Summits of Canada

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April 19, 2007 10:14 ET

Textbooks Go High-Tech as Summits of Canada Takes Learning to New Heights

Satellite and mapping technology puts students closer to the action as they join adventurers online for a journey 5,959 meters (19,559 feet) up Canada's highest peak

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 19, 2007) - Geography class was once the stuff of wall maps, lectures and trips to the park, but no longer. Using satellite and mapping technology, students from across Canada and around the world, will be able to visit the top of Canada with a click of a mouse. This May, the Summit of Canada Expedition will take students on a virtual field trip to the top of Mount Logan, Yukon Territory. A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Kluane National Park, Mount Logan is the highest point in Canada and second highest in North America.

The Mount Logan ascent is the fourth and most challenging climb for Summits of Canada, the largest educational expedition in the world. Since 2006, the volunteer group of climbers have devoted themselves to conquering the highest point of every province and territory. This unique initiative focuses on building appreciation for Canada's diverse landscape while promoting education, fitness and the environment. The team of 15 climbers will start their ascent on May 2nd, 2007 and anticipate completing the climb by May 28th, 2007.

The Summits of Canada team will be working closely with educators to bring the Mount Logan experience to students. Over 200 schools across Canada and 10 different countries have registered to follow the climb through planned lessons, and videos taken by the climbing teams. In addition, the Summits of Canada team will be carrying out science projects submitted by registered classes and calculating the exact height of Mount Logan. Students at select schools across the country will also have the opportunity to speak with the team from mountain via satellite conferencing equipment.

For this, the highest of the 13 planned climbs, Summits of Canada teamed up with Live Search Maps ( to create a high-resolution, interactive map powered by Microsoft® Virtual Earth™. Found at, the map will enable people to experience Mount Logan in a new and exciting way.

"Summits of Canada is about fostering a joy of learning and a love of Canada's diverse geography," said James Coleridge, expedition leader. "For our most challenging climb, we wanted to create a robust online component that would take the lesson out of the textbook, and bring it to life through interactive technology. Using satellite, video conferencing, Global Positioning Systems and computer-generated mapping technologies, will allow students to see and hear an adventure of a lifetime right from their classroom PC."

Created in conjunction with Microsoft's Channel 10 project, the microsite will feature:

- Interactive Live Search Maps overlay showing the precise geographical positions of all of Canada's high-points

- Route and camp details of the upcoming Mount Logan Expedition

- High resolution images of Mount Logan and map overlays for each of the camps planned for the ascent. Visitors will be able to interact with Live Search Maps by hovering over the camps, displayed as "push pins," with their mouse cursor, and zoom in and out of detailed images

- Interactive map showing the locations of Canadian schools participating in the Summits of Canada program

Once the climbers begin their ascent May 2, Canadians will also be able to:

- View blog entries, photos, audio and video clips uploaded by the team during the climb

- Take a 3D Virtual Tour of Mount Logan with high resolution satellite images
Track the expedition live via a GPS unit and follow the team up the mountain over their 35 day climb

"By taking the same Live Search Maps technology that helps Canadians explore their local communities and applying it to remote locations, the Summits of Canada program provides people with an opportunity to experience Canada in a unique and interactive way," said Ken Headrick, marketing director, MSN Canada. "For students and Canadians in general, is the next best thing to joining the Summits of Canada team."

About Summits of Canada:

The Summits of Canada Expedition is a modern day adventure and learning opportunity that will assist institutions with traditional curriculums in geography, science, technology and health. For more information on Summits of Canada, please visit

The Expedition is supported by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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