Inspiring and connecting people by making things shared more discoverable

At it’s core, Social Hiking is about three things:

Sharing: helping people share their outdoor adventures, whether those adventures are an epic cycle across the globe, a weekend spent wild camping on a mountain or a wander through a local park.

Connecting: helping people connect with others, whether that’s people to walk with, people happy to share their knowledge and expertise, or just making new friends.

Inspiring: helping people find inspiration from the outdoor adventures of others, whether that’s inspiration to go on the first walk in years, discovering a new route or area to hike or planning an epic adventure of their own.

Changes to Social Hiking support and suggestions

Today the Social Hiking Get Satisfaction customer support portal has been closed.

It has been running since 2011, and although it has been a really helpful way to help support users and to collect ideas and suggestions, it ultimately was not used enough to warrant the quite high cost.

For support, I will continue to use the Wheredidthetigergo’s (my day job) online helpdesk powered by Zendesk – to be honest this tends to be where users end up anyway when they need help. You can email your support enquiries direct to support@shareyouradventure.com, visit support.wheredidthetigergo.co.uk or click the ‘Help’ tab on the left hand side of the website (this replaces the previous ‘Feedback’ tab that was linked to Get Satisfaction).

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What is your ultimate,fantasy, outdoor adventure? – Competition Winner

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

Over November we had a competition running: share your ultimate, fantasy, outdoor adventure to win a Sawyer Squeeze.

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Social Hiking Podcast Episode 3 – The one with Richard Flint (@flintyrich)

Rich Flint packing tent away in Snowdonia

For the third episode of the Social Hiking podcast, my guest co-host is Richard Flint (@flintyrich). Topics covered include some of our favourite maps, a hike in Snowdonia, an update on developmentsv recent and coming up, and Rich talks about his experience on TGO challenge.

A massive thank you to the sponsors of this podcast: Sawyer Europe – who provide clean drinking water to countless people including the thirsty backpacker whose only source of water might come from a remote dirty puddle.

I would really appreciate any feedback on the podcast – what you liked or didn’t like, or what you would like to see covered in future podcasts.

You can subscribe to a RSS feed of just the Social Hiking podcasts at http://www.shareyouradventure.com/blog/feed/podcast/ (to put in your preferred podcast app) or in iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/social-hiking-share-your-adventure/id644876653 (or search for Social Hiking)

Thank you for listening :)

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What is your ultimate, fantasy, outdoor adventure?

Sawyer Squeeze

What is your ultimate, fantasy, outdoor adventure?

Tell us and you could be in with a chance to win a Sawyer Squeeze water filter!

You dream about it in your spare time: where to travel, what to do, whom to go with. You see friends and people you admire take trips over mountains, adventure through deserts, walking from one country border to another… and now it’s your turn to dream!

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Updates to Social Hiking – push notifications, more Adventure Bot commands, notifications centre and other bits and pieces

Over the last few weeks we (the royal we – I mean me) rolled out another update (to 1.6.1.1 if you are counting) – here are the main changes, improvements and tweaks. You can view the full list of changes at http://www.shareyouradventure.com/page/load/versions

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Social Hiking Podcast Episode 2 – The one with Gareth Jones

For the second episode of the Social Hiking podcast, my guest co-host is Gareth Jones (@gareth_js). Topics covered include some of our favourite maps, a #microadventure on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, an update on developments, a round up of some outdoor news that caught our eye, and Gareth talks about making the transition from peak bagging to exploring with kids and gives some advice on walking with young kids.

A massive thank you to the sponsors of this podcast: Target Dry – an outdoor clothing brand from Belfast who design outdoor jackets and overtrousers with a strong emphasis on quality, value and customer service.

I would really appreciate any feedback on the podcast – what you liked or didn’t like, or what you would like to see covered in future podcasts. We had a lot of fun recording the podcast, and you can listen to the outtakes (where we went wrong or started insulting each other) at: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1488650-outtakes-from-the-next-socialhiking-podcast-with-daylightgambler-and-gareth_js-thanks-to-our-sponsor-targetdry

You can subscribe to a RSS feed of just the Social Hiking podcasts at http://www.shareyouradventure.com/blog/feed/podcast/ (to put in your preferred podcast app) or in iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/social-hiking-share-your-adventure/id644876653 (or search for Social Hiking)

Thank you for listening 🙂

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Social Hiking Podcast Episode 1 – The one with Nina Smirnoff

Podcast Episode 1

For the first episode of the Social Hiking podcast, my guest co-host is Nina Smirnoff (@smirnieoutdoors). Topics covered include some of our favourite maps (covering Offa’s Dyke, The Langdales, Ben Nevis and Patagonia, an update on developments coming soon, details of ‘Muddy Boots Welcome’ (the community virtual pub), and Nina talks about her experience of how walking helped her with weight loss and mental wellbeing.

A massive thank you to the sponsors of this podcast: Chocolate Fish Merino – 100% Pure New Zealand-Made Merino Outdoor gear – genuinely & ethically made in New Zealand.

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Setting up Social Hiking for the TGO Challenge 2013

Last year, for the second year, Social Hiking had a group map running for users on the TGO Challenge (view the TGO Challenge 2012 group map). The map displayed the progress of @lynseypooler, @locomountaineer, @bryanwaddington and @volpi live as they made their way from the west to east coast of Scotland.

I know there are several users who are on the challenge this year so, ‘back by popular demand’, there is a TGO Challenge 2013 group map. If you are new to Social Hiking but what to share your challenge, this post covers how to register, setup your location sources, link media accounts and create your map ready for your challenge. Although specifically for TGO Challengers, other users may find some of the sections useful.

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Social Hiking – perfect for sharing your treasure hunting adventures

At Social Hiking, we like to keep up with the very latest trends in social media, outdoor sharing and online mapping, so we can give you the very latest and best tools for sharing (and following) adventures.

So it is with some excitement that we have been following the story of the discovery of the century – the treasure map belonging to infamous pirate found by the Google Maps Street View team during a deep water dive in the Indian Ocean.

This video explains the find in more detail:

Google have lovingly digitalised the treasure maps and made them available through their their mapping API, and as we know many users of Social Hiking are budding treasure hunters, we have added support for the treasure maps to the site.

Jilly's adventure in treasure map mode - does she remind anyone else of Lara Croft?

Jilly’s adventure in treasure map mode – does she remind anyone else of Lara Croft?

You can view any map in treasure map by selecting ‘Treasure Map’ from the list of available map formats. If you so wish you can even change the default map format of any of your historic maps (or if you really want to, your default map format for any new maps) to treasure map.

You can view any map in treasure map by selecting 'Treasure Map' from the list of available map formats

You can view any map in treasure map by selecting ‘Treasure Map’ from the list of available map formats

Social Hiking – share you treasure hunting adventures 🙂

(thanks to Google Maps Mania for pointing out how to implement treasure mode…. treasureMode: ‘aye’)