The Activity Explorer lets you browse a map to discover upcoming running and biking activities posted by other users.
The most basic way to use the Activity Explorer is to select the type of activity you are looking for ("Run" or "Bike") in the toolbar above the map, and drag the map to an area that you would like to do an activity. You can also search for the location by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the map. (It does not matter which order you do these things.)
A marker will appear on the map for any activities posted by other users that start in your map screen and that meet your filtering criteria (see "Filtering toolbar", below). A row for each activity will also appear in the column to the left of the map. If you are using a mouse, you can hover over a marker or the activity row to quickly see the plotted route for that activity (it may be too small to see if you are zoomed out). To get more details, you can click the marker or the activity row -- this will cause the map to zoom in on the activity and display more details in the left-side column. (See "Activity details" below for more information.)
To get the best experience out of the explorer, you will want to use the various filter options. Any time you change a filtering option, the map will reload to see if there are any activities that fit the select criteria. (You'll get a brief loading screen too -- be patient!)
The distance slider. This filter gives you a distance range so you can sift through activities based on their distance. The current distance range is displayed just below the slider. By default, the slider maxes out at 50, but for those looking for even longer distances, placing the slider at 50 is interpretted as "50+" -- meaning that the map will also look for any activities above that distance.
The date dropdown. Click this button to filter activities by their date. The date ranges are arranged to allow you to quickly search for activities in the very near future -- this week, this weekend, next week, etc.
The time dropdown. Click this button to filter activities by the time of day. Your options are Morning (4:00 am - 11:59 am), Afternoon (12:00 pm - 5:59 pm), and Night (6:00 pm - 11:59 pm).
People filter. This button lets you filter activities based on who created it. Want to see activities by your Strava friends who are also using hello,drifter? Or check out an activity open to the public? Check the appropriate box. I addition to the public, Strava, Facebook, and hello,drifter friends fields, there is also a checkbox for your own activities -- to avoid clutter, we don't include these in your map view by default, so if you want to check out what you are up to on a map, just check this box. (If you find that your Facebook or Strava fields are disabled, this is because you need to connect your hello,drifter account to these social networks. You can do this on your profile page.)
Club filter. This button lets you filter activities according to the activity creator's membership with your Strava clubs. If you have connected your hello,drifter account to Strava (see your profile page), this button will show you all the Strava clubs in which you are a member. Just check the box, and the map will look for activities created by anyone who is a member in the corresponding Strava club. (If you find that this button is disabled, it is either because you are not connected to Strava or are not a member of any Strava clubs. Check out your profile page to connect to Strava.)
Run | Bike filter. As simple as it looks. Click to select the type of activity you are looking for. You can set your default activity type on your preferences page.
Map shortcut button. This is less of a filter and more of a way to help you jump around to your favorite spots. Click on one will jump you to a previously selected area on Planet Earth. You can set up as many map shortcuts as you want on your preferences page, but there is also a link to set up a shortcut when you press the shortcut button.
When you click on a map marker or an activity row, the map will zoom in on the activity and information about the activity will populate in the left column. From here, you can join the activity, you can see who else has joined the activity, or you can click on the name of the activity to go to the activity's page where you can get more information about the route (like the elevation profile). Click the 'Back' button on the top left of the left-side column to go back to browsing the map for other activities.
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