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Community driven mapping

October 2015 update: This post was written in 2011. For newer technology, check out my newer post about navigating!

I’m a big map-nerd. My office is just covered in backcountry maps of places I’ve been and want to go.  So, I was refreshing my deskop background with a new screenshot of the Sooke Hills from the awesome open-source, community driven Open Cycle maps project … as I often do … and holy cow!  New trails!!!!

Several  months ago, I uploaded GPS coordinates and created trails to Sugar Loaf & Ragged Mountain, which was almost the only thing going on in this section.  Now there are SO MANY to places I haven’t been yet!

What I love about this open-source map is that anyone can upload data and create new trails.  Open Cycle now far exceeds the level of details of mountains of any of the printed maps I’ve found in the library or online.  Community driven mapping rules.

I love being outdoors, especially in the mountains. I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

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