When we chose to share our personal mountain photos with the world in November 2015 it was just an experiment, an idea to test. The hypothesis was that visitors to our website would welcome the chance to utilize these photos in conjunction with more traditional tools such as maps and word of mouth knowledge while trip planning. That hypothesis has proven accurate.
In the interest of finding a readily accepted name we opted for 'Guidebook'. Through feedback provided by many people we are no longer going to call our collection of mountain photos a Guidebook, we'll now call it 'NavAid'. Simply put, our photos are an aid to the backcountry navigator.
When using this tool, please remember to consider the 'totality of circumstances' as they pertain to making the go/no-go decision to play in the mountains. Always tell someone where you're heading, take a partner, carry a good map and plan for the unexpected.
Guidebooks are usually a one stop shop. They have lots of peripheral information such as access points, red tape, and of course detailed knowledge such as ratings, grades, and 'firsts'. We largely avoid this in an attempt to maintain the opportunity for discovery.
Guidebooks have more words than photos.
Guidebooks usually cost money.
Guidebooks publish local secrets. We share photos of previously photographed areas, what makes our photos different from those on search engines is the alternate perspective they provide. We do not share written secrets.
Our photos give an idea of the conditions at a particular time on a particular day in history. It would be foolhardy to expect conditions to be exactly the same as the day we took our photos - hence these photos are an aid, not a guide.
Guidebooks are designed for individual demogrpahics. We do not discriminate with our photos. Skier, climber, sledder, hunter, fisherman, hiker, scientist, historian; all are welcome.