Safety is key. If we have learned anything in the past year (COVID-19), when we head out on the trail, we need to go prepared and let people know what we are doing. Seems like every week someone got lost in the woods!
The onset of COVID has pushed people outside to enjoy nature, but are we doing this responsibly? Let’s get out on the trail, but let’s make sure we come back! The last thing you want to do is make the evening news or become a part of the Missing 411.
When it comes to backpacking, planning is everything. There are tons of excellent mobile trail mapping tools, such as Alltrails, Garmin Explore, GAIA GPS, and REI Hiking Project, to name a few. But what about everything else?
Creating Pack Lists
Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned veteran, a pack list is something that almost all of us use or should use. Let’s face it; there are countless ways to manage your gear and create a pack list.
Trip Planning & Communication
Before I pack my bag, I plan my trip. Once I’ve chosen my destination and eyed my trails, I map them. Sometimes I use an online tool like the ones mentioned above. Sometimes I do it the old-fashioned way and use an actual map (we all should know how to do this and use a compass).
Before I head out, I send an email to 3 to 4 people and tell them where I’m going and when they can expect to hear from me. I also send them a set of instructions on what to do if they don’t. This process has always worked great, but I wanted a better way. That’s why I created HIKETOOLS.
Hiketools.app is a webAPP for everything else. Sure, many of these things already exist in one way or another, but not all in one place. Let’s take a look at what I’m working on:
HIKETINERARY (Beta Testing)
Hiketinerary is the perfect companion for your digital mapping apps (mentioned above) and even better for offline planning with paper maps. Build simple or detailed itineraries and populate important information in as little as 5 minutes like:
- Trip Dates & Times
- Trip Location & Emergency Contact Information
- Trip Companions
- Trip Details like:
- Vehicle & Parking Info
- Upload media:
- Pack Lists
- Tracking Links (inReach)
- Communication Ability
- Trusted Contacts
- Emergency Instructions
- Reminders & Confirmations (Developing)
You can share your Hiketinerary and essential information with trip companions & trusted contacts, like how long you’ll be gone, when they can expect to hear from you, and what to do if they don’t. Stay safe in the backcountry.
GEARVENTORY (In Development)
Manage your hiking and backpacking gear and track important information such as:
- Gear Name & Weight & Rating
- Category Manager
- Trip Type
- Trip Season
- Storage Location
- Gear Photo
- Date of Purchase
- Upload Receipt
- Return Date Reminder
- Loan Manager (In Development)
- Who did you loan it to?
- When did you loan it?
- When do you want it back?
- Have Hiketools send your reminder, so you don’t seem like a jerk 🙂
PACK LISTS (In Development)
Create, save, edit, replicate and share trip-specific custom pack lists. You can start from scratch, use a ready-made list, or import gear from your Gearventory based on:
- Trip Type
- Trip Season
- Rating & Weight
JOURNAL (In Development)
You can keep track of your adventures and share them live on our dashboard(mobile connection needed) or via social media and email. You can include photos and video, and the interface is voice dictation ready.
LOST & FOUND (In Development)
We all have either lost or found gear on the trail. This function will be available to both subscribers & non-subscribers alike. You will be able to post:
- Approximate Location of Loss or Find
- Include a Photo
- Detail Left or Picked Up
- Facilitate A Safe Exchange Of Items
How Much Does Hiketools Cost?
That’s a great question. Right now, there is limited functionality. Right now, I am trying to decide the following:
- Will we charge monthly or yearly?
- Will it be modular?
- Just pay for the modules you use?
- Or all or nothing?
We are working on it. How does $19.99 a year sound?
Charity & Conservation
We are committed to leaving no trace, responsible sustainability, and conservation. We are trying to determine what percentage of our revenue we will be donating from each subscriber to give back. After all, we are encouraging you to get out and enjoy nature. This all comes at a price far beyond dollars and sense. Let’s make sure we protect our wildlife and ecosystems.
Together, we can do better.