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.
One of our goals at Outsideways is to help you organize your information. We want to be the digital dumping ground for all the information you collect on your adventures. Additionally, we believe that your data belongs to you. We want you to be able to download anything you create on Outsideways any time you like.
Our latest feature is a bit of a geeky one (and a bit old-school as far as the web goes): we now have RSS feeds throughout the site. If you are like me and prefer to consume news updates via a feed reader, keep tabs on the latest in online adventure journals by subscribing to one or more of our feeds.
Every so often, when we see a journal that is particularly inspiring to us, we will highlight it here to let you know about it. The first journal to receive this honor is Guthooks's U.K. Walks 2017. Guthook's trip (currently in progress) has taken him on the West Highland Way, and now on the Coast to Coast walk. The photos are beautiful, the journal is an easy read, and, best of all, it makes us want to be there.
It has been a while since I posted an update. It is not that there hasn't been much noteworthy going on, on the contrary, there has been a ton of stuff happening lately, I just haven't had the time to talk about it. The two big things happening right now are: We are working on an Outsideways smartphone app, and we are embarking on a road trip.