Five Great Apps for Outdoorsy Folks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out­door recre­ation and dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy might seem like oppos­ing ideas – but in the age of the smart­phone, there are no bound­aries when it comes to app func­tion­al­i­ty. Here are five out­door apps you won’t want to miss.

 

Every­Trail Pro
The Goods: This app is a must-have for hik­ers, bik­ers and any­one else who uti­lizes recre­ation­al trails. Every­Trail Pro allows users to gen­er­ate inter­ac­tive maps of their own excur­sions, share their routes via Face­book, Twit­ter, or the Every­Trail web­site, and access more than 400,000 oth­er sub­mis­sions from fel­low smart­phone users. The stan­dard app is free, while Pro costs $3.99. Our two cents: do your­self a favor and buy the upgrad­ed version.

What the Experts Say: “For those who want the fea­tures and con­ve­nience this app offers, Every­Trail blazes a path that will be hard for the com­pe­ti­tion to fol­low” – Nation­al Geographic

Moun­tain Project
The Goods: Crowd-sourced apps may have their naysay­ers, but it’s hard to com­plain about an app that fea­tures user-gen­er­at­ed infor­ma­tion about more than 75,000 rock climb­ing routes world­wide. Bet­ter yet, the data­base is saved in your phone, so you’ll be able to access the info if there isn’t an Inter­net con­nec­tion near­by. The app itself is free, but access to the entire data­base costs $5 per month – which, when you think about it, is still a bargain.

What the Experts Say: “It has an incred­i­ble range of data… as more peo­ple use it, the gaps can get filled in, mean­ing it will only get bet­ter as time goes on” – Metro Rock

Nation­al Park Maps HD
The Goods: This free app from Nation­al Geo­graph­ic fea­tures beau­ti­ful­ly detailed maps of 20 of the country’s most pop­u­lar nation­al parks (from Aca­dia to Zion). The maps cost $1.99 apiece, but don’t gripe – they include all the fea­tures and points of inter­est as their phys­i­cal coun­ter­parts, but at a frac­tion of the reg­u­lar price. And while 20 parks might not seem like a lot, the devel­op­ers plan to add more maps in the com­ing year.

What the Experts Say: “Nat Geo’s app is a great exam­ple of how tech­nol­o­gy and out­door adven­ture can come togeth­er quite nice­ly” – The Adven­ture Blog

Ski & Snow Report
The Goods: Snow report apps are a dime a dozen, but this one from OnTheSnow.com fea­tures a data­base of more than 2,000 ski and snow­board areas world­wide, includ­ing all the major state­side resorts. S&SR allows you to access live web­cams, review weath­er fore­casts and “Pow­der Point” snow­fall reports, and post pho­tos to social media sites. Best of all, the app is free – and while iPhone 5 users have lodged some com­plaints about its func­tion­al­i­ty, oth­er ver­sions have received glow­ing reviews.

What the Experts Say: “We’ve found this par­tic­u­lar app to be sim­ple, reli­able and easy to use” — ESPN

Ulti­mate Fly Fish­ing Guide
The Goods: Sea­soned fly fish­er­men and women may not get much use out of this app from Orvis, but just about every­one else will. UFFG is a com­pendi­um of infor­ma­tion, from knot-tying guides and cast­ing demon­stra­tions to up-to-date fish­ing reports for rivers and streams through­out the Unit­ed States.

What the Experts Say: “The Ulti­mate Fly Fish­ing Guide basi­cal­ly col­lates a bunch of things that one could put togeth­er or find on the Inter­net or in fish­ing how-to books. But its util­i­ty is that you have all of these things in one spot, and Orvis has done a bang-up job of pre­sent­ing them in a graph­i­cal­ly-pleas­ing man­ner” — Forbes