Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  09/18/2010
Date Climbed:   09/17/2010
Author:  AlanC

 iPhone Apps on Mount Princeton  

On 17 September, I took the standard route to the summit of Mount Princeton. It was a beautiful day, sunny, little wind, warm. There was very little new to report about the trip from a climbing perspective. The road to the 4WD trailhead was is good condition and easily reached by my Ford Escape. The trail very much matched the 14er' description. I did try out several iPhone navigation related apps on the way up that may be of interest to the climbing community. These applications work off network and worked on the ridge and summit.

Peaks ($2.99). This is an augmented reality (AR) app. You point the camera and it overlays which peaks are visible. It worked pretty well but was a little off in angle and elevation. You can manually calibrate to get image. I liked the way it produced cute pictures. See Photos 1 and 2. This App is limited to the Western United States.

There's room for improvement in the way multiple peaks are displayed. It would be nice if it put time and location in the EXIF data on the photos (But they are on the screen shots). I also need a little more practice in calibration of the app to the real world.


PeakFinder ( $1.99). This app is not AR but produces a detailed diagram of visible peaks from your current or a specified location. Photo 3 provides an example screen shot; photo 4 the same view in the real world. This application worked very well. Of all the apps reviewed, it produced the clearest easiest to use output. To some extent, the fact it isn't an augmented reality app helps. The shortfall was that it didn't have a clear compass bearing to help orient the screen in the real world.

Highly Recommended

PanoramaScope ($5.99) Another Augmented Reality App, this overlays a 3D visualization of nearby peaks (like PeakFinder) on the video from the camera. It's very cool when it works. However, the overlay is not as clean to read as PeakFinder and it has some orientation issues. Sometimes the panorama is in landscape when it needs to be in portrait and so forth. On the cool side, PanoramaScope has a choice of many different layers beyond peaks. I think there is a lot of potential in this app. I'll work with in more.

Cool if your into AR

WorldPeaks ($1.99) This worked OK on the iPhone 3GS but I had some issues getting it to work on the 4G. It works a lot like Peaks however, Peaks is a superior implementation.

Not Recommended, ATT

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