Use these 11 apps to help you explore the outdoors
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With a 360 degree panorama display, PeakFinder shows names of mountains and peaks when you point your camera at them. There are more than 250,000 peaks in the database. Available for iOS and Android.
Chimani National Parks has news and information about the 59 national parks in the US. Create a passport and upload information about whatever parks you visit, and get details for a wish list about ones you want to visit. Available for iOS and Android for free.
Global Shark Tracker
This shark tracker allows you to find and track the navigational patterns of sharks that have been geotagged. Available for free for iOS and Android.
Guthook has hiking guides for trails around the US, whether you’re on the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail. It lists more than 5,000 trails, with points of interest along the way like shelters or water sources. You can even share notes with other hikers about weather or events that occur along the trails. Available for iOS and Android for free.
Made by Vail Resorts, EpicMix allows users to upload and share thousands of photos about their ski trips. You can track vertical feet, share information about certain mountains, and view and purchase photos by EpicMix photographers. Get trail and lift statuses, mountain conditions, and weather information too. Available for iOS and Android for free, with in-app purchases available.
Trover is a collection of geotagged traveler photos from around the world. It’s a global community, and you can upload your photos to it to become part of it as well. Available for iOS and Android for free.
This app connects you with your friends outdoors. If you’d like to find someone to hike, surf, bike, or run with, all you have to do is download it and post what you’re looking for. Or, create your own outdoor event and let other people join you. Available for iOS.
Hammock Hang Calculator
Find the ultimate hang with the Hammock Hang Calculator by using this app to set your anchors. It’s based on the size of your hammock and the distance between the two points you’re hanging from. Available for $1.99 for iOS and Android.
This is the most accurate altimeter app made for Android. It shows the current and average speed, distance, and time for the route you’re planning, and the maximum and minimum heights you can travel. Altitude is good for running, hiking, or biking, and you can store and view all your trips in the app. Available for free for Android.
There are plenty of apps that help you see the stars, but Sky Guide is one of the highest rated out there. View the stars during the day or at night by simply holding your phone towards the sky. Find constellations, satellites, planets, and stars. Available for iOS and Android for $1.99.
Gaia is a topography and hiking trail app that can be used offline or online. The GPS is constantly updated so you can explore remote places around the world and stay safer on your hiking or camping trips. It’s $19.99, but one of the highest rated apps by outdoors enthusiasts. Available for iOS and Android.