Aug 9, 2007

GeoCaching with a Dell Axim X5

One of my most popular blog posts via search referrals has been my post Geocaching with a Garmin Nuvi. I just updated it a little bit with more detailed information, but I thought since so many people are looking for information, I'd give out another small secret to my geocaching. A long time ago, I bought a Dell Axim X5 Palm Computer thinking that it would be fun to play with. It was pretty boring in reality, so I never used it. It sat around unused for several years. Then geocaching came along and I found a new use for the device. But wait, before you say - "I don't have an Axim X5, this isn't for me", allow me to point out that these devices are ancient and ebay is selling them for as low as $25 for a great condition used one with a minimal amount of bargain shopping effort. Additionally, what I'm going to tell you about works with any Pocket PC device.

If you have an Axim, install this great free software for geocaching called GpxView. It requires Pocket PC or later.
  1. Download yourself a .gpx file as described in my Geocaching with a Garmin Nuvi blog post,
  2. Copy that file over to your Pocket PC.
  3. Install GpxView and have it load the gpx file.
Wala. The entire geocaching page on hundreds of geocaches at your fingertips. This includes the description, hint, bugs, and most recent comments. You are off to the races.

1 comment:

jolly-dollie said...

I have an X5 and use it for just this purpose. It's brilliant and the battery life is very long so no losing it just as I arrive at the cache site. But one problem is that the co-ords arrive on my X5 a little 'mangled'. The GPX file reads N52 29.150 E000 53.408 and the X5 shows N52.48583 E0.89013. I've tried both zipped and unzipped files but it makes no difference.
Any ideas, please????