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 .

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Iceland

Post by SargeNI » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:55 pm

Mrs S and myself are heading up to Iceland for a few days and was wondering if anyone can recommend any mapping for either an Android Phone or a Garmin Oregon.

On the way home we are stopping off in the Faeroe Islands and then the Shetlands for a day in each, so hope to pick up a few caches in eachof the stops.
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Re: Iceland

Post by mr.-oda » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:21 am

Oh lucky you, I've been to Iceland twice and the Faeroes once and it is absolutely amazing. Just one thing on Iceland if you are driving yourself, I now that there are large areas where there are no radio station signals. If this also counted for phone signal I can't remember, but just something to keep in mind if you go a bit further than most.
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Re: Iceland

Post by dino » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:11 pm

If you have data access then Google Maps app should work on your Android.
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Re: Iceland

Post by SargeNI » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:33 pm

Don't fancy the cost of Data Roaming, but have been looking at Neogeo for the android, it would appear to cache maps. So I've checked all the areas we plan to go using WiFi at home and hope the maps are still there when I we arrive.

I've been using Neogeo for a few weeks and it looks a nice app and it's Groundsqueek approved. Although I've always had a good data signal in the areas I've used it. All I have to do is download the caches to the phone. Spent a few hours last night with GSAK and used their API to grab all the caches I needed - with the integration with google maps its a really nice feature and no need to use any pocket queries.

Cruise gets underway on Sunday and really looking forward to getting away from work for a few weeks.
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Re: Iceland

Post by MunsterFan » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:38 pm

Used c:geo in France for two weeks with only occasional WiFi data but I had loaded the OSM maps which I had compiled using Osmosis, I'm sure you can find a ready compiled map of Iceland here:

http://download.mapsforge.org/maps/europe/iceland.map
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Re: Iceland

Post by dino » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:38 pm

CacheSense allows offline mapping also but as I use Google Maps (can't be cached) I'm not sure how functional it is? I guess it will depend how good OSM is in Iceland?
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Re: Iceland

Post by SargeNI » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:42 pm

I have now NeonGeo loaded up with both caches and maps. NeonGeo will allow you to cache loads of different maps on to you SD card for use off line. I have google maps and OSM both loaded as they both have different features. Haven't totally got on top of all the features of the app but it does look very good.

Now looking forward to getting away, but I have to admit that Geocaching will have to play second fiddle to some rest and relaxation, if I can get 10-20 caches I will be happy.
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Re: Iceland

Post by Blue Jay » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:20 am

Have a great time :D
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Re: Iceland

Post by MunsterFan » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:01 am

Enjoy, expect a report when you get back!
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Re: Iceland

Post by beefy4605 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:26 am

have a great time Robbie - if your lucky you may get a show of the Northern Lights .
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