Do you use a website or service to do your research when planning your activities?
Shortly after our wedding, my wife and I decided we would take advantage of the wide variety of hiking opportunities that exist in Arizona. That was a little over one year ago and we’ve really covered a lot of ground since.
None of this would have been possible without my Garmin nuvi250, and my subscription to Trails.com.
I think the Garmin GPS goes without saying as most people know the features of a car based gps navigator. One cool feature I found was being able to send Google Map coordinates directly to my GPS receiver. There are benefits to being even a little connected!
The best investment we made in our new hobby was our annual subscription to Trails.com. Trails is site that has an awesome database full of information for any type of hike, bike, or outdoor excursion. Speaking of GPS, I noticed that the staff at Trails just recently added GPS features to their trail database.
What I found to be most helpful were the trail write-ups and the “my hike” features. Trails uses excerpts from major publisher hiking and trail books. You have to be a paid user in order to access the trail write-ups and topo maps, it’s $49.95 a year and in my opinion very worth it. We’ve certainly gotten our money’s worth in one year.
The “my hike” features are really neat because you can add your comments about the hike or trail you just walked. You can also add pictures and submit your comments and pages to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Do you use a different site, or have any suggestions on where to look for more information?