March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

The discussion hasn't ended, it has just moved. Join us on the Facebook Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group .

Donnacha

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by klossner
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: (GC1D1Z6) Mourne Rambler - A Geocaching Event
Replies: 25
Views: 3670

Donmoore wrote:I'd say there would be quite a few stills on the event day!
All you need do is follow the instructions.
by klossner
Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Recommend a Gadget. Almost Birthday Time Again!
Replies: 37
Views: 4498

If you are serious about illumination tools (as they are called nowadays) a Gladius night ops is the only way to go. That was true a few years ago (when I bought my Surefire U2), but technology has passed it by. The Night Ops with the old Luxeon III LED and two CR123 batteries puts out 80 lumens fo...
by klossner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Recommend a Gadget. Almost Birthday Time Again!
Replies: 37
Views: 4498

[... or coming from the States. I'll be visiting next month, though I won't get to go far north of Dublin.] There are some brilliant (pun intended) high-tech torches these days. I carry one always when caching, even in broad daylight, as sometimes the ability to illuminate the inside of a bush is wh...
by klossner
Fri May 30, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Another new Guy with a Gps question!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2310

Here's a contrary opinion. I use a Garmin 60CSX for car navigation as well as for walking and I'm very happy with it. I use Garmin's automobile mount to position it low on the dashboard, just below my view of the road ahead. My wife's car has an inbuilt satnav with large screen and voice. I got well...
by klossner
Wed May 21, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Volunteer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1134

Re: Volunteer?

parkmoy wrote:OK, so who's going to hide the cache then?
Here it is.
by klossner
Tue May 20, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: I'm Off To.....
Topic: Canada - Vancouver
Replies: 13
Views: 576

Don't know about the last one, we generally avoid puzzle caches when we're on holiday but we are hoping to get into the general area as it looks nice. There's no actual puzzling to be done. Go to the initial coordinates, find what's there to be found, and it will all become clear. Have a grand time!
by klossner
Wed May 14, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Got permission!
Replies: 33
Views: 2196

Delightful! We'll be along to hunt your caches in July. "Ireland’s most ancient primordial oak woods, once the haunting grounds of Ireland’s druids" -- this is just the sort of place my family wants to visit.
by klossner
Wed May 14, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: I'm Off To.....
Topic: Seattle!
Replies: 60
Views: 2015

jme1979 wrote:I think the £370 for the flights might be a less painful option
That's the one-way price, surely? I paid twice that for return tickets for myself and my daughters (Oregon to Shannon in July, then Edinburgh to home in August.)
by klossner
Wed May 14, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: I'm Off To.....
Topic: Seattle!
Replies: 60
Views: 2015

It's archived so as not to appear in normal searches. It's not locked, so you can log it after your visit.
by klossner
Wed May 14, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: I'm Off To.....
Topic: Seattle!
Replies: 60
Views: 2015

There are several relevant discussions in the Northwest (USA) geocaching forum , such as this one . The first thing to consider is whether to go after the trifecta , a grand set of three caches: Groundspeak Headquarters , by advance appointment only on Friday afternoons. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light ,...
by klossner
Wed May 14, 2008 12:00 am
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Repeat Visits and DNF/FIND
Replies: 15
Views: 926

johnrm wrote:The cache accounting is a bit off it would seem.
Rather the opposite. The cache accounting knew that you had logged multiple finds and it counted only one.
by klossner
Mon May 12, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Some personal stats
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

To give you an idea of how dense they can get ... Here in Oregon, home of the very first geocache, the statistics are: Number of caches within 80km: thousands. It would take me hours to get an exact number. There are 500 caches within 21km. Number of unfound caches: there are 500 caches I haven't fo...
by klossner
Fri May 02, 2008 3:51 am
Forum: I'm Off To.....
Topic: Canada - Vancouver
Replies: 13
Views: 576

You're coming to my time zone! Vancouver is a delightful place, and it's thick with caches. My favorite caching experience there was bicycling around Stanley Park. Start at this cache and go counter-clockwise, seeing the sights and collecting caches as you go. This cache is on my all-time favorites ...
by klossner
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Specific Geocaching Topics
Topic: Whats happening
Replies: 12
Views: 928

The final straw seems to have been that Groundspeak instructed them to disallow discussion of charitable events or sponsorships on the forums and cache pages.

There's some discussion here.
by klossner
Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Links on cache pages. how to?
Replies: 11
Views: 1442

When editing your cache page, you'll need to tick the box "The descriptions below are in HTML." Then mark-up language (items in angle brackets) such as donnacha's recommendation should work. If you do this and find that all your paragraphs run together, edit it again and put <p> at the end of each p...
by klossner
Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Useful Information
Topic: What PDA/Palm/Pocket PC to get?
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

Again, the very simplified instructions: Go to the pocket query page . Click "Create a new query." On the next page: In the "Query Name" box, type something like "caches around home." In "Days to Generate," tick today's day. Under "Choose how often," select "Run this query every week on the days che...
by klossner
Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Useful Information
Topic: What PDA/Palm/Pocket PC to get?
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

Now you want the two standard bits of software that we Palm owners use: GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) to run on your PC, and Cachemate to run on your Palm. The very simplified instructions are: 1) Get a pocket query in your email. 2) Start GSAK and drag-and-drop the pocket query's ZIP file into...
by klossner
Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Horizon on BBC2 last evening.
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

As an "air force brat" (I was born on an Air Force base in California), I apologize for the attitude portrayed on this program. A few military personnel may think GPS is just for them, but their civilian masters in Washington D.C. say otherwise. Here's a speech in which the U.S. government proclaims...
by klossner
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jokes and Quotes (Possibly some Naughty Content) - Archive 1
Replies: 379
Views: 43009

Yanks and frozen turkeys

While at university, I invited several friends to my first American turkey dinner. Come the day, I went to the market and was horrified to find that the only turkeys on offer were frozen solid. How to defrost the bird in just a couple of hours? I didn't have a microwave oven but remembered that one ...
by klossner
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: The Site
Topic: Forum Promotion
Replies: 6
Views: 3644

dino wrote:You can see an example on this cache of mine: Tread Softly
You can indeed, but when I click it, all I get is <i>The requested URL /forums/ was not found on this server.</i> Perhaps the URL should be updated to point to geocachingireland.com instead of mccartan.org ?