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2018

September  
Thirlmere Fell Care Day  
Tour of Britain hits Cumbria  
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August  
Updating Heights  
The problem with The Priest's Hole  
Parking Problems at Seathwaite  
A New Mountain in the Lake District  
Hills Database Updated  
New Release of Map Tiles Now Live  
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July  
Beware Blue Green Algae  
Great Cumbrian Landscapes  
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June  
The Lake District: a victim of its own success?  
In Praise of Keswick  
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May  
Some Walks From Coniston  
Windermere Ferry Closed  
Look out for Ticks  
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April  
GDPR is Approaching Fast  
Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path  
Walking the High Fells  
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March  
Retrospective Geotagging  
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February  
New Tiles on our GPS Mapping Application  
Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  
Wild Camping in the Lake District  
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January  
Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100  
More on the Thirlmere Zip Wires  
Hills Database Updated  
Winter Walking in the Fells  
Getting in Trouble on the Fells  

2017

December  
Our Walks in 3-D  
A Christmas Present  
emergencySMS  
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November  
The Thirlmere Zip Wires  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
Winter - Time to check your gear  
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October  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
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• Retrospective Geotagging

If your camera doesn't have a built in GPS you can geotag your photos afterwards if you've got a GPS track handy.

Some modern cameras, and a lot of mobile phones, geotag photos which is to say that they add the location where the photo was taken to the EXIF data recorded with the photo. Of course doing that requires that the camera has a GPS built in. Phones pretty much always do, cameras not so much.  read more ...


• Death by GPS

Two articles on the Web this week highlighted, in different ways, the issue of over-reliance on GPS.

I've been meaning to blog about this for a while but two articles on the Web this week highlighted, in different ways, the issue of over-reliance on GPS.

The first was an excellent news post by the The Mountaineering Council of Scotland. The post titled Death by GPS – how to get lost with pinpoint accuracy talks at some length about the dangers of over-reliance on GPS for navigation. It's a good article and I recommend reading it in full if you're got the time but here's the TL;DR bullet points:  read more ...


• GPS and Elevation

... or "How high are we really?"

If you have a GPS you'll know that essentially it tells you three things: your longitude, your latitude and your elevation. This all sounds straightforward enough, if very clever, but in fact it's only half the story as things are nowhere near that simple.  read more ...


• What is a GPX file?

Paul looks into the mysteries of the GPX file.

If you use a GPS and want to exchange data with a computer then you will have had to grapple with GPX files. So what are they all about?  read more ...


• The Return of Ordnance Survey 1:50K

Before Christmas we had to drop OS 1:50K map tiles from our mapping application, now they're back.

Those of you who use our GPS mapping application will have been disappointed before Christmas when we had to drop OS 1:50K map tiles from our mapping application and impose strict quotas on the use of OS 1:25K map tiles and aerial photography.  read more ...



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