TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS
In time, a full series of digital and paper guidebooks will be offered for sale. Multisport Journey's website will offer e-books profiling regions and downloads of "chapters" from these e-books profiling specific towns. Each chapter will contain an area overview and profiles of multiple activities that are appropriate for the geography. These activities will primarily be of the do-it-yourself nature - maps, GPS coordinates, turn-by-turn directions, pictures and written profiles so you can pace yourself and minimize your costs. However, interesting guided activities will be described and links to and information about other reference materials, maps and service providers will be shared as well. But best of all, unless otherwise noted, the profiled activities will be pre-screened by Guides who themselves are in their 50's and 60's and so attuned to the needs of families and Boomers & Beyond!
Our guidebooks will have a primary focus on hiking/walking, mountain biking, road biking, paddling-related and vehicle-related activities. However, as may be appropriate to an area, other recreation activities will be highlighted. For instance, snorkling ideas will be offered in Hawaii, Jeeping rides will be profiled in Sedona and ATV options will be described in Utah. Links and information about other sports and activities such as Fly Fishing or Ballooning will be provided, but will likely not have been tested (and will be so noted). We will only profile "soft adventures", meaning activities that are not over-the-top or inherently too dangerous for right minded people. Any activity can be dangerous. At the end of the day, your own personal fear factor is your best guide to suitability. See our liability disclaimer before trying any of our ideas.
Other unique features of our guidebooks includes our comprehensive Activity Level and our Scenery Point rating systems. We calculate an "Effort Meter" and "Scenery Points" to help you select the activity that is right for your capabilities and mood. We organize our activities into "Best of" grids, so key data such as mileage, ascent, our point systems and terrain can be viewed at a glance before deciding what activities to research more fully. We also plan to create a searchable online database of all of our activities to let you search for the type of scenery that appeals to you - from wildflowers to ocean views to waterfalls. "Bunner" the rabbit offers its view of activities, giving a thumbs up to the favorites of the Guides. And of course, there will be pictures, lots of them!
Do not underestimate the power of data! Our Guides pre-screen the activities unless otherwise noted with a GPS device, digital camera and downloadable voice recorder. We look like geeks but we capture the information we need to develop as accurate a description of the activity as possible, recognitizing that human foliables will come into play from time to time. The advantage of having data is the elimination of guessing - how much climbing is there on a hike? And more importantly, while you are out on a hike with a GPS of your own - when's do we reach the summit? Our guidebooks will have raw data (starting elevation, ascent, etc.) but also map it out. Don't like to start bike rides out downhill and then climb back all the way home (neither do we) - take a look at the GPS graph first!
We love maps! Every activity should and will have three kinds of maps:
- a general area location map so you can figure out where in a state a destination is;
- a regional map so you can figure out what other towns are nearby to your activity; and
- a route map so you can see where you are going before you get there.
With our GPS readings we are able to create digital maps that plot where the activity route is. We find this especially helpful when travelling longer distances when biking, Jeeping and ATVing, but it is also cool to see when hiking too.
Some people are just not map readers. They want to know when to turn, where and for how long without having to lug out a map or a guidebook. We find this very useful on road bike rides, where you need to keep your eyes up on the road but also figure out if this is the turn you need or not. So we have designed Turn-by-Turn direction route sheets for each land activity. They come in two forms. One called, Just Turns, only lists the turns you need and any critical landmarks or hazards that you must know about. We find this best for bike rides with a lot of turns because it minimizes clutter. Our full Turn-by-Turn route sheet lists other useful not non-critical information like interesting view points, bathrooms, restaurants/lunch spots and points of interest to stop at.
Many of our activities can be altered to accomodate Warriors, Explorers and/or Cruisers by shortening or lengthening them. With our maps and turn-by-turn directions (which are cross referenced as appropriate), you can start out at one activity level and adjust your plans depending on whether you are feeling strong that day or have had enough!
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