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I would like the input from everyone on creating a template for the promotion of upcoming trail runs. I think that a standardized trail run promotion template will ease the burden of planning trail runs, thus creating more members to host them. I like the idea of starting the post out with a brief introduction and hard trail run facts before doing a write-up and pictures as it gets the information accross quickly without having to hunt and read through the whole thread! Please chime in with your thoughts on the idea, nomenclature and contents. Here's what I had in mind:

Introduction:
This should contain one or a few sentences introducing the trail and purpose of the run. Later, it can include a hyperlink to the report thread.

Trail Run:This should include actual trail information and expected conditions at the time of the run. Include Date, estimated start and end times, expected beginning and end GPS coordinates, the duration of the run and any substantial stops, expected weather conditions, etc.

Trail Expectations:
This should include a one to several paragraph write-up of the trail run, different types of obstacles and terrains to be encountered, expected carnage and general information, etc…

Communications:
This should include a communications plan with the following:
Primary Comm: e.g. CB Channel 5
Secondary Comm: e.g. FRS Channel 5
Ham Comm: e.g. (Big Bear Repeater: 147.330+ PL 103.5), (14.238 MHz USB), etc...
Telephone: List phone numbers for nearby police, rangers, hospitals, always remember to try 911

Services:
Camping information, restaurants, groceries, towns, brothels, etc...

Tests:
This should include any modifications or techniques that will be tested.

Example Photos:
This should be a single reply to the original post that can have captions above the photos stating clearly when they were from. I think 6 photos should cover it.
 

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Introduction:
This should contain one or a few sentences introducing the trail and purpose of the run. Later, it can include a hyperlink to the report thread.

Trail Run:This should include actual trail information and expected conditions at the time of the run. Include Date, estimated start and end times, expected beginning and end GPS coordinates, the duration of the run and any substantial stops, expected weather conditions, etc.

Trail Expectations:
This should include a one to several paragraph write-up of the trail run, different types of obstacles and terrains to be encountered, expected carnage and general information, etc…

Communications:
This should include a communications plan with the following:
Primary Comm: e.g. CB, channel TBD at trailhead
Secondary Comm: e.g. FRS Channel 5
Ham Comm: e.g. (Big Bear Repeater: 147.330+ PL 103.5), (14.238 MHz USB), etc...
Telephone: List phone numbers for nearby police, rangers, hospitals, always remember to try 911

Services:
Camping information, restaurants, groceries, towns, brothels, etc...

Tests:
This should include any modifications or techniques that will be tested.

Example Photos:
This should be a single reply to the original post that can have captions above the photos stating clearly when they were from. I think 6 photos should cover it.
 

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Thats a good layout, with the exception of posting CB channels in advance. They sometimes are read by idiots with jammers, like the guy in Lucerne valley.
 

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We have a new Category called Trail Info that is probably a good idea to just put a link to your trails static information then you only need to post up your trail run specific information

I'll do an example in the working copy in post #2
 

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CADavebert said:
Suggestions...

maps of the trail, or at least entrance/exit points.

GPX, KML, or other such file, with waypoints for POI.
I like it but know nothing of it. How about posting an example of what you think it should look like.
 

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Well, the map is straight forward. Just some rendering either from google or a scan of trail guide, etc.

The GPX files are the main pieces. Most GPS devices record a 'track'. That track can then be downloaded to a PC and shared, and this is usually in the form of a GPX file. Others can then load those into their own GPS, and know if they are on the right trail or not.

The KML file is basically a GPX file specifically for Google Earth. You can either import it directly, or convert with other tools. This is probably less important.

The waypoints would either be in the GPX file, or you can just post text of the lat/long of the entry, exit, and pertinent points in the trail.
 

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All of the above suggestions are good. Keep it small , keep it simple and to the point.
All of the above(different information) should work with no problem.
 

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You realize this thread is a year and 4 months old, right?
 

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You realize this thread is a year and 4 months old, right?
Dude. We all know 17 months is the cutoff for thread reincarnation. He was fine with the 16 months. :biggrin:
 
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