Hiking News: Not a fan of Google Trekker

What, no map?

Section Hiker Used Backpacking Sale Part 2: Sectionhiker.com
Visit for the sale, stay for the news.

A founder’s travels: 2 years of global backpacking, as told by Startup Weekend mastermind:Venturebeat.com
An interview with Andrew Hyde, a burned-out tech, who’s spent the last two years wandering the globe.

Google Trekker hauls “Street View” into the backcountry: Outsideonline.com
I’m not a huge fan of this. More to come from me.

One Man’s Lost Ski Gear Is Another Man’s Treasure: First Tracks.com
Holy crap, I’ve never heard of this place. An unclaimed baggage center full of outdoor gear at hip-deep discounts. In Alabama.

Rock Climbing Tip #1: Don’t use About.com to learn about rock climbing

So, what do you mean when you say something is a content farm? Well, what I mean is that it stinks of thick, witless muck designed specifically to pollute search engines.

I can provide no better example than this page, which apparently is one of twelve instructing climbers on the concept of loose rock. Nothing written here is really incorrect, so I guess I’m more perturbed at the blatant nature of the SEO-snake. It almost sounds like it was written by a bot.

Look folks, the era of stilted, keyword-jammed online content is over. Search engines pick up on smart, contextual copy. Then again, this page ended up in my inbox, so maybe Google isn’t really cracking down on content farms. They’re certainly not doing anything about pages that tell me not to climb on flaking stone.

Google hates the backcountry. Is SPOT in jeopardy?


Be careful when plotting your hiking routes on Google Maps, as a challenging bug causes routes to automatically “snap to streets” once mapped. Oh, and un-clicking “snap to roads” doesn’t help.

My question is, how does this impact Google’s connection to the SPOT device? Will rescue teams be hovering over a Denny’s trying to spot a lost hiker? “No sign of anybody … wait, Grand Slams are half-off this morning. Set ‘er down Phil … ”