Joined: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:30 am Posts: 64 Location: Sun Valley, Idaho
I'm curious what others think about using Strava or other activities social sharing programs in the Backcountry. I know some people will be opinionated on the subject, I wrote a little piece about it on my blog:
I'm a bit of a tech geek, and I know some others on the forum are too. That means data matters same as grams. There are also some safety and accountability reasons for using a social share gps enabled app.
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1381 Location: UT
Coming from a trail running perspective I tend to log many of my tours, but I don't really use any social media component of the apps I use, while touring. On the other hand, trail running is a pursuit in which I often share stats with other geeks, but I guess for snurfing I'm just too laid back to care.
I have no problem with people doing this. The one exception being the advertising of "off the beaten path" stashes, but that's probably because 24 hours after any given storm the central Wasatch looks like a bumped out resort
If you don't Strava it, it didn't happen... I've used the strava phone a bit in the BC, biggest issue for me is bat life on the phone. I like it for MTB because you can KOM you buddies - but that seems less applicable for touring. Great way to show off. The goggle maps view is cool though http://app.strava.com/activities/38020463
Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:29 pm Posts: 6 Location: San Francisco, CA
I've been wondering about this too. I don't care too much about the social side of it, but was going to try out using Runkeeper to track routes, elevation, distance for my own purposes.
As far as the interference issue, the instructor in my level 1 class showed an AIARE bulletin on it that cited a fatality where the cell phone essentially blocked the transmitter on the buried party. Haven't been able to find that bulletin online yet though, but I think the recommendation was something like maintain an arms length separation between the beacon and other devices.