Do you even snap, bro? Snapchat is a messaging app that is exploding in popularity in the social media world. And with 100 million users, the platform is growing fast. With the popular Story feature, users are able to show their life in a unique and authentic way. Since direct snaps disappear after viewing, and user stories are available for only 24 hours, there is less worry about crafting a perfect photo. This gives Snapchat users a way to creatively show a more “behind the scenes” feel to their photos and videos.
Snapchat and Trails
So why would a trail runner want to use Snapchat? Snapchat is an interesting way to share your trails, running, races, nutrition, or training. I recently snapchatted my way through The North Face Endurance Challenge DC race, adding snaps to my story as I ran. My friends could view my run as it unfolded and catch a glimpse of the race and the trails. I also post snaps showing my daily life, regular weekly trail runs, testing out new recipes, and general goofiness with my family and dog. Snapchat filters, stickers, and drawing tools allow you to customize your pictures right from the app and add a little flair to your story. Are you out on a gorgeous trail? Try adding a snap each mile to capture your adventure.
5 Snapchat Tips for Trailrunners
Here are some tips to help you get started on some awesome snapchat trail stories:
- Use Geo Filters: Once you snap a photo, swipe left to check and see if there are any Geo Filters for your location. Geo Filters are special overlays that show a certain location. (Make sure your location services are enabled by checking the Snapchat settings -> Manage -> Filters). You never know what fun overlay you may find for a particular state park or other community location!
- Save Mobile Data: If you are not connected to wifi on the trails (and who is?), you can save your mobile data by either setting your phone into airplane mode, or toggling the Travel Mode in Snapchat (Settings -> Manage -> Travel Mode). You can still snap and add them to your story, but they will not load into your story until you are connected back onto wifi.
- Use a Mix of Video and Pictures: Using a mix of video and pictures is a great way to capture the feel of the trail you are on! This gives your viewers a great glimpse into your adventure.
- Add Text or Drawing: Add some text or a quick drawing to help portray your trail adventure to your friends. If you are running a race, this can be tricky to take the time to do, but if you are looking for an excuse to take a walk break, here’s your reason. Want a secret tip on the drawing colors? To access black or white: hold down a color on the color selection bar and slide your finger to the left until the color swatch at the top turns white; slide straight down to turn the color black!
- Be Yourself: Being authentic is one of the best parts about snapchat! Instead of worrying about capturing a perfect trail photo, share snaps that show your adventure as if your friends were with you. Stunning view? Snap it. Sitting down on a log because you just don’t think you can make it back? Snap that too. Stories that are authentic show your personality.
A Few of My Favorite Outdoor Snapchat Accounts
So, pick a trail, go out on an adventure, and snap away! If you are looking for some inspiration, here are a few of my favorite snapchatters who showcase their trails, running, adventures, or other outdoor activity! Screenshot their snapcode to add as your friend (or copy down their username)!
Omaraness – She’s either out on a hike, out on a run, or rescuing her phone from the water that her adorable toddler threw!
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