When we start planning long hikes, we always think of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan saying, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” It’s impossible to list all the reasons why hiking is an addictive hobby. That fresh air is full of joy, pride and exhilaration.
Whether you’re new to hiking or a skilled adventurer, a good hike takes planning. Trust us on this—no one wants to lose toenails (or worse). The solution? Your smartphone, of course. Here are six apps will help you live your next big adventure and climb many more mountains.
You’ve gotta plan your hike before you get to the trail, right? Right. AllTrails is one of the best apps for connecting with new trails and other hikers. Not only can you search based on location for nearby trails, but other users can also leave photos of obstacles, scenic places and even tips on the trail.
With this app you’ll know just how many energy bars and pairs of socks to pack. Also, reading a normal map won’t warn you of downed trees or other things that inhibit your trek. If you want to unlock even more features with this app, you can sign up for a Pro membership, with pricing plans ranging from $14.99 to $49.99 for an entire year.
It isn’t often that we download an app and let out an audible “whoa…” Similar in function to astronomy apps, PeakFinder Earth allows you to learn the names of any mountain in view. Just hold your camera up to the world and learn about the landscape. When planning a trip, or even when you’re on the trail already, it’s nice to know just how high of a mountain you’re climbing.