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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2011, 12:42:02 PM »

Anything to announce or still more prep work that should be done?
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2011, 01:19:25 PM »

No response. Engineers must be busy. Ok, I'll get the train moving.
http://buckeyetrail.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2011, 09:30:05 AM »

I was out of town since last Thursday, so just getting caught up.  We are ALL engineers for the Wiki, so I hope folks now start adding details.  Couscous has done a nice job setting up the outline for each section, and of course thanks to Geek for getting it all set up!

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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2011, 03:50:51 PM »

I just joined the smart phone generation and I am nearly as astounded as when I fired up my first computer back in the 80's.

I can envision maps downloaded to the telephone so you don't need printed versions.

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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2011, 04:13:26 PM »

I just joined the smart phone generation and I am nearly as astounded as when I fired up my first computer back in the 80's.
I can envision maps downloaded to the telephone so you don't need printed versions.

Android? iPhone? Other?
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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2011, 04:55:04 PM »

Android phone.  The free apps are amazing, at least to me looking at them for the first time.  Compass, weather, camera, star maps, GPS, map tracking, bar code scanner (above image), flashlight, e-books etc.  
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« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2011, 05:14:04 PM »

Android phone.  The free apps are amazing, at least to me looking at them for the first time.  Compass, weather, camera, star maps, GPS, map tracking, bar code scanner (above image), flashlight, e-books etc.  

Very nice. I don't have a smart phone .. too cheap to pay the monthly fee .. but these may be of interest.
Cartosoft National Parks http://www.cartosoft.com/national-park-maps-android
Gaia GPS (lets you cache offline maps) market://search?q=pname:com.trailbehind.android.gaiagps.pro
Glue Trail (images to GPS maps) https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bitpedal.gluetrail
GPS Essentials (lots of options) https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mictale.gpsessentials
Photo Bucket (upload pictures from phone) http://photobucket.com/mobile/apps/android/#android
View Ranger (share location, track dog, etc.) http://www.viewranger.com/product-overview/product-features
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2011, 11:59:29 PM »

I just wish I could get a paper map without giving out my credit card online!....I guess I should get with the times..Wink
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« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2011, 06:26:47 AM »

If you use PayPal, you can set it up so that it drafts from your checking account.  However, I have used PayPal with my credit card for years with no issues.

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Now, back on topic, this is about the Wiki!   Grin
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« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2011, 11:30:30 AM »

The BT Wiki Trail guide I had in mind would be something that looks like the Appalachian Trail Companion produced by ALDHA. A backpacker on the BT needs something like it. Here is a link to an almost 10 year old copy of the AT Compantion for Tennessee and Virginia as a sample of what I talking about.

http://www.niekamp.org/tn-va02.pdf

It would not be hard to do this for the sections of the BT. I plan to start wih Troy and show you what I mean.

I think we should start simple and build from there.
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« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2011, 05:53:40 PM »

Couscous volunteered to jump in and get something going on the wiki once I got it installed and a basic configuration set.  For now, I figure the members of this forum can jump in with their ideas and see how the wiki evolves. 

The new Trail Promotions Committee chairman has volunteered to take the wiki under his area for now, so I think once various ideas are played out, he will determine a more rigid structure going forward.  When he decides it is at a good point for general consumption, we can release it to the general public.  98% of the people will be going to it only to read, not to contribute.
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« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2011, 07:37:58 PM »


Poppie came up with a mile chart and it was tweaked a bit.  It is in excel format with grids and colors laminated for pocket carry.


Akron      Miles:         
Point 1   Point 2   0   5.2   5.2   
Point 2   Point 3   5.2   7.3   2.1   
Point 3   Point 4   7.3   9.2   1.9   
Point 4   Point 5   9.2   10.4   1.2   
Point 5   Point 6   10.4   12.3   1.9   
Point 6   Point 7   12.3   14.8   2.5   
Point 7   Point 8   14.8   15.6   0.8   
Point 8   Point 9   15.6   18.9   3.3   
Point 9   Point 10   18.9   20.6   1.7   
Point 10   Point 11   20.6   22.4   1.8   
Point 11   Point 12   22.4   24.2   1.8   
Point 12   Point 13   24.2   25.9   1.7   
Point 13   Point 14   25.9   27.8   1.9   
Point 14   Point 15   27.8   28.4   0.6   
Point 15   Point 16   28.4   30.6   2.2   
Point 16   Point 17   30.6   31.7   1.1   
Point 17   Point 18   31.7   32.8   1.1   
Point 18   Point 19   32.8   33.7   0.9   
Point 19   Point 20   33.7   34.8   1.1   
Point 20   Point 21   34.8   36.5   1.7   
Point 21   Point 22   36.5   38.2   1.7   
Point 22   Point 23   38.2   40.8   2.6   
Point 23   Point 24   40.8   42.9   2.1   
Point 24   Point 25   42.9   45   2.1   
Point 25   Point 26   45   47.2   2.2   
Point 26   Point 27   47.2   48.7   1.5   
Point 27   Point 28   48.7   52.5   3.8   
Point 28   Point 29   52.5   53.6   1.1   
Point 29   Point 30   53.6   54.9   1.3   
Point 30   Point 31   54.9   57.7   2.8   
Point 31      57.7         
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2011, 06:28:28 PM »

The new Trail Promotions Committee chairman has volunteered to take the wiki under his area for now, so I think once various ideas are played out, he will determine a more rigid structure going forward.  When he decides it is at a good point for general consumption, we can release it to the general public.  98% of the people will be going to it only to read, not to contribute.

Um, I did?  When did I say that?   Grin

I think let's have the folks on the forum get it started, and fill in as needed.  Then when we decide it's "perfect", perhaps we can get some sort of publication together to sell perspective hikers.

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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2011, 08:12:24 PM »

Anyone want to think about the future?
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The master plan for the A.T. Museum is to put a resource library in the loft, exhibits about the trail presently on the second floor, current exhibits about the past are on the main floor, and exhibits about the trail in the future will be on the lower level. - Thinking about what hiking will be like in the future is quite intriguing.
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In 1951 when Gene Espy hiked the A.T. it was poorly blazed, poorly maintained, had no guidebook, road maps lacked much detail, people in areas where the trail passed were often unaware of the trail, and there were few resources along the trail suitable for hikers. (Any of this sound familiar?)
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We could use the wiki to create the equivalent of the '83 Philosopher's Guide to A.T., or we could look forward to the future and develop something that will be useful to B.T. hikers in 2012 and beyond. Cutting edge hikers like Pioneer Spirit will probably just access the wiki with their smart phones from the trail rather than carrying guidebooks that were printed months before and lack any recent information. With this format an update posted by one hiker - could be used by another hiker in the same area within minutes - rather than being tossed on the pile as another change to be included in next year's guidebook.
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In the future cell phones may be like watches, slip it on your wrist and it works years without recharging.  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2011, 02:36:36 AM »

In the future cell phones may be like watches, slip it on your wrist and it works years without recharging.

We can only HOPE!! Grin
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