myTracks provides a lot of helpful features for geocachers. Often you start to search for geocaches in a specific region. You can move to that region in myTracks's map view and then open the "Geocaching" submenu of the "Tools" menu. You have to select a geocaching service there. Afterwards, your webbrowser will be started and a webpage containing the search results will be presented.

Now you have to download GPX files containing one or more geocaches. Alternatively you can use LOC files but LOC files to not contain as much information as GPX files do. With some geocaching services you have to pay for being able to load GPX files. The service "geocaching.com" provides "Pocket Queries" which are generated regularly and will be sent per email. The Pocket Queries GPX files are also supported by myTracks.

The GPX files are imported to myTracks by drag&drop. myTracks does not create individual tracks for geocaching GPX files but maintains all geocaches in one list. If a geocache already exists and is imported again it will be updated. You can activate the list of geocaches by clicking on the treasure chest icon in the upper right corner. You can sort this list by clicking a column header.

With a double click onto an element of the list you can open the geocache properties dialog. It is devided into four sections: general properties, website, description and logs.

The geocaches are also shown on the map. You can click onto the icon in the map to select a geocache.

The following screencast shows how to import geocaches to myTracks and how to use the list and the properties dialog:

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You are able to store thoundands of geocaches with myTracks. Nevertheless, if you plan a geocaching tour you may want to hide all the geocaches your are not interressted in. myTracks provides a filter mechanism for this. You can create your own set of individual filters. Each filter can contain one or more rules based on all the different properties of geocaches. If you activate one or more filters only those geocaches are shown in the list and on the map which comply to the activated filters.

You can also export the list of filtered geocaches as GPX file. This GPX file can be used for paperless geocaching. Some GPX devices support HTML tags for paperless geocaching and other do not. Therefore you can specify whether you want to have HTML tags or not using myTracks's preferences dialog.

The following screencast shows hot to specify and use filters and how a GPX file for paperless geocaching is created:

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If you have finished a geocaching tour you can archive your tour using myTracks. You already know how to import the GPS tracks to myTracks. Optionally you can add photos to that track now. But you can also add geocaches to GPS tracks in myTracks. This is useful to store the information which geocache you found on what tour. To add a geocache to a GPS track please follow the following steps: Select the corresponding geocache in the global geocaches list. Open the geocache properties dialog. Click the button "Copy to GPS tracks" in the lower left corner. The following dialog will be presented:

Now you have to specify date, time and timezone of the point in time where you found the geocache. When clicking OK myTracks searches for a matching GPS track and adds the geocache to that track. If you select "This is the exact time" myTracks will add a new track point to the track for exactly that point in time. Otherwise the time is only used to identify the correct track. The geocache is then added to the nearest existing track point. A track containing a geocache may look like this:

If you click the geocache icon on the map the corresponding track point will be selected. You can also open the geocache properties dialog by double clicking the icon or the corresponding row in the track point list.

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