New webcam now online!
I'm so excited to see we reached our goal of 250 new members and the new Pres. webcam is now online! Although we have been in the clouds, soon we shall see some awsome views of the western side and even many awsome sunrises come up over the mountain. The MWO keep getting better and better! Thanks to all of you who continue to work hard and give of yourselves to see this organization continue to stay top notch!
I agree. This is a great step - and the zoomed in images are nice. Is there a key sponsor who helped to fund getting the cameras? Is it LL Bean?
While L.L.Bean provides sponsorship funds to the MWO each year (some of which are put towards the webcam network on our website), I am very proud to say that this new cam was funded by the 250 folks that joined in our drive.
I think this is a great model to follow going forward-- look for new cams and new cam drives in the future as well.
That's a great question for the forum... Where should we place the next one?
We have a couple of options, but we may be open to other ideas as well. All we need is power and a line-of-sight to the summit. (Of course, our tech crew will probably come tell me "it's not that easy!"...)
So, if you made the call, where would you put a new webcam?
Future Web Cams
Hermit Lake Shelter, looking straight at the bowl, though I'm not sure they have power enough to run the cam. It can be run on solar power, right? Could this work? This would provide an excellent source of info on skiing in Tux, which courses were being skied, how crowded the trail is, etc.
My next spot would be at Lakes of the Clouds Hut, looking at the summit dome. Like the shot from Wildcat you could tell if they were socked in or just in a cap cloud, if they were snow covered, etc.
Both of these would be great places. Another view might be from Gorham. Are there are tall buildings that would give a good view from there. Here is a view using Google Earth.
Currently I'm very satisfied with all the webcams. The Presidentials cam filled in a huge data void. Lakes of the Clouds and Hermit Lake are great ideas. Solar power might be able to run the cams, but I'm not sure. The cams tend to need some minimal baby-sitting, especially if rime is a problem as it would be at Lakes.
Head south on route 16 from Gorham and there is a road on the left - Stoney Brook Road. Know anyone who lives there? Or is there a neighborhood club house?
Here is the view from there.
Gorham is one of the places I was thinking of and another is maybe Lakes of the clouds or Madison Spring huts. It's just too bad they couldn't be useful for search and rescue but we know that in most cases, where someone would need to be found, the weather would be too ugly for any type of visibility. Someone would have to be standing in front of the camera saying HELP MEEEEE!! :p
Gorham Web Cam
I know Gorham like the back of my hand. It would be a great place for a cam but I can't think of anyplace high enough to get a good view of Washington. The view Brad shows from Stoney Brook Road is actually if you were in a plane flying over it at about 2 or 3000'. From most places in Gorham views of Washington would be blocked by Mount Madison and Pine Mountain. You can see parts of Washington, the auto road crossing Chandler Ridge for instance, from rte 16 near Stoney Brook, but not the summit. It's possible there are some views from Stoney Brook, but I think hills and trees would block a clear shot. There is a radio or tv antenna on Pine Mountain that would be high enough, but the view of Washington is blocked by Madison. All you can see is Boott Spur. Mount Hayes is across the Androscoggin in Gorham and has great views to Washington, but no way to power the cams.
You can't see Washington from Madison Springs Hut, either, you would have to be hundreds of yards south or east of the hut.
I hate to be a naysayer to these other ideas, I just don't think you could get a clear shot, or in the Madison Hut case the camera would have to have to be too far from the hut to be practical.
Like Bill, I too am satisfied with all the cams, I was just throwing out suggestions because Scott put it out there. Thanks MWO for all the new views! When I started looking way back when, the only cam there was the deck cam. I thought it was a joke because all I saw was gray for the first 10 or 12 times I looked, then finally I got a view. I'm glad I was persistent.
Madison Hut is a multi-hour hike from the road and even longer from Mount Washington. During the summer it would be manageable, but if anything happened in the winter it might be down for weeks.
Something about using one of the huts just doesn't seem right. I have no problem with solar lights or weather stations, but a webcam sitting on the hut seems to diminish the wilderness experience. I'm not easily offended either.
What about the old Jackson cam? I know that used to have many zooms available, but the Wildcat cam covers all that. I liked the Jackson cam only slightly more than the North Conway cam. Frankly, both were rather boring.