One afternoon I found myself sitting in my cube staring at my computer monitor. My back was stiff and my eyes were sore. I was 28-years old and I felt mentally and physically weary, every single day.
My life had to change -- I was too young to feel this old. People are not designed to sit and stare at screens all day.
My quest to conquer the Appalachian Trail followed.
Trailiac is a resource to help you to plan your own, life-changing outdoor adventures. Trailiac is a hiker-supported initiative that is collecting the world’s information about long distance hiking trails.
It is difficult to plan hiking trips on unfamiliar trails. Sure, if you are headed out for an overnighter, you can probably figure out when to go, where to park, and how to pack. What about if you have a long weekend, or a whole week/month to walk a trail? Detailed planning is required or you may learn about hunger, cold, and trail hazards while walking the trail.
Information about long distance hiking trails is scattered among numerous resources. Planning trips to new places sometimes requires a hiker to jump from website to website. Some websites even encourage a hiker to pick up the phone and call a number. Is that the best we can do?
Trailiac is an ever-evolving online resource that presents what we know about long distance hiking trails on each of the continents. Long distance is defined as those hiking trails 400 miles or more in length. Admittedly, 400 miles is an arbitrary distance, but a distance had to be chosen. There are many beautiful trails less than 400 miles long, and one day we may bring those into the fold. For the moment, we are working with the 400-mile or longer distance.
On each of the long distance hiking trail pages, you’ll see what information must still be collected. We invite you to participate by contributing what you can regarding a trail. We are always interested in your photographs. We plan to keep sharing simple, so you can easily contribute to Trailiac by sending your material to editor@Trailiac.com.
Trailiac is for all those who work behind a desk and wonder, there must be more to life.