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Are We Sharing Responsibly? Are We Sharing Responsibly?
The last few trips out exploring our great country got me thinking…when we share places or images of an amazing area, what kind of... Are We Sharing Responsibly?

The last few trips out exploring our great country got me thinking…when we share places or images of an amazing area, what kind of an impact does it have? Are we sharing responsibly? We get asked all the time “Where should we go for an amazing wheeling trip?”

We also get asked about the Badge of Honor trails that are part of the Jeep app. There are two concerns we are hearing from folks but the most important is that our trails are becoming overrun, overpopulated and abused because of the shear numbers of folks that are taking advantage of being outdoors. But are we being responsible?

Technology has made it extremely easy to show where we have been, where we are going and where we are at…but is that a good thing? With apps like Relive, Gaia, OnX, etc…are we helping people over run areas that might be best left to be found on their own?

I came across a great article that addresses these concerns pretty well. In the article, Stephan Edwards writes “Not sharing your photos or location is one way to disconnect from the data machine – even for just a little while. I’ve discussed this before, but one of the core motivations for me to get out in the wilderness with my four wheel drive is to unplug from the world of technology.” We tend to agree. Give his article a read on Overlander.com. He hits the nail on the head with “If Overland Expo West this year was any indication – with 29,000 attendees and over 400 vendors – interest and engagement in overlanding and van life has reached a level we have not seen before in North America. In a parallel trajectory, visitation to National Parks and other public lands has also soared in the last 24 months, and that has an undeniable environmental impact. Viral social media posts can be as destructive as they are inspiring.”

 

We want to know your thoughts! Do you think that “oversharing” causes a negative impact on our outdoor resources? What or how can we be doing it better?

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Corey Osborne Co-creator

After 23 years of corporate life, I decided to pursue my passions in the off road industry. Specializing in marketing, visibility, relationship and brand building, and acting as MetalCloak's field marketing representative, I have travelled across the country (quite a few times!) using Metalcloak’s CTI (Corner Travel Index) to educate the off road enthusiast. I have also worked with Jeep Jamboree USA as event staff, to provide additional value and education to its participants. I've been fortunate enough to work with both international as well as domestic media; have attended most of the off-road events across our country; and have driven a wide variety of vehicles. I'm a certified PADI scuba instructor and have a BS in Computer Science.