Sierra Club - Mother Lode Chapter

Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter - Bonanza (October 95)
CD-ROM Review
Sierra Nevada By Mountain Images

Visit the glistening blue lakes of Desolation Wilderness, discover the sparkling snowfields of Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, or explore the glittering granite domes of Yosemite National Park, all from your personal computer. Sierra Nevada by Mountain Images, is a multi-media guide to the trail systems and backcountry of the Range of Light. Armchair explorers will love the spectacular photography and descriptive overviews of some of the High Sierra's best scenery. Backcountry adventurers will enjoy this program for trip planning and learning about new areas in the high country.

Mountain Images' Sierra Nevada, CD-ROM for Windows, lets you explore the Sierra Nevada electronically. This program contains more than 2700 color photographs, so you can preview an area you've never visited before. As you "walk" a selected trail, Mountain Images' stunning photographs and trail descriptions are the next best thing to actually taking a trip to the Sierra. The program contains information on over 200 trips for a total of 2000 miles of trail. Sierra Nevada also has a database with over 3000 place names which can be viewed on the accompanying topographic maps.

There are several ways to access the information of this unique CD-ROM. You can call up information on a hike by selecting a particular trailhead, pointing to a highlighted feature on the topographic map, selecting the place from a list of place names, or by entering your own hike criteria. Then you can "walk" the trail electronically. As you "walk", you get to view photographs of features seen along the way. For each hike Mountain Images gives you information on how to get to the trailhead, how to obtain a permit, and a brief description of the hike. You can print out a hard copy of a trip to take with you that includes a general description of the trip, distance, elevation gain and loss, and topographic strip maps.

If you want to know more about an area you've never visited, narrated "slide show" tours of Desolation, Mokelumne, Carson-Iceberg, Emigrant, Ansel Adams, and John Muir wilderness areas, and Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks will provide you with a visual overview of the highlights of each area.

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