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The main takeaway for me was that planning a route was significantly faster and more intuitive than any other mapping app I’ve used. The app does all the things we’ve come to expect from mapping apps, including pinning waypoints, creating routes, and tracking hikes, but offers many features that others don’t, including the national parks maps from National Geographic and cell phone coverage maps. The interface is clean and easy to understand and the maps are sharp without clutter. Gaia GPS… Full review
This is an app to organize and plan your next adventure. It's meant to surface all the details so they don't get lost in email, or chat threads. Think of it as combining chat, email, and google docs. Some advanced notes and listing features allow you to make meal plans, divvy up gear, and organize the group. A chat window ensures communication happens inside the app and not through 3 different channels. Free for basic features; $2.99 monthly or $29.99 Yearly If you find yourself constantly taking… Full review
A free navigational app for Android smartphones for the PCT, AT, and CDT. Super easy to use. HikerBot is a free smartphone app that can be used on the three main long-distance trails in the U.S.—Pacific Crest Trail (which also includes the JMT), Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. My wife and I used HikerBot on a section hike of the PCT from Echo Lake in Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. While we used Half Mile maps for general navigation, HikerBot was… Full review
A well thought-out app that pros and beginners alike can use to identify most of the hundreds of species of wildflowers, trees, and shrubs in the central Rocky Mountains and nearby ranges. As a card-carrying botanist (my BSc is in botany) one of my main ways of relating to the natural world is by paying attention to the local flora, wherever and whenever I am. Depending on how far the where is from familiar botanical territory, whether or not the when is at a time when plants are in bloom, and just… Full review
Many people are going out and spending hundreds of dollars on a GPS, then at least a hundred more on mapping. I was one of them. This product works excellent for me and it is nice having a larger phone screen. I spend a lot of time out in the backcountry hiking, quading, dualsport riding, and fly fishing. So I purchased a handheld GPS online, spent $450 with mapping "sale" price. It was a frustrating joke! The program was very difficult to learn, the screen was very small. I ended up selling it… Full review
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
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
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
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