Ascending Mt Xue Tour by Steven Ho

We have featured the work of Steven Ho a number of times in the past. He makes excellent Google Earth tours that really show off the capability of Google Earth’s Tour features. We have seen him do a variety of animations in Google Earth Tours, including the fireworks animation we show each New Year’s Eve, various marathons or running events, such as the tour of Scott Jurek running the Appalachian Trail and my personal favourite – Flying around with Blue Magpie Tea in Taiwan.

Today we are showing you his latest creation, which involves animating multiple paths at the same time, something he says he has not done before. Steven was inspired by this video created by the NCKU Mountaineering Association showing the routes of hikers that ascend a mountain in different groups and meet at the summit. The video shows an animation of the routes, made by overlaying an animation created separately and then overlaid on a static background image from Google Earth. Steven thought it would be much better to do it in Google Earth using its Tour feature. The result is these two Google Earth Tours:

An animation showing the groups’ routes to the summit of Mt. Xue

An animation outwards from the summit along the main ridges. This second animation is not the route used by the hikers but was to further demonstrate the simultaneous multi-route animation concept.

Read more about it on Steven’s blog

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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