Any good hiking apps for iPhone/iPad?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by yalag, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking for a good hiking app for my parents. Obviously they are not the most tech savvy but they do know how to use the iPhone and their iPads. I did some searching and it seems all the hiking apps are made for extreme hardcore hikers. The UI is not really user friendly and they all look very dated (before ios7 flat style).

    Are there any easy to use basic hiking apps that does tracking and planning that works across iPhone and iPad?
     
  2. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    I currently use RunKeeper for hikes, since I also use it for running. I haven't found a hiking app I'm happy with, so I've been writing my own in my free time. One that has features I'd like to see in a hiking app. I'm nowhere close to being done though.
     
  3. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just took a look. It seems more of a running app than hiking. I can't believe how there are 100 hiking apps in the store and they are all garbage...
     
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  5. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    I didn't find anything special with it. I was hoping once Under Armour bought them they'd make some great improvements. Not so much. Most of the "Map My ..." Apps are just about the same I think.

    OP: what are you specifically looking for in the app other than an easy to use UI?
     
  6. cfc macrumors regular

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    I have written an app called Poison Maps, which is a general purpose maps app, but with a few features that are useful for hiking. It stores over a million miles of hiking trails offline, so you don’t need to remember to download an offline map before you go anywhere.

    It also contains over 20 million points of interest offline, including hills, campsites, toilets, towns, hostels, shelters, rescue services and loads more. These POIs can also be displayed in several ways, including a few compass modes, which work even when offline. These compass modes have 2 main uses:

    1) they provide a very easy way to navigate, especially for people who don’t like maps: you just follow the sign.
    2) they are great at showing what hills or landmarks you can see from a viewpoint.

    Obviously nothing beats a good offline hiking map, but Poison Maps is a very useful backup to have for practically any type of navigation (it also has metro maps, bus maps, piste maps, cycle routes etc). I consider it a semi-offline map, which usually provides enough information for navigation, but which doesn’t take up loads of space or require downloading of a specific area before you go.

    It doesn't track your distance or do anything specific for hiking, but it can be very handy as an emergency backup app, or for reassurance that you are heading in the right direction.

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