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GIS day at UMD, Nov 16
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from: http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx#event

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While a music concert, a garage sale, a ham radio field day or town’s fireworks display might be of interest to a large percentage of geocachers, such events are not suitable for submission as event caches because the organizers and the primary attendees are not geocachers.

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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that part (I did read it). I understand that the GIS event itself doesn't qualify - that's not my question.

We are planning the caching aspect of things as if it were a subevent in itself.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
I understand that part (I did read it). I understand that the GIS event itself doesn't qualify - that's not my question.

We are planning the caching aspect of things as if it were a subevent in itself.

Ah. No idea. SJ?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:59 pm    Post subject: GIS Day Info Reply with quote

Here is a link to some information on the GIS day event http://www.d.umn.edu/geog/lab/main/gisday2006.php

I would like to see you all get credit for participating - I'm actually concerned that the geocaching might upstage the other talks! We may get some coverage by the Duluth News Trib, and maybe a TV station if it's a slow news day.

BTW - the astute among you have already noted that GIS Day is actually on Nov 15. Yea, we know, but we couldn't reserve the ballroom till the 16th. It's not like we're moving Veteran's Day or anything.

Thanks to all of you that can attend!
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proton
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so where is the Ballroom? It is not listed on the online map. And, where is the best place to park for the day?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Proton,

Finding your way around UMD is a Level 5 difficulty activity. The Ballroom is on the 3rd floor (maybe 4th) of Kirby Student Center, which is here

http://www.d.umn.edu/maps/KSC/

Parking is also an L5 challenge, but there is a pay lot north of the Library.
Stop by the library to do PearHead's Cam Cache GCNCHE and view the nifty chandelier-art thing hanging in the foyer

http://www.d.umn.edu/maps/L/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.d.umn.edu/maps/big_UMD_map.gif

It's in the KSC. Ghost640 is right - navigating the campus can be a level 5 difficulty.

Parking is just as bad (or worse) if you don't have a permit. I'm parking in Lot G. That will also put you near my library web cam cache.

Much of the campus is permit parking. There are some sporadic meters although it's not worth having to run out to plug them. The lots usually fill up at some point in the day (I remember missing classes while I waited for a spot in the lot to open).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to go out on a limb here......How about some Coords? For the parking lot...for the door to get to the ballroom...to a sign that will get you there...to a prior meeting place.....to anything that will help. Cool
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oneied Cooky wrote:
I'm going to go out on a limb here......How about some Coords? For the parking lot...for the door to get to the ballroom...to a sign that will get you there...to a prior meeting place.....to anything that will help. Cool


UMD isn't exactly "GPS friendly". The campus is almost entirely indoors. You can walk from one end to the other without stepping outside.

You can use my webcam cache to get you to the campus:

GCNCHE
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair enough, Park at 46 49' 12.21" N 92 04' 50.40" - (or if that spot is taken, try 46 49' 12.21" N 92 04' 50.48")

Enter the library at 46 49' 13.48" N 92 04' 59.21". You will lose your signal on entering the building, but walk 274.62 m @ 200 d to get to the Kirby Student Center. At that point, you will find signs pointing to the ballroom, this will involve a steep ascent.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you use Google Earth for that answer or go out and use your GPSr? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I LIKE IT!! are those coords for a parking lot? What time are we to show up? I know it starts at 10:00 but are we to show up early? Is there food there? pack a lunch? I can't think of anything else....yet
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, score points for the "astute" but the information pointed to 16 Nov. I must be missing something either in the post or the website. So the event is actually Wednesday?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TimbreWlf wrote:
Okay, score points for the "astute" but the information pointed to 16 Nov. I must be missing something either in the post or the website. So the event is actually Wednesday?


GIS day is more than something UMD thought up. It is a recognized day (I'm sure ghost640 would have to tell us who came up with it).

The folks organizing the event couldn't make the 15th work for them, so they instead decided to do it on the 16th.

SO, GIS day itself is on the 15th, but at UMD they are celebrating it on the 16th.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, I knew I was missing something glaring. Barring any unforseen issues, I should be able to make it by 1000. What do we have/need to get set up?
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