List of Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

[wpspoiler name=”1. What is this site?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]This site is a collection of maps, GPX / KMZ files, pictures and information for all the hikes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It was created in July 2013 to assist hikers with planning their days. You can create a profile and help the site grow by sharing your photos.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”2. Do you recommend any hiking related literature for Cape Breton?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]Without question Michael Haynes “Hiking Trails of Cape Breton” books are the best resource in printed form. You can find them here: 1st Edition & 2nd Edition.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”3. The duration was longer or shorter than predicted on this site or the trailhead sign?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]The durations on this site are based on an average hikers pace and includes time for pictures, rest and enjoying the hike. If you have updated information please send it to [email protected][/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”4. The distance doesn’t line up with what I am reading or have tracked myself?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]We use the Alpine Quest app toon Android to track the distance and elevation information on this site. Our distance measurements are the avg’s of all the information we have collected over the years from hiking these trails. For example, if we have six tracks of the same route for Franey, then the distance on the site is the avg distance of all six times.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”5. Why was Alpine Quest chosen over all the other options for GPS measurement?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]We chose/use Alpine Quest after Google pulled the plug on its MyTracks app which was used for the original data collections for this site. Alpine Quest is far more advanced than MyTracks, is constantly improving and fairly priced. It also allows us to offer GPX files for most devices and Google Earth files for download.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”6. Why does this site ask me to share my location?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]Our directions plugin can give you near exact directions to any of the trailheads listed here by using the Google Maps API. We do not store your location information on our servers. Even if you do not share your location, you can still manually enter a starting point when using the directions feature.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”7. How can I upload my photos of trails?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]Uploading photos can be done using the photo upload page. Choose the correct trail from the drop down, add a description and submit. The photo will show up in the user gallery when it is approved by the team. [/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”8. How can I add a trailhead to the main map?” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]Users can submit trailhead locations. You must be logged in to your profile to do this. From there you will see a new form opened up below the map which will allow you to add a trailhead.  [/wpspoiler]You can use the map and trail lists to find hikes that are close or on the way to your next destination. The directions built into the map can give you surprisingly exact directions to each trailhead.

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