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Event Calendar for the Northwest Region


TheWinterTrio
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Hi All,

 

First Off, thanks to Shop99er for all his manual labor for the last 6 years working on the calendar...

 

Below is a link to a Google Calendar that has all the published events for the states that this forum supports, as well as British Columbia (since it's only an hour away from me, I wanted to see them as well. :) )

 

It has little different look than the previous calendar, mainly because this is an automated script that pulls what it can out of the PocketQuery and I'm too lazy to do any per-event customization. A link to the actual cache page is provided if you open the full details of the calendar event.

 

My goal is to update the calendar weekly (sometime during the weekend since thats when the PQ runs), but I'm sure things will get in the way on occasion...

 

Google Calendar

 

If you want to load these events into your PC/Phone/?? yourself, below is a link to all the ICS files (per state and all together). I've used these in Outlook 2007 and my iPhone with no problems. Have not tested anything else, so YMMV.

 

ICS files

 

Lastly, if you want to create any of these on your own (other regions, only the events you care about, ect), please contact me off list. I'd be happy to provide the scripts...

 

-Stephen/TheWinterTrio

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Way cool. B) Thanks to TheWinterTrio for taking the baton from Shop99er, who did a great job for many years. Love the new Google calendar, and have already bookmarked it.

 

My initial reaction to the listings:

  • I thought Washington had a fair number of events, but those Canadians make us look like slackers!
  • Abby had an event on Oct. 21? Say what?

:lol:

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When Shop99er maintained this, and when I remembered, I'd send him a message with the dates of my upcoming events up to a year in advance. Pocket queries would be a bad choice, because my events don't typically get an event page until about six weeks before the event. Should I do the same for you? (Or, since I'm asking here, would you mind pulling them for this first round from the list in my profile?)

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If big events like these are being planned well in advance of the publish, I'm happy to add in a placeholder event in the database. I'll just need to remember to delete it when the real event is published.. :)

 

I have added the 4 from your profile (through Sep 2013) that have dates into the Calendar.

 

{EDIT}

 

To add on to this, even if your just planning a hike/paddle with a big bunch of people (like the one to GCD a while back) and have no intention of publishing an official "Event", I can add it to the calendar maunally.

 

If you are going to publish an event that you want up beforehand and you have an Unplulished GC Code for it, I woule like to have it.. While the URL Link won't work, if I add it to the calendar with the proper GC code, it "should" automatically update the information once it is published.

 

-TWT

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Way cool. B) Thanks to TheWinterTrio for taking the baton from Shop99er, who did a great job for many years. Love the new Google calendar, and have already bookmarked it.

 

My initial reaction to the listings:

  • I thought Washington had a fair number of events, but those Canadians make us look like slackers!
  • Abby had an event on Oct. 21? Say what?

:lol:

 

Apparently you missed a staff meeting?

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So it will automatically populate in the PQ now that I created an event? This is my first event cache, so I wanted to make sure.

 

Yes, Once it's been published, it will appear in the PQ I receive the next Saturday morning. The PQ is set to grab all active events in the Northwest Region and BC. At that point a GSAK macro will update the Cities/Counties/URLs and create the ICS files that I upload to Google. (Probably Saturday as well).

 

-Stephen

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This is great!

 

thanks for keeping this up for us!!!

 

You're probably working on it now, but just wanted to mention that this event just got published:

 

Geocaching goes to Space event

 

I didn't see this one on your calendar.

 

It's okay if this one stays small because it's not a huge venue, but I wanted to put this out there for those who can't get to Groundspeaks evening event and want the souvenir. I didn't see any events close by besides Groundspeak's event, so I wanted to have another local option.

 

I hope everyone who wants to is able to make it to an event.

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An event so close to home, but I'll be working to far south to make it up at lunch time... Arg!

 

Looks like it was just published a few days ago... I run the PQ to load the events on the weekends, so anything published during the week should make it up by Sunday as long as I'm not out of town...

 

-TWT

 

This is great!

 

thanks for keeping this up for us!!!

 

You're probably working on it now, but just wanted to mention that this event just got published:

 

Geocaching goes to Space event

 

I didn't see this one on your calendar.

