There is nothing like the great outdoors, and that certainly goes for those who love to go hiking, camping, fishing, freediving, or simply just love to run or go biking. You get fresh air, exercise, you don’t even mind the occasional mosquito bite or sunburn.
But did you know that there’s a lot of tech you can use even out in the wilderness? Here are some apps that can help you out in the great outdoors.
Spyglass is an advanced compass and GPS navigational app that is compatible with all Apple and Android devices. The compass and GPS come in handy for anyone in a vehicle, while biking, driving a boat, in an aircraft, hiking, running, or walking, off road, in fields or woods, at sea, and in the air. It is an augmented reality navigator with useful tools such as hi-tech viewfinder (HUD), milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, tactical GPS, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, gyro horizon, sniper’s rangefinder, coordinate converter, sextant, inclinometer, angular calculator, and zoom camera. You track, find, and save or share you position, multiple waypoints, bearings, all in real time.
2) Map My Hike by Under Armour (iOS, Android)
Map My Hike provides users with a great way to map travels, hikes, walks, and the like as well as share them with others. It allows users to explore known and new hiking trails, keeps an eye on how well you’re performing during a workout, and monitors and analyzes your heart rate. At the end of a hike or run, the user can get detailed statistics that includes pace, distance, duration, calorie burn, elevation, and more. The app can be used for those who love hiking, running, biking, and exercising in general.
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3) STAmina Apnea Trainer (iOS, Android)
STAmina was created by and for freedivers for the sole purpose of improving freediving skills. This is achieved by improving breath-holding time. STAmina examines and records O2 deprivation and CO2 tolerance by using tables. It allows the user to configure the tables to correspond to a specific skill level. It leads the user through a workout with visual and voice notifications and tracks the history of all workouts.
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No matter what you’re doing in the outdoors, you need to make sure that the weather is nice, or you come home wet and drenched after your biking, or the ground is too muddy to set up your camping tent. 1Weather can greatly help since this weather app features current temperature, humidity, weather radar, extended weather forecasts, and weather alerts. There’s even a 12-week forecast for those who need to plan way ahead. The free version gives all these while the paid version removes the advertising.
Fishbrain is one of the best fishing apps out there. The app allows you to check out any fishing spots in your camping area, or you can search for the best fishing spots in a certain area. It even shows what fishermen are catching your area, how they’re catching the fish, and where exactly they are fishing. The app covers 130 species of fish, includes a log to keep track of catches, and more. Those who fish as an occasional hobby can go with the free version, but for the more serious anglers, you need to subscribe to have all the features.