Okay, these apps are not essential, at all, to have a great trip into Glacier National Park, but sometimes we use them while we are up in the mountains to help in navigation. We currently use iPhones.
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You might have others that you like better and we would like to hear about them. Let us know about your favorite APPs for iPhone or Android devices in the comment section.
What the developer says: NeoTreks GPS is your one-stop GPS outdoor recreation app, with over five million square miles of terrain and trail maps in the US – designed specifically for the iPhone. These are not shrunken USGS maps that were made to print in 2 foot paper sheets; HD maps are TRIPLE the zoom level and contain the most recent trail and public land data available, optimized for your iPhone. Comparable recreation maps for expensive dedicated GPS units can cost hundreds in additional fees – NeoTreks GPS gives you all this for one low annual subscription.
What we think: This is a good basic program for off-trail travel. It is not as robust as a GPS unit, but it is a FREE iPhone app. It works as advertised.
We like the fact that we could download all of the Glacier National Park maps at no charge. This will not replace our paper maps or a gps but is a great back-up and the location services can be helpful in identifying the general area where you are located at any given moment. Of course, this is dependent upon signal coverage. The downside is that any program that is constantly sending and receiving signals sucks battery life. Other maps can be purchased for an additional fee.
the SPOT app –
What the developer says: SPOT satellite devices provide GPS location-based messaging, emergency notification technology, and even anti-theft alerting and tracking beyond the boundaries of cellular. Since launch, SPOT’s satellite technology has helped initiate more than 2,500 rescues around the globe.
With the SPOT App, you can easily view your SPOT’s messages, track progress, or monitor assets.
– Display SPOT messages with GPS locations on a standard map, a satellite map or in list view – Filter your SPOT messages by date range, message type, or device – Easily zoom to the most recent SPOT message – Selectable GPS coordinate display format – Option to auto-delete SPOT messages by time or quantity within the app. Auto-deleted messages are removed from the app but remain in your SPOT account for 30 days. – Set the frequency to check for new SPOT messages
*The SPOT App requires a SPOT account with an active SPOT satellite device and a Wi-Fi or data connection to view your SPOT messages. To learn more, visit www.FindMeSPOT.com.
What we think: We carry the SPOT Connect and pay an annual fee for peace of mind. It is a great back-up if the “hit really fits the shan”.
Call it peace of mind for your family or friends at home. Call it what you will but the technology works and enables us to check in with our wives, families and friends and let them know we are okay. That is peace of mind is worth a lot.
What the developer says: Digital Altimeter is a GPS based altimeter for the iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4G.
What we think: It works and doesn’t take up any more room in our packs. Find one that works for you and load it on your smart phone.
What iPhone or Android apps do you use and why do you like them?
Thanks for reading this review and I hope that you are able to find your “best” apps for your trips into the wild.
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