Actually... I like the ESRI maps (under leaflet). The Imagery is out of date, but the ESRI World Topo Maps are pretty great. At least where I have looked, the natural feature labels are much more accurate than Google. It is a Topo map so you can see terrain. It shows streets and has very accurate house and building shapes, which makes sense since that is what ESRI software does for millions of municipalities around the world.... well at least a whole lot of 'em.
Confirmed. Email replies to message center notifications go into the ether.
I think their message center is all about GC.com. It reduces their email server load, but screws up users. The notification emails should at least make it clear that sending a reply won't work. Or at least bounce your reply back to you so you know it didn't go through.
Sounds like Team Trog's cache and Buks cache are very cool and inventive by using the SSID. Very cool. Buk's might have a the beacon attribute but if it's just using the SSID, than it is not a Garmin Chirp or NFC beacon which is what is covered at present by the official GC.com description of a beacon cache.
So, if Buk's is based on a SSID, then Tealcat's iPhone should work as is. Just google SSID and you should be able to figure out what to do at GZ.
As far as official Beacon hunting goes....
The iPhone will not be able to do either. Garmin's Chirp is based on ANT+ which can be found on some nokia phones but I'm pretty sure its not on the iPhone. Apple has also reserved NFC for the exclusive use of ApplePay, so you can't find those beacons either. Maybe consider switching to Android? (sorry I couldn't resist the jab)
The 64s will need to have the Chirp capabilities turned on. It's a menu item hidden deep in the bowels. I think it's under the Geocache settings, but not completely sure. Most people keep it off by default since it consumes battery life. I have also found that Chirps are very very finicky. I think the concept of Chirp was good but in reality, it leaves a lot to be desired.
ha ha ha... I was thinking about this while I was at my son's Awards program tonight. Can you imagine the chaos of this at an out door high school or college graduation?!? I would want a drone just to film the other drones!
[This post is related to google maps, not maps within GC.com]
Thot, I have been struggling with the slow de-evolution of google maps for years. I do a lot with generating KML files for my boy scout flag program. Three years ago, I was happily putting KML files on a web server and a link would open them in maps.google.com on a desktop computer or open it in the old (v6 and below) version of the Android and iOS Google Maps app. Then the Android app dropped support for KML in verison 7, as part of a mandatory upgrade. A year later, google changed how the desktop browsers handled them and a year or so after that (what you have noticed) they have dropped support of direct KML links across the board as they make the final migration to MyMaps.
I can not express strongly enough my anger at discovering these often unannounced changes right before a holiday that we put out flags for. It has burned me several times.
Over the years, I have banged my head against the MyMaps transformations. However as a software professional, I understand you need to transform your platform and supporting multiple code bases that do very similar things is just looking for a disaster. It has been just in the last month that I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We still have a long way to go, but I now believe that on the desktop at least, the transformation might all be worth it. However, to get at the "good stuff", you have to use google drive. Keeping your content outside of the google-sphere just isn't an option anymore. Go ahead... drink the coolaid... its good for you.
On the smartphone... they have a much longer way to go. For now, I am using maps.me for Andorid, iOS, and Blackberry because it has great offline map support and loads kml files directly. Exactly what I had three years ago from google.
Bring your swim suit Bert. They don't allow commando diving/swimming. Although we didn't manage to visit it on our drive to Philmont, it is on my list. Actually, I would really really like to dive it. Even if you don't go, its fascinating to read the Earth Cache and the web sites about it.