Finding a lost family with Google Earth

A neat story from British Columbia yesterday; a family was hiking on Mount Tzouhalem this past Sunday when they got lost in the dark on their way back down the mountain. When calling for help, they described the area around them (fences, horses, etc). One of the search managers started up Google Earth, found an area that matched their description, and helped lead to their rescue!
As you can see in the image below, the mountain is in relatively high-resolution in Google Earth, which helped make this possible:


If you want to check out the mountain for yourself, you can fly there using this KML file. For more info, check out the full story on

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. NO WAY!!!! What an amazing use of Google maps!

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