Geocaching.com has finally released an official network link for supporting Google Earth. The network link lets you browse the Earth in Google Earth and will automatically reveal the Geocaches nearby. This is a VERY cool feature!
If you read my earlier story about the company stifling innovation (because someone wrote a network link to allow convenient searching of Geocaches) this new link is the reason. Groundspeak (the company which runs Geocachng.com) has done a good job with their own implementation of the network link. Except, right now it is kind of difficult to find the network link on their web site.
Here are instructions for …
Here are instructions for getting the Google Earth network link for Geocaching.com: You have to have at least the free basic account on Geocahing.com, log-in and click on “My Account”. In the lower-right of the page under “Google Mapping Features” click on “Download Geocache browser in Google Earth”. This will download the network link into Google Earth (assuming you have GE installed).
Once you have the network link downloaded, you will see “Geocaching Network KML” in your Places folder. I recommend you move it from the “Temporary Places” to your “My Places” folder for safekeeping. Next, just zoom somewhere in the world below 500 miles out, pause a few seconds, and you will see geocaches for that view. Groundspeak has made nice looking placemarks for the different types of geocaches. If you click on a placemark you get a brief description and a link to the cache page with all the details, or you can bookmark it for future reference at the web site.
This is a highly useful capability (read the things you can do with this in my first geocaching story). I”m glad Groundspeak is officially supporting this capability. By the way, I’m told you are limited to 150 caches in a view and can only refresh the network link 200 times in a day. You also are able to download a static KML for a specific cache.