Top Phone Apps for Outdoor Adventurers
Many of us are fortunate enough to live a stones-throw from the great outdoors, and we frequently take advantage of this proximity to nature for relaxing vacations, holidays, camping trips and adventures. While it’s great to get away from the hustle and bustle of our tech-filled lives you shouldn’t necessarily unplug entirely as there are plenty of reasons to take your smartphone with you. While you may not think of it as an essential bit of outdoor kit there is a lot of potential locked inside that phone, by simply knowing the best-preloaded apps to have you can really make the most of your days away. What is more, they will help ensure you don’t get lost, hurt or stuck somewhere unable to call for help.
My Map Hike
My Map hike has tonnes of maps to choose from with popular hikes in loads of US states as well as the UK and also New Zealand, the App maps your route so it works just like having a map with you although removes the need for navigation at every crossroads. While it’s no replacement for a map and compass it certainly makes finding hikes easier and makes them more accessible. The app tracks your activity and progress as well as having features to log your food intake, workouts and of course lets you share your exercise with friends for that extra boost of encouragement.
Rakkup is the final say in outdoor apps for the more adventures. This Smartphone app brings access to hundreds of climbing routes with crags across the US. There are individual guide books that you can get for the main app and these covers everywhere from Reed’s Creek Smoke hole Canyon in West Virginia to Joshua Tree and just about everywhere in between as well as a handful of guides from around the world such as Morocco and Zimbabwe. Each of the guide books is masterfully crafted by a local climbing guru so you can have all the local knowledge and need never get lost again trampling around the back country looking for that elusive crag.
What’s more these guides are packed with maps and beta (if you so desire), you can explore the areas via interactive maps, view smart topos with full-color photos and filter all the routes by several indices making it a winner for seasoned veterans and young rope guns alike.
Another top choice for the climbing fraternity but just as helpful for others who use the same outdoor space. Climbing weather has shortcuts to all the main climbing areas. With the options to sort filter by nearby areas or state, climbing weather even lets you bookmark your favorite locals so you can get the up to date weather forecasts for you favorite climbing areas across the US. Now you’ll know when to head out to those crags or whether it’s time to bail.
Leafsnap is your electronic guide to all the outdoor flora. available in US and UK versions it brings a wealth of knowledge compiled by researchers from a number of top universities. This informative little app turns each citizen who uses it into a scientist as you can share images and species identification as well as see geo-coded stamps of species locations.
Bring greater awareness of the biodiversity in our woodlands and outdoor spaces lead snap currently includes trees found across the northeastern US and Canada while Leafsnap UK covers the entirety of the British isles and draws on imagery and species information from the Natural History Museum website.
First Aid (American Red Cross)
First aid training can be the difference between life and death, especially when you’re in the outdoors and away from easy assistance. After all, accidents happen so why not be as well prepared as possible. This first aid app won’t isn’t a replacement for taking a first aid course but it does offer an easy to use interface with simple step by step instructions to guide you through many everyday first aid scenarios and is integrated into the 9-1-1 system so you can call for EMS assistance from the app at any time.
With videos and animated instructions, you can review and keep your first aid knowledge fresh. There are a number of interactive quizzes to test your life-saving knowledge and the app is 100% free, although as someone who has done a few first aid courses I would recommend combining this with a thorough first aid course to make sure you’re well prepared for what life may through at you.