New Feature: Text Formatting

In a few months thousands of thru-hikers will begin their long journeys along the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT). We are elated that some of those hikers have decided to use Outsideways as their journalling platform of choice for their treks, and look forward to supporting them in any way we can so they can share there stories. Thanks to the valuable feedback of one of those members, I am pleased to announce that Outsideways now supports a limited subset of Markdown for formatting journal entries.

A Family Thru-Hikes the Appalachian Trail


In 2014 our family thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and did a video series of the trip, as we went. By the time it was complete we had a 24 part video series documenting the trip, with its highs, lows, and everything in between. Up until recently, the only way to watch the series was to purchase or rent it on Vimeo. I am very pleased to announce that the entire series is now being released for free on YouTube.

New Feature: Embed your Profile, Journals, and Journal Entries

Do you have a personal blog, or website? Do you ever wish you could share content from Outsideways on your blog? You can now embed journal entries, journals, and member profiles on websites that you own and/or manage.

New Feature: Search

We are on a roll. First it was hashtags, and now it is search. It probably has you on the edge of your seat wondering what crazy feature we plan on adding next.

New Feature: #Hashtags!

Outsideways is moving up in the ranks with big-boy features. Since some of you have already started to use them, we decided it was finally time to add #hashtags to our feature list. Honestly, I don't know what else there is to say on this subject. If you know what they are, then you know how they work.

New Feature: Daily Feed Updates by Email

Yesterday, as some of you probably noticed, we launched a new feature: daily email updates of what is new in your feed since your last visit. Since the people/places/activities you follow may receive sporadic journal entries (let's face it, we can't always be out on an adventure), I thought it would be helpful to be notified when there is something new to see. It is a feature I wanted, so I figured I can't be the only one who sees value in this.

New Feature: Multiple Image Uploads

Not everyone has constant access to phone service or WiFi when out on and adventure. Not only that, but you probably have better things to do (like steering your kayak) than to be live posting a photo as you are floating down a river. You might, however, have enough time to snap the odd photo (or rapid fire a hundred of them) to capture the moment as you go. When you get home and want to upload a photo stream to an Outsideways journal, you now have the option to upload a bunch at once, creating a new journal entry for each.

New Feature: We Now Have a Privacy Policy

Maybe having a privacy policy isn't the stellar new feature you were waiting for. It is, however, a legal requirement that needs to be met before we can take things much farther. I have been stalling on this detail, as they aren't easy to produce, especially considering that I am not a lawyer and don't have the finances to pay one (yet). Thankfully there are companies who use legal teams to help design and produce privacy policy software. All you have to do is fill out a form, check some boxes, and before you know it you have a privacy policy tailor-made for your business. A software based solution to a legal problem - being a geek, that is something I understand and can get behind.

New Feature: Set the Post Date from an Image Date

Since launching the site just over a week ago, I have been making small changes, tweaks, and fixes as things come-up. Today, I have launched a new feature. While this feature isn't super-huge-amazing, I think it will be quite helpful for keeping track of the dates and times of your journal entries.

Welcome to Outsideways v2.0

Today is the day! We have officially launched Outsideways version 2.0. This re-launch represents a significant departure for Outsideways. Instead of being a personal blog that chronicles our thoughts and stories on outdoor adventuring, it is now a community. A place where outdoor adventurers from all over the world can hang out and journal the cool stuff they are doing.