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Swimming With Snakes

While hiking beside Haven Hill Lake a month or so ago, we were joined by an unexpected hiking companion.

August 9, 2014 Posted by | video | Leave a Comment

More Video?

Ever wonder what it takes to do documentary videos far from the trailhead?  This is about the smallest, lightest gear I could come up with that I think will do the job.  Full HD video and 6-channel digital audio, with wireless UHF lav mics.  We have lots of ideas, so once we get more comfortable with the new gear, hopefully you’ll start to see plenty of high-quality video of our explorations.

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August 7, 2014 Posted by | video | | Leave a Comment

EGMaps API Now Available!

Ever wanted to share your GPS data with friends?  Strangers?  Everyone on the planet?

Wish you had an easy way to get your trail maps to everyone in your hiking club, or maybe everyone who comes to your favorite park?

Need a way to get customers to all your locations using their Android smartphone?

Does your sculpture garden need unobtrusive audio or video guide for visitors?

The EGMaps API is for you!  This free tool is now available to everyone, and it does all that, and more.  Using your GPS data, or even data you generate directly on a program like GoogleEarth, you can produce and distribute your own professional Android app.

Don’t worry!  You don’t need to know anything about programming.  I promise.  Just follow the simple, step-by-step instructions and your app will practically build itself.  All the hard work is done by the EGMaps app itself, and we’ve already taken care of that part for you.

Want to learn more?

Ready to download the API and sample data (for our Niagara River Fish Trail app)?

Can’t wait to see how it looks?  Go to Google Play and get our Niagara River Fish Trail app.

 

June 2, 2014 Posted by | apps, EGMaps | | Leave a Comment

Spring is Officially Here

I was hiking yesterday at Brighton State Recreation Area and picked up my first tick of the year.  Hiked 15 miles then, as I got back in my car, I wiped off my legs and felt an odd lump on the back of my left knee.  Yep, it was a tick.  He hadn’t attached yet, so I just took it off.  Should have gotten a picture of him, but just tossed it aside before I remembered to do it.  Oh well.

A month or so The leaves have been exploding out of the trees the last week or two, too.  Undergrowth is sprouting, too.  Snakes came out a month ago, and turtles a few weeks ago, too.  SPRING!

May 11, 2014 Posted by | Trail reports | , | Leave a Comment

Volunteer Testers Needed

If you’ve been watching our EGMaps page, anxiously waiting for your chance to build your own, free, GPS-enabled Android app using our EGMaps system, now’s your chance.  We’re looking for a small number of testers to receive an early edition of our API to test our our API and instructions.  You don’t need to be a programmer (that’s the whole point of the EGMaps API!), but you do need to be fairly computer-friendly, and probably good with a spreadsheet.  You’ll also need a web site where you have access to upload your own files (just about any web site you can edit will work).

If you’d like to be a tester, please email darrin (at) ExplorationGuides.com.  I have a set of sample data, but if you have a set of your own data, as well, that’d be an even better test.  In your email, let use know what kind of computer your have and what operating system.  If you also have some data of your own that you’d like to work with, also let us know a bit about that.

May 6, 2014 Posted by | apps, EGMaps | | Leave a Comment

Store Update – Wearable Cameras

By popular demand, I’ve just finished adding the wearable camera section to our Amazon Store. GoPro is certainly the leader in this field, so they feature prominently .

Remember, our store doesn’t just list products, it doesn’t just give recommendations, it also ranks them and tells you why one is ranked good, one better, and one best.

We’ve been spending a lot of time trying to document our EGMaps API, but if there’s some gear you’re looking to buy soon, and want our recommendations, let us know and we’ll get it added, along with our recommendations.

April 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a Comment