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  1. On daily alert, display the day of the week GH3076/3077

    The new Daily alert feature is nice, but it would be more helpful if it displayed the day of the week in the message. Most people are available only on certain days.

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  2. It would help if when the leader enters the title that was previously a designated trail if it clearly shows this trail is still included un

    It would help if when the leader enters a Routes and Places title that was previously a designated trail in planning a future trip if it clearly shows this trail is still included under a different route/place name

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    We already have this capability. Thee are two places where we can indicate alternate titles, the Summary and the Title tab. Examples of each of these to this suggestion form Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier, https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/routes-places/mount-olympus-blue-glacier.

    Also, the text in the Summary field and the titles in the Titles tab are indexed and used to rank results high in search results, so it should be easy to find Routes & Places by any of its alternate titles or words from the Summary.

    If there are specific Routes & Places where we need to improve the Summary to indicate all of the options and variations for a route, or we need to add titles to the alternate titles list, please use the Route/Place Updates, Images & Resources Form, https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/route-place-updates-images-resources.

    If you find an activity you led in the past on your My Activities page, you can find the route/place in that…

  3. Include a link to Post a Trip Report in Your Trip Is Closed notice

    More trip reports might be written if a reminder/invitation to write link were tucked into the Your Trip Has Been Closed email.

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  4. Please create two "outdoor leadership" activity types ~SFOnly

    In order to track what the mountaineers does in terms of outdoor leadership, we would like two activity types:

    Leader Development - Leadership Skills
    Leader Development - Technical Skills

    Below is the email thread for background:
    Here’s a really quick stab at some language, for nothing else than to give us something to edit:

    Leadership Skills
    - May or may not be activity-specific.
    - May or may not have a focus on outdoor leadership.
    - Emphasis on facilitation, instruction, and/or group leadership.
    -

    Technical Skills
    - Activity-specific.
    - Skill development in activity that this person leads or aspires to lead.…

    7 votes
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  5. Add Title Choices to Routes & Places for Use with Activities GH1476

    To make it easier to better title activities where the route place has broadly varying options and alternatives, provide a list of alternate location names that may be used.

    Specifically, when scheduling an activity allow the leader to choose an alternate title from an "Alternate Route/Place Title" list that is populated from a route/place "Route/Place Titles for Activity Titles" list.

    Here's an example:

    For a scramble of "Silver, Tinkham & Abiel Peaks," https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/silver-tinkham-abiel-peaks, the activity title currently is and by default after implementing this idea would be:

    Alpine Scramble - Silver, Tinkham & Abiel Peaks

    Alternate activity titles with…

    33 votes
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    We now have the ability to have alternate titles for routes/places that have a couple different destinations but all use the same access and thus we wouldn’t want two different Mountaineers groups there on the same day.

    An example is Snow & Gem Lakes. This trip can now simply be titled Gem Lake or Snow & Gem Lakes. Or if you are only climbing Tinkham and Silver Peaks you can now pick just those two peaks even though the listing has Silver, Abiel & Tinkham Peaks.

    The ability to switch to an alternate title is in the Route/Place tab when you are in the activity edit form while scheduling or editing an activity. It’s the same place you’d edit the date or choose a new route/place for the activity.

    Please note that this alternate title is not supposed to replace the summary. For example the title is not Gem Lake…

  6. Improve Activity Edit Form (sea kayak fields plus pace)

    We re-ordered fields to make more sense when listing the activity. Improved and added help text to some of the fields.

    We added three fields for kayakers, maximum wind, maximum waves and maximum current. We also added a free form field for pace of the activity.

    12 votes
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  7. Leader "Difficulty" Rating Default to Blank GH2331

    Currently when listing a new activity, the "Leader Rating" field defaults to "For Beginners (Getting Started Series)" There are cases where a trip is NOT for beginners, but the leader never changed their rating. Can the Leader Rating default to blank, and require the leader to select one of the options rather than default to For Beginners?

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  8. Make it easier to view past Participation Notes for all Participants on a Roster GH2763

    From the activity roster it would be helpful to have a quick link to go participation notes. Right now its about 4 clicks from the activity to view someone's participation notes. This is tedious to do for 12 people on a roster. Viewing participation notes is helpful for trip planning and ensuring safety of a trip and mitigate any negative group dynamics.

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  9. Change map when destination is changed GH2018

    When a trip leader changes the destination [route/place] for an existing trip [activity], the map coordinates [GPS Start and End points] don't change. They should probably change to the new destination [route/place].

    [I think we also missed high point when adding and editing an activity. We should add that too when we do this.]

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  10. Summit register at Mount Olympus Middle Peak

    Need to make the Mountaineers summit register at Mount Olympus Middle Peak watertight and bring a register to put in it next time someone goes up there. I looked in it a few days ago. A few soaked scraps of paper is all that is in there. It is the first Mountaineers summit register container I have seen on any peak. Maybe this has some historical value? Will email a photo of it.

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    Completed  ·  Tess Wendel responded

    Hi Jerry,

    We’ve added a note on the Mt. Olympus route/place listing that the middle summit is missing a register and that registers are available at the Seattle Program Center.

