Making a Pocket Query Too

This is making a pocket query too – is the second page of information on how to make a pocket query and get it into your geocaching device.

[wp_ad_camp_1] If you just landed on this page, and you wish to start at the beginning, page one of making a pocket query for geocaching is right here.

Just to recap… we’ve been inputting information into the page on where we requisition our pocket query. See page one for details about that process.

We now can select the container size of the geocaches we want to look for, and also select some additional qualifiers if we wish, as shown in this next image.

Making a pocket query

We tend to leave the default setting,  the any container button. All geocaching containers are good as far as we are concerned, though some of the virtual caches require quite a bit of effort to qualify for them. You might want to select a specific container size, and if so, click the button(s) beside it / them.

When we are making a pocket query, we always check the button for “I haven’t found” too. We suppose visiting caches you have found might be fun for some folks, or as a teaching tool if you are introducing Geocaching to someone new, we tend to want to find new ones all the time.

We can select the level of difficulty for any searches, and also the terrain difficulty, as well. We always leave these at one, though you can change this to suit your preferences when you are making a pocket query. Level 1 is easiest both for the difficulty of the terrain over which you have to travel to find the geocache and for the complexity of finding the cache once you have reached ground zero.

In the next section we can select a different country to check for geocaches. You do not have to do so. We leave our setting at none selected.

Making a pocket query

This next section is an important one. Here you select ground zero for your geocache hunt.

Making a pocket query

We have input the zip / postal code for Watertown NY as the center point for our cache search for this pocket query. You can also  see you have other options to specify the center of your search. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

We selected an origin point for our geocache search. We used the zip code for Watertown as the location to search from.  In this next section we get to select how far around that point we want to search. We tend to select a small radius, in this case, 5 miles. You can modify this distance to suit.

Making a pocket queryOther options you have here are to select a time frame for when the geocaches were placed – so you only get the newest, or you can select via date as well. We typically leave this as “none selected”. You can make any changes you wish, of course.

In the next section we get to pick the attributes of a particular geocache we want, or those we don’t want. In time you will experiment with these we expect. For now, we don’t bother selecting from either section.

Making a pocket query

At Last! My Pocket Query is Done.

All right. We’re done selecting the criteria for making a pocket query.

making a pocket query

The output email address (the address that the pocket query is sent to) is the one we use for our account at

Note that the default format for the file is a .gpx. That’s typically what your GPS will want when you upload the query to your hand held geocaching device.

We do want the system to .zip the files, as we are comfortable with unzipping them when we receive them. Zipping the file makes a smaller file to move through the email system.

We do want the system to use the name we picked for the pocket query file, so that we can identify which pocket query it is if we have a bunch arrive by email!

We click the submit button. The system will go to work, and fairly soon, sometimes in just minutes we will receive an email with our new pocket query. It will look something like the next image.

Making a pocket query

If your pocket query resulted in very large file, it is possible that they did not email the file, but will email you a link and you can visit and download the new pocket query from your list.

Here is the  link to the Making a Pockey Query .pdf file that you can download, that explains this whole process, step by step. If you wish you can print it and have it handy beside you when you are making a pocket query of your own at your account at

Here is how <a href=” a file to your hand held GPS.php”>we get this GPX file into our hand held Garmin GPS device.

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