Social Hiking to close on 27th May 2018

After 8 years of helping you share your outdoor adventures, both big and small, Social Hiking will be closing permanently on 27th May 2018.

This has been a very difficult decision to make – beyond personal reasons, the site has reached the end of its life and there are no resources to be able to undertake the development work required to update the site to enable it to continue.  The Internet is also a different place to what it was earlier in the decade – the social web never lived up to its promise, and companies, determined to drive users into their silos of data, have won. Social Hiking’s goal was to put all your shared media into a single place and display it on a live track of your hike, but this is becoming increasingly harder each year.

I have written a post on my personal blog if you want to know more on the background behind this decision.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported Social Hiking over the years – especially the wonderful people who have financially contributed to the running of the site over the years, but also those people who have supported in other ways – spreading the word and suggesting features. I would also like to thank the users – this site would be nothing without your wonderful adventures to help share!  I have made many friends along the way.

Exporting your data

All users can currently export their map data, individually by map, in both gpx and kml format (you might need to enable the setting first) – if you are logged in, this data is exported as a track (i.e. it includes timestamps) (otherwise it is only exported as a route).

At some point before May, I will add additional functionality to export the underlying map data files – these are custom to Social Hiking but provide additional data like line colours and the actual marker text. These files could be used to recreate Social Hiking maps (I will not be officially providing the mechanism to do this, but perhaps someone in the community might be able to create something?!).

I will also add the ability to export your complete peak bagging history as a csv file (which you can easily use to create a spreadsheet in Excel / Google Sheets).

For current and past supporters, I will also include the ability to bulk export your entire account data rather than doing it individually map by map.

I will update this blog with details when these features are rolled out.

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2 Comments on "Social Hiking to close on 27th May 2018"

  1. Chris says:

    Hi, I think your Browse Peaks facility is great and i use it regularly. Is there any chance of a downloadable file before your website shuts down?

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