Kevin Purdy: Let’s create a network of trails to share with fellow carvers
TrikkeWorld’s section known as Trikke Trails is now Trailsnet Trikke Trails, featuring great trails for carvers, brought to you by Trikke Trainer Kevin Purdy of Trailsnet.com, the most Trikke-friendly trail site on the Internet. Find trails and add your own at Trailsnet. Here now, Kevin explains how.
Three things make Trailsnet.com unique: it caters to specific groups, such as Trikke riders; it allows users to add their own trails; and it has tools to help you search for trails based on length, surface, uses and location.
These unique characteristics help us Trikke riders find trails uniquely suitable to our carving lifestyle. But having the ability to add Trikke trails doesn’t help us, unless we share trails with one another. Therefore, this edition of Trailsnet Trikke Trails is dedicated to the fine art of submitting your favorite trails to Trailsnet.com. The process is real simple, just a few steps to follow:
— Visit Trailsnet.com.
— Click on the Add A New Trail link in the top horizontal menu bar right under the header photo. (Do NOT click on the “Submit Trail Data” link.
— In order to add your first trail, you’ll be asked to log in or register. (Don’t worry, you will not be put on any mailing list and your information will not be shared.)
Once you’re registered, it’s time to add your first trail. It’s a simple process and much of it involves checking boxes. For each trail you enter, you’ll be asked:
— Name of the trail
— Trail type
— Trail surface
— What types of users can access the trail
— Brief description of the trail
Stop right here. That’s all you really need to create a trail entry. Everything beyond this point is for extra credit. By the way, it’s also possible to add a map and photos with each entry, but these are optional. Maps can be entered using a code from Google Maps, or another trail mapping website or app. If you’re able to use a GPS device or your smart phone to track a trail, you can also send me a GPX file and I’ll add your map.
Unfortunately, so far, pictures have proven a bit trickier to add. It should be simple and hopefully, it will be someday. For now, if you’d like to include photos, here are a few options:
— If you’re technologically proficient, you can probably figure out how to use the current Gallery system. Unfortunately, it only allows you to add smaller file size photos, so you’ll probably have to save your current photos in a smaller format.
— You can also send me the photos using the Trailsnet contact page.
— You can directly add one or two photos to the text of your trail description, but once again, only small sized photos will work.
— You can make a movie or slideshow of your photos (I use iMovie for mine), then embed it directly into your trail description, first by clicking on the “HTML” tab above the trail description box, then pasting your movie/slideshow embed code in the box. You can see an example of a slideshow in the recently-added Guadalupe National Park Trails entry.
I know it can all sound like a lot of work, but give it a try. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is. If you have any problems, you can also check out the About page on Trailsnet. It has instructions for entering trails.
I’m getting new entries daily, so people seem to be figuring it out. Unfortunately, I’m hardly getting any Trikke trails. So let’s all step up to the plate and create a network of trails to share with our fellow carvers.
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