While reading through Garmin's Oregon 6xx series announcement recently a simple phrase caught our eye, "The Oregon 600 can hold up to 4 million geocaches". Well that just sounds like the impossible, made possible.
We did some digging, and sure enough, a new file format, called .ggz, will allow users to give up the picking/choosing/planning stages and just download every cache on OpenCaching.com. The new Oregon series will still support the original .gpx files, so if you haven't seen the transition on your favorite site like GSAK, don't fret! Another plus, all of the paperless geocaching features will still be available... is it just us or does this is sound almost too good to be true?
Best news yet is that Garmin is not going to be making this feature proprietary to OpenCaching, Groundspeak (geocaching.com) will be able to utilize this programming as well. It will require a bit of work on Groundspeak's part to integrate it into the import and export processes, but we're sure they'll be up to the task.
We love receiving your feedback! When the new Oregons start shipping we encourage you to find us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Let us know if this new format truly is the best thing since sliced bread. Better still, send us a video of you loading up a million caches on your new handheld!