FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release from RoseLineMaps, January 2011:
Hey ! For the thousandth time, does anyone know the name of that mountain?
The Answer to Your Question: How many times have you hiked, climbed, skied or
even driven to an incredible vista only to be left wondering "what mountain was
that?". Now the answer to that question is easy and fun.
the PC based RoseLine peak finder software that will show you the peaks visible
from anywhere (currently available for Washington and Oregon). Simply enter the
name of a peak (it knows thousands) or enter an arbitrary viewpoint via latitude
and longitude and in seconds it displays a list of the mountains, ridges,
pinnacles, and cliffs visible from that viewpoint. From a potential sea of peaks
it initially displays the 40 that are the most prominent from that viewpoint
(including peaks in neighboring states and Canada.)
What You Get: A touch of a button displays those peaks in Google maps or
prepares that data for display in your favorite mapping program. For Google maps
it creates an interactive display that is fun, unique, educational and simply
the coolest thing - the peaks are displayed as a starburst of rays centered on
your chosen viewpoint with an accompanying list of the peak names and heading.
Hovering the mouse cursor over a ray displays the peak name and some statistics
(distance, elevation, heading, etc..) Visit
sample map to see an example: the
peaks visible from Paradise at Mt Rainier.
Fine tuning: If you're an outdoor person with seasoned knowledge of your
environment you can adjust the display to show the more obscure peaks. If you're
trying to identify the peaks in a photo you can direct the line of sight in just
the direction of the photo. The Google map can navigate, zoom, and crop to
create the perfect map to carry on a hike, share with your friends or post on a
On the technical side, the program uses a digital elevation model developed
during the space shuttle program and distributed by USGS. The calculation
regarding the visibility of a given peak takes into account intervening
mountains and ridges as well as the curvature of the earth and the refractive
index of the atmosphere. It can determine if even the smallest bit of a peak is
visible or not.
Availability: The RoseLine peak finder software for Oregon or Washington can be
downloaded immediately to your PC from http://www.roselinemaps.com. Retail
outlets will be announced as they are established. The price is normally $17.99
but the program is available now as an introductory offer for $12.99. Both the
Oregon and Washington products can be bought together for a limited time for
$19.99. A free version of the program is also available. The program supports
Google maps, National Geographic TOPO! maps, GPX output, text and CSV output
The author of the program, Chris Marsh has lived most of his life in Washington
and Oregon and is an avid hiker, back country skier, climber and back packer.
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If you would like a free copy of the program to
review or simply more information about this topic or to schedule an interview
with Chris Marsh, you can leave him a message at