A few tips for your Locus geocaching workflow

Michal, Locus team

Locus is here (besides others) so that you can fully focus on your geocache hunt – so that you don’t have to haul papers with printed listings with you, so that you find the caches more quickly, so that you are aware of all downloaded caches around you at the moment… to sum it up, with Locus, geocaching is more fun. Today we’re here with a few tips how to make your GC hunt even more enjoyable.

1) Be aware of all the caches around

Nobody wants to stare in the map all the time in order not to miss a geocache on his way. Therefore, Locus has the POI alert.

POI alert in menu

Firstly, set the folder with your downloaded geocaches

Caches folder selection

then set the type of alert – select among 10 kinds of beep,  your custom sound, vibration or TTS – we recommend TTS as this is the way how Locus tells you the distance and direction of nearby caches.

Notification settings

and, of course, the alert trigger distance. The alert can be launched only once or repeatedly, it’s up to you.

Distance alert trigger

And press START. Locus notifies you every time you go near a geocache you have downloaded in your folder.

2) Locus, please guide me to the cache

In the free terrain, you surely appreciate Locus guidance. Just tap the geocache on the map and select guidance from the action menu.

Point guidance from the map

Or tap the geocache in the folder and select guidance from the bottom bar menu:

Point guidance from the detail menu

Locus will show you the direction and distance of the geocache.

Locus navádí na kešku

Also in this case we recommend setting of a sound or vibration notification of a coming prey. You can find it in Settings > Guidance > Points/Notification. The setting options are the same as in the previous case but one – you can choose increasing frequency of beeping relating to the distance.

Alert increasing frequency

The geocache hunt resembles a mine field survey a little bit with this setting but it’s very effective 🙂

3) Log right in the field and without internet connection

Hurray, we’ve got the geocache! We’re logging in the logbook and so as not to forget logging in Geocaching.com, we’re putting the log also directly in Locus. And we don’t need internet for this, Locus offers offline logging! Choose Log visit > Store offline from the cache menu (default offline can be set before)

Log visit

Store offline

Select the right logging status (not always you’re lucky, eh 😉 and insert your comment.

Field note edit

TIP: if you’re keen hunters and you find loads of caches daily you can set an automatic comment, containing cache order number and a time stamp in the Settings > Geocaching:

Field notes automatic texts  settings

All the same, you can set a few more automatic actions after storing – removing of the found geocache from the map, its transfer to another folder or switching guidance to another nearest geocache. All can be set in Settings > Geocaching > Action after ‘Found it’.

Actions after finding

Your saved logs can be viewed in the Field notes manager (Menu > More functions > Geocaching tools). When you come home you can start batch online logging from there to Geocaching.com.

Field notes manager

Field notes manager

We wish you a lot of fun!

P.S. Do you have your own tips for improving geocaching workflow? Let us know!

9 Comments

  1. Zemekoulan
    8. 3. 2017

    Nefunguje live mapa. Jsem jediný?

    • Locus team
      8. 3. 2017

      víme o tom, zítra bude spraveno

  2. Dwarfik1
    9. 3. 2017

    Nejde se přihlásit.

    • Locus team
      14. 3. 2017

      Kam?

  3. Libor
    13. 3. 2017

    Dobrý den
    jak to vypadá s opravou aplikace jak je psáno v předchozím dotazu. Stále mi nejde Live mapa z důvodu nemožnosti přihlášení k účtu na GC.com. Díky za info.

    • Locus team
      14. 3. 2017

      Dobrý den,
      opravná verze vyšla před týdnem. Zkuste aktualizovat Locus.

  4. Einix
    18. 3. 2017

    Nice feature. But how would I get the folder for geo caches? If I select the 'folder' tab I just get to see the usual POIs, not the 'caches' entry.
    Plus: Could I import them from c:geo ? That would be the greatest feature ever
    Cheer

    • Locus team
      20. 3. 2017

      Hi, you have to create the 'caches' folder yourself. Either in the point manager or directly when importing. Geocaches can be imported from C:geo. Open c:geo menu > export to Locus.

  5. Rikitan
    20. 3. 2017

    Thanks for useful tips.
    Regarding notifications - I found increased frequency of beeps helpful, but annoying after I reach cache location. I need to turn navigation to cache off to stop beeping.

    I have an idea to make this work better, or more comfortably for user: I would like to have automatic disable of beeping once I reach cache spot (x metres from point) in the settings.

    I mean:
    Start beeping distance: 100m (variable) , like it is now
    Stop beeping distance: 10m (variable) , new - my suggestion

    Thank you for consideration.

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