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Old 12-26-2006, 08:19 PM   #1
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Thumb Colorado Passes - Google Earth

WARNING: Outside of a dog, this could be the most fun you have today. Inside of a dog, it's a bloody mess. (Sincere apologies to Groucho Marx).


I've created a Google Earth Map of many Colorado Passes. So far, I have 146 different passes mapped. I've divided them into two types:
1) Paved Roads (62 passes), and

2) Unpaved Roads (84 passes).



The master map file is stored on my server. I may update it in the future with additional passes, such as 4WD or trail only passes. All you need to do is follow the instructions below and you will automatically get the added passes, when they are added.

Anyway, here are the simple, management-proof instructions:
1) Get and Install Google Earth. (Not Google Maps).

2) Download Colorado Passes. (Should automatically open inside Google Earth).



To get your fingers wet, so to speak, after you've successfully opened the "Colorado Passes" within "Google Earth", try this (within Google Earth):

1) In the map area, click on any pass, so you see the white bubble. In the bubble, click on "To here".

2) Again in the map area, click on another pass so you see the white bubble. In the bubble, click on "From here".

3) Look at the cool turn-by-turn map.

4) In the left pane, under the turn-by-turn directions, click the little "Play Tour" button (looks like a small right-arrow).



Happy Google Earth-ing...
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:21 PM   #2
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THat is great!

Thanks for mapping this out!
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:15 AM   #3
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:17 AM   #4
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Very COOL! I have loaded it into my Google Earth and now have no excuse to Really get lost. Thanks for all the hard work. I wish I knew a way to download it to my GPS.

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Old 12-27-2006, 09:20 AM   #5
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Wow, that is cool. Gives us a great planning tool until the snow melts up high.

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I wish I knew a way to download it to my GPS.
Me too. Anyone figure out a work-around to import Mac_'s collection of passes into Mapsource? Looks like GoogleEarth will import from a GPS unit, but not export to one (at least not my 60cx). And GoogleEarth uses a .kml extension, while Garmin GPS uses .mps or .gpx and won't open .kml or .kmz.
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:46 AM   #6
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OK, this GPS noob will dive in...
The .kml is not where it's at. It is a simple .xml file telling GoogleEarth to get the meat from
http://caber.com/maps/co/co-passes.kmz

Now, I got all excited because .gpx is just fancy .xml too. Ah, nuts: the .kmz is binary. Good luck decoding that.

Nothing to see here, move along......
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:51 AM   #7
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I just wasted an hour. Very cool!
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:53 AM   #8
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another pass

I didn't see Tin Cup Pass. This pass is on CR267 between Tin Cup and St. Elmo. I rode it on my Wee-Strom but I sure needed more ground clearance. Coordinates for the pass are ~ 38 degrees 42 minutes 33.43 seconds x 106 degrees 26 minutes 3.55 seconds
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:07 AM   #9
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That is brilliant! Thanks Mac. Wanna do British Columbia next?
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:23 AM   #10
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OK, this GPS noob will dive in...
The .kml is not where it's at. It is a simple .xml file telling GoogleEarth to get the meat from
http://caber.com/maps/co/co-passes.kmz

Now, I got all excited because .gpx is just fancy .xml too. Ah, nuts: the .kmz is binary. Good luck decoding that.

Nothing to see here, move along......

RC,

Just because you are unable to do it, doesn't mean it's not there. It's working for lots of other people.

The kml file is there. If you have Google Earth installed, save the kml file to your local computer, then open the kml file with Google Earth.

The kml file contains a network link to the kmz file. The kmz is a database file which I will continue to update with additional locations.

It works.
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:24 AM   #11
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Wow, that is cool. Gives us a great planning tool until the snow melts up high.


Me too. Anyone figure out a work-around to import Mac_'s collection of passes into Mapsource? Looks like GoogleEarth will import from a GPS unit, but not export to one (at least not my 60cx). And GoogleEarth uses a .kml extension, while Garmin GPS uses .mps or .gpx and won't open .kml or .kmz.
Patience.

I'm making this Google Earth version as complete as possible, then will create a Garmin version. I'm a Garmin user, too...

Give me another week or two...
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Wow! This is great! Nice job.
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:38 AM   #13
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I didn't see Tin Cup Pass. This pass is on CR267 between Tin Cup and St. Elmo. I rode it on my Wee-Strom but I sure needed more ground clearance. Coordinates for the pass are ~ 38 degrees 42 minutes 33.43 seconds x 106 degrees 26 minutes 3.55 seconds
Tin Cup is in my next section to add. I'll be adding a "4WD Passes" folder soon.
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This is way cool. Thanks for the effort.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:03 PM   #15
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I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the computer and log on to google earth. (Again, sincere apologies to Groucho Marx).


thanks for putting that list together and thanks for posting it after christmas.
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