Virtual Reality Panoramas from the Washington Cascades
(plus a few labeled 360 degree panorama examples)
Links to the individual panoramas
Virtual Reality (using the DevalVR viewer from 37 summits (plus a few other locations) in the Cascades: ~4 to 13 mb each: (Panoramas from 2002 - 2004 omitted; poor quality by current standards.) There are more pans using Microsoft HD View here:
Please note: these are large files and will take time to download and begin playing. The most recent panoramas were compiled using 12 megapixel camera images. The resolution is quite amazing compared to the older pans. All but a few of the VR files require the DevalVR viewer. There is a work-around for Mac users (and others?) on the help page.
Peak names are the ones used in my labeled pans according to the naming conventions below*:
alternate Alta Mtn. for QuickTime (good quality on a Mac, poor on Windows)
alternate Bald Mtn. for QuickTime (good quality on a Mac, poor on Windows)
alternate Banshee Peak for QuickTime (good quality on a Mac, poor on Windows)
Note: this is an illustration of a new method, new to me at least. Thanks to John Roper for his help with the names.
alternate Black Peak for QuickTime (Good quality on a Mac, poor on Windows)
Black Peak saddle - east view (now using the DevalVR viewer)
Black Peak saddle - west view (now using the DevalVR viewer)
Cadet peak list, alphabetical and by bearing, for use with the Deval compass feature. Over 400 IDs. With this file you can find a peak or other feature you might be interested in as seen from Cadet Peak, or identify something you see on the VR pan.
Kitling Peak (labeled) 8003’ May 2008 (Thanks to John Roper for his help with the names.)
Mesahchie Col, 7500’ May 2008 ~10 mb, high resolution (compass readings approximate)
Panther Pass, May 2008 (high resolution)
Pinnacle Peak, MRNP 6562’ May 2008, John E Morrow panorama
Scatter Creek overview, April 2008
Scatter Creek overview—labeled, April 2008
alternate "Teanaway Peak" for QuickTime (Good quality on a Mac, poor on Windows
Callout lines with arrowheads indicate that the feature either is not visible because of an intervening feature, or because it is obscured by fog, cloud or haze.
Quotation marks indicate unofficial names. In most cases they taken from Jeff Howbert's Master Peak List, or from what I understand is common local usage. Unofficial names (in quotes) not on the Master Peak List, or not common local usage are what I understand to be first ascent names.
Names from USGS topographic maps, Green Trails maps, or from Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide (CAG) are used without quotation marks. In addition, names from the now out of print Teanaway Country by Mary Sutliff, published in 1980 by Signpost Books were used in a few cases, and are enclosed in quotation marks.
When locations are identified only by the elevation, and the USGS 7.5 minute maps note the elevation without a 'T' (for transit) the elevation is enclosed by single quotation marks (e.g. '6755'). Callouts for ridges are usually placed at the high point on the ridge unless it extends to a higher feature. If a ridge has 2 or more callouts, the high point is usually so indicated.
A special thanks to John Roper for his help on naming issues that have arisen in doing the labeled panoramas, some of which have more than 400 features identified. However, all errors are mine.
LR, October 12, 2008
New: see this page for links to panoramas using Microsoft Research’s HD View. HD View is a new methodology from MS Research that produces results similar in type to those using the DevalVR viewer, but with greatly expanded capability. Absolutely *huge* panoramas can be viewed with little delay for the current section of the image to be downloaded. Note: HD View works only on Windows machines, however soon I’m now able to generate files that will use HD View on PCs and will use the Silverlight cross platform browser plug-in on Linux and Mac platforms.
New: a link to a number of newer panoramas in Photosynth panorama format. (Requires MS Silverlight)
Labeled Panorama Examples (in .pdf format):
The level of detail in these files accounts for the large file size. Try setting the zoom level at 200 or 300 percent as you explore. The labeled pans were (are?) intended to be printed in booklet form 8.5 x 22 inches, so the layout is not necessarily ideal for viewing on a computer. See the “Notes” section on page 7 for more information. Please use the latest version of the Acrobat Reader; it should work much better.
This file is intended as a resource for the fire lookout personnel at Thorp. In addition, there is a virtual reality version of this labeled pan here, that automatically uses HD View for PCs and Silverlight for other platforms. (Thanks Matt!) And there is a QTVR version linked below.
This file is also intended for fire lookout personnel. There is a virtual reality version of this labeled pan here, that uses HD View for PCs and Silverlight for other platforms. There is also a QTVR version linked below.
Below are the links to the VR files (that use the Deval VR viewer) and several labeled panorama examples. For PC users, again I'd like to encourage trying the DevalVR viewer with the VR files. The result is so much better. I have however posted a few alternate links that will use QuickTime, but the quality on a PC is quite poor by comparison. Mac users: see the help page for instructions on how to view the files.
In a few of the labeled panoramas, ‘Chiwaukum’ (e.g. Big Chiwaukum) is misspelled. I’ll correct these errors as I can.