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Where 2.0 Conference: Talking Geo

Where 2.0 Conference: Talking Geo

In late-March, I will be in San Jose at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference. The event has an impressive list of speakers, including some great geo-thinkers from Twitter, Google, SimpleGeo, Yelp, OpenStreetMap, and more. I’ll also be joining this group to talk about how Backpacker magazine has effectively executed several Where 2.0 strategies when others are just talking about them, and at... [Read more]

Future-Now Trail Guides

Future-Now Trail Guides

Novelist Wallace Stegner boldly called national parks “the best idea we ever had.” And, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns made that the premise of his new PBS film series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Since we’re all sharing ideas, and the fact that we can openly share ideas is a great idea in of itself, I decided to run with a few of my own ideas to inspire people... [Read more]

Tour of California Videos

Tour of California Videos

Google Earth has become a powerful illustration tool for destination videos. We used 3-D flyovers to compliment local video footage and photos. My team worked with freelancer Tim Shisler on this series of cycling destination videos in California. These were posted on Bicycling.com. MOUNTAIN BIKING In TEMECULA, CA Road Biking on Highway 1, CA Road Biking past California Wineries and Vineyards  Read More →

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is an American legacy. The trail runs more than 2,100 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine. I always wanted to equip a thru-hiker with a GPS and have him/her map every step of the trail. The trail is constantly changing due to land rights and re-routes, and any keen observer looking at U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps quickly realizes “the... [Read more]

Hikes Near You

Hikes Near You

This map was a fun project, and is an ongoing effort. Four years ago, the readers of Backpacker magazine told independent researchers that they wanted more hikes close to home and more maps. Readers said they were doing less trips far from home and more weekend adventures and dayhikes within 100 miles of their doorstep. That feedback spawned the Map Project, a collaborative effort between Backpacker... [Read more]

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