Did you know you can send a text and get cache information?

Using TextMarks

This is an SMS-based system. Send all texts to 41411 with the prefix of GEOC for geocache postings and to log geocaches. Ignore the text “Rply Y to subscribe to this TextMark.” since it is related to the Textmarks.com web site and unrelated to Groundspeak functionality.

This is a “free” service for you although SMS texting fees may apply based on your cell phone subscription. It is also a service that is supported by TextMarks’ own advertisments. We don’t have any control over the ads presented to you so don’t complain about them.

Trouble shooting: Please contact Geocaching.com for any technical support. TextMarks is not able to provide tech support for geocache postings.

Using TextMarks for the first time

  1. Send an SMS message “GEOC” to 41411
  2. The response should give you a device identifier and pin to link to your Geocaching.com account.
  3. Visit Geocaching.com and create an account (if you don’t have one)
  4. Visit your “my account” page and click on the “Access My Field Notes” link (on the right-hand side of the page)
  5. Click on “Link Trimble’s Geocache Navigator to your account.” This is a general purpose link that works with SMS.
  6. Enter in the device identifier from the SMS message and the pin provided to you to link to your account.
  7. That’s it! Any future SMS messages will work with your Groundspeak account on Geocaching.com

Looking up a Geocache

If you want some basic information for a cache, text “GEOC ?[GC CODE]” (no quotes) to 41411. There is an upper text limitation so you may not get a whole lot back of interest.

If you want a hint, text “GEOC ![GC CODE]” to 41411

Logging Caches with Field Notes

Field notes are a way to log a cache without posting a log on the cache listing. This allows you to log your find “out in the field” without posting it to the cache listing’s page immediately. It also allows you to provide additional details in the comfort of your own home.

The difference between field notes and cache logs also means you can notify people that you are caching while you are out in the field. It’s a fun way to share your experience with others who are also geocaching at the same time. More social features for field notes will be added in the future.

Logging a Geocache

Send the SMS message “GEOC @[GC CODE] [SOME TEXT]” (no quotes). Replace the [GC CODE] text with the code of the geocache and add any optional text notes. These will be treated as a find log.

Posting a DNF (Did Not Find) for a Geocache

Send the SMS message “GEOC x[GC CODE] [SOME TEXT]” (no quotes). Replace the [GC CODE] text with the code of the geocache and add any optional text notes. These will be treated as not found.

Linking Twitter with Field Notes (with special bonus: Facebook!)

There is available functionality to link Field Notes with Twitter over SMS. Click on the sharing page on Geocaching.com to link your Twitter account with your Geocaching.com account. If you have linked TextMarks with your account and check the box on the Twitter setup page, you’ll send an update to Twitter whenever you log a find over SMS.

Special Twitter Geocache Logs

Sometimes it is good to send a notice that you are heading to or leaving a geocache.

Send the SMS message “GEOC >[GC CODE]” (no quotes) to update Twitter that you are heading towards a geocache.

Send the SMS message “GEOC <[GC CODE]” (no quotes) to update Twitter that you are leaving a geocache.

Using TextMarks with Waymarking and Twitter

An experimental feature of TextMarks is sending a message that you are at a Waymark, heading towards a Waymark or leaving a Waymark.

Like Geocaching, text “GEOC @[WM CODE]” with the Waymark code and it will update Twitter that you are at a certain waymark with a link to the waymark’s web page. Using > or < instead of @ to send similar “heading to” and “leaving” messages for geocaches.

This feature only works with Twitter and doesn’t have a record for the Waymarking.com web site.

Using Twitter with Facebook

The nice thing of linking up with Twitter is there are additional tools to hook up your tweets with Facebook. Search for the Twitter application on Facebook and link that with your twitter account as well.

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