Scooby

I was playing around with some old footage from my GoPro and getting an animated map to follow my track. It’s not exactly how I’d like it, but it’s a little taste of what’s possible.

I used Sony Vegas HD Platinum 10 for my video editing. The animated map I created using ESRI’s ArcScene 10 (part of the ArcGIS 10 package) and a shapefile of Scooby that I traced over a GPS track (the large number of trackpoints in my actual GPS tracks makes ArcScene act a bit wonky). It’s not exactly feasible for most folks to make use of ArcScene, but as long as you can export your GPS flyover as an .avi file, you should be golden.

Revisiting Strava

Quite awhile ago, I posted my Giant GPS Data Sharing Site Shootout, and Strava was included in that review, and not reviewed well. Strava has been showing up in a lot of online discussions lately, and having a lot of favorable comments. It seems a lot of people are starting to use it, and some of those comments suggested that there have been some changes since my big review. That page is rather unweildy, so rather than add all of this there and make it worse, I thought I’d make a new post, and just put a link to it there.

Angelina River Canoe Trip – February 2011

The SFA Outdoor Pursuits planned this trip for the stretch of the Angelina River between Highway 63 and Martin Dies Jr. State Park. I was stoked to do this trip. I’ve done a decent bit of paddling, but I’ve never camped out of my canoe before. My wife and I signed ourselves up and hoped for the best.

We had a full roster, but had a few last minute cancellations. A couple of those spots got filled, so thankfully we didn’t wind up with a small group. It was a good group of folks. The group dynamic worked pretty well, and I never saw any conflicts. Unfortunately, I’m absolutely terrible with names so I only remember a couple of the folks who attended. My lack of short term memory in general doesn’t help here.

MapMyRide Comments

I posted some pretty positive stuff about the MapMyFitness suite of sites on my Giant GPS Data Sharing Shootout post. I wanted to post some comments about some recent dealings with the staff over there. I had been having some intermittent trouble with their embed code that degraded into outright failure of the embed code, so I brought it to the attention of their staff. It did take me a few posts before they noticed my issue, but once they took notice, they got it fixed within a couple of days.

SFA Recreational Trails 10.2 Livestrong Day

The early October maintenance day for the SFA Rec Trails happened to fall on Livestrong Day. I made sure to represent Livestrong today. I arrived late, but I met up with the group installing some rock gardens on Upper Bois d’Arc.

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SFA Recreational Trails

In testing them out, they’re entirely rideable, but they add some technical challenge to a section of trail that is mostly a cardio challenge. I wouldn’t call them difficult because they’re short and as long as you have momentum, you can roll on through. But they can catch you if you hesitate and/or fail to carry enough momentum through them.

Nacogdoches, TX Trails

I’m making some solid progress on the trails map for Nacogdoches, Texas.

Right now, I have all of the trail in the SFA Recreational Trails mapped, in addition to all of the Lanana Creek Trail. I have a little bit of data for the Azalea Garden, the Mast Arboretum, and Tucker Woods. I’m not entirely certain how well those areas are going to come out, because the arboretum and azalea garden, especially, have VERY dense networks of trails.

Garmin Oregon 450: First Hike/Geocaching

5 September 2010 SFAEFI got the new GPS out for a hike and some geocaching on this day. I started out by loading the USGS topos for the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest (SFAEF) onto the Oregon from Topofusion. I chose the topos because many (but not all) of the trails on the SFAEF appear on the topos. It also shows the boundary of the forest, locations of some pipeline right-of-ways, and locations of some wetland areas. Important information for what I wanted to do.

Garmin Oregon 450: First Bike Ride

Yesterday I got the Oregon attached to the stem of my mountain bike for a 10 mile jaunt through town and on the local mtb trails.  I have a handful of impressions about how it worked in that application.  First, have I mentioned yet how I like the mounting system on this?

The mount fits nicely on my stem with no unusual protruding parts.  What is especially nice is that unlike the earlier (pre-Edge 500) Edges, the release tab is not some flimsy little tab that people with gorilla hands are going to be apt to break.  The release tab on this mount is solid, it’s out of the way, and it had better not break.

Garmin Oregon 450

Yeah, I’m not new to the game here. This GPS has been reviewed all over the internet already.

But, I decided that the Edge 705 wasn’t really for me. Here’s why:

  • I hated the little joystick on the etrex series, and I didn’t like it any better on the Edge.
  • I only used the heart rate monitor a couple of times, and never when riding the trails.
  • I never really made much use of the speed/cadence sensor. I only ever used it on the trainer. Never on the trail.

Kaloko Trails, Hawaii (Hawaii Vacation #3)

I can’t believe I forgot to add a map of my mountain bike ride in Hawaii! Shame! Shame! Okay, well here’s a ride report, too. This trail was quite a departure from my local rides. The biggest difference is going to be elevation, of course. This trail starts at around 2800ft and goes up to almost 3500ft, whereas my local trails only have 100ft of change between the lowest and highest points.