Hah! A new category!
Inspired by my friend Rockin who just did a review of the PeakFinder app (which I’d been meaning to get).
Read her review and get the app! You hold up the phone to the peak/s in question and it labels them! Also of interest is the StarWalk app
Looking for a trail near you? Free app AllTrails is for you. Search for it.
Also learned from Rockin’, the TopoMaps app (about $8) which lays out like a grid. You must painstakingly download the sections you want. But you’ll be SO glad you did. It works off satellite, of course, you don’t need a “signal”. PCT hikers can import, for free, the PCT waypoints marked every half mile (thanks to Half Mile!). This is really great in a pinch when you’re a bit lost, off trail, buried in snow, or just plain frustrated. A MUST-HAVE for all PCT hikers with a smartphone/iphone.
Ok, you’re hiking all day every day for weeks and months. You’ve been humming that song. What is that song? What’s it called? Just hum or sing it into the SoundHound app to find out!
GPS Tracker. Let’s mom know you’re safe by showing where you are, with the date and time. But YOU have to update it manually and you have to have a signal for it to upload to the website. However, it’s free and if you’re not the type to carry a SPOT device, this is a nice thing to do for friends and family.
Flashlight, the app. Might only work on iPhone 4 and 4S. Darn handy. free.
Instagram or disposable Hipstamatic. Free apps that instantly alter pics to be moody, 70s, faded, and just plain cool looking.
Put some audio books on your iTunes. When it’s noisy/loud/rainy/scary I blissfully drifted to sleep listening to Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series. Do not bother with a Kindle, unless you’re a section/day hiker. Thru-hikers don’t have time. Amuse yourself by putting a book or two on the kindle app for your phone. But you won’t use except when waiting on your laundry!