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I cannot recall wh.. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all posts)
muzag
2011-11-10 19:25:36
"Google Earth GPS track import with Elevation Profile" from muzag Contract pics
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Google Earth & GPS
I'm not sure how many of you folks will be aware of these features, I've mentioned it to a couple of MountainViewers recently and thought I'd share it here.

Basically you can easily import your latest track from a GPS into Google Earth. Plug a USB cable into your GPS & computer, then in Google Earth go to Tools | GPS | Import, hit the button and, after a few seconds, there your track is on the lefthand side in "Temporary Places" (drag it elsewhere if you want).

Double click the track to zoom in on it and to have Google Earth play through your route, complete with all the pauses for breath & lunch. (See the little progress indicator in the top left, you can slow the speed of playback from here).

Right clicking on the track itself allows you to rename it and, more interestingly, select "Show Elevation Profile". This shows you not only height but speed, moving the mouse over a section shows current elapsed time, height, speed, slope % and distance. Above this is a variety of summary information for the whole track. If you use the mouse to select a range within the walk then the summary will just be for between those two points.

In summary, whilst not as fully functional as some commercial packages, you get a lot for nowt from Google Earth and it's worth a try. Give it a go now with this track from the recent Scavvy 8 trip:

http://www.filesonic.com/file/3319022715/MV-BigGun.kmz

One thing to watch, make sure you have only one track "ticked" at a time, otherwise when you play a track back Google Earth will playback time from the start of the first walk to the end of the second, leading to some confusing pauses between the two.

All we need now is better quality ortho images for the Irish hills (and on that note, make sure you have "Send usage statistics" ticked under Options - that will let Google know that there are people out here who want to look at hills and not just snoop at their neighbours gardens).

Any queries, please feel free to message me.
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