How to create adventures and import GPX files ⛰

There's no doubt that the key to a successful adventure lies in good planning.

But what does having a good plan mean?

Whether you're planning an ascent of Mont Blanc or a descent of your local bike trail, understanding your route, the type of terrain it runs through and being able to reference it in the mountains can help us stay safe and give us confidence in our adventures. 

There are many ways to plan, but we're working on delivering tools to help you create, plan and share your adventures all in one place. Using this guide, you'll be able to plan an adventure anywhere in the world!

 

Creating adventures (and GPX import)

 
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Where to start

The first step is to choose where you want to go. You can use search to find somewhere specific or browse the destination menu (on the left hand side) for adventures nearby. Once you've settled on a location, it's time to create your adventure.

In the example, we're in Lech-Zürs going on a short run to the summit of Mohnenfluh.

There are two ways you can add an adventure, both are found by hitting your profile or '+' icon:

  1. Draw an adventure - In the GIF, we're using the pen tool to add points. The green point represents the start, then every additional point makes up the rest of the adventure with a finishing flag marking the end. FATMAP will smooth your lines and even 'snap-to' roads and footpaths (if 'snap-to' is enabled). 
     
  2. Import GPX -  If you use a watch to track your adventures, then you can grab the GPX file and upload it straight to FATMAP.

Once you're happy with your adventure, it's time to add some information and discover its stats!

It was really easy for me to plan this route as I noticed there was an existing footpath (marked with the dashed lines). FATMAP shows all footpaths and roads as standard as they can help with many planning scenarios.

 

Adding information to your adventures

 
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understanding your adventure

Now your adventure has been added to your profile, you can start adding information. There'll be options to add name, difficulty and a description as well as more activity specific information such as type of trail for mountain biking or exposure for winter sports.  

Of course, it's up to you how much detail you add but the better you can describe the route the easier it is to share your plans with others. 

When you're done, hit save and, as you can see in the GIF, FATMAP will begin calculating the attributes of your adventure. Distance, ascent, descent and max gradient will all be instantly available for every adventure you create. 

 

Making richer adventures

 
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Adding Photos

One of the best ways to really tell the story of your adventures is to add photos. This helps people see what the area looks like, visualise important waypoints you've referenced in the description and also provides a nice preview. 

By clicking on the image, you'll be able to bring up a gallery of all the photos you've added.

 

Editing your adventures

 
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Add, remove and update points

In the example above, I've decided I want to use a different lift to start the run. This isn't a problem as I can just go back into the editor and add, remove and update points at anytime. 

Once you've made all the edits, you can hit save and FATMAP will recalculate the adventures attributes and give you an updated reading. 

 

 

 

Adding waypoints and mobile adventures

 
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Now you're happy with your adventure and ready to head out to the mountains, you can view your adventure in your app (along with all your other created adventures) and start adding waypoints.

Waypoints are a great way to add additional information such as the location of a car park or potential turn-around points (waypoints are coming to web very soon!).

 
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Early preview of dropping a waypoint on FATMAP.com

 

If you're a Premium member, then you can access all your adventures and waypoints in offline mode!

 

Share your adventures with the world...

Once your adventure is over and you're ready to tell you story, you can hit the share button on any adventure on web and on mobile. Either show off your latest summit or inspire others with interesting routes, sharing is the best well to tell your stories with FATMAP. You can even embed FATMAP directly onto your blog or website!

If you have any questions or feedback about creating adventures, then you can always reach us at hello@fatmap.com.

 

Adam RobinsonUpdates