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    Google Earth for Scouting

    Free satellite imagery is getting better and even more useful lately. I use the basic Google Earth Pro for scouting, like today I was planning some single track riding to intimidate Boarder255 this coming weekend like this ridgeline trail above camp. Resolution is usually good enough to indicate single tracks and I can often select likely camp sites that are level with good views, timelines for moonrises and sunsets, etc. in places I have never visited before.

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    Or another I haven't been on in years, hopefully still legal up to the PCT/Tahoe Rim Trail intersection. This one is fairly easy, gets one up to good view commanding ridgeline.
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    What is interesting and seemingly new is "Street view" actual photography being now available for some backcountry trails. Unfortunately here the imagery was taken in winter on top of deep snow pack and thus of little practical use. Of note though is that coverage is not limited to paved public roads anymore.
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    A good pre-ride scouting tool for sure.
    I've been using the basic google maps switching between the terrain and satellite views for scouting areas. Look for a road that goes up to somewhere that might be interesting in terrain mode so you can see the topography easy and such, then switch to sat view to see if it actually looks interesting, viewpoints, etc.
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    Maybe you should work for Google earth Fred. Get paid for all that back country exploring in good weather. That would sure be some good single track routes.
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    So Fred my daughter on Catalina carried a google backpack camera to record all of the Trans Catalina trail. So yeah it’s not just roads anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Free satellite imagery is getting better and even more useful lately. I use the basic Google Earth Pro for scouting, like today I was planning some single track riding to intimidate Boarder255 this coming weekend like this ridgeline trail above camp. Resolution is usually good enough to indicate single tracks and I can often select likely camp sites that are level with good views, timelines for moonrises and sunsets, etc. in places I have never visited before.

    Attachment 182518

    Or another I haven't been on in years, hopefully still legal up to the PCT/Tahoe Rim Trail intersection. This one is fairly easy, gets one up to good view commanding ridgeline.
    Tahoe Rim.jpg

    What is interesting and seemingly new is "Street view" actual photography being now available for some backcountry trails. Unfortunately here the imagery was taken in winter on top of deep snow pack and thus of little practical use. Of note though is that coverage is not limited to paved public roads anymore.
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    Ken great idea! Fred with a google backpack camera! maybe they will buy his TDub videos too bad they don’t have embedded GPS info.
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    I used to use Google Earth (GE) a bunch when they had the old hosted photos. A lot of places of interest had photos taken and one could use the photos as well as the satellite view. GE changed their photo system and photos are slowly coming back. I used to post photos in the old photo host system GE used but I can't figure it out now. These photos would be the ones everyone could see not just me when I was logged in. If anyone knows how to post photos to GE Pro I'd like directions. Conducting a Google and YouTube searches do not net results for the newer posting method.

    For recon, I use anything and everthing available; Google Earth, Topo Maps of all sorts. I even used GAIA GPS map layers. So much to list which I use.
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    Actually my Contour has imbedded GPS info, just need to build video using their proprietary software and others have to use same software in order to view it.
    Wish I could disable feature as GPS seems to be always on and thus an auto-drain battery feature that exhausts battery if left unattended.
    Plus what is really annoying is that it gives audio prompts each time it loses, or re-gains GPS signals so it tends to beep at me with same prompts as "Camera ON" and "Camera OFF" as I ride. There are times I really want or need both hands on the handlebars and do not wish to reach up to confirm the camera status.
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    And you can see all the junk behind JJs shed. Lol. How much do you want for that boat JJ?

    Of course I’m no better...you can see all my junk on the farm.
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    Google earth is awesome. I've been using it to find forgotten roads/trails where the entrance is grown in. Sometimes it's just a line in the trees that doesn't look natural. Other times you have to look at older images before the canopy grew over. We've found remote sandy beaches on lakes and camped with no one in sight for the weekend. On one old road we even found an abandoned aluminum boat trailer. I just wish it was updated more often. My area hasn't been updated in 3 years.

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    And you can see all the junk behind JJs shed. Lol. How much do you want for that boat JJ?
    It's priceless... and YES I AM WORKING ON IT! STALKER!!!

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