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Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps

rated 5 of 5 stars Gaia offers up-to-date and detailed GPS topo maps for Android or IOS devices. Best of all the maps are downloadable so your phone can be your GPS even when out of cellular range. I had a Garmin eTrex and then a Garmin 450 GPS that I have used the past 12 years. Both devices were well utilized and displayed good accuracy and much usefulness.  I recently bought the Canada Topo Pro maps for my Samsung Note 3 for $9.99. I liked and used that app for the past few months. Having a big 5.7" display to… Full review

Survival Guide by Max Soderstrom

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an excellent educational app on survival skills. I keep this app installed on my iPhone just in case I find myself in a situation where I don't know what to do. It is a must have for those not familiar with the outdoors or just beginning to adventure outdoors and is good for experts as well. This app is an absolute must have if you like being in the outdoors at all. Especially if you are going to venture away from civilization because you never know what might happen. The Survival Guide… Full review

Knots Guide App

rated 4 of 5 stars When you don't have a lot to do or want to learn a new knot, use this app. A great TS reviewer just reviewed a set of cards which teach various knots and I thought, "What about that knot app on our Galaxy phone that we use Precious?  Think anyone would like it?"  So here we are. I downloaded this app mainly as something to mess with while I traveled since I usually have some perlon cord around to play with. I was tired of the other games on my phone. Besides, who couldn't do with some more knot… Full review

US National Parks GeoFlyer 3D Maps

rated 5 of 5 stars Great App for hiking US National Parks in 3D! Ideal for hikers, climbers, bikers, backpackers and for all they want to practice outdoor activities in US National Parks. Excellent 3D navigation and views, very high quality and useful topo maps with tons of paths, trails and info, always keep updated! All the usual stuff like GPS, tracking, routing, stats, info, sharing... Works also offline! GeoFlyer 3D Maps US National Parks review - iPhone App Hi guys! Wanna let you know about this new app for… Full review

Peak Scanner

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing hiking app. When I'm out hiking I find it difficult to figure out the names of the mountain peaks I can see using a map. Peak Scanner is a mobile app that is really simple to use. All I have to do is start up the app and literally point my phone at the mountain I'm interesting and it tells me all about it. Including how far away it is, its height (especially how much higher it is than where I am now) etc. Really simple to use. Amazing. Peak Scanner is an app available for the iPhone 4 and… Full review

WeatherRun iPhone App

rated 3.5 of 5 stars WeatherRun app helps you to check and track weather conditions along with all the tracking stats such as distance, duration, speed, calories, map route. WeatherRun iPhone app is the latest addition to tracking apps. But what makes it different and powerful is the simple user interface that each user can customize to their needs. With drag and drop buttons on the dashboard screen, users can view the the larger picture of what is most important to them. Also when one is outdoor the most important… Full review

CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Topo map GPS navigation program for Android phones. Download maps in advance from various map sources, or custom source and use them in realtime on your phone while you hike. Add points-of-interest, waypoints. Log your actual routes, save and share them. Excellent product with a somewhat non-intuitive user interface, recommended for backcountry hikers. The Backcountry Navigator program for Android has been a really useful tool for me, which is why I thought I'd share my experience with it.  It… Full review

iPhone 4 Hiking Apps

rated 3 of 5 stars Tested three hiking apps for the iPhone 4 while hiking and found good and bad, the bottom line: there is more work needed to improve apps and phone. This is a review of iPhone apps for hiking. I have three apps and just wanted to test how good they are and find problems, which may help others.   The first thing is my opinion is that this is only good for day hikes, or people with some kind of solar charger or power pack. You are limited to 10,000 feet and temps no lower than 32 degrees. I know… Full review