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Postby Luciano136 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:10 am

johnm wrote:
Luciano136 wrote:I'm also a bit puzzled why the southern peaks appear to the right of Whitney though? Is Mt Baldy not slightly to the east of the Sierra group? Or are Olancha and Langley significantly east of Whitney?


He has it correct, that threw me as well but if you look at google terrain and the way the peaks align from Baldy it makes sense. Your looking at Olancha in a Northeasterly direction and Olancha is the closest of the three. So if your driving up 395 once you are around Olancha your change your heading to northwest so Langley and Whitney would align slighly left of Olancha.


Ok, that's what I figured. So, basically Olancha and Langley are (south)east of Whitney, which is the only way this would work.
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Postby johnm » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:17 am

Luciano136 wrote:
johnm wrote:
Luciano136 wrote:I'm also a bit puzzled why the southern peaks appear to the right of Whitney though? Is Mt Baldy not slightly to the east of the Sierra group? Or are Olancha and Langley significantly east of Whitney?


He has it correct, that threw me as well but if you look at google terrain and the way the peaks align from Baldy it makes sense. Your looking at Olancha in a Northeasterly direction and Olancha is the closest of the three. So if your driving up 395 once you are around Olancha your change your heading to northwest so Langley and Whitney would align slighly left of Olancha.


Ok, that's what I figured. So, basically Olancha and Langley are (south)east of Whitney, which is the only way this would work.


Correct
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Postby Sam Page » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:02 am

Day Hiker-

Thanks for answering my question. Your program is awesome.
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Postby fatdad » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:08 am

Man, that is some cool stuff.
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Postby EManBevHills » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:05 am

Thanks for the details.
Isn't the devil in there somewhere, though?
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Postby RickF » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:36 am

fatdad wrote:Man, that is some cool stuff.


Very cool indeed!

Sampage, great timing on capturing that view!!

Day Hiker, very impressive model!!!
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Postby SpiderSavage » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:24 am

Amazing...It's great to meet a geography geek that is more hardcore than me. Nice work. The position of these peaks is a revelation to me. Excuse me while I go reorganize my mind.
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Postby ksolem » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:30 am

Nice work. I'll go reorganize my mind as well...
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Postby Iron Hiker » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:48 am

Not bad!

I think you can see the Sierra on the right side of this shot from San Gorgonio taken last week. (I was up there 3 weeks ago and I believe I saw them with my own eyes) This would be 185 miles or so!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonov/4067147078/ (go to original size, look at the far right)

Pretty neat, huh? Kind of almost a reverse of the Whitney-San Gorgonio shot......
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Postby SJD » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:40 am

By the way, my "fancy software" is just Microsoft Excel, and I did all the math and wrote all the Visual Basic code for this myself. I spent a lot of time but no money.

You are one humble man. Anyone that's written a lick of code will immediately see the amazing talent you have to produce that ...especially with Excel.
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Postby Day Hiker » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:13 am

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. They are really appreciated.

Here is a simulated aerial view in the direction of Mount Whitney from directly above Mount San Antonio, at elevation 300,000 feet (about 56.8 miles above sea level). The black lines are meridians, running due north-south. The red lines are the California state boundary. From this elevation, Oregon can be seen on the horizon.

This may help people visualize the relative locations of the peaks and the perspective from the direction of Mt. San Antonio.

The colors are completely based on elevation, not actual Earth colors.

As with the previous image, my program is capable of producing a better-resolution image of the topography, but I wanted to make one quickly for display here, so this is the low-res version:

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Postby Luciano136 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:11 pm

Wow, nice man :shock: . I hope you work in this field, if not, you should seriously think about it :)
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Postby EManBevHills » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:34 pm

OMG, Virtual Mountaineering!
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Postby graham » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:36 pm

Day Hiker wrote:…. Here is a simulated aerial view in the direction of Mount Whitney from directly above Mount San Antonio, at elevation 300,000 feet (about 56.8 miles above sea level).
I bet this is probably the same view the Aetherian's have from their spaceship :D
http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=44334

Seriously, thanks Dayhiker for this ultra cool stuff 8)
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