Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 23
  1. #1

    Default AT Georgia Section on Google Earth

    Hey Guys,

    I have just completed a series of overlays and Data Points for the Georgia Section of the Appalachian Trail using Google Earth. The data points have information and pictures for many of the shelters and resupply points for this section. Also, I have tried to show the location of some of the Mountains and gaps, but I only made it to Neels Gap since it was taking a long time to enter the data. This is just a "rough draft" of the project, so the data is by no means 100% accurate or complete, but with some more work this could be a useful tool for someone planning a thru-hike or a shorter hike in the area.

    I posted the files on the Google Keyhole Community forum here: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthrea...rue#Post659760
    Please note that two files need to be downloaded (in the correct order)... I have an explanation for this in my keyhole post.

    Also, for anyone who is not familiar with Google Earth, it is an interactive mapping software provided by Google for free. It's a great program but the downside is that you will need a fast computer and fast internet connection to use it.

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks!

    -- Mr. Parkay

  2. #2

    Default

    That was good. I can see alot of potential and even more work.
    Profile '00
    www.hikerhostel.com

  3. #3
    Section Hiker ~ 125 miles adh24's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-19-2006
    Location
    Perkiomenville, Pa
    Age
    38
    Posts
    132
    Images
    23

    Default

    That is some awesome work. Really cool. KEEP IT UP!!!

  4. #4
    Administrator attroll's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Denmark, Maine, United States
    Age
    61
    Posts
    5,504
    Journal Entries
    201
    Images
    557

    Default

    That is very cool. I had already started doing the same thing here in Maine. I have gotten a few areas done but I still have a long ways to go.
    AT Troll (2010)
    Time does not wait for you, it keeps on rolling.

    Whiteblaze.net User Agreement.

  5. #5
    First Sergeant SGT Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Maryville, TN
    Age
    53
    Posts
    14,864
    Images
    248

    Default

    Do you take requests? I want a google earth of the BMT!
    SGT Rock
    http://hikinghq.net

    My 2008 Trail Journal of the BMT/AT

    BMT Thru-Hikers' Guide
    -----------------------------------------

    NO SNIVELING

  6. #6

    Default

    VERY nice.

    Would you be the same Parkay that started from Spinger last year with Gravity?
    My guns are not as dangerous as Ted Kennedy's car

  7. #7
    Registered User Dances with Mice's Avatar
    Join Date
    05-20-2003
    Location
    North Georgia
    Posts
    3,974
    Images
    147

    Default

    Very cool. You can zoom in and clearly see the Springer shelter & especially the overflow camping area immediately to its west. Hawk Mtn shelter is also visible. Some of the routing between 3 Forks & Hawk is a little off, the route shown is close to the 'old' AT before relo, but that's nothing major. Very nice job.
    You never turned around to see the frowns
    On the jugglers and the clowns
    When they all did tricks for you.

  8. #8
    Registered User Phreak's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-21-2005
    Location
    Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Age
    49
    Posts
    1,708
    Images
    132

    Default

    Simply awesome!

  9. #9
    Registered User drdewrag's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-19-2006
    Location
    Rome, Georgia
    Age
    59
    Posts
    103
    Images
    2

    Default

    Great job, Chris! Thanks for sharing...

  10. #10
    Registered User DipDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-25-2006
    Location
    Marion, VA
    Age
    46
    Posts
    21

    Thumbs up

    As a teacher I use Google Earth all the time! I would love to receive any updates as you finish.

  11. #11

    Default

    Hey, I'm glad this has been useful/interesting for you guys. I have responses to some of your posts:

    attrol: Its good to hear that you're working on the Maine section! I would definitely like to check out your work whenever you're ready. Possibly we could share ideas or work together to some extent. It would be cool to have points of interest/resupply for the entire AT on google earth... Although I suspect that the data would have to spread out over several data files to prevent it from overwhelming your computer.

