Have you ever seen the Google Maps cars? They drive around neighborhoods, filming absolutely everything and everything.
Now, there are Google Maps hikers too.
The packs needed to film a trail can way up to 50 pounds. Via Reddit, here's a photo of a hiker in action, carrying a device that they call a "Street View Trekker":
Google works with third party organizations who borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery to Google Maps. Organizations such as The Conservation Fund are involved.
Google produced this video of hikers in action, everywhere from the Arizona desert, to Alaska, to Greece:
New USGS Maps of New England now include the Appalachian Trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States.
The A.T. Guide by David "Awol" Miller is all you you'll need to hike the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other -- with stops anywhere in between.
For every thru-hiker, there are 1,000 hikers who hit the Trail for shorter distances. All could benefit from the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion.
You are more likely to be killed by a coconut falling from a tree than by a pesky bear while hiking the Appalachian Trail.