In this lesson we will look at setting up your Geocaching.com User ID in GSAK.

By setting up the Geocaching.com User ID in GSAK, GSAK will be able to match your finds and your caches in the GSAK database. At the beginner level, you should only need to do this one time.

The User ID is not your cacher name, but rather a string of numbers.

There are two main ways of getting this number:

  • Fastest – Select “Geocaching.com access”, then “Update user information”. Make sure that you check off the “Update matching to use gc.com user ID.”  GSAK can now quickly identify which caches you have found (and placed).  You can see this number by selecting “Tools”, then “Options”.  In the pop-up window, make sure that you are on the “General” tab (you should be already there; GSAK defaults to this).  You can see your number in “Method for matching owned and found caches”
  • Slowest –
    • At geocaching.com, beside your caching name, select the drop-down arrow. Under “account Settings”, click on “Membership”.  Your user ID is the number listed under “Member ID”
    • In GSAK, select “Tools”, then “Options”. In the pop-up window, make sure that you are on the “General” tab (you should be already there; GSAK defaults to this).  Enter the Member ID that you got from geocaching.com in the section labelled “Method for matching owned and found caches.”  Also, select the radio button that says “Owner ID#”

At more advanced levels, we will discuss situations where you might want to use a different ID.

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