On the Trail & In the Moment

 

Mara Strobel-Lanka

Social media has made it easier than ever to share our adventures with the world at large. The SFM team loves scrolling through your waterfall pics and summit poses more than anyone, and we’ll always throw a heart-eye at your Sunday hiking Instagram stories. But we also know that the best outdoor content shouldn’t spare you any joy from the IRL experience. There’s not much worse than realizing you only saw a canyon view from your phone screen, or were so busy photographing the valley view that you didn’t see the hawks flying over it. Is it possible to get rad outdoor content and still live in the moment? Hell yes it is. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and tricks to keep you in the moment and on top of your ‘gram game.

 

 

UTILIZE YOUR AIRPLANE MODE

Preserve your phone battery and silence those pesky notifications! As soon as your boots are on the trail, hit the plane icon and enjoy a buzz-free back pocket on your hike.

AVOID THE 9 CIRCLES OF HIKER HELL

Outdoor experiences are 1000000x better when they don’t wreak havoc on our environment. Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and avoid the 9 circles of hiker hell at all costs.

LOOK BEFORE YOU SNAP

Avoid exploring iPhone-first. Keep your phone in the pack as you approach the next wonder of the world, and don’t whip it out until you’ve absorbed all the beauty and taken a few deep breaths. This way, you won’t sacrifice any “wow” effect and you’ll be able to scout the best spots for a ‘gram while you oggle.

LET THE SHUTTER FLY

Double-check you have some free storage before your trek and then let it rip y’all! Take a million photos and delete the bad ones later. Adventures are not the time to be selective.

MASTER THE RECAP POST

Don’t touch the Instagram icon until you’re buckled into the return trip home. Use that yawn time to filter through all the extra shots you got when you let the shutter fly, and then post all the boot pics and mountain selfies in a way that feels genuine and cohesive to the adventure. You’ll maximize your creative storytelling without giving up any trail time waiting for a post to load.

DON’T POST YOUR TRAILHEAD

Disclaimer: we fully support swapping trail stories and encouraging others to tie up their boots and head up the mountain. We don’t support posing for photos in places you shouldn’t be, or exposing nature to overwhelming traffic. Like everything else in life, there’s a balance to how we share our private lives and our secret spaces.

 

 

The best memories outlive a 24-hour Instagram story lifetime. Do yourself justice by enjoying them! Our adventures and our feeds will always be better when we prioritize our real lives over our filtered loves.