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Restoring Google Maps on geocaching.com

posted Feb 18, 2012, 4:11 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 7:41 PM ]
Information from: Gary Eckhardt, passed along by Jay / Bing-GTX

For those who are not pleased with the loss of the Google maps on GC.com the following may be of interest.

There is a user script called “GC little helper” (available from http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/81052) that runs via the Firefox add-on, Greasemonkey (available at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/?src=ss).

The latest update to this script (just released today) adds three maps to the list of maps available when you click the map icon in the upper right of a map on GC.com. The maps added are: Google Maps, Google Maps (Satellite), and Google Maps (Hybrid) (unfortunately no Google Maps (Terrain), bummer). The script also allows you to configure the default map to use when you display a map on GC.com.

I f you decide you want to check it out and you have not already installed the Greasemonkey add-on you will need to do that first. I believe that Greasemonkey is available for other browsers as well.

I just installed the script and it is almost like having all the old Google maps back. I did not set my default to be Google Maps but I can at least get to them when I want to with all of the caches displayed on them not just the one that I select with “Map This”. Although “Map This” does have the advantage of displaying more of the area around the cache because it uses an arrow to show the location rather than a cache icon. 


Although Groundspeak’s maps were good, especially with the new version, they still were never what I needed.  I found a Firefox add-on that will let you select any text (coordinates, addresses, etc) on your browser screen, right click and select “Map This” and it will go fire up Google Maps.    If anyone is interested, the add-on is at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/map-this/


Neglected to provide the configuration information, unfortunately the help on the GClh website is a little obscure.

Once the script is installed there are two ways to get at the configuration settings.

The first way:

When your Quick View profile is displayed (Geocaching > Your Profile appears on the tab)  on the right side of the page in the block that is titled Hello username right above the blocks that show your find and hide counts are some links the last one should be GClh Config. Click that once and the configuration page will be displayed.

The second way:

The method can be used on any page where the script is active. On the Firefox Navigation Bar (the one with the address field) at the right end (unless you have customized this bar) you will see a Greasemonkey Icon with a drop down arrow. Click the drop down arrow and hover your mouse pointer over the entry User Script Commands (which should not be grayed out, if it is grayed out the script is not active on the page). A box will pop up which says: “little helper config”. Click this box and the configuration page will be displayed.

Once you have made you changes scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save button.