    We are also able to mail paper registers to people who aren’t able to stop by the program center and have their own summit tupperware or other watertight container. Email info@mountaineers.org if you have a summit attempt booked and want a register.

  11. Add ability to adjust map zoom level on location tab GH2513

    Map zoom level is not saved during the editing process for an activity/course/etc. The displayed map defaults to a specific zoom level that centered on the location pin.

    It would be helpful to be able to set the level of zoom without making the user use the +/- button.

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  12. Have leader's permission emails indicate whether assistant leader or participant

    As a trip leader it'd would be nice if the permission request emails specify in the subject whether the request is for a participant or an assistant leader. This way the leader could handle emails differently, i.e. use different email rules, or simply, trying to make sure they have enough leaders earlier than accepting participants. Maybe a drop-down for the type of request or separate links would be a solution - i.e., "click here to request permission as participant" and "click here to request permission as leader"

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  13. Make it so the alpine scramble template can't be chosen during the winter months

    During the winter months, roughly October 15 - April 15, we require that trips must be listed as "Winter Scramble" rather than "Alpine Scramble", this is because different badges are required for scrambling during the winter months. Unfortunately, from time-to-time a leader accidentally lists the trip as Alpine Scramble, allowing people to register who should not be qualified.

    Is there any way to prevent the listing of "Alpine Scramble" trips during winter months, so only the "Winter Scramble" is allowed?

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    We re-ordered the activity templates in the activity scheduling process drop down, so “Alpine Scrambling” and “Winter Scramble” are next to each other, so leaders can easily choose the correct template.

    Winter scrambles are conditions and weather dependent so a fixed set of dates is not as flexible as this.

  14. Make it possible to use the cursor keys within all text fields when creating or editing an activity.

    When setting up and/or editing an activity, it is possible to move the cursor about inside the "Summary" filed but not in the "Meeting Place and Time" and "Required Equipment" fields. As a result, it is very frustrating to enter or correct information in the online activity form.

    In other words, when pressing the ⬅️➡️⬆️or ⬇️ keys on my keyboard, the cursor will move accordingly inside the text field "Summary" as one would expect with a normal word processing function.

    But in the "Meeting Place and Time" and "Required Equipment" fields, pressing these same ⬅️➡️⬆️or ⬇️ keyboard cursor control keys…

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  15. Family Activities Exception GH2280

    In family activities only, recognize when an adult attached to a youth membership has registered and override the Youth Information Form requirement for youth attached to the registered adult’s membership when they register. They would still need to be required to fill out the Family activities program form because otherwise we’d have no waiver on file for the youth.

    Considerations:

    What do we do if the parent or parents cancel? This is a family activity which should be parent-child combos, so this does not seem like but…?
    From Becca - Is there an option to have the system cancel a…

    4 votes
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  16. add scramble category

    At the scramble summit, there was unanimous desire to be able to tag a scramble as rock or snow. I gave two suggestions and they didn’t seem to have a strong opinion one way or another.

    First: since Winter Scramble is under difficulty, just add Rock Scramble and Snow Scramble. They liked the simplicity of this and that if something is rock/snow you can just tag something as both. They did feel like its not truly a “difficulty” rating, so logically it doesn’t make a lot of sense under difficulty.

    Second: Add a “scrambling category”. The benefit here is that…

    9 votes
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    This is easy to do using “Rock Scramble” and “Snow Scramble” in the Difficulty field like we do "Basic Rock Climb and “Basic Glacier Climb.”

    We just need volunteers to add these to our scramble Routes & Places. Please send an email to info@mountaineers.org if you are interested in helping. Thanks!

  17. Avy terrain rating GH2743

    Add an avy terrain category rating to each route/place based on the highest risk area. Eg our Nordic Touring books list avalanche danger as "none, low, moderate, etc" The idea is that any route/place that has an NWAC link also has an avy rating so students can make informed decisions. (came from both snowshoe and scramble summits)

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  18. Add GPS Coordinates to the Ballon Labels on Maps GH1968

    On maps, add the GPS coordinates to the "bubble" that is displayed when a user clicks on a map's balloon (e.g. 46.8719090087, -121.51538770799999).

    Example: https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/pacific-crest-trail-routes/dewey-lake-naches-peak-loop-pacific-crest-trail (see also attached map image)

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  19. Display trail or route on route/place map GH2019

    While it would be a lot of work to populate initially, the question was raised at our committee meeting whether the map for a route/place could actually show the route, rather than just the start and end points. This could come from either a GPS track or from tracing it out on a map. Alternatively, there could be a place, like a "Materials" folder and tab for each route/place, where we could upload a GPX file with the route.

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  20. Allow Map Displayed on Activity Route/Place Tab to be Edited GH1870

    Allow leaders to edit the GPS Start Point and GPS End Point (or the map in whatever form it exists) that is displayed on the "Route/Place" tab on the Activity pages.

    This will make the map displayed with the activity more accurate for the trip itinerary.

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