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Cachly is installed just like any other App from the App Store. Search for Cachly and look for Cachly from Zed Said Studio.
Cachly is installed just like any other App from the App Store. Search for Cachly and look for Cachly from Zed Said Studio.
Alternatively go to [https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cachly-geocaching/id645384141 App Store Link]
Alternatively go to [://itunes.apple.com/apps/cachly-geocaching App Store Link]
== Launching Cachly for the first time ==
== Launching Cachly for the first time ==

Revision as of 06:21, 16 March 2018

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a game where you seek out hidden containers using either a GPS receiver or your smart phone. There are more than 3 Million geocaches hidden in the world so there should be lots near you. Cachly is an iOS app that can let join in on this sport.

Installing the Cachly App

Cachly is installed just like any other App from the App Store. Search for Cachly and look for Cachly from Zed Said Studio.

Alternatively go to [://itunes.apple.com/apps/cachly-geocaching App Store Link]

Launching Cachly for the first time

When you first start the Cachly App, you see the below screen. If you have already created a profile at geocaching.com via the web, you should tap Login to Geocaching. If you want to create your account now, you can tap Signup for an account and you will go through the account creation process. Alternatively, if you don't want to create an account with the site directly, you can login with your Facebook account.


If you tap "Login to Geocaching" you will be taken to the Geocaching website to enter your Geocaching username and password. If you don't have an account and want to create one, tap "Signup for an account". If you try to create an account and get an error about your email address already being used, odds are good you created an account already on the geocaching.com web site. You don't need to create it again here, just login.

LoginScreen.png   Signup.png

Logging in will lead you to a screen where you give Cachly permission to interact with your geocaching.com information. Cachly needs to do this in order to log your cache finds, for example. Tap Allow Access to permit this.


Note: After you successfully signin, you won't need to do it again for 90 days. geocaching.com does require a new signin periodically and you just do it and forget about it for another three months.

Let's find a geocache

After you successfully signin, you end up on a map screen centered on your location. It will look similar to the first screen below. The green circle with white border marks your current location. If you now tap the circular arrow in the upper right corner of the screen, you have requested Cachly to load some geocaches near you from geocaching.com.

The result is the second screen below. Each green "pin" marks the location of a geocache you can choose to find. Just like Apple Maps and Google Maps, you can pinch to zoom the map in or out and reposition it.

StartMap.png   FirstMapSearch.png

If you spot a geocache near you that you want to try and find, tap on the pin to see more information about it. The popup, known as a callout and looks like the first screen below. It tells you the name of the cache (Cuesta Quest, in this case) and shows you an icon for the cache type, in this case a Traditional cache which are colored green. Below that is more detailed information that you can safely ignore for now as this is your first cache find. You will learn what it means later as you gain experience. If you like the looks of the cache, tap the callout box to see more about the cache and get ready to go find it. You will see something like the second screen below, known as the Cache Details screen.

geocaching.com has a Basic Membership category that is free and a paid Premium Membership with lots more features. The free Basic Membership gives you a chance to try out geocaching and see if it is something you will enjoy. Note that it is not Cachly restricting you but rather geocaching.com when you have a Basic Membership. See some differences between Basic and Premium Membership here Basic Membership.

As the second screen reminds you, geocaching.com limits free member users to viewing full details of three caches each 24 hours via Cachly. The message you see that says Basic Version Loaded "Tap to load the full version of this cache" is a result of that.

CuestaQuestCallout.png   CuestaQuestBasic.png

Once you tap to see the full version and proceed past the below screen, you have used one of your three cache loads for this 24 hours. Premium members have no restrictions.


Let's say the "Cuesta Quest" cache interests us and we load the full version. You will see this screen:


Tip: On many Cachly screens, you will see a back arrow in the upper left corner. Tapping this gets you back to the previous screen.

The Description is the first point of interest. Tap that line and read the description the cache owner provided. Often there is material of interest or some clues towards finding the cache. After Description comes Hint. Sometimes cache owners provide a hint to help you find the cache if you get stuck.

Armed with this information, you are ready to go look for your first geocache. Tap the Navigate to Cache towards the upper right of the screen. That will take you to a map that shows your location marker and the location of the cache with a red line connecting them as in the first screen below. If you turn so the red arrow attached to your current location lines up with the red line and start walking, you will get closer and closer to where the cache is hidden.

If you prefer a Compass style view, tap the Compass button to the right of the Map one at the top of the screen. That will change your view to the Compass screen that you sees as the second screen below. The red arrow on the Compass points in the direction of the cache so you would want to move in the direction it points. The distance from you to the cache will go down as you approach it.

Note: If you are wondering about kilometers in the Map screen and Miles in the Compass screen, it is just a subtle way to let you know that Cachly can show either metric or imperial distances. This is a Setting you can change to suit your preference.

MapToCuestaQuest.png   Compass.png

The GPS system is only accurate to around 10 feet at best and it can be even less accurate under tree cover or near power lines or tall buildings. So, when you get very close to the cache location, it's time to start using your eyes and perhaps the hint to make the discovery. Some caches are on the ground, some hang from branches and some are clever constructions that look like other things. For example, caches disguised to look like a bird house are something you may find. As you gain experience with the ways caches can be hidden, you will get faster at making finds. Another great way to gain experience (and have a fun outing) is to go out with a more experienced geocacher and make it a team outing.

Suppose you have now found the cache. Caches are always supposed to be some sort of container with a paper log sheet inside for you to sign. Open the cache, find the log sheet and sign it. Congratulations, you are almost done. The signed log lets the cache owner know you found it. Now you need to record your find at geocaching.com. You do so by tapping the Log this Cache button at the top upper left and you get a logging screen.

There are only two important things to do here. Tap Log Type and choose Found It since that is what you did. Then tap Message and enter a message for the Cache Owner and others who later find this cache and might appreciate hearing about your experience. You don't have to write a novel but cache owners often put a lot of work into creating their caches and get their reward from the fun logs written by the finders. Now that you have the two crucial fields in your log, just tap the Send Now button at the upper right and you are all done.


Congratulations! You have gone through the whole process of choosing a cache, navigating to it, finding it and logging it. Hopefully, you had fun. The rest of this Wiki provides more extensive information you will find useful as you gain experience.