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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by CaptCO » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:26 pm

d_baker wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:02 am
Bill, I don't use gps in the mountains but would some type of rating system be useful for user uploaded tracks?

For instance if someone was way off route from the norm, but that user decided to upload the file, to me, that one should be voted down in comparison to someone's track that was spot on for the normal route.

E.g., the recent La Plata winter gpx track request thread. WillE mentioned his track was way off with additional 4mi's or something. Others posted tracks (I assume) were more inline with the typical winter approach to the ridge, therefore that type of track should get voted up.

Make sense?
I can't imagine going to the library and finding multiple tracks for "same" route, and deciding which to choose.
Or would there be a preview of the track so a user could decide that looks good and a viable option for their intended goal?
Great idea and may open up better routes as the “standard”
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by greenonion » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:59 pm

d_baker wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:02 am
Bill, I don't use gps in the mountains but would some type of rating system be useful for user uploaded tracks?

For instance if someone was way off route from the norm, but that user decided to upload the file, to me, that one should be voted down in comparison to someone's track that was spot on for the normal route.

E.g., the recent La Plata winter gpx track request thread. WillE mentioned his track was way off with additional 4mi's or something. Others posted tracks (I assume) were more inline with the typical winter approach to the ridge, therefore that type of track should get voted up.

Make sense?
I can't imagine going to the library and finding multiple tracks for "same" route, and deciding which to choose.
Or would there be a preview of the track so a user could decide that looks good and a viable option for their intended goal?
Good idea. And/or maybe add the ability to add some metadata input so folks could give descriptions of a route that could describe being off or a pain in the butt in places. Or simply describes a route as being right on target. I do realize that’s a bit subjective and depends on users actually entering the info. Apologies if something like this is already there... since I haven’t looked in the library yet.

And yes, thanks Bill for a very nice function.
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by E_A_Marcus_949 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:17 pm

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for doing this!
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by desertdog » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:25 pm

Now, this is a good idea! Once complete I'll post the ones I've saved over the years. Thanks!
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:52 pm

desertdog wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:25 pm
Now, this is a good idea! Once complete I'll post the ones I've saved over the years. Thanks!
This is what we're hoping for. Like many of you, I also have a lot of GPX that would be helpful but are not anywhere on the site.
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:55 pm

d_baker wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:02 am
Bill, I don't use gps in the mountains but would some type of rating system be useful for user uploaded tracks?

For instance if someone was way off route from the norm, but that user decided to upload the file, to me, that one should be voted down in comparison to someone's track that was spot on for the normal route.

E.g., the recent La Plata winter gpx track request thread. WillE mentioned his track was way off with additional 4mi's or something. Others posted tracks (I assume) were more inline with the typical winter approach to the ridge, therefore that type of track should get voted up.

Make sense?
I can't imagine going to the library and finding multiple tracks for "same" route, and deciding which to choose.
Or would there be a preview of the track so a user could decide that looks good and a viable option for their intended goal?
Yes, this makes sense. As I build the "direct upload" portion, I'll think about how I can provide a "rating" or some way to provide additional information, etc. I'd also like to add search tags as well instead of only being able to search the peak name.

EDIT: And this ...
greenonion wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:59 pm

Good idea. And/or maybe add the ability to add some metadata input so folks could give descriptions of a route that could describe being off or a pain in the butt in places. Or simply describes a route as being right on target. I do realize that’s a bit subjective and depends on users actually entering the info
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:09 pm

bergsteigen wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:52 am
Have you researched other platforms other than The Google for gpx hosting? I’ve been working on my own gpx library and so far am thinking about Caltopo. I’m just glad I didn’t put the time into Google Maps as I had been planning on, I’m not paying more bills!
It's not the hosting of GPX files that is the problem. It's that I use Google Maps as the base for all mapping on the site and need to keep the GPX Library within that same interface so it's familiar to the site user. Other than summer climbing months, it's not really an issue.
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by stephakett » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:30 pm

CHRISTMAS IN JANUARY thank you bill!!!!!
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by Will_E » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:10 am

d_baker wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:02 am
Bill, I don't use gps in the mountains but would some type of rating system be useful for user uploaded tracks?

For instance if someone was way off route from the norm, but that user decided to upload the file, to me, that one should be voted down in comparison to someone's track that was spot on for the normal route.

E.g., the recent La Plata winter gpx track request thread. WillE mentioned his track was way off with additional 4mi's or something. Others posted tracks (I assume) were more inline with the typical winter approach to the ridge, therefore that type of track should get voted up.

Make sense?
I can't imagine going to the library and finding multiple tracks for "same" route, and deciding which to choose.
Or would there be a preview of the track so a user could decide that looks good and a viable option for their intended goal?
My LaPlata track was off because Apple’s gps tracking is sometimes overly optimistic about distance traveled;) And because I’m the worlds worst route finder ever. It’s amazing that I actually find the top of these damn mountains.
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by glenmiz » Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:54 am

Thanks Bill, that is truly awesome!
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by quackquackcolorado » Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:25 am

Nice! This will definitely make planning 13ers easier. Instead of perusing through trip reports for beta, clicking on multiple GPX files to get a good idea of possible routes is a lot better. Makes planning faster and lazier.
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Re: GPX Library (new)

Post by Stratosfearsome » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:46 pm

Excellent idea, Bill! This will be extremely helpful.
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