The dawn of smartphones has given us plenty of pointless applications like this one.
But it turns out there are some apps, that will really enhance your outdoor experience.
Here is our selection of useful, informative and entertaining apps for the great outdoors:
Discover your environment!
Clearly, just being in the nature is awesome! If you want to satisfy your desire for a deeper understanding of things, these apps might be worth bringing along next time you venture into the unknown:
A major bonus of getting away from the city is the night sky, filled with countless stars. In the history of humanity, reading patterns in the sky and recognizing specific star constellations was key for the development of civilizations. Now, if you didn’t enjoy an extensive astronomy education, this is just the right app for you. You don’t even need Wi-Fi! Just open your Sky View app, point your smartphone towards the sky and discover unknown spheres.
You’re on top of a mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery. You let your eyes wander and think about the name of that peak, that you should totally know, but can’t remember… The PeakFinder Earth app reveals the names of mountains worldwide and offline. From the hill behind your house to Mount Everest.
Find your way!
It’s easy to get lost in the great outdoors. The various navigation apps help you stay on track in unknown terrain and provide you with useful features.
The app from outdooractive offers plenty of inspiration with about 65,000 tours, which come with descriptions, all the data you need and GPS Tracks. No internet, no problem. All content can be saved and used offline.
This app provides detailed maps with a variety of tour proposals in your hiking area, highlighted with points of interest. Import and export your own trips and use them offline. Record your tracks, data and check the position of your fellow hikers.
The weather is an essential factor of every outdoor trip. While some are happy with the information rain/no rain, others need specific data on the conditions. Meteoblue offers a 14 day forecast, wind animations, radar, satellite maps and other useful features that help you find the perfect (weather) window for your getaway.
For all you outdoor photographers: This app helps you find the perfect light conditions for your pictures and gives you details about sun and moon activities and their impact on your outdoor photo shoot. The night modus features a 3D representation of the milky way and major constellations directly over the map, so you can easily visualize how to align your shoot. A load of additional features let’s the heart of the passionate photographer beat faster.
Extreme sports tend to lead to injuries from time to time. This app not only provides basic information on first aid topics, it also offers an interactive step by step guide through all kinds of emergencies. If you don’t know your exact position, the app will assist you with sending your location via Google Maps and making an emergency call.
Let’s get social!
The only thing that will make your day in nature even more enjoyable, is when you can share it with friends. In this digital age, the term „social“ has a different meaning than in the last century. Still, it’s all about connecting. Surprisingly, these apps are not only fun, but can also be truly convenient.
Strava lets you track all your activity data and the routes you’re taking while running and cycling. Share your results with friends and see where your times rank on specific courses. For those who need that little bit of extra motivation and like to compare their performances with other hobby racers.
Let’s get packing: One thing that can really reduce the overall fun of a camping weekend, is an annoying planning session. And when you’re finally under way, someone surely has forgotten something. This useful app takes care of the issue. Select your activity and duration and you get access to packing lists, set up by professional Mammut athletes. Every team member can customize their list and team items like a tent get assigned to the responsible person. The result is easy communication and a perfectly packed backpack.
After using all these apps simultaneously, you will find out they are really battery consuming. We got you covered! How about one of these solar charging systems?