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California   T3  
3 Jun 16
Signal Peak
Signal Peak wasn't exactly the prime peak on my todo list. I didn't expect too much of this mountain with little prominence, close to the highway, telecommunication installations on top and no apparent 'interesting' route to it's peak. However, my current fitness level and some minor health issues kind of forced me to look for an...
Published by 360 9 August 2016, 02h03 (Photos:17 | Geodata:1)
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California   T4 I  
23 Aug 19
The Sisters - West-East Traverse from Woods Lake
I have climbed "The Sisters" (P. 10153 and 10045) west of Round Top twice already but only from the Saddle west of Round Top. If in the area or looking at atopo map, one can clearly see that the ridge is not only two, but depending on how you count, made up of 4-5 Sisters from the saddle west of Round Top all the way to the...
Published by 360 27 August 2019, 23h03 (Photos:19 | Geodata:1)
California   F  
14 Jun 19
Mount Disney and Crows Nest - Sierra Nevada Summer-Skiing
After an extraordinary long winter with more than average amounts of snow, the Sierra Nevada really lived up to it's name: there was and still is a lot of "Nevada" up in the Sierras and it'll take quite some time to melt it all. One ski resorts for example decided to stay open until August! (click). I was in the Donner Pass...
Published by 360 17 June 2019, 01h03 (Photos:11 | Geodata:1)
California   T4+ WT4 PD-  
10 May 19
With "Why Wait?!" to Round Top
DG aka "Why Wait!?" and I wanted to go for a "hike" a long time already, but for one and the other reason it never happened yet. Today it did and it was a fun showshoe/back country ski outing on a wonderful spring day in the Sierras. We did the loop from Woods Lake to Round Top and back, like Donnie Darko and I did...
Published by 360 12 May 2019, 20h50 (Photos:10 | Geodata:1)
California   PD  
29 Mar 19
First tracks on Round Top
Round Top is on my wish list every season and today I was contemplating to start at Woods Lake, like I did here. However, the last winter storm brought more snow to the already very high snow pack in this area and I was afraid to not even be able to park at the turnout there. Instead I planned to start at the sno-park on Carson...
Published by 360 2 April 2019, 16h30 (Photos:10 | Geodata:1)
California   PD+  
15 Mar 19
Sierra Snow 2019! Back country skiing in the Castle Peak area
The start to the winter in California's Sierra Nevada was rather slow, but picked up in mid January and really kicked in in February. In the Donner Pass / Castle Peak area there were more than 7 meters of snowfall in February, with some daily totals of more than a meter. At this point the cumulative snow fall at Donner Pass is...
Published by 360 18 March 2019, 17h01 (Photos:10 | Geodata:2)
California   T3  
9 Nov 18
Loon - and Pleasant Lake(s) - a plan is a plan is a plan
The previous week my wife and I spent some time at Loon Lake, a wonderful place in the boonies on the north side of the lake. I did a little stroll then and saw a peak at the east end of the lake which looked interesting and decided to try to climb it during this weeks outing. After looking at a map at home, I found out that this...
Published by 360 13 November 2018, 18h17 (Photos:19 | Comments:2 | Geodata:1)
California   T2  
5 Oct 18
Mount Tallac - the classic hike to one of Tahoe's most popular viewpoints
Mount Tallac is one of the classic and popular hikes in the Tahoe area. It is well known for the spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, two small Alpine Lakes and the Desolation Wilderness. The standard route from the trailhead is about a 10 mile round trip with an elevation gain of about 3300 ft. Don't expect to be...
Published by 360 8 October 2018, 18h51 (Photos:15 | Geodata:1)
St.Gallen   T5-  
25 Sep 18
Mini Hikr-Treffen am Churfirsten-Wurmfortsatz
Wenn die kalifornische Division wieder mal auf Besuch in der Schweiz ist, muss die Gelegenheit beim Schopf gepackt werden. Dank dem Kaiserwetter liegt dafür eine Wanderung (mit Kraxeleinlagen) auf der Hand und der wenige Neuschnee in der Höhe macht die Sache heute besonders reizvoll. Andererseits sorgen Schnee und Eis dafür,...
Published by Zaza 25 September 2018, 21h44 (Photos:18 | Geodata:1)
St.Gallen   T3+  
23 Sep 18
Das erste Mal auf dem Köbelisberg
Es mag etwas komisch tönen, dass der etwas in die Lenze gekommene 360 und gebürtige Wattwiler einen aktuellen Bericht mit solch einem Titel publiziert. Der Köbelisberg ist ein sehr beliebtes Wanderziel, sowohl von Wattwil, wie auch von Lichtensteig aus - zu allen Jahreszeiten. Von und nach Lichtensteig gibt es auch einen sehr...
Published by 360 3 October 2018, 17h18 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
California   T2  
14 Sep 18
Ralston Peak from Camp Sacramento
A friend was visiting from the mountain-less part of this country and expressed the wish to accompany me on one of my Sierra Nevada hikes. Whenever someone asks me if they can come hiking with me I say yes, but hardly ever does it happen that someone actually comes along. My choice for this hike was Ralston Peak from Camp...
Published by 360 3 October 2018, 14h59 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
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Why 360?



As most of you probably noticed I am a big fan of 360 panoramas - that's of course why I chose 360 as my hikr username.

I create these panoramas by taking approximately 15-20 pictures (orientation portrait) all the way around in a circle. Sometimes I use a tripod but often I don't. In order to stitch the single images to one picture, I use the software The Panorama Factory. It also offers the option to create quicktime virtual realities (QTVR), where you can zoom in and out and interactively turn around. However, I usually use Pano2QTVR to create QTVR represantations of the jpg images.

In order to view these panoramas you need the quicktime plugin from apple.

Link to all my QTVR

Download Quicktime: Get the QuickTime plugin.

Wie die meisten von Euch wohl schon bemerkt haben bin ich ein grosser Fan von 360 Grad Panoramas - und dies ist auch der Grund warum ich 360 als Benutzernamen gewählt habe.

Ich kriege relativ viele Anfragen wie ich diese 360 Grad Panoramas denn mache. Hier deshalb eine kurze Anleitung.

Zuerst mache ich ca. 15-20 Fotos (im Hochformat) während ich mich langsam um die eigene Achse drehe. Dabei achte ich darauf, dass die einzelnen Fotos eine gute Überlappung haben. (Selten benutze ich dafür ein Stativ, meist mache ich dies freihändig.)

Um die Bilder dann zu einem einzigem Bild einem "flachen 360 Grad Bild" zusammenzufügen, benutze ich das Programm The Panorama Factory.

Die sogenannten Quick Time Virtual Reality Bilder, bei denen man sich drehen und rein- und rauszoomen kann, erstelle ich aus diesen "flachen 360-ies" dann jeweils mit dem Programm Pano2QTVR. (Dieses Programm gibt es leider nur für Windows kostenos.)

Um diese OTVR 360 Grad Panoramas anzuschauen braucht man das quicktime Plugin von Apple.

Link zu all meinen QTVR

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