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post #391 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2016, 01:21 PM
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Mercer via it's east ridge again on Saturday. New snow down to 800m. .... Good traction, but quite the workout.
Katie might just be the luckiest dog in the world. Great pics, as usual.
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post #392 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2016, 03:07 PM
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Was anyone up on Garibaldi Lake over the weekend? How's the ice with the current spring-like conditions?
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Zoa Peak with family on the toasty, albeit mostly cloudy Monday.

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Zoa Peak with family on the toasty, albeit mostly cloudy Monday.

http://stevensong.com/zoa-peak
Pretty useful trip report(s), thanks for sharing! Would it be too much to suggest that those would have a lot more value by having GPS file(s) posted too, like http://www.explor8ion.com/ or http://bobspirko.ca/ ?

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Good god if you need a GPS file posted to find the ridge on Zoa you must be blind or something.
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Good god if you need a GPS file posted to find the ridge on Zoa you must be blind or something.
The request was to provide GPS files to his (technical) trips reports on his otherwise fantastic website; kudos to Vern Dewit who finally has started doing that ( http://www.explor8ion.com/node/844 )
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Steven provides an excellent map in the first photo in his report, you could just create waypoints from this, if required.
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Pretty useful trip report(s), thanks for sharing! Would it be too much to suggest that those would have a lot more value by having GPS file(s) posted too
Totally agreed! Even if you don't have dedicated web site, it is easy (and free) to host your gps files on google sites (sites.google.com). Then, even for "obvious" hikes where gps might not be needed, it is very neat to display your tracks on map using free mapping support.

For instance, if I uploaded my GPS track of Harvey trip to

"http://sites.google.com/site/zeljkok...vey/garmin.gpx"

then you simply prefix this with

"http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=" for full URL that will show the map, including pins for waypoints.

Click here for example to see how it looks, and note URL in address bar as composition of 2 parts above ("t=h" at the end is for map type, which you can very based on your preferences)
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it is very neat to display your tracks on map
opinions clearly differ, just like about "I ate this" tweets.
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Part of the reason not doing it is the technical difficulty (as I'm not a HTML person). I'll have to take a look at Jack's method. It looks a bit different than how Vern did, and that's also not the same as Bob Spirko's site. I'll have to do some research and decide. I certainly wouldn't host the files on my own site as I do have a very limited storage space.

I can see that sharing GPS track is becoming more and more popular as we shift into the paradigm of Internet age.. I myself came from a background of hiking and sight-seeing so by heart I always do as much research as possible before heading out. My first scramble was a mere 4 years ago so I came right into the "internet age", without experiencing the "old days", so I don't have fundamental issues with sharing GPS tracks, although Dru and Alastair might have other thoughts. In general there are "explorers" who like to tackle the unknowns and there're "hikers/scramblers" who always tend to follow a more instructed route. There's no right or wrong. Right now the opinion might be 50/50 (as far as I can tell from my friends), but in another decade I can see a trend that more and more people will be sharing everything online.

As for now I do get a "GPS require" email for once in a while and I always give out my file (as long as the tracks are obtained from my own device). If it's from Ben or Vern or whoever then I can't give out.. (A lot of trips we only carry 1 GPS per group to save weight so not all tracks are from myself). However, even without a GPS track, you can always draw a line on scribblemaps.com and I found that's exceptionally useful for finding a logging road or a trail-head (you no longer need to count your odometers but rather keeping your eye on your GPS screen).
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Part of the reason not doing it is the technical difficulty (as I'm not a HTML person). I'll have to take a look at Jack's method. It looks a bit different than how Vern did, and that's also not the same as Bob Spirko's site.
I'm not HTML / Web specialist either, except for basic knowledge how Internet stuff works. I picked this from Matt Clay & love how you can see tracks, specially against the terrain -- even for simple walks. Then on waypoint you can put simple text, i.e. "by cairn turn left" & you have great beta in single browser screen. Even just for yourself when you come back -- "ahh, now I see where that lake or cliff or whatever was".

I don't know if google sites impose storage limit, but for GPX files it will be non-issue, even if you upload 1000's of them.
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Nak Peak ski in terrible weather, but "OK" conditions. Lots of snow had gone since last warm-spell...

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Default Mt Sproatt- Sunday 14 Feb 2016

Crazy weather conditions:the day started with huge snow flakes and nice white bunny crossing our path, then it became slushy snow, then back to regular snow/whiteout and strong winds and towards the end it was just pure rain.

The snow in the upper portion, over 1500m was quite nice for skiing, not so heavy as the concrete snow down below.Tons of new snow out there, even down below in the valley.
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Mt. Seymour (to the third peak):
http://stevensong.com/mount-seymour

Very packed trail. No need snowshoes till the summit of Pump Peak. Easy traverse to "Tim Jones", and a 40-degree snow climb traverse to the true summit of Seymour. I did it with ice axe and on boots, although the group following my track managed to put it down by just poles and snowshoes (not even MSR Lightning Ascents).

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Has anyone attempted any FSR's off of Chilliwack Lake road recently? Wondering if the warm and rain recently has cleared them of snow to a particular elevation?


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