Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Fatmaps, Guidebooks, Route name maps, etc.
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    Ahh, so take the years of experience, adventures and exploring to figure out when to ride where and have a piece of the mountains more or less to yourself, then take that information download it in great detail to invite the world to join your group everyday and ensure that you never have to be the first to ride anything. Sounds great! and the Fatmap folks will make a little chump change on the ads people see in the margins. What a great community it could be. I’ve said it before, the fun in the mountains is figuring these things out for yourself experientially, not having a great detailed map and not seeing 25 folks along the way.

    “getting a local to write detailed descriptions of an area including backcountry routes and then plot them onto a 3D map.” Seems like this could be great for mountaineering and navigating generally icy, cliffy, crevasse ridden areas like the alps, hopefully it won’t be a trend in North American mountains where many folks are just a bunch of selfish pow fiends like myself, lol!

    At least google earth, which I admit I have used to find a few new favorites since it came out, leaves a little to the imagination through lower resolution or summer only images.

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    Similar could be said for any new technology that relates to the backcountry. GPS navigation, avalanche beacons and even splitboards- that they make backcountry access safer or easier. So maybe a few more people getting after it but I don’t think this app is going to rob anyone of first descents!

    It looks like a decent alternative to paper resort maps and so far seems to focus on ski resorts and their sidecountry. I’d be happy if this got a few more of my friends into splitboarding or backcountry exploration.

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    I agree, opening friends up to bc riding is one of the most rewarding things to do. I do think though that seeking out new slope to ride on the paper maps or finding it from neighboring terrain with your own eyes felt way more fun prior to this era where you can hover over everything online first. It’s a very powerful tool and I can’t help but use it. However, to me more information and more resolution just removes more of the fun part, getting a bit lost or getting really surprised about discovered-to-you new places.

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