There’s a lot to be said for “unplugging” and enjoying nature. But there are some apps out there that are so helpful, they actually help you unplug. From finding an awesome mountain bike trail nearby and researching the current conditions to identifying different constellations in the night sky, you may find it hard to leave your phone behind when it comes to these 6 apps.
Here are some outdoor apps that may tempt you to carry your phone with you on your next outdoor adventure.
Access over 50,000 trail maps to find the best hike for you with AllTrails. See all the options for specific hikes, look at user generated photos, and read reviews about the trail itself and its current condition. When you fall in love with a trail you can save it to your favorites and know what hikes you’d want to do again.
When you find a critter or a plant out there and want to know what it is, snap a picture of it in iNaturalist. From there, click on the “Need help identifying” tab and upload it to the platform. You’ll get responses from experts all over the world. Add it to your list of natural history observations. Before long this app will become your personal field journal.
When you’re looking for an “anytime adventure,” you need to open the Geocaching app. A geocache is a hidden treasure box of trinkets, more for the experience of finding someone else’s hidden location than for the trinkets themselves. There are over 2 millions geocaches worldwide and you probably breeze by a few on a daily basis without even knowing it. Download the free app and login. Select a geocache you want to find and go exploring. They’re all shapes and sizes and finding them can be easy and can also be extremely difficult. When you find one you sign the logbook, log your find online, and trade some knickknacks, if you want.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what constellations you’re seeing?
Sky Guide shows you exactly what you’re looking at. The app is one of the most user-friendly apps in the app store. Open the app and point it to the sky. It automatically aligns the view on your screen with the surrounding sky to tell you constellations, stars, and other stellar information. And it’ll even show you where the stars in the sky will be shifting to throughout the night.
Mountain Project/MTB Project
Guide books can be big and bulky. Lugging one around at the climbing crag can be cumbersome and annoying. Mountain Project has become one of those must-haves amongst the climbing community. Before you head out, download the guide for the area. When you’re there you can look up the different routes and climbing areas, all offline. And for mountain bikers, MTB Project is from the same developers and works the same way.
Campgrounds and real reviews from real campers at your fingertips. We believe in The Dyrt so strongly we are partnering up to give away a $10,000 SylvanSport GO camper to one lucky winner this spring. When it comes to finding information about campgrounds, any tool that makes it easier is a good tool in our book. And The Dyrt’s clear design makes it easy to not only find sites but also review your camping experiences–and win prizes all summer long for doing so. Offline capability is on its way, making The Dyrt a must-have for campers and road-trippers alike.