Plan a route to detail and have the tools necessary to overcome any inconvenience during the journey are, undoubtedly, two key factors when trying to conquer the highest peaks and summits of the world. Thanks to advances in recent years in mobile technology and the huge range of technological devices that offer shopping and classified ads sites, mountaineering enthusiasts have found a new ally smartphone to face its challenges: the apps. Here are some of the most useful for mountaineering enthusiasts mobile applications.
Maps 3D: 3D mapping features from anywhere in the world with different paths for jogging, hiking or cycling. It also has an altimeter, informs you of distance and speed and allows you to record your own routes and find places, even without an internet connection. In turn, notifies you with great precision when you deviate from the route.
Wikiloc: You can record your routes and share them and even enjoy the more than 60 outdoor activities offered: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, are just some of them. There is a free version and a fee is required to download routes created by users.
Google Sky Map: Gives directions of the various stars, constellations and celestial bodies in space. Look for a specific constellation (the phone will tell you where you have to look) or ask the app to tell you what it is you are seeing. It’s free and it between your strengths are speed and accuracy.
Geocoaching: This is an app to find geocaches, that is, to engage in a kind of treasure hunt. It has different types ranging from events to objects with different levels. As a user you can choose so as to create new search for geocaches.
Dermandar Panorama: Is an application to take panoramic photos, especially outdoors, and share them on social networks. It has zoom and is very easy to use. Android is free but pay for iOS.
Wi-Fi Finder: A must for those who need internet and do not have coverage tool. Use to search for free Internet access points and also works offline. It’s free for Android.
Rain Alarm: An app that sends notifications alerting you of possible rain or snow in a given area. It is very reliable and allows you to see the maps with real-time alerts. You can choose the radius in which you want to locate and the hours you want to receive notifications.
GPS Status: Gives information about the satellites you have near you and indicates the speed, intensity, altitude and inclination. In turn, you can mark the point where you start the journey back to later without problems. Give accurate information on your location and includes a compass. You can also share your position.
TinyFLashlight Lantern: You can adjust the brightness and color of light. Works with phone flash and the backlight. Its highly intuitive interface.
Smart Compass: A compass that uses the mobile camera to augment reality. Compass interface appears above the landscape that we are seeing. It also has a metal detector. It has a free and a paying mode.
My Tracks: Allows you to create your own routes by entering photos in some of your points. Also informative calories burned, speed and time and allows you to see multiple paths simultaneously in Google Earth.
Written by Diana Alzate (D.A.)