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|Surprise! The Trailblazers have launched a new website! And while it is still a work in progress, we figured we go ahead and roll it out, kick the tires, see what you think.
The new site offers links to social networks, FaceBook and Twitter and, the club has launched its own YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe to the channel and submit your own video productions for inclusion. You may have noticed some new photos working their way into the site and we encourage you to submit your photos as well. Just as this club is your club, this site is your site!
The green THTB Mobile button will link smart phone users to the trail updates, so you’ll always have the latest trail status at your fingertips. If Twitter is more your speed, following the Trailblazers will get trail status updates and snippets of breaking club news.
In an effort to improve the accuracy of the trail conditions, Lake Norman State Park, the Anne Close Springs Greenway and Sherman Branch gate personnel will be posting their trail status directly on our site, eliminating the middle man and improving accuracy. The USNWC has declined our offer at this time, but maybe they’ll come around. In the very near future, a status change on the homepage will result in a Tweet for you Twitter followers.
We’ve highlighted the latest club news in the center of the homepage. Visit often for the latest news and updates.
We have incorporated our Google Trail Map (thanks Mike T!) into our homepage as well. Now driving directions to a trail are only a click, away!
At long last, we have incorporated the (slightly outdated) Trailblazer promotional video. Our video has turned heads at IMBA and has been shown in conferences as far away as Australia!
Please note that while our forums have not significantly changed, our forum guidelines have been updated. Please take the time to read and understand them. One new item in the forums, is the Beginners Corner for new riders. Additionally, we have devoted a page to the new rider, also titled the Beginners Corner, where new riders are offered tips on getting started.
Many of the site changes are behind the scenes, allowing our administrative staff greater flexibility in making timely changes and updates to the site. And more are to come. Please drop us a line, let us know what you think, what works, what doesn’t, what the site is missing. We’ll do our best to make certain your needs are met.
Special thanks go out to Ken and Luke at WingAir, Inc. for designing the look, feel, and operation of the new site and to Eric Troutman, whose database programming still acts as the engine that powers the site. Eric’s skills have been invaluable in creating a site that will live on for many years yet to come.
And as always, we thank you for your support!
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