Hi All ,
Can we make this thread a place where everyone can paste links to web sites where one can find GPS tracks for download and use by other hikers. I have been finding it very difficult to obtain trail info on many hikes and hope we can share info on this thread.
That would be a really great thing. Somewhere to collect this material would be really helpful. I find any time I’mlooking for it is often scattered over dozens of not updated random sites, if it exists at all.
And that is no swipe at anyone going to the effort of uploading there own material, it is a lot of thankless work. So the idea of turning it into a bit of a community curated setup sounds amazing. Maybe some structure to it so it matches the trail list on the main site?
Caltopo is fantastic. I’ve found for the Cederberg a lot of the trails are part of the openstreet maps data set. Free and really powerful if you are wanting to put together your own route and then output a GPX file.
I’ve heard of an app called Guthooks (US Hikers like Dixie and Darwin uses it) , but I don’t know if it’s only aimed at US Hikers, trails and info alone.
If that’s the case maybe someone can develop something for us South Africans too? A platform/app where Hikers can contribute.
Guthook is pretty great, but doesn’t cover outside of the big trails in the US/EU at the moment sadly
Agree with you though, the thing that makes Guthook stand out is that it acts as a nice centralized space for crowd source info as anyone using it can easily contribute. So it gets beyond, there is a trail here to telling you if there is actually any water in the stream, or that yes this is a camp site but it is ant infested and you are going to have a bad morning.
That’s quite a big jump, and it becomes about ease of use and accessibility that encourages people to casually contribute. The debate in the US is if this is a good thing Is the adventure gone if you have too much information?
To be honest, the main thing I would love is an “Is there any water?” app. I’m happy with very little info on most things, but with how quickly our climate is changing, even our great resources like the slingsby maps are becoming less reliable for that. And generally when I speak to staff at any of the parks I just get a shrug.