January 2, 2010

It's Kind Of About The Numbers

Don't let anyone kid you, the longer you geocache, the more it becomes about the numbers. Even the staunchest non-numbers advocate can't help but be the slightest bit curious about their caching statistics. And it doesn't have to be just about the most numbers of finds in a day/month/year. Although, I admit, I do keep track of those figures too simply because if the numbers are on the rise, then it means I'm getting off the couch and outdoors more; which is all I really care about.

But there are many more statistics that can be gleaned from your cache find data. One of my favorite tools to do this is the Find Stats Generator, a GSAK macro developed by lignumaqua. Not only does FindStatsGen report the typical totals you would expect in chart and graph form, but it also provides a number of other customizable, handy and unique find-related data, including:

1. Maps of finds in countries, states and counties

2. List of milestone finds (eg. every 100th find), with a forecast date of your next milestone find.

3. Number of finds by a) miles from home, b) cache type, c) cache difficulty/terrain rating, and even d) lowest and highest elevation.

4. List of FTF's

5. And many other numbers such as these:

After you run the macro, you can even upload the result to your geocaching.com profile, as I've done. That's right, my geocaching handle is "teampipperice" (don't ask).

You can read more about Find Stats Generator and download the macro from the GSAK forums.If you don't already have a GSAK license, this macro alone makes it worth getting.

Happy 2010, and Cache On!


Mike Davidson said...

Good information....posted a link to this on our local geocacher facebook fan page to generate discussion.

South Coast Geocachers of Oregon

David said...

I think most of those stats are available from free online sites. Granted, the ones that interest me most (most northerly, etc., and high/low elevations) aren't, to the best of my recollection.

I have GSAK but a lot of newer macros won't work with my back-level version. But I can't see it being worth the money to upgrade just for a few stat that I could figure out myself if I really needed to. All I have to do is think about it for a few seconds to recall my high and low elevation caches, etc.

Still, nice to know about this macro, thanks!