5 Great Smartphone Apps for Hikers
For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking is one of life’s great pleasures.
Fortunately, there’s now a whole series of apps out there, each aiming to make hiking just a little bit easier or more accessible.
Whether you want to find a new hiking trail in your area, get information about your current hike (such as how far you’ve gone and how quickly you’ve walked) or for first-aid information, there’s an app for it.
Here are 5 great smartphone apps for hikers:
Looking for somewhere new to go hiking in your local area?
EveryTrail is an app that contains over 400,000 registered trails, each of which can be reviewed (by other EveryTrail members), and can include points of interest (within the trail), useful tips and associated audio and video (e.g. audio interview with experienced hikers or videos of people walking the trail).
It’s a community-driven app, meaning it relies on the information and tips of its users. If necessary, you can use the app to direct you along the trail from start to finish (meaning you’ll never get lost again!)
EveryTrail is available for FREE on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android.
MapMyHike is an app that allows you to get all kinds of handy information regarding your treks.
Hikers can find out their elevation, how far they’ve walked, what their average walking speed was, how many calories you’ve burned, what your average heart-rate was (making it great for fitness fanatics) and more. It allows hikers to log their treks in a hiking journal and share it on Facebook or Twitter.
Like many hiking-related apps, MapMyHike can also show a map of your location, along with the route you’ve taken to get there.
MapMyHike is available for FREE on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Blackberry.
Point de Vue
If you enjoy scaling high peaks and mountains (or you’ve always wanted to), Point de Vue is an app that will tell you where the closest summits to you are within a 125-mile radius (regardless of where you are in the world).
You can search for peaks around the world and sort them by distance (from you) and elevation, you can download maps of just about any location in the world and you can then view them offline (meaning you don’t always need a signal to use the app).
Point de Vue is available for $3.99 on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
GoToAid is a virtual first-aid manual that covers just about every sticky situation you might find yourself in while out hiking.
Whether you sprain your ankle, cut yourself, get bitten/stung by strange insects, eat a funny looking berry or get extremely cold, GoToAid will tell you what to do.
Although this app is always useful to have, it’s especially useful when trekking, as it’s important to know what to do in an emergency when you’re out in the wilderness.
This app was created with ‘average Joe’ in mind, meaning you don’t need to be a paramedic or a medical expert to understand it. Everything is clearly laid out and is step-by-step, making it easy to understand and follow in an emergency.
GoToAid is available for $4.99 on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Army Survival Guide
This app and will teach you how to find (or scavenge) for food and water in the wild, how to create yourself a shelter you can sleep in (that will protect you from the elements) in any environment and which plants/animals are okay to eat and which ones are dangerous.
The app has over 1,300 pages of information, all of which have been taken right out of the standard military survival manual.
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