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.
For the first week of bike month, I was able to commute every day of the week, totaling about 35mi. Weight 178.2, BF 12.3% (I was apparently dehydrated when I stepped on the scale). Not a huge amount, but I do have a short commute. I compiled a video showing one of my route options (the one with some dirt).
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.
As I’ve posted before, I got my hands on a new GoPro HD Hero recently. My first “video” wasn’t much – essentially just a backyard test. I was supposed to get some real footage on Friday, but a mechanical problem halted that. So, Monday was my next opportunity, and I took advantage. I got to get some ride footage of the local trails.
My GoPro HD Hero arrived today and I got to take a couple minutes of video before it got too dark. I used it on the default settings, which are for 960p HD…essentially a tall HD format. I tried out the chesty mount first because it was the easiest to set up. It is pretty clever. I have quite an assortment of mounts I can use, and I’ll be playing with a couple of them tomorrow when I hit the trails with some buddies.
This is an issue that has come up in a couple forums I use in a couple different ways recently. Most discussions on this topic seem to devolve into shouting and uncivil behavior and I wish they wouldn’t. Good behavior with these issues is important because as mountain bikers, we’d like to be seen as responsible trail users.
So, you want a legal mountain bike trail in your area? There are a few things you need to do. I had a great big long post in the neighborhood of 2000 words, but I just didn’t like it. I’ll just keep things simple for now.
You can see this one in my YouTube channel (my username over there is mtbikernate), but I’m posting it here for my own readers, too. Jason Klass from Gear Talk asked what folks put in their backpacking sundries kit (his term). I don’t have a term for the kit, but I made a video response to him about what I put in mine.
Man, I can’t believe it’s turned up! A friend of mine found this video hosted online, and it was one of the Wittenberg University Geology Department favorites. I don’t know anyone who’s seen this who doesn’t have fond memories of the hapless canoeist jumping randomly through time and having all sorts of adventures in the glacial and modern Great Lakes.