Sharing the journey. One thru-hike at a time.
Um, this map is AWESOME! As I hike, I carry a Garmin inReach SE as a locator device and my check-ins will appear on this map. When I choose to check-in each day, my green “W” icon will appear on the map to show where I am. Here are the tracks for the two routes I’ll be doing this summer. The Haute Route Pyrenees and the GR5(French Alps). I’m really looking forward to these two. As you can see, they AREN’T flat, haha! I’ve heard the rewards are well worth the efforts, so it must be pretty great. It looks a bit wonky because I’ve now added in the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, which starts midway through the GR5, so it goes back after reaching the Mediterranean. My favorite part of this is the slider along the elevation chart where you can hover over it with the mouse to see where I am on the elevation chart in relation to the map. If you select me on the right hand side, it will show an individual map of my full history of check-ins along the trail. You can even select satellite view on the ‘Maps’ tab and the ‘Map Layers’ tab allows you to see the current weather radar and snow depth.
If you would like to create a similar page on your blog, it is available for many trails including the AT, CDT and PCT with an option to embed the map to a website if you wish. First create a shared page on the SPOT website (Garmin inReach users, just use your tracking button). Second, go to www.trackleaders.com and email them the link to your SPOT shared page or Garmin share link. Most shared pages normally only saves your 7 most recent check-ins…this will keep an unlimited amount of check-ins, so you are able to see my whole trek!