Ben and I used Google Earth to plan a trip on the Wood River and the results were “interesting.” Our five-day trip turned into an eleven-day slog as we fought through horrendous brush, canyons, devils club, waterfalls and unsafe rapids. After that, I put a lot of time into looking at what went wrong and how I could use Google Earth more effectively for future trip planning.
Fortunately, I learned a few tricks that made my next summer of exploring much more fun. This article will cover:
- case studies of specific trips,
- weaknesses of Google Earth,
- how to use Google Earth to plan a packrafting trip,
- and how to use Google Earth to scout routes in the mountains.
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