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    I just found out about this and i think its fantastic! to have a general idea of the places ur going to hike, scramble, climb! im looking at snowdonia right now.
    But what do u guys think? is there any better FREE software for this?

    thanks!

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    what a cool toy

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    Oooh what a marvellous toy - been round all the last few travel destinations.

    Only problem - Scafell Pike is called Scafel Rites!

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    I read on the BBC news site today that some guy in Italy was studying his home on Google Earth and found a previously undiscovered Roman site!

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    Yes, it's fab. If you just want to see the the satellite images and street/road maps, combined with driving directions and the like, go to maps.google.com You don't get the full range of wizardry, but it's impressive nonetheless (and OK on a slightly older PC)

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    Really is superb isn't it. Quality varies from country to country. Had great fun showing the kids the swimming pool in the hotel we stayed in on holiday. In some places you can see cars quite easily.

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    Quality varies from place to place. London's incredible. Can't find Corrour station, though. My block of flats is just visible. Zoom in on NE4 6HA and you'll see three black smudges - each is a 20 floor block of flats. Mine's the middle one. Star difference to Trafalgar Square where you can practically count the pigeons.

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    I'd have to agree with Bazza's comment form the google earth thead started back in june: "I especially like the fact that it makes the whole of Scotland sunny"


    NASA also do a similar thing called "World Wind" which is not as good and is a big download:

    worldwind.arc.nasa.gov

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    This is amazing, I've found my house, Airdrie's football ground and was able to fly over some of the hills I've done. I'm off for another wander....

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    Just looked at Brianetta's postcode. Are they the flats just up from the Big Lamp? Hail, fellow Geordie.

    What is curious about this mapping is that it puts Gateshead North of the Tyne. That will do.

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    You can also add your own layers to the Google Earth app., so if yopu scan in OS maps (or have some other mapping software), you can over/under lay it with the satellite images - as Google do with their own street maps.

    You can also overlay things like satellite weather images, rainfall radar, etc. so it could become a very useful tool (even if just planning a walk for the current day).

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    How come it isn't Mac compatible yet?? :-(

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    Coz there's little benefit in providing compatibility to a minor OS.

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    I think they're working on it.

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    I meant to say, "What is curious about this mapping is that it puts Gateshead North of the Tyne. That will do". Must improve the proof reading.

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