What happens if something goes wrong while you’re hiking, biking, rock climbing, or jogging in the park? Take a look at the rules and safety recommendations for every outdoor activity. No matter which source you consult, you’ll likely find something like this: Always let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. To make that task simple for you, habit forming, and actually fun (including incentives), a great new online, free, emergency notification service is now available at www.TrailNote.com. TrailNote is free and easy to use, and the current incentive (in addition to your safe return), is a chance to win a Bushnell BackTrack.
Considering all of the news reports of lost hikers, lost rock climbers, missing joggers (do a search like the following search in Google: “before reported missing” hikers), there’s no reason to not use this service. Too many people think that they have enough experience and training that they don’t need to worry about returning safely. They often rely on cell phones that can get out of range or lose battery power and GPS units that can lose battery power–both devices can get lost, dropped, or damaged.
Even if you’re going out for a walk in your local park, the truth is, bad stuff does happen. You may come across swarms of bees or find the terrain to be slippery, and even the safest communities can have creeps lurking about. Unfortunately, even the most experienced outdoor enthusiasts do get lost and injured, and the amount of time that passes between a person getting lost and when someone realizes he or she is missing can be detrimental.
TrailNote.com is Free, Secure, and Easy to Use
- Registration is free, the service is free, and notifications are free.
- All you have to do is go to www.TrailNote.com, create a user name and password, input your emergency contact information, and set a TrailNote for your outing. TrailNote integrates Google Maps, which allows you to enter your destination, either by entering an address or by clicking on the map. You can also enter a personal note that only your emergency contact will understand, such as, “I’m parking at the foot of Haycock Mountain where we were driving along one day and heard all those cicadas and parked to check them out. I’m following the trail up to the top of the mountain from there.” Your personal emergency contact will know where you mean.
- Each TrailNote requires you to include the time you will return and when your emergency contacts should be notified. If you don’t return by your designated notification time, your emergency contact(s) will be notified.
- Once you set your TrailNote, you’ll receive a confirmation that you have started an adventure.
Extra Cool Features
- TrailNote.com allows you to set up e-mail groups, giving you the ability to have preset groups of emergency contacts. You don’t have to enter their information over and over again, and you can have different groups of contacts for different activities that you have.
- TrailNote can sync with Twitter, so you can use your Twitter account as an additional form of announcing that you have started an adventure–Twitter will announce that “TrailNote is keeping me safe.” When you return and turn off your TrailNote, another Twitter post will announce that you have returned safely. If you do not return, a Twitter post will be generated stating that “TrailNote has me listed as missing” at the same time your contacts are notified that you are missing.
- Mobile TrailNote allows you to end a TrailNote with any palm device, so you can turn off active TrailNotes with out relying on a traditional computer connection.
Whether you’re planning a hiking or camping trip, going boating, cycling, jogging, or planning any other outdoor activity, play it safe and use TrailNote.com.
TrailNote.com was created by Flusion, LLC, a branding and “solutions development” company based in Gilbert, Arizona.