When the app finishes booting up, the first screen you will see is the search page. It is important to note the location of the primary navigation tabs located at the top of the screen for Android users, and the bottom for iPhone users.
The Search tab (magnifying glass icon) contains all the route search functionality.
The Map tab (compass icon) shows a map based on your current location and any routes that are nearby. You can zoom in or out on the map, and then click the 'Refresh' button to load all routes within that viewable area.
The Favorites tab (star icon) only shows up if you are logged in. This tab shows all your saved favorite routes.
The Saved Locally tab (disk with arrow icon) shows all your saved routes that are saved to your actual device (for offline use). This includes both single routes, and entire saved regions.
The Profile tab (user icon) shows either login/signup options if you are not logged in, and if you are logged in shows your profile settings. These settings include logging out, customizing app features such as alert warning distances etc. This tab also contains a sub tab for any locally saved activities or log files.
On the search page there are currently three options for searching.
Search by route name will simply find any matches that it can based on your search input. For example, if you are looking for a route with the name "Super Happy Fun Time Route", all you have to do is type in "fun", or "Time", or any other words to find it. You do not need to type in the entire route name in order for the search engine to find it. Click the 'Submit' button at the bottom when you are ready.
Searching by using routes within X distance from me lets you choose either 10, 25, 50, or 100 miles from your current position. Any routes that are found within that circumference of your location will be returned. Note that this search goes off a routes starting point. So for example, if you select 10 miles, and there is a route with a starting point within 9 miles of your current location, this route will be included in your search results. Click the 'Submit' button at the bottom when you are ready.
Searching by geographical regions requires you to select at least a country and a state/region. It is recommended that you select a city to help minimize that amount of routes that are returned. Searching by only a state/region will return all routes for that area, and may give you more results than you need. Click the 'Submit' button at the bottom when you are ready.
If the default search options are not granular enough for you, click the 'Advanced Search' link at the bottom of the screen. The advanced search screen currently lets you search by route rating, difficulty, type, and much more.
Once your route search results have been returned, you can do the following with them:
View the route. Click/Press on a route will take you to that route's detail page. You can also left swipe (iPhone) or press and hold (Android) to see the 'View' option. On the detail page you can see more about that route, save it, favorite it etc. This is also where you can start that route if you are ready to begin your activity.
Save the route to your device for offline use. You do this by either left swiping if you are on a iPhone device, or press and hold on an Android device. Doing this action will show you the option to 'Save' that specific route. This same swipe or press action can also show more options if you are signed in, such as mark as favorite/unfavorite.
The route page is where you can see all details involved for a route. This is also the page where you can officially kick your route off and start your activity.
You will also notice that when this page first loads, it defaults to the 'Actions' tab (shown by the arrow in the image - the navigation shown is on an Android device, for iPhone users the navigation items will be on top).
Push the 'Start Route' button to officially boot up your route and begin your activity. After pushing this button, it will take the Chasing Your Trail app a handful of seconds to load all required items for your route. At this point you can lock and put away your device. Once you cross the starting zone you will hear the starting gun shot, and the Chasing Your Trail app will be under way!
Pushing the 'Trail Head' button will load up your devices native map app to help take you directly to the trailhead. Chasing Your Trail is still open and running during this process. As soon as you arrive at your trail head, simply jump back over to the Chasing Your Trail app.
Pushing the 'Favorite' button will simply prompt you to add this route to your favorite's collection. Please note you must be logged in in order to favorite a route. Having a route saved as a favorite makes it much easier to find in the future.
Pushing the 'Save' button will save this route directly to your device. This way you can access and use this route in the future even if you do not have any cellular reception.
Accessing the 'Details' tab will give you a single page with all the routes nitty-gritty information.
Accessing the 'Map' tab gives you a map view of the route. This map is simply there to help show you all the different alert zones, start/finish zones, etc. This map is scrollable, zoomable etc.
Map Of Routes Page
The routes map page shows all routes within an area. By default when you first start up the app, routes close by to your current location will be loaded.
You can change the map then push the 'Refresh' button in the bottom right hand corner to load all routes for that viewable area.
Pressing on a route will show a pop up with more information on that route and other actionable items.
Favorite Routes Page
If you are logged in, any routes that you have saved as favorites will show up here.
Saved Routes Page
Any routes that you have saved to your device for offline use will show up here.
