Go look at the Main Map page today, and you will see millions of tracks and POIs representing places you can visit outdoors. Click items on the maps to find out more, and download trip data, or browse the list of nearby reports on the left.
Users of Gaia GPS on iOS and Android have long seen similar POIs overlaid on the map, as have users of our company’s original website trailbehind.com. But, the data we just launched on the GaiaCloud online map is much more expansive and recent. This data is also periodically re-indexed by our crawler, and includes fresh information from sources like Wikipedia, EveryTrail, and of course GaiaCloud.
Displaying these trip reports on the main GaiaCloud map is our first step in sunsetting TrailBehind.com, and fully integrating the web crawler and trip data into the Gaia GPS platform. TrailBehind was our first project when we founded this company, and some of its ideas and technology still suffuse the work we do today!
For this update, all of us users have Gaia’s newest employee Josh Braegger to thank, who is an amazing all-around engineer, and has contributed a bunch to both the GaiaCloud website and Android app in his first couple of months. And of course, Anna Hentzel Johnson, for building the original TrailBehind crawler, about 5 years ago.