This is cool!

This is cool!

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 23rd, 2017, 9:58 pm #1

So on Saturday, I scrambled up Iron Bog Peak (Peak 10820) in the Pioneers. Around 10400' I encountered a family of 8 mountain goats.

Last night I was messing around looking at my route and wondered... were these (or other) goats near the same spot when the satellite flew over? So I found the spot, zoomed in and viola! https://listsofjohn.com/mapf?lat=43.664 ... 20&t=h&d=r I count 4 with another 2 possibilities... nearly EXACTLY where they were Saturday.

Then I went and found climber's on Rainier (not too hard).
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Scott
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August 23rd, 2017, 11:15 pm #2

Very cool! How often do those satellite images update?
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Joined: April 14th, 2005, 2:42 am

August 23rd, 2017, 11:42 pm #3

So on Saturday, I scrambled up Iron Bog Peak (Peak 10820) in the Pioneers. Around 10400' I encountered a family of 8 mountain goats.

Last night I was messing around looking at my route and wondered... were these (or other) goats near the same spot when the satellite flew over? So I found the spot, zoomed in and viola! https://listsofjohn.com/mapf?lat=43.664 ... 20&t=h&d=r I count 4 with another 2 possibilities... nearly EXACTLY where they were Saturday.

Then I went and found climber's on Rainier (not too hard).
That has some interesting ramifications.

A few years back, there was a big flap over invasion of privacy when building inspectors realized they could find non-permitted swimming pools by simply looking on the interwebz.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =129780860
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 24th, 2017, 7:35 pm #4

Interesting article. How cool would it be to see new images once a week or day? In spring that would be awesome... can I get to the trailhead? Is there snow in the couloir? I know, I know... ruining the adventure.
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Joined: October 10th, 2010, 2:54 am

August 25th, 2017, 3:17 am #5

That has some interesting ramifications.

A few years back, there was a big flap over invasion of privacy when building inspectors realized they could find non-permitted swimming pools by simply looking on the interwebz.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =129780860
Space is free. Nobody can claim their right to privacy to stop satellites looking at you. It is cool that the council agreed to stop the practice, but it was their decision.
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Joined: April 19th, 2013, 3:37 am

August 25th, 2017, 3:40 pm #6

So on Saturday, I scrambled up Iron Bog Peak (Peak 10820) in the Pioneers. Around 10400' I encountered a family of 8 mountain goats.

Last night I was messing around looking at my route and wondered... were these (or other) goats near the same spot when the satellite flew over? So I found the spot, zoomed in and viola! https://listsofjohn.com/mapf?lat=43.664 ... 20&t=h&d=r I count 4 with another 2 possibilities... nearly EXACTLY where they were Saturday.

Then I went and found climber's on Rainier (not too hard).
In answer to Scott's question regarding how often the Google Earth views are updated, it seems to vary by location, but a rough estimate that I've seen in this area of North America is roughly every year or so. The interesting thing is that you can click the icon in Google Earth in the lower left area of the screen that has a clock and a year. It will pop up a slider in the upper left and you can then go back in history and select different shots for that "quadrant" that you are viewing. It will change the view to the historical version.

My own little personal "cool" thing that is now a part of that history involves the Middle Teton Glacier. On August 13th or 14th of 2011, my son and I climbed and skied from as far up as the snow was continuous, at about 12,300. We left some nice tracks of our turns that were visible on the glacier. On 8/19/2011 the satellite flew over and captured the image of those tracks. So, my "pretty cool Google Earth experience" is that our ski tracks are now a part of history!

Here is the video link that documents the experience:https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=vl50GgOdeMM

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Joined: April 19th, 2013, 3:37 am

August 25th, 2017, 4:31 pm #7

Trying out the ability to share a photo on here from Google Drive. Here is the link to the image of our ski tracks. I added the green lines to show where the main tracks are visible.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxhti1 ... sp=sharing
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