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Popular New Apps for Hikers

Posted on at 12:11 PM

Tagged: Android, Apple, Hiking, apps, mountains and smartphone

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If you're on Android you must try BackCountry Navigator. I've tested several GPS apps, including MyTracks, and BCN is by far the best hiker's choice for Android Apps. Makes it a cinch to download maps (street, topo, satellite, etc.) for offline use while hiking. Also has a nice interface for recording your track while hiking. The developer is also active with updates and new features. Definitely recommend!

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jvannoord

AccuTerra is a sweet iOS for download maps and accessing them while you're offline. So cool.

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Squirrel Girl

Hey, does anyone know how to turn off the "phone" part of their smartphone and just use the GPS part while out in the wilds? It sucks the battery in no time where there aren't any towers. How does one prolong the battery use?

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North East Hiker

Airplane mode will disable voice and data. GPS should still work ware the phone only needs to receive a signal (at least mine does). Disabling data will stop apps from using background data which will prolong battery life. If apps your not using are still draining the battery you can stop them individually.

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North East Hiker

Airplane mode will disable voice and data. GPS should still work ware the phone only needs to receive a signal (at least mine does). Disabling data will stop apps from using background data which will prolong battery life. If apps your not using are still draining the battery you can stop them individually.

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Bob F.

Another good Android app is GPS Essentials. Turns your smartphone into a very "full-featured" GPS unit.

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Arkansas Outside

Arkansas State Parks has a great app for Apple/Android that helps you find different types of trails in the state park system giving you directions to the trailheads and parks. Pretty cool: http://www.ArkansasStateParks.com/mobileapp Another reason Arkansas is called "The Natural State."

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PortableSolar

Great article. I found this charger to be very powerful and pocket sized at the same time. I hope REI begins carrying this www.PortableSolarPower.Biz its called the pocket panel, check it out.

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