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Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Google Maps Adds Topographic Information on 04/04/2008 08:39:25 MDT Print View

From the Google Lat Long Blog

Google Maps Terrain feature now includes the addition of topographic information giving a clearer picture of the terrain. Below is the an excerpt, click the link for the full story.

"Last summer, I used the contour lines on a topographic map to find my way around the Adirondacks. When I joined Google Seattle as an intern in the fall, I was hoping to do something that would impact everyday users. I was given the same responsibility and freedom that a full-timer enjoys, and armed with this, I set out to add contour lines to Terrain Maps -- not just in the Adirondacks, but across the globe! Now when you view Terrain Maps, you'll see contour lines, making it easier to determine the slope of the land."... read the full story

Edited by sharalds on 04/04/2008 08:41:09 MDT.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
Google Maps Adds Topographic Information on 04/04/2008 16:47:04 MDT Print View

This is really cool. I just checked out an off trail route in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness.

Somehow I feel like I'm cheating, by scoping out the location of small saddles and passes to get around. On the other hand, maybe I'm getting too old to make any more wrong turns...

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Google Maps Adds Topographic Information on 04/11/2008 09:12:33 MDT Print View

Tim,

In my opinion looking at a map online is no different than researching a route on a regular topo - - hardly cheating.

- Sam