This summer is going to be a busy one, starting in just a few weeks. At the top of my priority list for the year has been to finish mapping the Appalachian Trail from Damascus, VA to Delaware Water Gap, PA. That’s about 900 miles of trail, which is currently included in the AT Hiker app in a less complete form than the rest of the trail sections.
The reason those sections aren’t mapped as completely as others is because I never expected the apps to be as well-received as they have been, so when I initially released the apps last summer, I had only mapped the first 450 miles of the AT at that point. By the end of the summer, I’d added about 850 miles of trail from Delaware Water Gap to Katahdin, but those middle states had to be rushed out with old trail data gathered from Forest Service and USGS data.
From May 13 through the end of June, I’ll be hiking the AT as fast as I can to update the trail data for those middle states, and then I’ll try to get that data into the apps as quickly as possible. But it’s going to be tight. I’ll also be working for NOLS through all of July and much of August, which means I won’t be able to spend much time working on the computer after the AT hike.
For those of you who are using the Virginia and Pennsylvania sections of the apps now, I can’t promise that the updates will arrive in the apps before September, but I’ll try to be as efficient as possible with my data collection so that I can transfer it over to the apps quickly. Last year, transferring 350 miles of trail data from GPS and trail notes into the app took about two weeks. This time it will be 900 miles, and I’ll have three or four days. Luckily, I’ve made some progress in efficiency since last year, so maybe I’ll be a little speedier. I’ll let you know how it goes.