Five Best Hiking Apps Updated: 08.04.2017
As active boomers, we love anything that gets our heart pumping while traveling. Specifically, hiking is always a sure-fire way to see a new destination’s natural beauty, along with spectacular landscape and local wildlife. Some of our favorite travel memories have been made hiking around the world, including trekking over majestic Baird Glacier in Alaska and exploring our favorite national park hiking trails.
No matter what type of hiker you are, safety comes first. You always want to be prepared for the unexpected. We make sure to pack certain emergency gear such as a first aid kit, a compass and plenty of water in our hiking pack. In addition to our regular hiking staples, we also recommend a few great hiking apps to keep you safe as well as organized on your next hike:
1. Hiking Checklist is an exceptionally handy app for any hiker. With more than 250 pre-loaded recommended items geared for hiking trips, you’ll be all set for any type of hiking adventures. For easy use, the items are categorized into handy sections such as backpack, clothes, food and snacks, and first aid kit, etc. Available on iTunes for $0.99.
2. Map My Hike – GPS Hiking Tracker & Trail Finder app is perfect for all levels of hikers. With the app, you can record over 600 different types of hiking outings, from beginner to expert. You can also use the GPS-based stats to view detailed information of various hiking trails. Available on iTunes and Android for free.
3. SAS Survival Guide app is designed to keep you safe during any kind of emergency on your hiking adventure. Written by former SAS soldier and instructor, John “Lofty” Wiseman, the app contains comprehensive first aid advice as well as invaluable survival tips and tools. The photo galleries of animal tracks, knots, as well as edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, sea creatures and snakes is especially beneficial to anyone new to hiking the great outdoors. Available on iTunes and Android for $5.99.
4. Camp Finder app is great for those long-term hikers. With over 17,000 campground and RV parks throughout the US, you’ll be able to find a place to rest those weary feet in no time. Using dates from CampingRoadTrip, the app contains detailed information on each camp ground including photos and reviews. Available on iTunes and Android for $3.99.
5. WeatherRun app is an essential tool for any hiker. Whether just out for the day or on a long term hike, the last thing you want is to be caught unprepared in a surprise hail storm. Weather Run keeps you updated on the most current weather, altitude, humidity and temperature along your route. Additionally, it’s a great tool for tracking your own progress by analyzing your speed and heart rate as well as distance traveled. Available on iTunes and Android for $1.99.
Need an app for getting there? You’ll find it in our Travel Apps For Your Next Trip ebook!
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