Probably more than you ever wanted to know
So, Just What Is This Trekopedia Thing?
Trekopedia is our community-driven collection of in-depth information and resources on some of our favourite long-distance hiking and bicycling trails. Trekopedia evolved out of our own practical, first-hand experiences on trails around the world. Our passion is long-distance walking / hiking and exploring interesting regions of the world. Trekopedia is our way of sharing that passion with you and hopefully giving a little back to the community that has helped us so much in our own adventures.
Trekopedia is primarily meant for people who want to discover the world by foot (or bicycle), walking in their own way and at their own pace. Trekopedia is a labour of love for us. We hope you find it useful too!
In addition to being hikers, we are also unabashedly geeks. One of our objectives with Trekopedia is to systematically gather and organize trail-related information and find powerful ways to put that information to work for other hikers. With that in mind, we developed a sophisticated database application that we use to record and manage the huge amount of trail-related information we’ve researched. The database approach enables us to track a wide range of details about the trails, ranging from the path itself (GPS tracks), to waypoints, to sights / attractions, to places to stay, to side trails, to trail details such as hazards / obstacles, and to much, much more.
Managing all of this information in a database enables us to keep things up-to-date, organized, and cross-linked in very powerful and useful ways.
Gathering and organizing trail information is only part of what we have in mind, though. We also want to research and develop new and better ways of putting that information to practical use — in particular, adding ‘intelligence’ to trail content. Our TrekRight mobile apps are our first step in that direction. Like I said, we’re geeks… 🙂
Who Are We?
Your genial hosts are Eugene, Dmitry, and Shawn. Eugene, based out of Toronto, Canada, is an avid hiker passionately trying to get in every last possible hike before his increasingly creaky body finishes giving out on him. Dmitry, a veteran Ukraine-based software engineer, is passionately trying to not end up with an increasingly creaky body. Shawn, a business consultant and cycling fanatic from Toronto, Canada, plans to cycle the world before his body becomes as creaky as Eugene’s…
Eugene mostly oversees operations and content-related stuff, including researching treks, running the website, writing the content, user support, and designing our apps. If you spot anything wrong with our content or apps, he’s the guy to blame (er, to whom you should send feedback).
Dmitry is our chief technologist, responsible for our powerful custom-built content management system that we use for researching, writing, and managing all of our trek-related content (no small task!). And, of course, he’s responsible for building our outstanding mobile apps too, handling architecture and coding, as well as much of the design, plus he does testing, helps brainstorm new features, and generally makes sure the apps do exactly what they are supposed to do.
Shawn is our social media guru, helping keep everyone aware of what’s happening with Trekopedia and on the trails we cover. He also helps with research, writing, general operations, and sharing his (loudly expressed) complaints whenever Toronto the Beautiful’s fickle weather doesn’t let him ride his bike to work…
And we consider the entire long-distance hiking/cycling community (yes, every last one of you!) to be a part of our team too since this project wouldn’t be possible at all without you — so many members of the community have generously provided great content and feedback making Trekopedia immeasurably better than it would have been otherwise!
This is our way of giving back to the long-distance hiking / cycling communities that helped us so much in our own treks. We hope you find it useful.
We Want to Hear From You!
If you would like to contact us you can do so by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by twitter at @trekright.
Tell us about your own treks, share your exciting or funny trail stories, send us photos we can post for others, help us improve the quality of the content on Trekopedia, or just drop a line to say ‘hi’.
See our Contact Details page for our full contact details, including our social media presence.
We look forward to hearing from you!