Oct 22

Trail Information Entry System Feedback Requested

Enter Trail Information on Trailsnet.com

It’s been a few months now since the Trail Information Entry System was updated on Trailsnet.com. The good news… We’ve had more people subscribe to the site than ever before. Our subscriber numbers have skyrocketed. The bad news… Not one person has entered trail information since the new system was implemented. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something is drastically wrong. Once again, I apologize to our international trail lovers. I know I promised to expand Trailsnet worldwide, but that would cost more money for the upgrade and that doesn’t make sense if the system isn’t working efficiently yet. Once I get the current system working, I’ll update to international trails also. (BTW, even if you are from a country outside the U.S., you can still look at the trail submission form and give feedback.)

Please Enter Trail Information on Trailsnet

So I’ve got a favor to ask. If you tried to enter trail information on Trailsnet.com, please provide some feedback on how the process went. You can do that by either leaving feedback in the comments section below or by using the Contact button in the navigation menu above. If you haven’t entered trail information yet, I invite you to please give it a try. You can do it with absolutely any type of trail and/or any length of trail. The initial process is easy, but what I mainly need to know is, “Do I have too many REQUIRED fields?”


Process for Adding a Trail to Trailsnet.com

To add a trail to Trailsnet, all you have to do is:

  1. Click on the Add a New Trail button located in the horizontal navigation bar above.
  2. Fill in the required (and hopefully some of the optional) information as listed in the menu.
    1. Many of the fields are simply multiple choice options.
    2. If you have a GPX file to add, that’s great but not required.
  3. Click on the Submit Trail button at the very bottom of the menu.
    1. If you are a brand new subscriber, it will ask you the usual questions for new subscribers, but the process is simple, painless & confidential. As always, your information will not be shared with anyone else.


Required Trail Information

Here is a list of the required information. Please let me know if you think this is too much required material and which specific required items aren’t really needed.

  • Name of Trail
  • Name of state that the trail is located in
  • Trail length
  • Trail (length) range (This just lets readers know the general mileage range of the trail. If you know the specific length, then the range is simple to enter.)
  • General Location (For this, you can enter a town, county, park, forest or anything to give readers a little more information other than the state where the trail is located.)
  • Trail surface(s)
  • Trail type
  • Trail uses (These last three are all check boxes, so it will be clear what to do when you see the choices.)
  • Starting point
  • Ending point (basically, these last two tell people where the trailheads are located and provide more specific information than the General Location from above)
  • Trail Summary (very brief blurb about trail that will go in sidebar)
  • Trail Information (More detailed info about the trail. This can be any length and allows you to be brief or wax poetic.)


I know this seems like an awful long list and maybe it is too long. That’s what I’d like you to tell me in the comments below.

Permanent link to this article: http://trailsnet.com/2014/10/22/trail-information-entry-system-feedback-requested/

Oct 05

Great Bike Philosophy

bikes make good alternative transportation

Says it all…

Permanent link to this article: http://trailsnet.com/2014/10/05/great-bike-philosophy/

Aug 11

Trail Quote

Trails are for Relaxing

The trail is the thing. Not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all that you are traveling for.

Permanent link to this article: http://trailsnet.com/2014/08/11/trail-quote/

Jul 24

Family Tent

Nothing Beats a Good Tent…

… after a hard day on the trail. But finding a good family tent is difficult. Most backpacking tents are too small &/or not very durable for family camping. Fortunately, TentLab has created a great tent for those family backpacking trips.. or canoe trips or even car-camping trips.

Strong Tent Holds up to High Winds

Nothing is worse than trying to get a good night’s sleep with a tent wall flapping in your face. Between the slap-slap sound of the tent snapping in the breeze, the feel of the tent fabric slapping you in the face and that sinking feeling that you’re going to wake up in another state, you can’t get a wink of sleep. And it’s even worse when you’ve got scared kids and a cranky spouse sharing the tent with you.

Mike Cecot, of Tentlab in Louisville, Colorado, has come up with a tent design that is great for family camping, and he’s hoping to fund its development in a Kickstarter campaign. Mike’s tent design has numerous features that will please you family campers:

  • The tent is extremely sturdy and especially durable in windy conditions.
  • The tent has lots of mesh windows for viewing starry skies & beautiful scenery.
  • The mesh also provides pretty decent ventilation on hot days.
  • The tent is bigger than your average backpacking tent yet is surprising compact & lightweight.
  • The tent is easy to assemble and has lots of little special amenities such as:
    • extra back-up zippers
    • extra grommets & carabiners for hanging items on the side of the tent
    • cool porthole windows in addition to the skylight roof windows
    • an extremely durable rainfly

So if you’d like to see a great tent for family outdoor adventures, visit Mike’s Kickstarter page and help him get this project off the ground so your family’s tent will stay on the ground.

Permanent link to this article: http://trailsnet.com/2014/07/24/family-tent/

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