Garmin, the company that makes a host of GPS products, including handheld devices, watches and more, has announced the launch of their Garmin Adventures website. The new site is a place for outdoor enthusiasts to share their latest adventures and pick-up some tips on where to go on their next one.
The site provides access to Garmin’s Basecamp software (available for both PC and Mac) which allows you to create an interactive timeline of any journey. The software simply imports track logs from any GPS device (presumably even non-Garmin products) and allows users to build a nice online story of their adventure. Basecamp allows you to connect photos, complete with geotagging, YouTube videos, geocache locations, notes and more. Details of the trip, such as distance, duration, amount of climbing and descending and so on are also included. And when you’re done building your trip profile you can easily share it with friends and family too.
This is an interesting way of creating more interesting and interactive logs of a hike or backpacking trip that others can enjoy too. Garmin has posted a couple of examples online to give us an idea of what Basecamp can do. For instance, click here for an example of a hike through Zion National Park or here to take a virtual trip through the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota.
I’m intrigued with what Garmin has created here. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but I can see how this could be a really fun way to not only share an adventure with others but also discover some cool places to go as well. It even works with Garmin’s new Fenix watch that I wrote about a few weeks back. If you’re looking for a new way to creatively share your adventures, this may be just what you’re looking for.