Last night we hosted our Top Publisher Awards event at the beautiful Interchange Triangle building in Camden, London. The event included a route publishing workshop for getting the most out of your digital route guides, as well as evening presentations from selected partners on the various ways they use ViewRanger. Our audience was also given an exclusive preview of a new feature that is coming very soon, so watch this space!
Our brand ambassador Hetty Key, adventure racer and blogger (mudchalkandgears.com), talked about all of the journeys she couldn’t have done without ViewRanger; from the thirteen-hour Lakes Sky Ultra race to watching the sun rise over the Alps after climbing Mont Blanc. Her advice to all of us was, ‘Get on ViewRanger, get planning and start your adventure!’ Who couldn’t be inspired when listening to those stories?
Kris Manning, Head of Land Search Operations of Lowland Rescue, also told us how ViewRanger helps to coordinate searches and maintain accurate grid references, taking navigation to the next level. The right tools save lives in the world of search and rescue, and we’re proud to be a part of it.
At the South Downs National Park Authority, ViewRanger is used as a communication tool by rangers. Alister Linton-Cook, Cycling Projects Officer, sees ViewRanger as a dynamic tool – having the ability to update and change trails and add greater information as and when it’s needed.
The winners of our Top Publisher Awards spanned four countries and were judged on the quality of their route guides, as well as their content’s creativity, uniqueness and popularity with outdoor enthusiasts.
So, who are the winners and what do they do?
Bici Club Sibillini
A mountain biking club using digital route guides to promote cycling in the Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/1538415
Julia Bradbury’s The Outdoor Guide
The Outdoor Guide is TV presenter Julia Bradbury's online resource for family outdoor adventures, and companion site to Julia’s ITV series Walks with a View.
Download Julia’s routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/963789
The Disabled Ramblers
The Disabled Ramblers help people with limited mobility get back into the countryside. As well as organising rambles in all weathers over a variety of terrain, they research routes and work with local authorities to improve access.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/678500
Doug has published 22,000km of route guides, including more than 650 up-to-date routes for the Camino de Santiago (also known as Way of St James/Chemins de St Jacques).
Download Doug’s routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/4933
The Janapar Trail winds through the foothills, valleys, canyons and mountains of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Download the trail: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/1570937
Local expert Mike has researched and published over 100 detailed routes across Hampshire, Southern England, and Guernsey. He has also authored over 60 Walking for Health routes in Hampshire, designed as easy walking for those who need to get out and exercise.
Download Mike’s routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/23287
Download Walking for Health routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/706976
New Forest National Park Authority
The New Forest team have created walking and cycling routes that include audio tours around Lyndhurst (home of Alice Lidell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and at Lepe with audio accounts of D-Day by World War Two veterans.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/506715
Organiser of inspirational cycling holidays and events, RatherBeCycling uses digital route publishing to provide clients and event participants with detailed guides and information.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/71148
Despite being one of the oldest publishers of alpine literature in Europe, Bergverlag Rother have embraced the ViewRanger platform by publishing over 3,000 trails across Europe.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/458724
South Downs National Park Authority
Using digital route guides to promote walking within the Park, the South Downs have also created a wonderful series of Access for All trails.
Download their routes: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/2044702
Congratulations to all of our winners! “These organisations, authors, publishers, and local experts are using digital route guide publishing to go beyond the constraints of traditional guidebooks and websites,” said our co-founder and CEO, Craig Wareham, “and are creating highly engaging experiences that educate, entertain, and most importantly are enjoyable.”
Thank you to everyone who uploads routes and loves the outdoors as much as we do. We’re already looking forward to next year’s awards!
For full details of how you can start publishing route guides with ViewRanger, visit www.viewranger.com