Hiking requires plenty of preparation and equipment to get by steep terrains and mountains. Today, smartphones provide even the most advanced hikers with an all-in-one tool they can take on their most adventurous hikes.
However, if this is your first time going on a hike, then you will be surprised to know that hiking doesn’t just have physical health benefits but and emotional, too. According to the Huffington Post, hiking has been proven to make a person happier and healthier.
With the advent of many apps on the market now, hikers have begun adopting them on the pursuits across mountains and trails. One of the most popular hiking apps is AllTrails, which is powered by the National Geographic. It provides beginner and professional hikers a slew of useful features to help make hiking easier regardless of the conditions.
The AllTrails brand started as a website (http://alltrails.com/) where hikers could search trails by name, city or park, get maps, and construct their own hiking trails on the site. Fast forward to the present day, and they offer app users a multi-purpose application for all hiking, mountain biking trails, GPS tracker, and offline TOPO map needs.
Smartphones with their quick access to the Internet, provide hikers with an endless stream of references they’ll need before and during their hike. According to Gaming Realms, the company behind Free Bingo Hunter mobile Internet usage is “one of the most powerful trends in the internet landscape” mainly due to smartphones' practicality and efficiency. With the right app, these digital aids can assist hikers in even the most challenging of situations.
Some of the AllTrails app content and features include:
1. Access driving directions
2. Create a list of favorite trails
3. Explore more than 50,000 trails across North America
4. Record time, speed, and elevation
5. Connect other interesting hikers on their trips
These are the features that come with the free version.
There’s also an in-app version called the AllTrails Pro that you can subscribe to for $29.99 per year. It comes with more advanced features that seasoned hikers will find useful, such as:
• Create custom maps using Map Editor to sketch specific routes
• Download offline maps
• Print maps with customized scales, gridlines, and topographical layers
• More advanced map layers from National Geographic TI, TOPO, Open Street Maps (OSM)
The most interesting part about this app is its reviews and photos that give users more details about certain trails based on other hikers’ experiences. There’s also details on the intensity of the hike (Easy, Medium, and Hard), maps, directions, check in, recording of the trip, as well as details on whether its pet friendly.
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