One of the most frustrating things about any mountain biker is getting lost, confused or turned around. Outdated maps or guidebooks, poorly marked trails or junctions not marked at all can put the damper on just about any recreational ride. It’s something that Mike Sladdin, an avid mountain biker, noticed about three years ago when he decided he wanted to start mapping the trails around his hometown of Aspen in U.S.
Pursuing what he thought would be a useful tool for the mountain-bike community and a good business idea, Sladdin recently launched MountainTownTrails.com, a web site of downloadable GPS tracks and GPS-based maps concentrating on Colorado, Utah and the Rocky Mountains. Though the technology is not yet widespread, many say GPS mapping and tracking is the future for serious recreationists who don’t want to worry about getting lost or taking a wrong turn. The main advantage of GPS biking is safety.