So an update on life.
It looks pretty likely at this point that I'll be moving to Stroudsburg, PA, right in the foothills of the Poconos. There are loads of reasons to move there: reasonably priced, fairly convenient location, loads of woods, cool college town, etc.
I'll have a roommate who's an adventure racer and we're looking for houses with plenty of space to host juniors and other athletes/orienteers.
To that end, I've been pretty busy with KP.
Here's an image showing the maps I've currently got within a 45 minute drive of Stroudsburg (only 3 stars are human-made maps)
And there's still loads to go, even more so now that I've figured out the NJ data.
Now, I know KP is not a human-made map. But it's not bad when I try to add in as much data as I can.
I've been working with bare-ground hillshade images to get some more trails, streams, and other sundry items.
For a comparison, here's a bit of DVOA's spectacular Adam's Creek map compared with what I've been able to make with KP, OSM data, and hillshading:
I've got a bit of work left to do, especially with the cliffs. But it ain't bad!
It's also allowed me to map some pretty cool areas. Like this one on the NJ side of the DWG:
There's also Whittingham and Allamuchy which I previously posted. And roughly 300km2 more that I've been able to map so far.
So certainly not at the quality of a human-made map, but getting pretty good. And I did it for free, which is pretty nice too.
So the thing is, it'll be great for me to live there. But how can I get the community to benefit from this?
Will building a training culture there have the "if you build it, they will come" effect?
Perhaps the best thing to do is just organize training camps? Or frequent informal sessions?
I know that going in this direction can't be a bad thing since, ultimately, we're all looking to enjoy ourselves in this sport. But my question remains the same: can this benefit the community at-large? Does it have to?
Originally I was looking into committing to a house in this area, but it seems important to see where the community is with this before taking any further steps. It also seems important to see where I am and how far I'd be willing/able to take it.