That looks like the ticket. Hey, Haffy, or anybody that might be able to help: Di and I are using a lot of printer ink and paper printing the first 3 or so pages on caches we hunt. Is there a device that's portable to which these things can be downloaded? I know very little about Blackberry like devices but would get one if they work well.

Ah, just do what I do . . . go to your workplace and run off a half bazillion copies of the cache information on the workplace printers. ;) :D

WhereRWe?
12-17-2007, 08:52 AM
I should also mention that when I'm going on a big caching trip I sometimes will run off a list of the caches I want to find so I know in what order I want to search for them . . . or in case my PDA dies on the trip. However, in most cases (i.e. one day caching trips) I just bring along my PDA and a list of the caches in the order I want to look for them.

And with the right mapping software on your computer, you can upload your caches to the map and print out a paper map of the area you're going to visit. Makes it much easier to plan your trip and SAVE GAS! :D :D