Executing Your Activity
When you start up your route, the first view you will see is shown below noted as 'Primary View'. The Primary View has two buttons at the button that slide in/out other views showing additional features.
Pushing the Mute button will silence all audible alerts. Simply push it again to un-mute alerts. When the app is muted, all the other app functionality performs as normal. This feature is useful if for example, you want to wander off the route path, and don't want to hear the audible alert telling you that you are off course.
Pushing the Pause button will suspend all app calculations. This feature is useful if for example, you want to leave your current route to explore somewhere else. Pausing the app in this situation is very important since all the app's calculations are based off the assumption that you are staying on your selected route. Once you return back to your original route, you can then press this button again, and the app will resume calculations. (Note the map view still functions as normal when calculations are paused).
Pushing the Test button will trigger a short audible test message. This feature is useful to ensure that the text-to-speech engine is working properly on your device. This also gives you a chance to make sure the volume on your device is loud enough.
Pushing the Manual Start button is used for when you are starting your route somewhere else besides the starting zone. For example, if you started your route and forgot to have your route started on the app, you could then start your route and push this button to start calculations based off your current position. You must be on the route in order to use this feature!
Stats view will show you your basic stats such as current speed, elapsed time, distances etc. Even though Chasing Your Trail is all about using nothing but audio to navigate your route, there may be a time you want to see your stats. So we got you covered from sight to sound!
The options view contains additional features that may come in handy while you are executing your route. For example, the 'Submit Issue' button makes it so if you find a issue with the route you are on, you can let us know! For example, maybe you encounter an intersection that isn't on the app. If this happens, just submit an issue to us and we will take care of it!
You can also take a photo without having to leave the app, and see the log data of your activity. The log is helpful if you want to see what alerts have occurred, or if you you didn't hear an alert you can see it here.
It all starts when you enter the start zone. You will hear an audible sound letting you know you have entered the start zone. Time, distance, speed, etc. calculations start working and the app is alive!
When you are within 100 yards (default value) of an alert zone, you will start hearing audible heads up alerts letting you know to get ready.
When you enter an alert zone, you will hear the audible alert spoken telling you what to do.
Just keep listening and following the audible directions and complete your activity! Once you cross into the finish zone you will hear an audible sound and all calculations stop.
If you wander off your chosen route, you will hear an audible spoken alert letting you know that you are off your route. Since your distance traveled is very important, all activity calculations will be paused until you are back on your route.
Satellite integrity is everything! If for some reason your device's gps integrity falls below the basic operating integrity, you will hear an audible alert sound. If this happens, all activity calculations will be paused until satellite/gps integrity is restored. -Note: On the app screen there is a color coded satellite icon that will show you your current gps integrity.
Status alert zones are placed every mile-ish along all core routes. When you enter a status alert zone, you will hear updates on your distance traveled, elapsed time, etc. There are many options available for these updates, and if you have an account you can turn on/off which updates you want to hear.
If you do not have an account, you will hear the default status zone updates which include:
- Current Time
- Distance Traveled
- Satellite Integrity
- Battery Level
- Credits Earned
Reward zones may or may not appear on routes. Each reward zone is worth 1 credit. If reward zones are on your route, there will be two different kinds:
Distance Reward Zones are placed every 1 mile along the route.
Elevation Reward Zones are placed for each 250 feet of climbing.
So what can I do with my earned credits?
Each credit is worth 1¢. Once you have earned a minimum of $10 worth of credits, you can then submit a request to have X amount of your credits donated to your trail organization of choice! The donation will be made in your name.
In order to use the additional features that Chasing Your Trail offers, you have to have a Chasing Your Trail account!
If you are a Strava user, you can associate your Chasing Your Trail account with Strava. Then you choose if you want to automatically upload your activity when you are finished to Strava (or asked to be prompted to upload to Strava).
Custom Alert Zone Warning Distance
You can set the alert zone warning distance (defaults to 100 yards) to anything you want. If you are a hiker, you may want a shorter warning alert distance of say something like 20 yards.
Custom Audible Alerts
You can set your own custom audible alert read out loud to you every X amount of minutes (for example a reminder to eat/drink every 20 minutes).
For that cozy feeling that the app is working just great, you can set a quiet beep sound effect to sound every X amount of seconds. That way if your battery died, and the beep sound would cease, and you would know that app was no longer working.