Useful Apps for iPhone?

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Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby mjeemurphy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:06 pm

Climbing Mt Princeton this week as my first 14er. I have the 14ers app for iPhone, but curious if any others recommended? I feel I need to get an altitude app at the least. Just want to be able to track where I am as best possible.

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Re: Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby Tim A » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:17 pm

Having only hiked two 14ers, someone else is probably better qualified to talk about how effective apps are in the backcountry, but I use an elevation app and a radar app. The elevation app proved less useful than I thought it would as once you're away from wifi areas and relying only on your 3G or 4G, it has trouble pinpointing your exact location. My garmin GPS was far more accurate and reliable in that field. Radar images are much more important, especially if you're hiking or climbing in an area with an obstructed field of vision in one direction or another. I had a great deal more peace of mind climbing Gray's on Memorial day when I could keep checking the radar to see if there was anything threatening behind Gray's and Torreys, as you can't really see over them from the standard route until you're nearly on top of them.

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Re: Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby llamaman » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:21 pm

I rarely use apps in the backcountry, but topo maps app ( is great and could be used effectively in the BC. The maps are high res scans of USGS map and they are stored on your phone so no signal needed to use the app.

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Re: Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby Hiker Mike » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:26 pm

This is an interesting app that would be of use in some cases. It is free and there is an ad free one available as well.
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Re: Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby USAKeller » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:32 am

You should check out Theodolite Pro - GPS, compass, inclinometer, and's pretty sweet.
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Re: Useful Apps for iPhone?

Postby San Juan Ron » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:46 am

Get a GPS! SJ Ron

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