Jargon- a quick and simple explanation of our most commonly used terms
Routes, Plans, Tracks- where’s the difference? Some of our expressions are a bit tricky, which why we’re providing you with a small summary of our most commonly used terms.
Everything to do with routes
Routes: are fully designed trips that contain a lot of detailed information, full directions, photos and sometimes also videos. Routes can be created and published by either yourself or another community member, by a tourism company or, of course, by us.
Plans: are saved outlines of routes that consist of only a title and basic geometry. They do not yet contain any additional information such as descriptions or pictures. Plans themselves cannot be published, but they can be transformed into routes, which you can then publish later on.
Tracks: GPX and KML tracks are geodata you can record and save using, for example, our app. They contain information about waypoints, altitudes and speed.
GPX: is a data format that exchanges GPS data (geodata). You can use our app to record your own GPS data and upload it to our platform to share your route with others. You can also download GPS data for existing routes.
KML: is a standard data format for displaying routes on Google Earth and Google Maps. You can download KML data for existing routes, but please note that these can only be used in Google applications.
Current conditions: These reveal important information about route conditions, hazards or obstacles as well as temporarily closed trails and / or areas plus wider information that could be beneficial to you and others.
When creating your own route on Outdooractive, you can choose whether you save it first as a “plan“ or go immediately into creating the route. A plan (which comprises simply a title and track geometry) is the initial step in creating the route.
Recording a track supports you in your outdoor activities and represents a truly reliable portrayal of any route you have taken.
You can find your tracks on your profile under "My Page"> "Contents"> "Tracks".
A GPX file is a format that enables the storage and processing of GPS data (geodata). You can use our app to record your own GPS data and upload the tracks you have created to our platform in order to then share your routes with others. You can also download the data for existing routes.
Points and waypoints
Points: You can add these to your map to mark your favorite places or special viewpoints. You can name these points, categorize them and add pictures for reference. Only you can see your points, but you can share them with your friends via a link.
Waypoints: are markers along a route that are generally used to denote specific places or tricky junctions. They are used to provide you with relevant information and help navigate you. Particularly beautiful spots can also be highlighted as waypoints, which are then visible to the entire community as soon as the route is published.
Mark a specific place or particular intersection along a route as a “waypoint“ and then record relevant information. Four waypoint symbols are available to denote which way to go or how a place is of specific interest.
My map: This shows you any routes, accommodation or points of interest you have saved. You can view them as a list or as markers on the map itself, helping you to keep stock of what’s important to you.
Clipboard: This is where you can save all of your routes and activities on one board. Multiple routes may be added to the clipboard and sorted into different lists.
Lists: help you organise your saved routes and the destinations you want to go to on your trips. Store your routes on the lists ‘Want to go’, ‘Already done’ or create your very lists based on your own criteria and preferences. Only you can see these, but you are able to share them with others via a link.
Joint Trips: allow you to get in touch with other Outdooractive members to go on trips together. You can either create your own or join an existing one.
Groups: allow you to communicate with like-minded people about common interests and to plan joint trips. Join an existing group or create your own.
For greater control and comfort when using our platform, you are able to invidually display on the map the things that interest you most. Feel at home by deciding what content is shown, be it routes, destinations or some other category.
Make an appointment with friends for the next outdoor experience, start your next mountain adventure in a climate-friendly way or simply meet like-minded people – with "Joint Trips" you will experience more together.
3D flight videos: enable you to explore the conditions of your route in advance. They are created once, added to your media gallery and uploaded on YouTube. Create videos of your own routes or watch those form other community members..
3D flight animations: are displays of routes and ski areas in 3D. In contrast to 3D flight videos, they are recalculated when accessed and are therefore always up to date to give you the best and most current information before you set out.
Skyline: is an augmented reality feature which scans your surroundings with the camera of your smartphone. It blends in peaks, places, lakes and so on. This not only tells you what you're looking at, but helps you orientate yourself a lot better when out and about.
Learn about what's in store for you on your next route! With our 3D flight videos you can enjoy a completely new view of what you will be doing. and with just one click, you too can create vivid 3D flight videos that are simultaneously available on both the platform and on YouTube.
The 3D flight animation is a map-based feature of our platform, which gives you a clear view of all routes and ski resorts. With just one click you can create interactive 3D flight animations – in real time and exclusively for you.