Help

 

Using the website
Logging into the website
Adding photos to galleries
Submitting newsletter articles
Orders and PayPal payments

Using the website

The web site is divided into a public area and a members-only area. The members-only area is for registered members of The Alpine Ski Club and is accessed by logging in.

Public users can:

  • View public pages
  • View galleries and photos
  • View summary details of events
  • Make a booking and pay for public events
  • Make a booking and pay for transceiver hire

Members can also:

  • View member-only pages
  • Post to member-only forums
  • Create photo galleries
  • View full details for all events
  • Make a booking and pay for all events
  • Access member-only rates when booking transceiver hire
  • Hire member-only equipment

Logging into the website

Only members of The Alpine Ski Club may log into the web site. Enter either your username or registered email plus your password.

The membership secretary will issue a username and initial password, which you need to change. If you forget your password or need to change it, click “Forgotten/change password?” in the login panel and enter your registered email address. Follow the email link and enter new password details.

ALWAYS use a strong password – at least 9 characters and a mix of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols. Avoid standard dictionary words within the password.
Weak passwords mean the ASC website is more likely to get hacked and expose members details. So use a strong password.

Photo Albums

Members of The Alpine Ski Club can create their own albums of photographs. Each user is the owner of their own photos. You can great group galleries by transferring ownership (see below).

In the Gallery page, click on Add Album to create an album. Give the album a short title name plus a brief description.

Suggested album/photo naming convention:

Album name Region or Country + Year
Description A few words + Author(s)

 

Photo naming convention:

Photos have 3 descriptive names  – filename, title and description. It is very important to give photos a meaningful filename. Suggested convention:

Filename Number + description
Title (~20 chars) Location + Counter
Description (~20 chars) People and activities

 

Uploading photos:

The easiest way to upload photos is to use either the My Photos page in the side menu or to click on Upload Photos in the album cover on the Gallery page: this will only appear in your albums.

Photos will be re-sized automatically to 1024×768 pixels. You also have the option of applying a watermark to reduce the download value of your images.

There are limits to uploading photos – 20 images, 64M in total, ~9.5megapixels per photo and 60 second upload time.  If you exceed any of these the whole upload will fail.

Modern cameras and phones typically create high resolution photos (many millions of pixels), but the web site only displays the photos at 640×480 pixels. Simply trying to upload photos straight from a camera can sometimes cause problems. The huge photo files need to be loaded and then cut down to size before storing a small image. This may work fine when uploading a few large photos (but this can be tedious) but trying to upload a large batch will fail.

Consider either uploading a small number of photos at a time, or pre-processing your photo images beforehand (see below).

Photo sizes:

Although photos are reduced in size automatically when they are uploaded, there are still some restrictions on the size of photos that can be handled. This is because the server needs to load the full image first in order to create a thumbnail.  If your photo images are very large, as commonly produced by modern cameras, then you may get warning messages from the server. The maximum file size is ~9.5 megapixels.

It is recommended that you reduce your photo file sizes before trying to upload the images. Reducing the size to approx. 1024×768  will usually suffice. There are many photo editing programs available which will do this for you. Choose one which can operate in batch mode to save on time and effort.

Managing Albums:

In the Gallery your photo albums will have an Edit link next them. This will let you edit your albums and photos.  In order to get the order of your photos right, we recommend you label them 01. 02. 03. in the title, followed by the description of what the photo is.  ie

01. the group
02. the hotel we stayed at
03. the mountain we climbed

and then in the “Edit Album Information” page, select the drop down box “order” and change this from the default setting to “name”.  See example of Georgia 2014 for how this comes out

Group albums:

Albums can only have one owner at any one time. If you want to create an album using photos from several members of a group. The first person can transfer ownership of the album to next person once they have uploaded their photos. This will allow the next person to upload their photos before passing the album on.

Submitting newsletter articles

Members are encouraged to submit articles about their ski touring activities to the editor. We are looking for a mix of lots of standard articles together with a few longer ones for unusual locations. Please do tell us where you have been touring throughout the season. And if you have been somewhere particularly adventurous, then contact the editor to arrange for a longer article, and include some stunning photos.

Copyright and Original

The articles submitted for the newsletter must be copyright of the author and must be an original, unpublished account of the trip. Where trip reports are submitted to multiple organisations, e.g. when receiving grants, it is important they are sufficiently different and use different photographs to avoid any copyright issues. It is recommended that different people in the group write the different reports.

Photographs must be copyright of the named photographer.

Articles:

Please keep to these guidelines – articles that do not meet these criteria are likely to be returned. The editors have limited time for producing the newsletter, so please help them by following the guidelines.

  • Standard articles: Short and snappy to fill a single page or two, 300-400 words with 2 photos.
  • Long articles (by agreement): Up to 1500 words maximum and supply a selection of photos.
  • Photographs: Please send us a small selection of your very best photos. These must be high resolution (at least 1500×1000 pixels) and include a caption and the photographer in the filename. Single photos may be emailed, but it is strongly recommended that you upload your photos to the Newsletter Dropbox, using this File Request link and make sure you send all required information – a short caption and the photographer (for copyright) – preferably in the file name.
    Note: We can not accept photos embedded in documents nor links to large, unselected collections.

Orders and PayPal payments

Transceivers:

Transceiver hire is available to ASC members and non-members. Please see the details and conditions of hire on the Transceiver Hire page.

Alpine Ski Club members can hire transceivers at no cost (postage charges apply). You must be logged in as a member to gain access to the member’s order form.

Events:

The ASC arranges various events – lectures, dinner, meets – which can be booked and paid for via the website on the Events page.

Alpine Ski Club members must be logged in to book at the member rates and also to see extra information about the events.

PayPal payments:

Payments are made by PayPal. The PayPal portal can accept payments either by your PayPal account or by a credit/debit card. After payment you will be re-directed back to the ASC website and a confirmation email with the order details will be sent to you, in addition to the confirmation of payment email from PayPal.