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.
When you are out on an adventure, you have a lot of things going on. At the end of a long day in the fresh air you are tired. You probably won't have the time or energy to string together coherent sentences, nor will you necessarily want to spend a ton of time in front of a device. Outsideways was designed from the ground-up for people who want to remember the tiny details of their adventures without having to write novels. Or essays. Or paragraphs. Or, even complete sentences. We do this by putting technology to work for you.
Outsideways was conceived on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. If you are not familiar with the story, the ultra-short-version goes something like this: Me, my wife, and our three kids started our thru-hike of the AT in the spring of 2014. We acquired a family trail name of The Von Trapp Family. Only four of us would finish. It was the hardest thing we have ever done in our entire life. Steve Adams (a.k.a. Mighty Blue, a thru-hiker who completed his hike the same year as us) recently interviewed us on his excellent Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail podcast.