New site DistanceHiker.com

Discussion in 'Media Links' started by Lempo, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    So, I saw this:

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    Went to check out the site. There was a review of Vivobarefoot boots which I own, and are not usually covered in the hiking world. So I subbed to their newsletter and this happened.

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    https://distancehiker.com/about/
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  2. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    Do you think they will review their marketing strategy in light of your feedback? :D
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  3. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I hope so. Deceiving people is not a good long term business strategy.
  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    First paragraph:

    About DistanceHiker.com
    Welcome to DistanceHiker.com, formally known as BookMyTrail.com.
  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    The welcome letter directs to Bookmytrail.com website and has bookmytrail.com links all over. Could be an honest mistake but unfortunately it comes across as a bit of a scam because of this. I give him benefit of the doubt, but leaving business site links to a completely different site is either very sloppy or just a bad strategy.



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    https://bookmytrail.com/
  6. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    It's more than likely that he just forgot to edit some of his backend templates he used from previous site and was just a placeholder he forgot to update.
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  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I hope so.
  8. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    I just think it’s a thinly veiled interest page, like Devon Life or Cornish Living (I made those up) - but ultimately the travel agency and advertising features is what it’s about.

    We all get bamboozled, I thought I’d joined a genuine Brazilian Beach Volleyball spectator group, only to find it was full of disgusting photos of women picking their speedos out of their bottoms.

    I unsubscribed! Two years later :D
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  9. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker


    I read it differently

    When he says , ‘formally known as’ bookmytrail he doesn’t mean ‘formerly’.

    Unless he can’t spell.
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  10. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    :hilarious:

    I think the owner of the sites is also the mod of the FB group, so there's a bit of conflict of interest maybe? I probably get banned from the group... Oh well. :biggrin:
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  11. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Formally:penguin:

    I joined that group last year.
    But left after a short while when it became apparent that a lot people posting were walkers on LDPs, rather than Long Distance Walkers... So less of interest to me.
  12. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Got the reply:

    hi Joe. So sorry. That welcome email should have been changed. The tour operator has closed and this new website has replaced it which I announced on the group last month and in previous emails. This is a genuine mistake rather than any attempt to be shady [​IMG]
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  13. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker


    It's interesting how something like this can be divided into so many sub-categories. So far I've kind of identified a few ways, correct me if I'm wrong.

    Walkers - day walks
    Hikers - overnighters while walking paths
    Section hikers - long distance path hikers in sections
    Leisure walkers(?) - using luggage carrier companies & operators
    Thru-hikers - continuous long distance path hikers
    Wild campers - overnighters in the wild
    Backpackers - travellers with backpacks on/off trail
    Bush crafters - bush crafting
    Ramblers - countryside walks
    Ultralighters - fast & light long distance paths
    Fastpackers - fast & light hikes

    Edited some definitions, not conclusive by all means.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2021
  14. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Add those who use luggage carriers and stay in hotels.


    Think you might have the definition of Ramblers confused. Rambling as an idea and the Ramblers association comes from a working class tradition from the North of England. Ramblers, with their mass trespass protests gave us the start of our rights of access to English uplands.
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  15. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Where do trekkers who buy so much light kit it only just fits into the 8 rucksacks they own fit into this scheme? :biggrin:
  16. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    This is where my lack of historical knowledge comes into play. Thanks for educating me, I didn't know about the roots of the name. :thumbsup:
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  17. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I don't know... this is why I've been pondering the different categories.
  18. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

  19. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    The Ramblers were important in my childhood.

    When I was a boy, I lived in rural countryside, but had no "open land" nearby to explore like commons or moors/hills etc.
    My parents at the time weren't walkers. Their idea of a holiday was a caravan at the seaside, or Butlins.

    Aged 12, a friend and myself decided we wanted to be "walkers" , and he found out that the local Ramblers Association group met fortnightly in the city 15 miles away, to go for walks. We applied to join, and after a few phone calls, to set it up, our fathers took turns to drop us at the meeting place and hand us over to the Ramblers for the day who took us on their walks. (Via Carshare ).

    As children, we were a sensation in the group, as the next oldest member was about 35, and most were middle aged or elderly. A real range of folk from different classes and backgrounds. They were very kind to us. It was an education. One older member I recall was quite militant, and always carried tools. If we ever came across obstructions on rights of way, (natural or man-made) he would unblock them and explain to us it was our right to do so.

    We did it for 2 years, learning much about people (other than just from our world of family, friends and school) until we got into doing longer rougher walks on Dartmoor , and backpacking.
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  20. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    That’s a damn lie!

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    It’s 9 rucksacks :D
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  21. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Unfortunately, this couldn't happen now :(.
    AFAIK under age (18yrs??) folks would need a suitable adult to accompny them on a Ramblers meet.
    So much regulation we are stifling opportunities for future generations .... ?? :cry:
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  22. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Well it probably could happen.
    If there was always a DBS checked adult in the group , who is responsible for the young person. And a safeguarding policy.
    Whether the Ramblers would want to go down that route is another question.


    I don't think current regulation is a problem really. Too many people have had their lives blighted by abuse. It appears it was(is) rife in all areas of life , schools, sports ,scouts, church. As well as in the family.

    I don't want to go back to unregulation.

    There are DoE, Scouts , School and other youth groups?
    It's a pity non leading adults and young people are basically segregated though.
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  23. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Ultralighter

    Doesnt seem to me completely outrageous for there to be some kind of safeguarding when sending young kids off, I would hope that the police checks required for involvement in scouting groups fulfill this at a minimum, though of course many of those groups are more like social club for teens than something more related to a specific activity like rambling with multiple adult participants to learn from and engage with.
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  24. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I don't disagree with you.
    But the regulation can also become a barrier too.
  25. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Similar reply as to Mole ^^^.
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