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Geocaching Ireland • What do I do Next
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What do I do Next

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:09 pm
by jimfin
Hi All
I'm new to all this. Just bought a GPS on Ebay and hope to have it in the next few day.
I've seen some of the cashs on the site but can someone talk me through what I do next to get the ref onto me Gps unit ect.
I live near Boyle and would like to start in the area.

Thanks for any replys

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:06 pm
by Bootle
welcome Jim!
thanks for logging into the forums - hopefully you'll find them useful. There's a couple of ways to get the cache coordinates onto your GPS. The lo-tech way is to manually create a "waypoint" in your GPS. Your GPS instructions should tell you how to do this, but if they dont, let us know the make and model of your GPS and we should be able to give more specific advice. Once you've figured out how to create a waypoint, enter the coordinnates from the cache that you are interested in and save that waypoint. Then simply choose the "goto" option for that waypoint and follow the arrow on your GPS. The slightly more high-tech way of getting waypoints onto your GPS is to download the waypoint information in a .loc file from the relevant cache page and transfer it to your gps using third party software such as Mapsource or Easy GPS, and a special cable linnking your gps to your PC. We can give you more details on that once you get the relevant cable for your GPS.

There's a great cache near Boyle called "Rapunzel". It would make a great first cache when you have some free time. Here's a link to the cache page

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... a4ac1068ce

Here's a list of the nearest caches to Boyle

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest. ... mss=18.010

happy hunting!

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:10 pm
by Kili or bust
Well first of all welcome to the forum and to the hobby for that matter. We badly need somebody around your territory as there is a wonderland of opportunities down your way to place caches and if you look at any cache map of the country you will see that they are sparse enough between you and the midlands.

The tekky guys will surely give you all the info you need (and I'm sure you got some kind of instructions with your unit) but basically you make sure your GPSr is set on WGS84 and simply input the coordinates given at the top of a cache listing and then point your nose in the direction the compass arrow on the little screen gives and Bobs your uncle! There will probably be a bit of trial and error the first few times but you will get it pretty quickly.

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:35 pm
by MadraRua
Yes, the WGS84 bit is really important!
Welcome btw

What Next

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:50 am
by jimfin
Thanks for the reply guys, and maybe gals! I bought a Garmin Etrex Legend, the black and white one, and hope to have it in the next day or so.

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:37 pm
by dino
That's the same model I have so when you get it post here and I'll help if I can.

Welcome to the forum :)

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:57 pm
by MadraRua
dino wrote:That's the same model I have so when you get it post here and I'll help if I can.
Don't believe anything he tells you about the eTrex Legend or geocaching.
He has proven on RTE that he has no clue what he is doing.
He even had to go and find his own caches because he can''t find anybody elses!

:wink:

(Seriously, I'm only joking. If anybody can help you it's the pink feckin' dinosaur.)

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:43 pm
by Kili or bust
No, he was right the first time, don't believe a word he tells you! He has been spinning us all a yarn about coins now, lovely pictures and all, since God was a child and not a sign of anything metal yet!!! :wink:

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:52 pm
by dino
Sure you're not even interested in them things ;)

Welcome

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:41 pm
by Netdrum
Welcome to GeoCaching, I have just started a few weeks ago too and am hooked big time. The guys here are great plenty of support and help to get you started

Enjoy

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:17 am
by miah505
Welcome Jimfin & Netdrum. These forums are a great place to get help when you need it as I find out every time I have a problem. Happy hunting! :)

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:59 am
by Frezeluberz
Heh, Hello and Hi.
Watch out for the crazies!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:42 pm
by barraseaclaid
hello to all,
Netdrum have you been around before the name seems familiar

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:57 pm
by Frezeluberz
Like this Netdrum?

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:02 pm
by barraseaclaid
thats the guy...are ye one in the same person?

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:25 am
by medic143
Am I missing something here but this thread seems to have been resurrected after 4 years yesterday. I'm all for welcomes but seems a tad on tardy side ? :?

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:53 am
by barraseaclaid
haha just noticed that myself!
Was trying to figure out how netdrum had "just started caching" but didnt have any finds in 2011

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:26 am
by johnrm
Lock the thread.

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:48 pm
by Frezeluberz
medic143 wrote:Am I missing something here but this thread seems to have been resurrected after 4 years yesterday. I'm all for welcomes but seems a tad on tardy side ? :?
Nope, hadn't spotted that myself either.
How the heck did you come across this thead miah505??

Re: What do I do Next

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:24 pm
by miah505
Showed up as having new post. Blind as a bat here--never even looked at the dates. God knows how I manage to find any caches!!!!!! lol!!!!