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Team plans to explore, map more than 100 N.L. trails

A group of five adventurers from across Canada are promising to expose some of the world’s best-kept secrets this month when they visit Newfoundland to explore and map more than 100 biking, climbing, hiking and kayaking trails.

Adventurer Kurt Turchan takes a break near a rocky ledge in Moab, Utah. Turchan, who will be leading a team of outdoor enthusiasts in this province Aug. 9-18, is also founder of Trailpeak.com, a website featuring information, maps and global positioning s

Team leader Kurt Turchan said the goal of the expedition is to reveal the province’s hidden gems, such as ancient trails travelled by shipwreck survivors along rugged coastlines, abandoned fishing villages and sea caves.

“We’re really excited about Newfoundland,” he said.

The team members are contributors to Trailpeak.com, a website that already includes a list of almost 100 trails in this province.

“We’re hoping to double that by the end of August,” Turchan said, “so we’re inviting anybody to add their favourite trail.”

The website is comparable to a tourist magazine, complete with maps, user reviews of trails and photos. There are also advanced features, such as global positioning system (GPS) downloads, videos and trailhead directions.

“We’re really excited about Newfoundland." — Kurt Turchan

Turchan said anyone can add events, trails, videos or ask trail questions.

“You don’t have to know anything about GPS, just post a description and some photos. Someone else will come along after you and add to that, possibly with video or GPS data or just a review and comments,” Turchan said.

Trailpeak.com was founded in Vancouver in 2001 by Turchan, a former Nortel employee and software engineer, who took a year off to explore the B.C. mountains.

He currently lives in Ottawa and still enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, sea kayaking, skiing and, recently, surf skiing, sitting on top of race kayaks.

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Organizations: Nortel, Google

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Vancouver, B.C. Ottawa Calgary Charlottetown Lethbridge Corner Brook Gros Morne Cape Broyle Fogo Island Sandy Cove Terra Nova Canada Atlantic

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