    Sgt Rock: I agree. I would like to have the Benton Mackaye Trail in Google Earth too... but as far as I know no one has imported the BMT into GE yet. I looked around on the internet for some GPS coordinates in .gpx format but I couldnt find anything. If anyone has BMT GPS coordinates please let me know....then I'll see If I can transform them into a google earth file.

    Cannonball: Yes, I'm the very same Parkay who started with Gravity on March 11th of this year. Hiked with Gravity until Hiawassee. Good times!

    Dances with Mice: Yeah, I totally agree with you about the AT routing... the Blue AT center line is pretty close but not exact. There are a few places where you can clearly see that it's a little off. I have seen one or two other AT Centerlines incorporated into GE... when I have time I may check to see if they are more accurate. I would like to form my own AT center-line by re-walking some of the AT again with a GPS Device to record coordinates... although I don't currently have the funds to buy a GPS Device... I would especially like to do this for the Approach Trail, which does not currently show up in Google Earth.

    I'm going to be in Georgia camping and Hiking around the AT for all of next week. This trip doesn't really have anything to do with google earth.... but since I'll be there anyway I'm going to try to take pictures gather various other information to improve the accuracy of the Google Earth file. In Particular I want to figure out the coordinates of everthing in Hiawassee so that i can put the Place markers in the right places.

    By the way... when I update the file I'll do so in the Keyhole forum... but I'll post something here if I make any major changes.


    Mr. Parkay

  12. #12

    Default GE Update: Approach Trail and Part of Benton Mackaye

    Hello Again,

    I've just updated the Google Earth file one last time before I head off to Georgia for a week.

    In this version I've added the Approach Trail and the first part of the Benton Mackaye Trail. I'll try to finish the Benton Mackaye Trail when I get back home... but it's pretty time consuming so that may take a while. I've also added more & better placemarks around the Amicalola Falls area.

    Thats it

    --- Mr. Parkay

  13. #13
    First Sergeant SGT Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Maryville, TN
    Age
    53
    Posts
    14,864
    Images
    248

    Default

    You're the man!
    SGT Rock
    http://hikinghq.net

    My 2008 Trail Journal of the BMT/AT

    BMT Thru-Hikers' Guide
    -----------------------------------------

    NO SNIVELING

  14. #14

    Default

    Parkay, I am a friend of Gravities here in Tallahassee. He has spoken of you fondly when relating his AT experience. He was glad to hear you had finished .
    Don't know if you have been able to keep up with him so I will share this.
    After leaving the Blueberry patch he got sicker and finally ended up coming home. He is now in school full time and working part time at the local outfitter.
    My guns are not as dangerous as Ted Kennedy's car

  15. #15

    Default Benton Mackaye Trail on Google Earth

    Hey Guys,

    I finished plotting the Benton Mackaye Trail on Google Earth. It can be downloaded here: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthrea...rue#Post670580

    It isn't entirely accurate, but its the best I can do at the moment. Definitely let me know if you can help to improve it's accuracy. By the way, you can convert the Google Earth data into other formats usings "GPS Babel", which is freely available. This may be useful if you want to transfer the trail coordinates to a GPS device... although I should stress that the data probably isn't very accurate, so keep that in mind.

    The file contains lots of placemarks, which can be easily turned off if they get annoying.

    -- Mr. Parkay

  16. #16
    First Sergeant SGT Rock's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Maryville, TN
    Age
    53
    Posts
    14,864
    Images
    248

    Default

    Thank you! Absolutly OUTSTANDING!
    SGT Rock
    http://hikinghq.net

    My 2008 Trail Journal of the BMT/AT

    BMT Thru-Hikers' Guide
    -----------------------------------------

    NO SNIVELING

  17. #17
    Administrator attroll's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Denmark, Maine, United States
    Age
    61
    Posts
    5,504
    Journal Entries
    201
    Images
    557

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Parkay View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I finished plotting the Benton Mackaye Trail on Google Earth. It can be downloaded here: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthrea...rue#Post670580

    It isn't entirely accurate, but its the best I can do at the moment. Definitely let me know if you can help to improve it's accuracy. By the way, you can convert the Google Earth data into other formats usings "GPS Babel", which is freely available. This may be useful if you want to transfer the trail coordinates to a GPS device... although I should stress that the data probably isn't very accurate, so keep that in mind.

