Yahoo News: Google Maps updates Ben Nevis route after complaints about ‘potentially fatal’ path. “Google has updated a Ben Nevis route in its mapping service after complaints it had suggested a ‘potentially fatal’ path for walkers. The tech giant denied its map offered dangerous directions for people on foot but did admit driving routes could be misinterpreted at the mountain in Scotland.” According to the article I linked to a few days ago, locals attempting to contact Google about this were ignored. Glad to see that news articles about the problem got them to change things before someone died.
Colorado Sun: 50,000 old photos in Golden are helping scientists answer new questions about climate change
Colorado Sun: 50,000 old photos in Golden are helping scientists answer new questions about climate change. “American Alpine Club Library Director Katie Sauter spends a lot of time in the climate-controlled special collections room, flipping through hundred-year-old photographs, black and white images of climbers posing in front of the world’s mountains and glaciers in the early 1900s. While the library is primarily maintained for climbers and historians, there is another interested cohort: glacier scientists.”
USGS: New Tool Allows Users to Explore Mountains Worldwide. “A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s mountains is now available from the USGS. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone. The Global Mountain Explorer can help a variety of users – from hikers planning their next adventure, to scientists, resource managers and policy makers seeking information that is often sparse in these prominent yet often understudied landscapes. Mountains occupy anywhere from 12 to 31 percent of the land surface of the Earth, but despite their importance, surprisingly few attempts have been made to scientifically define and map these regions worldwide with detail.”
The Adventure Blog: The Himalayan Database Will Soon be Available for Free. “When it comes to climbing the big mountains in Nepal – and lesser extent Tibet – The Himalayan Database is the definitive record for everything has been accomplished there over the past 50 years. The information contained in the database has been meticulously compiled by Ms. Elizabeth Hawley for five decades, and soon all of those records will be available to the general public online for free.”
In development: a digital archive of mountaineering photos. “A National Archive of Historic Mountaineering Images is to be launched by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) later this year. The searchable digital collection will include images taken using glass plate photography 160 years ago.” The archive will launch in November.
Now available: a biodiversity Web app for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “Everyone from park managers to school groups can use Species Mapper to explore suitable habitats for species for more than 1,800 species. Species Mapper uses locations where species have been found to help predict additional places they may occur in the park. These predictions, or models, are based on observations made during ongoing resource monitoring as well as research studies conducted by scientists from all over the world.”
Google has released a new map app – but this one’s for kids. “Google today released a new application designed to get kids to explore the world using maps and 3D imagery. The new app, which the company describes as ‘an experiment,’ takes advantage of Google Maps’ 3D imagery of the Himalayas but combines it with a bit of gameplay to make the idea of zooming around the 3D scene more fun and engaging.”
Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library has completed its digitizing of Great Smoky Mountains National Park materials. “For the past four years, library staff worked with the Smokies and the state’s Western Regional Archives to select archival material to scan, describe and upload for easy access. The collection is extensive, with almost 10,000 pages and images, including photographs, historic documents, government reports, maps, surveys of land, letters, journals, booklets, artifacts and administrative records.”
Google has put Mont Blanc on Google Street View. “By working with legendary adventurers, the Street View team was able to capture the spirit of the massif in a way few witness firsthand. Run on the summit with Kilian Jornet—he holds the speed record for ascending and descending Mont Blanc in just 4 hours 57 minutes! Ice climb up a serac with record-setting alpine climber Ueli Steck, or go knee deep in powder alongside 14-time ski mountaineering champion Laetitia Roux and famed guide Patrick Gabarrou.” Or just blink at the blue sky and wonderfully white snow, and feel your blood pressure ease off.