Have you always wanted to try tramping but were afraid you’d get lost? Well, no need to worry as there’s a smartphone app that can help you tell where you’ve been, where you currently are, and where you’re heading. Even if you don’t have a cell signal.
In the past, trampers simply relied on physical maps in order to find their route. But thanks to smartphones apps that were specifically developed for tramping, finding your way over rough terrain for hours is now easier. People don’t need to get scared of getting lost anymore as they can easily find the information they’re looking for via the app’s many features. The operating arm of the entertainment site Pocket Fruity said that mobile is now ahead of consoles so it’s not really that surprising to see more apps apart from games getting made for the mobile instead of traditional computing devices.
Anyway, if you own a smartphone and want a backup tool in case you get lost, you might want to give this app a try. The iHikeGPS NZ
The name alone says that this app is custom-made for trampers in New Zealand. It’s a nice tool to have around especially when tramping for long hours because it shows waypoints of important places and routes that you may want to take.
The iHikeGPS has an AirDrop feature, which allows users to download maps that they can use even without an Internet connection. It also allows users to export their tracks and waypoints, and inform other users which tracks are passable and not.
One of the best things about iHikeGPS is that it has an elevation graph feature for users to see the exact terrain that they are or will be traversing. It also allows users to measure the distance and direction to any point on the map to avoid being caught in the middle of a track at night. It also has a search function so users can easily find places nearby.
The app uses the LINZ 50K topo maps that show the complete North and South Islands. It’s available for $7.99 on the app store.
A word of advice: even if you have maps in your phone, never forget to bring actual ones while tramping. After all, batteries run out of juice so you need to have a physical map that you can rely on when technology fails you.