In this lesson, we will look at GSAK’s default screen grid, and start making sense of all of the information that it can contain.

The way that you read the information in GSAK is horizontal (or row) first, then vertical (or column). All of a cache’s data is found in a single row; the columns highlight specific information about the cache.

GSAK has a default grid view – you can add/remove, or even change the columns that are displayed. Default columns include:

  1. Cache code – the GC number
  2. Cache type symbol – a graphical depiction similar to Geocaching.com
  3. Travel Bug symbol – Whether there are travel bugs in the cache
  4. User Flag symbol (actually looks like a person) – Specific to GSAK and used to show whether you have “flagged” a cache for further review or sorting
  5. Log – A colour-coded representation of the type of logs left by geocachers (found, DNF, etc.)
  6. Notes – A section for placing both user notes (your own thoughts or notes about the cache) and user logs (what you actually wrote about the cache as you log it to geocaching.com)
  7. Waypoint name – for the vast majority of circumstances, this is the cache name
  8. Miles (or KM) – the distance in miles or kilometers from the LOCATION that you currently have set in GSAK (usually set to home) to the cache
  9. Bearing – the compass direction (using True North) from the LOCATION that you currently have set in GSAK (usually set to home) to the cache
  10. Placed by – the person or persons who have placed the cache
  11. Placed – the date that the cache was published.
  12. Last GPX – the date a waypoint was last updated by a GPX/LOC file
  13. Last Found – the last date that a “Found It” log was submitted to geocaching.com
  14. Container – The size of the container
  15. Difficulty – The difficulty of finding the cache, as rated by the owner
  16. Terrain – The difficulty of accessing the cache, as rated by the owner
  17. Last Log – The date of the latest log of any type for this cache
  18. DNF status (looks like a sad face) – set if you have logged a DNF, will get cleared if you subsequently find the cache
  19. DNF date – set if you have logged a DNF, will NOT automatically get cleared if you subsequently find the cache (allows you to track how many caches that you have DNFed over time)
  20. Created – the date that the cache was brought into or created in GSAK

Tools – “Reset grid to default view”. If later on you have found yourself with too many columns or have moved things around too much, you can always bring the columns back to the way that they were when you first installed GSAK.

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