Some folks feel that savoring nature requires leaving all material
possessions at home. Others need a little help from technology. If you
fall into the latter category (and let’s face it, most of us do), you’re
in luck: A number of iPhone apps are designed to enhance our
experiences in the wild. No matter what outdoor activity you prefer,
there’s an app for that.
The EveryTrail app works like a constantly evolving trail guide. Using the iPhone GPS system, the app will track your route and save the trip. Users can even upload camera pics and videos at various points during the journey. You can also search more than 300,000 trips logged by other travelers who use the app. The handy program will even use your phone’s location to find trips near your current whereabouts. For hikers who prefer more standardized guides, try TopoPointUSA. The app lets users access official topographic maps created by the US Geological Society (USGS). And if you’re hitting up a state or national park, trying using the FlyToMap app. This app can access maps of 50 US states and national parks, as well as water and lake maps.