Livetrails socialises your adventures
Spring is here, and the sun is shining. It's time to tear yourself away from that keyboard and stumble, pale and blinking, into the sun. With such a wealth of natural pleasures here in Canada and the US, it would be a crime not to get some healthy outdoorsy exercise.
Enter Livetrails.com, a social network for adventures. Based around a mashed-up Google Map, Livetrails enables users to find walking and hiking trails across Canada (most of them are located in BC and Alberta). They can post a report of the trail, explaining how to get there, things to look out for, and approximate walking times.
Livetrails lets you add trails that you have walked to your own profile on the system, building up a collection of different adventures that your friends on the system can read about. It also allows you to connect the site with your Facebook account, so that you can show your Facebook friends how outdoorsy you are.
In a world where much social networking seems to involve slouching in front of a screen virtually poking people, isn't it refreshing to have a social system that celebrates outdoor adventures? I'm now a member, and will be sure to use the system when finding and reporting on trail adventures during the summer. I hope that some of our readers out there in the Prairies and Ontario join up and post their own reports, There must be some decent walking tours out there among the trees and rocks, right?
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets