Whew, I’ve been working my tail off, converting from old school mapping to 100% Google Maps for online backcountry skiing guidebooks and such. Spent quite a bit of time making sure my maps will display on my blog websites (as in a couple of full days!). That seems to be working now, and I’ll get back to actually designing the maps! I start in Google Earth, where I add the route lines and place markers. That file gets exported and “mashed up” with some scripting so you hopefully see the geocoder that allows you to pull GPS coords off the map to use for trip planning.
Map below is for my SchofieldPass.com website, but I’ll be doing similar ones as I move ever more guidebook information online in places such as hutski.com. As the design of these things progresses, I’ll be making better route lines, more variety of icons, and labels that show without having to click on the icons. Lot’s of stuff to learn and figure out, but it’ll be worth it. In the end, way less time consuming than doing the old style paper maps in my guidebooks.
Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing
and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners
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