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    Default What's the best way to get this information?

    Is there any way to take a list of coordinates and find all caches within a mile of each coordinate? Or would I have to go through and look up each coordinate individually?

    To put my question in to context...

    My husband and I are really in to lighthouses. We'd like to have caches at some of the best viewing spots for various lighthouses in Maine that are typically hard to find so that others can see lighthouses that they may not have seen otherwise.

    For example, Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse is on private property. However, about a mile away there is a rest area that provides a great viewing spot. We'd like to put a cache at that rest area.

    Or, Indian Island Lighthouse is offshore but it is possible to get distant views from the shore. At the Maine Lighthouse Museum there are directions to a spot with a really good distant view but it involves parking on the side of the road in Rockport (or Rockland? I forget, lol) and going through a wooded area. We'd like to put a cache there.

    I'd like to generate a list of all lighthouses that already have nearby caches. That way I know which lighthouses to ignore. I obviously can go through and manually look up each lighthouse's coordinates... but if there were a way I could run a query to generate the list it would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benandtina View Post
    Is there any way to take a list of coordinates and find all caches within a mile of each coordinate? Or would I have to go through and look up each coordinate individually?
    Well, I see that this request has been viewed 17 times so far without a comment, so I might as well jump in...

    To answer your question: no, I don't think so - not multiple coordinates at once.

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    Though it would be a cool idea.
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    Might I suggest to do a Pocket Query with the word Lighthouse in the cache name. You might be surprised with what you come up with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    Well, I see that this request has been viewed 17 times so far without a comment, so I might as well jump in...

    To answer your question: no, I don't think so - not multiple coordinates at once.
    Ah, Bruce, you newbie! - so much to learn!

    In GSAK you can choose filter - Select the Arc/Poly tab, set the filter type to points, Enter in all the coords for your points, specify a radius from each point and there ya have it!

    You won't know which caches go with which coords, however. But that could be done with a macro.

    The initial setup would take a few minutes, you would have to know the coords for all the lighthouses, but you could share that list with the site!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    Might I suggest to do a Pocket Query with the word Lighthouse in the cache name. You might be surprised with what you come up with.
    Only 7 Maine caches have the word lighthouse in the title, one is archived (46 Maine caches have the word lighthouse in the description, 8 have been archived).

    Whitlock's Mill Lighthouse (GCK3DZ) by Red Witch (2/2.5)
    Breakwater Lighthouse (GC1A030) by waterski (1.5/2)
    Urban Lighthouse - Compass Rose (GC1B237) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1)
    Urban Lighthouse - Lighting Liberty (GC1B4BM) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Samantha Goes To "C" (GC1CVR0) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1.5/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Power of Women (GC1CW7V) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1.5/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Shipyard Light (GC1H3WC) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1.5)
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    Thanks everyone!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    Might I suggest to do a Pocket Query with the word Lighthouse in the cache name. You might be surprised with what you come up with.
    I am probably missing something obvious, but I don't see anything on the PQ screen to let me specify a cache name or description. When I go to http://www.geocaching.com/pocket/gcquery.aspx all I see are dropdowns and checkboxes... there doesn't seem to be any way to do a text search. Am I missing something that should be very clear?

    Quote Originally Posted by brdad View Post
    Ah, Bruce, you newbie! - so much to learn!

    In GSAK you can choose filter - Select the Arc/Poly tab, set the filter type to points, Enter in all the coords for your points, specify a radius from each point and there ya have it!

    You won't know which coords go with which coords, however. But that could be done with a filter.

    The initial setup would take a few minutes, you would have to know the coords for all the lighthouses, but you could share that list with the site!
    YAY! THANK YOU! I will definitely try this out and share!!

    Quote Originally Posted by brdad View Post
    Only 7 Maine caches have the word lighthouse in the title, one is archived (46 Maine caches have the word lighthouse in the description, 8 have been archived).

    Whitlock's Mill Lighthouse (GCK3DZ) by Red Witch (2/2.5)
    Breakwater Lighthouse (GC1A030) by waterski (1.5/2)
    Urban Lighthouse - Compass Rose (GC1B237) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1)
    Urban Lighthouse - Lighting Liberty (GC1B4BM) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Samantha Goes To "C" (GC1CVR0) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1.5/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Power of Women (GC1CW7V) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1.5/1.5)
    Urban Lighthouse - Shipyard Light (GC1H3WC) by NorthCumberMouth Cachers (1/1.5)
    Looks like Red Witch has been doing lighthouses in New Brunswick and only got as far south as Northern Maine. Maybe I'll start south and work my way up? ) hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by benandtina View Post
    I am probably missing something obvious, but I don't see anything on the PQ screen to let me specify a cache name or description. When I go to http://www.geocaching.com/pocket/gcquery.aspx all I see are dropdowns and checkboxes... there doesn't seem to be any way to do a text search. Am I missing something that should be very clear?
    You are correct. When haffy posted that, I thought he was correct and there was a section in the PQ generator for a keyword.

    It is only on the gc.com search page that you can use a keyword.

    http://www.geocaching.com/seek/neare...use&submit4=Go
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    As a lighthouse fan I think this idea would be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brdad View Post
    Ah, Bruce, you newbie! - so much to learn!

    In GSAK you can choose filter - Select the Arc/Poly tab, set the filter type to points, Enter in all the coords for your points, specify a radius from each point and there ya have it!
    Sheesh! Maybe I misunderstood the question - I was thinking of doing it with a pocket query from GC.com. GSAK is OK, but only if all the areas covered by the coordinates you want to enter are included in the database.


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