 

It's okay if this one stays small because it's not a huge venue, but I wanted to put this out there for those who can't get to Groundspeaks evening event and want the souvenir. I didn't see any events close by besides Groundspeak's event, so I wanted to have another local option.

 

I hope everyone who wants to is able to make it to an event.

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Noticed that there hadn't been any posts here in 2+ years, so I looked at the calendar.

 

Far as I can tell this is still being kept up.

 

Yep... I've been trying to update every Friday.. I've received a few direct messages about adding events that I won't get via the PQs, but otherwise it's been pretty quiet..

 

-TWT

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Noticed that there hadn't been any posts here in 2+ years, so I looked at the calendar.

 

Far as I can tell this is still being kept up.

 

Yep... I've been trying to update every Friday.. I've received a few direct messages about adding events that I won't get via the PQs, but otherwise it's been pretty quiet..

 

-TWT

 

I use it every week to plan out our weekend adventures. If an interesting event is happening, we often head to that area and cache before/after the event. We have found some pretty good beer and food going to these events. Sometimes I wish Alaska was closer so we could drive to it. One cacher I work with, stops by to ask about upcoming events. I keep trying to get him to use the calendar, but so far, he has found it easier to ask me about them. :rolleyes:

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Terrible Ts

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Noticed that there hadn't been any posts here in 2+ years, so I looked at the calendar.

 

Far as I can tell this is still being kept up.

 

Yep... I've been trying to update every Friday.. I've received a few direct messages about adding events that I won't get via the PQs, but otherwise it's been pretty quiet..

 

-TWT

You da man, Stephen! Thanks for continuing to maintain this. I'm going to give it a shout-out on the Caching Northwest Facebook page.

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Hmm..  I guess I haven't payed attention to the actual event count lately.   I take a look and see what's wrong...

 

EDIT:  Looks like the PQ had an end date of 12/31/2018, so moved that to 2020.  Next run (Friday) should get all the new events on the calendar...

 

-TWT

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I've been waffling on my answer to your question. It's helpful to see all of the geocaching events together at the top of my calendar, but my workflow is to copy the ones I think I might attend to my own personal calendar and then edit the time and location to be the precise location and time indicated in the event. I'm still going to have to edit for location, but including the time will remove at least that part of the process. I guess my answer is I don't know. :)

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Thanks for the reply.  I'll wait and see if there are any other opinions before I make changes to that...

 

Also, about the location..  I just made a change so that the Coordinates show up in the "Location" field and the City/State are listed just below the Host and Maps links in the details.    So, when clicking on the location in the event, now I get mapped to the actual spot.  Hopefully that covers that piece of editing... (Although it will only be effective on newly published events, as google doesn't seem to overwrite the details when I import a new file overtop)

 

 

 

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It looks like the coordinates actually did update this time, so all the location settings are now GZ instead of the city name.  But now I have a question...  What are you copying these into that the location field helps?     And does what I changed help?

 

I pull up the calendar event from my iPhone Calendar App and I don't see a show map option.  What I usually do is click on one of the links I added to the body of the calendar event that opens either apple maps or google maps..

 

Thanks.

 

-Stephen

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In looking at GSAK, it shows it on the 10th as well.  The GPX file is listing the time in (I think)  UT instead of local (recent gc.com change?) so it looks like GSAK can't deal properly with that...  I'll post the issue on the GSAK forum and see if there are any easy solutions....

 

  <wpt lat="48.516667" lon="-122.60925">
    <time>2019-02-10T02:30:00Z</time>
    <name>GC82TPZ</name>
 

 

-TWT

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I was able to fix it with my calendars over on https://www.wsgaonline.org/calendars/wsga/48north/

 

I ended up extracting the date and time from the short description and using that. Hopefully GSAK or GS will fix it for those that don't want to spend the time writing code to pull the date from text. 

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A temporary fix is to refresh the Event Caches via the API before creating the files.  It still gives the old date format.   I'm guessing that will get "fixed" at some point, but for now it's an easy work around.   I just updated the calendar and the Event is now showing on the 9th...

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