February 3, 2008

It's Not About The Numbers

Well, okay, maybe it is a little bit. While nothing beats a great day out on the trails, or finding that one urban cache that's been eluding you for so long, it's also hard not to set milestone goals like a 100th find, or averaging one find per day per month, etc.

If you're just the slightest bit curious about your caching statistics, then you owe it to yourself to visit the "It's Not About The Numbers" web site. Here's a sample of some of the detailed stats this site will produce for you:
  • Average Finds per Day
  • Most Finds in One Day
  • Average Log Size (in number of words)
  • Caching Milestones
  • Finds by Container Type / Terrain Rating / Difficulty Rating
  • Cache by Location
The site will also provide various maps of your finds. I particularly like the Completed Counties map, which looks like this:

This is convenient if you aspire to someday conquer a geocache such as, Discovering & Logging California's 58 Counties.

To generate your own stats, you first need to be a Premium Member at geocaching.com. Go to the Pocket Query generation page, scroll down and click the button that says "Add to Queue" to get a Pocket Query containing all your finds, ever. Upload the zip file that you'll get in your email into the form on the "It's Not About The Numbers" web site, and check out your stats!

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