Summer is here which means you’re probably going to be spending more time outdoors. Fortunately for you, just because you’re going to be spending time outside it doesn’t mean you have to give up your connected life.
The following is a list of apps that will enhance the time you spend outdoors. For those of you who intend to get really adventurous — don’t worry! Several of them don’t require a wireless signal or internet connection to work.
Great Geocaching Apps: A Worldwide Treasure Hunt
Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt, where you attempt to locate hidden containers with a GPS enabled device. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a GPS– you can use your smartphone. Download one of Geocache’s apps and you’ll be on your way to finding your first container, called a geocache.
For more information on the rules of geocaching please visit: http://www.geocaching.com/guide/. Below are the two most popular geocaching apps.
Geocaching Intro — Free
This app is a great introduction to the world of Geocaching. It provides you with access to three geocaches near your location, as well as information about their size and a hint if needed. You can utilize the interactive map and compass features to help you find the geocache.
Geocaching — $9.99
The traditional Geocaching app is for those who are committed to the hobby of geocaching and intend to us it regularly. It provides you access to 2 million geocache containers throughout 180 countries. You have the ability to track your progress, log geocaches you have found and save geocache listings to your phone for offline use. Some additional features of this app include advanced search options allowing you to filter by terrain and difficulty, as well as finding those geocaches that are closest to you.
4 Summer Apps For the Person On The Go
Whether you like to walk, hike, bike, run, sail or swim there is an app that will allow you to get the most out of your time outdoors this summer. These apps will allow you to go the extra mile and keep track of all you’re doing while spending time outside. They’re also a lot of fun.
Explore the Universe — $1.99
Summer is the perfect time to go camping, and one of the things you’ll undoubtedly do to pass the time is staring up at the starry night sky. Star Rover is the app you need to explore all the stars, constellations and planets the sky has to offer.
Star Rover is the app that will give you a new appreciation for the night sky. The best part of this app is that it basically runs itself. It automatically determines your location and calculates all the objects in the sky around you in real time. Additionally, it showcases 88 constellations with overlaying artwork, 120 Hipparcos Stars, planets, planet phases and a realistic atmosphere. Also, an added bonus for those of you who own an iPhone, just point your phone at the part of the sky you’re looking and it will show you all the information you need.
MapMyHike GPS Hiking — Free
For those of you that are avid hikers, MapMyHike GPS Hiking; provides you with all the bells and whistles of a multi-hundred dollar GPS without the price tag. Its interactive map lets you view your current location, route and elevation, while its online platform allows you to build an online hiking journal which tracks and logs your hikes.
You can also take advantage of the social features of this app that allow you to share your hiking adventures with your friends through Facebook and Twitter. Added bonus features include a heart rate monitor and the ability to track other workouts.
MotionX GPS — $0.99
MotionX GPS is for those individuals who like to do a variety of activities outside during the summer. You have the ability to track your location whether you’re on the road, a trail or on the water. You can even download topographical maps and map your trip out first, just in case you’re adventurous and might not have service when you go off the grid.
Some added features that will make sure you get the most of your time outside include the ability to measure max speed, average speed, distance and time traveled and your altitude.
Peaks — $2.99
If you like to hike or are planning on spending a lot of time in the mountains this summer, you’ll probably find yourself with several questions popping up in your head, like, what mountain is that? How high do you think that mountain is? When you’re spending time in the mountains and if you’re planning on hiking them it’s necessary to know this information.
Peaks is an interactive map that will provide you the information about the mountains you see in the distance. All you need to do is lift you phone towards the peak you’re curious about and it will provide you with necessary information such as name and elevation. This app has worldwide coverage, so no matter your travels this app will work for you.
Apps to Help Figure Out Where To Go
If you know you want to spend some time outside, but you have no idea where to start, why not stay close to home and take a look at a national forest near you? Not only are these trips easy to plan and cheaper than most vacations, they also offer a variety of activities to do outside.
National Parks by National Geographic provides you with all the information you need to know about America’s national parks. Currently the app has 25 of the most visited national parks in the United States and they are constantly adding more. The makers of this app have capitalized on what National Geographic does best — pictures.
There are galleries of each park within this app. Additionally, there is easily accessed visitor information, maps and the top must see and do’s for each park. You can find one of the thousand POI at the parks through easily accessible GPS coordinates. Furthermore, you can keep track of the parks you’ve visited by the virtual collectible park stamps.
Using Apps to Stay Safe
While spending more time outside can be a blast during the summer. It’s important to ensure that everyone stays safe so they can enjoy being outdoors. There are a large number of apps that are geared towards making sure you keep safe and have the information you need to react during times of emergencies.
First Aid by American Red Cross is an app focused solely on your safety and ability to react during times of emergency. It is fully integrated with 911 so you can call EMS from the app. It also provides step by step instructions and video animations for common emergencies.
This app has safety tips on every possible emergency from severe weather to earthquakes and much more. Also, if you think you might be out of the range of a cell tower you can preload content so that you aren’t dependent on a signal. Finally, test yourself with interactive quizzes and earn badges you can share with your friends.
These geocaching apps and these 11 other great summertime apps will help you get the most out of your time outdoors this summer. They’ll also help you keep your connected life, simplified. Have fun on your summer adventures!
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