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September 25, 2007

More ways to look at your trips

Filed under: General MTBGuru stuff,Mapping — mtbguru @ 8:27 am

When you create trips on MTBGuru, GPX and KML files are being generated and available for download through links in the sidebar. You can for instance configure your browser so that it automatically opens the KML file in Google Earth when you click it.

But KML files can also be read by Google Maps. That’s why we’ve added some links on the trip page that allow you to view your trips directly in Maps: one in the ‘Share your Trip’ section and one below the main map called ‘Large map’, which, as the name indicates, opens up a large map with your track on it in a separate browser tab – see screenshot below. This is useful for those cases when you want to have a full screen map view of your trip without any other clutter. This will only work for public trips.

Example:
Largemapcaption

Follow the ‘Large Map’ link underneath the map on the trip page and you get:

Large map

September 17, 2007

Meanwhile, in the French Alps

Filed under: General MTBGuru stuff — mtbguru @ 8:23 pm

Earlier this summer I had the priviledge to go check out and ride some amazing trails in Chamonix.
Meanwhile, some MTBGuru users have posting a large number of great looking routes and trails in the French Alps – if you have the chance, point your map to the Alpes and go check them out.

For instance, this route connecting Chamonix and Morzine by Gareth from Endlessride, amongst many others mainly in the Morzine area. You can even hire him as your guide, check his site and blog.

Phil and Emma are another pair of English natives that are guiding in the Alps (mostly in the Massif des Ecrins) – check out for instance this hiking trip in Val d’Escreins, as well as their site, Alpine Break.

The summer is almost over, but there’s probably still time to do some these rides or hikes (before the snow falls), if you’d be in the area.


cham

September 7, 2007

Henry Coe Park is burning

Filed under: Riding and racing — mtbguru @ 7:15 am

They call it the Lick Fire but to me it’s the Coe Fire, as it’s raging in the middle of Henry Coe State Park, one of my favorite riding areas in the Bay Area. (The area around the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton on the other hand is untouched by the fire.)

The whole South Bay has been covered in a smoky haze for the past few days, and on occasion the air is smelling of burnt oak and pine. This time of the year (fall), the sky is usually very clear instead.

The haze and particles in the air create spectacular orange and red sunsets and sunrises (see photo below). I’m pretty bummed though, as more than likely a good deal of trails and riding area will either have been flattened by fire trucks or closed indefinitely for restauration. Not to mention the tons of ash and dust that will be all over the place. Vegetation should be back in good shape after a (hopefully) wet winter – there will be some more open meadowland than before, as the fallen trees obviously won’t be back any time soon.

Pictures, maps, renderings of the fire in Google Earth and reasonably up to date info can be found on this discussion thread on mtbr.com – there’s even a firefighter/mountain biker chiming in once and a while…

Lick fire haze

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