When we do our High Country Cruises, taking photographs of where we go and what we experience is part and parcel of the trip, notwithstanding some gaps over the years. One of the things that sometimes causes a bit of head scratching and thought, is pondering where a photograph was taken. It’s been quite a challenge at times and errors have been made. I keep track of where we go (or have been of late) using the Memory Map mapping program (note, I’ve removed the link to the Memory Map site, as it’s been reported to have malicious code, it appears OK, but be wary), linked to a GPS receiver, so track recording is pretty simple nowadays. It wasn’t so easy in the paper map days, but things improved dramatically when hand held GPS units became available and track records could be transferred to a PC. Though that didn’t make identifying the location of photographs any easier (especially when you were still using film). Continue reading
One of the main issues with planning for our Cruises is deciding where to go, which is always time of year and weather dependent, and then what tracks to follow given the time of year. This is never a simple task, as you can’t assume that tracks will be open or cleared after seasonal storms, so making unexpected changes on the move is always on the cards and being able to identify potential alternate routes is where good maps are essential. Over the years, I’ve collected numerous maps, both paper and electronic, to assist in planning and travels and, in the early years, before GPS and computer based maps, everything was done on paper maps and they are still quite a valuable tool. But all that was available back in the 70s were 1:100,000 National Topographic maps and some Forest Commission maps, and I still have a folder full of them (most of them 1966 datum); however, times have changed.