This is a question that many hikers using GPS devices ask when they obtain summit heights that are different from information online. Gérard Lachapelle, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary is trying to get some answers. Thank you Gérard for the following blog.
E very so often we get an email or a comment on the accuracy of our trail distances, and when we track down the cause of the discrepancy find that the problem relates to incorrect odometer (distance) displays on the users GPS receiver and/or poor track logs that have not been “cleaned up”. Let’s look [...]
This new iPhone/Pad app, $4.99 from the App Store, will be of interest to visitors to Kananaskis Country and the Canadian Rockies. Presented by Dave Birrell, who developed peakfinder.com, Kananaskis Trails Companion is compilation of information about Kananaskis Country’s mountains, lakes and trails.
Mountain-forecast.com is a website that forecasts the weather for specific mountains around the world including a good selection of Kananaskis Country peaks. Alf Skrastins has found their forecasts to be more accurate, especially with respect to snowfall amounts, than Environment Canada or The Weather Network.
A new term in the high tech dictionary, augmented reality is “a ‘live, real-world’ view augmented by iPhone generated graphics”. Point your iPhone’s camera at a group of mountains along the highways of Banff National Park and the view appears on the screen with tags showing the name of the mountain.
SPOT is a handheld satellite communication device that can determine your location using a GPS system and send messages via its own commercial satellite network. A new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger replaces the original SPOT Personal Tracker.
SPOT is a handheld satellite communication device that can determine your location using a GPS system and send messages via its own commercial satellite network. It will work almost anywhere in the world as long as you can see enough sky to access satellites
Discussion on Odometer inaccuracy in Garmin handheld GPS receivers.
While some areas of Kananaskis Country look very good when viewed in Google Earth other areas show up as a mess of low-resolution blobs. Why is this?