This site is about hiking and travelling with GPS. As I travelled around I always prepared myself by searching the internet, looking for hiking opportunities
with trail description, GPS files, how to get there and if necessary where to stay. Most of the time the search
did not satisfy my needs. Then I realised if I would not share my experiences, why would somebody
else. That's how WorldWideTrails.org was born!
What information can I expect ?
You will find here country information currency exchange rates, banking hours, weather forecasts,
high and low points, languages spoken etc. Next to that you will find the information on
trails that I hiked, the national parks that I visited or the points of interest I thought were well worth sharing. This
information comes with photos, leaflets, maps and GPS data. Where my knowledge allows I will give names of flowers, birds
and other species that are likely to be met and pictures of them when I spotted them. You can download everything for your
convenience for free.
How can I use the GPS data ?
Even if you don't have GPS equipment, you can download aerial pictures with the trails marked so you can better prepare yourself.
However the complete value comes when you have a GPS receiver (f.i. Magellan or Garmin). In the upper menu you find an option
called GPS with a sub-option GPS hard- and software. Here you find freeware and a PDF with Q&As on how to use the files that
come with the trails.
Can I get a copy of the original photos ?
If you would be interested in using a copy of the original photos you can contact me by mail. Right click the picture
you are interested in and choose ‘save as’. Now you will see the picture name as it is registered in my database. Please
mention that name in your email request. Most of the pictures are available in large size, RAW format and unprocessed. However
depending on the use I will charge for that a minor amount.
Can I share my information ?
If you would be interested to share information with me and my visitors (like you), contact me
directly or use the message board. If you would be interested to maintain a certain area of the world, your state or your
favourite park you would be most welcome to do so. Any feedback is also appreciated very much.
After six months of reviewing over 2300 photos submitted from over 100 home countries depicting places of interest,
parks, cities and trails in 145 different countries,
(See Googlemaps for all pictures)
World Wide Trails (WWT) announced John R. Toliver´s photo
"Aspen and My Best Friend" is entitled to wear the name best Outdoor Photograph 2007. After a public on-line vote,
a WWT jury unanimously selected John´s photo of a cyclist and her dog riding through a stand of fall colored aspen
along Boreas Pass Road in southern Colorado, stating: "The composition from left to right taking you into the picture,
the autumn light captured by the leaves and white tree trunks and most of all the biker with her dog giving you that real
outdoor feeling. Without a doubt the best picture in the contest..."
John, who considers himself a semi-professional photographer, combines his life-long love of natural resources and the
outdoors with an equal love of photography. He recently retired as Deputy Station Director of the U.S. Forest Service´s
Rocky Mountain Research Station, headquartered in Fort Collins. John´s entire life has been focused on forests, natural
resources and the landscapes and life in and around them. As a past Professor of Forestry at Louisiana State University,
a Forest Service research scientist and most recently a leader and manager of the Research Station, he has lived, traveled
and photographed across the U.S. and the world. He attributes his love of the outdoors and photography to his early days
growing up in Southern Illinois and as a Boy Scout hiking, camping and fishing every chance he got. His first camera
was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. Today he is rarely outside without a digital camera in his hand. John says: "The jury´s
comment was everything I wanted to hear them say. My goal in taking a photograph is to capture what I see and feel
when I take the shot. When someone states the photo does this, then I know I have been successful in capturing my love
of the outdoors for others who aren´t there to see what I see." John´s photograph and many others from around the world
can be observed online in the "archive" in the top menu under "Outdoor Photocontest 2007".
The Patagonia screen saver that was last years present for all the photo contestors in the 2007 outdoor photograph contest
is now available to everybody for free. Many visitors have requested how to get a copy of this screen saver and for this reason
I decided to put it for free on the website so many more people can enjoy the boundless beauty of the Patagonian nature. See
the main menu on the top of this page under "Archive".
The WorldWideTrails went with their backpacks filled with hiking gear and photo
equipment to one of the most untouched areas of the world. The south as you
can get to the mainland, Patagonia! This unspoiled southern part of Chile and
Argentina is dotted with vulcanos, glaciers and phantasy shaped mountains.
Indian names like Huerquehue mixes with spanish labels like Torres del paine.
The blue icebergs floating in glaciermilk filled lakes appeals to everyone that
loves the out door. Read more >>