I’ve been hoping to try to incorporate some sort of digital mapping in our blog ever since we set out on our adventures back at the end of October 2010, and from feedback that I’ve received from quite a few of you it is clear that you’d find mapping to accompany the route descriptions on our Munro climbing sorties really useful.
So, whenever I’ve had decent web access and am not blogging, I’ve been looking into options for including detailed digital mapping with route overlays on the blog. At last I seem to have come up with a solution (at least almost).
My solution is to use OS (Ordnance Survey) OpenSpace 1:50,000 digital mapping. From the last couple of Munro outings onwards I’ll be including a link to a scalable map covering the climb, with a simple overlay showing the route taken. These maps will open in a separate page to allow you to view the map as you read the route description. The “almost” bit eluded to earlier is because the mapping does not appear to load or render properly on all web browsers: particularly Internet Explorer (I’m not sure if this is all versions of IE). The maps do, however, appear to function properly when viewed by Safari and Google Chrome. [Has anyone tried them with Firefox yet?]
I’ll try to see if there is a way of rectifying the apparent issue with IE browsers – but I’m afraid that there is no guarantee that I’ll be successful … it is beginning to stretch my current knowledge of web programming.
I hope that you find visualizing the routes on the accompanying maps of interest and helpful.