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Trad climber
Jun 4, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
very very cool.

Thanks for the resource!

Boulder climber
Jun 4, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
This is great! At first I have to say I thought it was an amateur programmars job at recreating the features in google earth.. BUT shame on me because the range of surface overlays is fantastic and very very useful.

Actually it has helped me determine some boundaries of private vs USFS ground that show up in the MyTopo overlay.

As other ppl have said, deleting pins would be useful.. but Im sure you'll jazz up the route design features in good time.

Maybe one day all these sites... mountainproject, wikiboulder, 27crags, sendage will all come together and make some huge infinitely useful resource... probably for the best? or maybe not!

As for apologizing for "spamming" ST... yeah I was greviously disappointed when I opened this thread and didnt find 3,213 replies relating to the color blue vs red...

PS. Good luck with ankle. I dislocated mine 6 months ago, basically healed now, just gotta be patient

Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2011 - 12:07pm PT
So I spent some more time working on hillmap and made some improvements to the path tool based on nah000 and others suggestions. Path node icons are now less intrusive and you can now mouse over them to see the distance along the path. I would like to make the mouse over highlight the graph as well put the library I'm using for plotting doesn't support that.

I also added a short changlog to the about page at QITNL's suggestion.

And Baggins, I lost my amateur programer status long ago ;) ... though professionally i mostly write software to analyze cancer data and Hillmap is showing off how amateur my graphic design skills are. I am trying to extend google maps to be more useful for planing trips away from roads using free api's provided by google and others.
Tim Camuti

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2012 - 03:41am PT
Thanks for continuing to improve the site, I really like what I see. I lead backcountry treks for summer camps and this can help to share our planned route with people coming to join! Also lets us do all sorts of other fun shared things like GPX comparison or planned vs. actual route. Thanks again for doing this!

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Aug 9, 2012 - 04:40pm PT
Thank you for this site. Just using it for the first time right now. I'll chime in with feedback when I have something useful.

Aug 9, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
Nice new features and good info in the blog. Thanks!

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
Well Done! A great resource. Just looked up a loop out of Florence lake to climb Mt. Hooper. So cool. Thanks man.
Andrew F

Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Aug 10, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
After using pretty much all the other mapping sites for trip planning, I have now switched exclusively to Hillmap. I use it at least once a week. Thanks Ryan!

Northern Mexico
Apr 13, 2013 - 07:19pm PT

Spring is here bump

I totally dig this site.
Great way to figure out approaches and then some.

Thanks Ryan

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 13, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
this is slick! thx!

Mountain climber
Camino, CA
Apr 13, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Nice Job! Thanks

Hobart, Australia
Apr 14, 2013 - 03:56am PT
Mighty fine work. Did some similar work a few years back (http://www.lynxgeos.com);. Looks very useful! Cheers
Fish Finder

Social climber
Apr 8, 2014 - 11:36pm PT

Damn this makes it easy for what I was looking for

Edit:Thanks ryanb, outstanding!
looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Apr 8, 2014 - 11:46pm PT
Hokey smokes this is awesome!

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:20am PT
I've been using this for winter route planning but I never saw this thread. Great work!!!!!

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:36am PT
Been using this tool, for several years, to map out local exploratory ski trips in my area.(
Really useful for recording/sharing trip reports amongst a small group.
Lots of "un-charted" ski terrain... charted!
Wanted to let you know.
Good work.
And thanks from all 6 of us in ski community in Powell River, B.C.
Fish Finder

Social climber
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:39am PT

You ever get the feeling that this place is filled with tons of unsung heroes?
David Knopp

Trad climber
Apr 9, 2014 - 01:30am PT
yep. i use this pretty regularly and it works great-thanks Dude!

Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2014 - 11:11am PT
Hah, fun to see this thread come around again. Thanks for the complements and I'm glad people are using the site to get out. It has come along ways but still has a long ways to go...just wish I had more time to work on it.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:20pm PT
Well done sir!

Quick suggestion/question: is it possible to change the date of the satellite image? For example, the image that covers most of the Desolation Wilderness (W of Tahoe) has so much snow that it is hard to see much of the terrain.
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