Last month Outsideways was mentioned in the Bike Bits newsletter, an email newsletter published regularly by the Adventure Cycling Association. As a result of that mention, we have had a bunch of adventure cyclists sign-up and kick-the-tires (so to speak) on Outsideways as an adventure journaling platform. One of our new members, is currently in the middle of a 2-week cycling trip around the East Cape on the North Island of New Zealand.
Last summer I introduced Outsideways Plus+, which offered a number of additional features for a small fee. It was designed to help raise some money to support Outsideways development, while giving users more powerful and convenient journaling capabilities. As of this month, I have decided to tweak things a bit: I have launched an Outsideways Patreon. If you like what we are doing here on Outsideways, and would like to further support its development, consider supporting us on Patreon. As a perk for your support, I will upgrade your membership to the Plus+ version. I will also let you in on the development roadmap, so we can decide what comes next.
This is the time of year when many hikers and backpackers around the globe are dreaming of "big things": a thru-hike of a long trail. Facebook groups and online forums are buzzing with questions and the anticipation of a fast-approaching start-date. It's a massive research, information gathering, and gear acquisition frenzy focused primarily around a singular goal; to figure out the magic combo of gear and insider knowledge that will maximize the chances of success. I have some advice I would like to add to the conversation. It revolves around "small beginnings".
It has been a busy couple of months for us, media-wise here at Outsideways. Well, technically no so much Outsideways, but us as a family, as I was interviewed twice about the family thru-hike we accomplished in 2014. If you are interested in the Appalachian Trail, thru-hiking, thru-hiking with a family, motivating kids, minimalist footwear, and other odds-and-ends, I encourage you to check out the following...
As I mentioned in my previous post, we will be embarking on a 2-week section hike of the Vermont Long trail in less than a week. I also hinted at a new feature we had in the works for journaling group trips that we would be testing out as part of this adventure. I am pleased to announce that phase one of that development work is now complete.
From September 8 - 23 we'll be hiking a section of the Long Trail in Vermont with my wife's parents to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary and 65th birthdays all happening this year. We'd love to meet you! We've all found that hiking community and the people you meet on the trail is one of the best parts of hiking and we'd love to have you join us for a section.
After over two years of steady development and field testing Outsideways as an outdoor adventure journalling platform, we are excited to announce a new enhanced version we are calling Outsideways Plus+, an upgrade that brings additional features to your account.
Every time I get a notification of new journal entries in my inbox, I get excited that it might be another post from _jennicholson_'s Continental Divide Trail 2018 journal. Two aussies, walking through some of the most beautiful country North America has to offer, and one of them with an amazing camera trigger finger... what more could you possibly ask for? If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Where's The Next Shelter? is a trail memoir that chronicles the day-to-day life of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. In the story we meet the people, walk the miles, partake in the trail magic, and re-live a trail experience through the eyes of Gary Sizer.
One of our objectives at Outsideways is to create tools that make journaling while on-the-go as easy as possible. Thanks to great feedback from several of our members, we have been gradually making refinements by adding new features and improving the user experience.