How to Edit a Track.
This Topic will be on idea’s on what type of description to add where when editing a track. What tags should I include and where. Facts and Figures. A lot of Detail can be added to the track and a lot helps other bush walkers, So I’ll get Started with what I’d like to see. and as others edit this section please feel free to collaborate all the ideas into a main comment like below:
Name: Track Name as publicly known, typically a sign board at the start of the track indicates what it’s called. Definitely not “my track”, “local run” etc.
Description: A Description of the walk, tell the readers why they should do this walk (or perhaps why they shouldn’t). Add 1-3 highlights about the Track, Basically a short summary of the Guide Section of the walk.
Facts and Figures:
Distance: Anything above 1.5km, should be kept in km.
Anything below 1km, be wary of adding it. This isn’t called Aussie Bushwalking for sights you can see from your car. That being said, there are still a number of walks that are wheelchair friendly that may possibly be within your suburb/park, which may be of some interest.
If it’s a circuit, it’s a return trip.
Length: I typically bush walk at 4-6km/hr, which gives me time to take photos, enjoy landscape and on those tough hikes get a breather. If you didn’t take a stopwatch, take
Difficulty: See Aussiebushwalking link below
Total Climb + Maximum Elevation: Try keep this quite accurate, don’t know, then probably don’t include it. GPS apps will most likely give you information like this.
These are pretty self explanatory.
FYI. If you click on the tag twice, it become a DO NOT tag symbol.
Getting There: This is a main one. In short it’s just a summary of how to get there, but also where to park and if it’s not obvious also how to get to the start of the track. Obviously a street address is a great start. However if it isn’t so obvious, Typically I’d start with the last main road, “drive to end”, “slow down when you reach [landmark]”. Park in this location. “you should see sign boards guiding to start of track”
Remember you can add numbered bullet points as well, making if quite clear each step.
Maps: I typically like to see a map of the track/the surrounding area. Inserting an image, or a link suits this well.
Route/Trails Notes: Difficulty of the walk, Direction recommendation when it’s a circuit or splits off into another route. (if it does split into another route possibly add the link to the aussie bushwalking page for that walk. Do you know how far the land marks are. tell us. 3km’s in you see this or that. first half of track is easy then get’s extreme.
Permits/Costs: N/A is fine if it doesn’t have any. If it does, a link to where to get one would be great. I would also state this in the “Overview, description” as well, as this is quite a significant information for a track.
Other References: Link to government/official website for the hike. Theft in vehicles. Time of year to go for the walk
Map: I believe this should be the start of the track. This way it’s easier to indicate how to get there when looking at the overall “walks” map. however as a lot of tracks start from the same location, the most significant landmark location is also a good idea.
What’s everyone’s opinions on the different topics? What else do people want clarification on when doing the tracks.