    The file contains lots of placemarks, which can be easily turned off if they get annoying.

    -- Mr. Parkay
    Looking good.

    Where are you getting the coordinates for the place marks? Are you just guessing at where they should be? The reason I am asking is because like I said I am working on the Maine section but I have only been using confirmed coordinates.
    AT Troll (2010)
    Time does not wait for you, it keeps on rolling.

    Whiteblaze.net User Agreement.

  18. #18

    Default BMT Placemarks

    Hello Attroll,

    to get the coordinates for the BMT placemarks I used several methods:

    First: I used a USGS Topo map overlay program that can be downloaded here: http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archi...opo_map_i.html

    This plugin creates a topo overlay over the portion of the map you are looking at. These topo maps have the location of most Mountains, knobs, gaps etc., ... so I just put the placemarks in google according to where they are on the topo.

    Second: For things like Road Crossings I just enabled Roads in the GE options and put in placemarks where they cross the trail.

    Third: I used a couple of other maps as references to put in placemarks for some of the campsites etc.


    Using this method, I suppose you could say that most of the placemarks are based on close approximations or educated guesses. Definitely none of the coordinates are confirmed in any way other than by checking their location against various maps and overlays. The BMT Placemarks are probably more accurate than my AT placemarks at the moment... but I should be updated my AT file pretty soon.

    If anyone knows how I can get more accurate coordinates then definitely let me know. I would like to make this thing as accurate as possible.

    --Mr. Parkay

  19. #19
    Administrator attroll's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Denmark, Maine, United States
    Age
    61
    Posts
    5,504
    Journal Entries
    201
    Images
    557

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Parkay View Post
    Hello Attroll,

    to get the coordinates for the BMT placemarks I used several methods:

    First: I used a USGS Topo map overlay program that can be downloaded here: http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archi...opo_map_i.html

    This plugin creates a topo overlay over the portion of the map you are looking at. These topo maps have the location of most Mountains, knobs, gaps etc., ... so I just put the placemarks in google according to where they are on the topo.

    Second: For things like Road Crossings I just enabled Roads in the GE options and put in placemarks where they cross the trail.

    Third: I used a couple of other maps as references to put in placemarks for some of the campsites etc.


    Using this method, I suppose you could say that most of the placemarks are based on close approximations or educated guesses. Definitely none of the coordinates are confirmed in any way other than by checking their location against various maps and overlays. The BMT Placemarks are probably more accurate than my AT placemarks at the moment... but I should be updated my AT file pretty soon.

    If anyone knows how I can get more accurate coordinates then definitely let me know. I would like to make this thing as accurate as possible.

    --Mr. Parkay
    OK, I see now. I have been doing it the hard way. I have been using actual GPS coordinates.
    AT Troll (2010)
    Time does not wait for you, it keeps on rolling.

    Whiteblaze.net User Agreement.

  20. #20
    Registered User Undershaft's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-03-2005
    Location
    Broadcasting in Stratovision
    Posts
    290
    Images
    168

    Default

    Google Earth is a great way to achieve a new perspective on the mountains you hike. When hiking, you only see the surrounding terrain from the trail, which is quite limited. With G.E. you can see how all the mountains and rivers and towns relate to each other on a grander scale. At least that's how it is for me since I got a high speed connection and started using G.E. I've plotted all the major mountains, shelters, and points of interest on the AT in the Whites and southern Maine. Lots of fun to look at and play with while I'm planning my hike next year.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •