On 10 June 2013, Micro Mart published a list of 11 Essential Outdoor Apps. The feature aimed to explore the world of smart phone and tablet apps that ‘integrate software into the aspects of our lifestyles that, traditionally, would have been separate from a computer. And not just integrate: maybe it can even improve them.’
The journalist James Hunt explains, ‘we’ve combed the internet to discover the best outdoor apps, whether they’re practical or recreational, whether you want them for your health or just for a laugh.’
The 11 apps include games to play when out and about, plus apps to support bird watching, star gazing, geo-caching and running. iFootpath is included as the walking companion app and receives a very complimentary write up.
“If you buy them in book form, a simple walking guide can cost loads – so that makes this app a particularly great purchase. The iFootpath app links in with the website of the same name to help users discover a variety of walks and rambles whatever their location. The walks are crowd-sourced, so you can add your own, and if you submit 10 miles of walks worth publishing, it’ll give you a £10 voucher in return!
“Each guide includes GPS data, reference guides, illustrations, images and comments to help you decide whether you want to go on it and keep you on the right track once you’ve set off. Designed specifically for the UK, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find something suitable regardless of where you are in the country, which makes it great for use at home or on holiday. There’s even a built-in weather forecasting function to help keep you updated with the, er, changeable conditions of the UK’s climate. A fantastic little app for keen hikers and amateur wanderers alike.”
Thank you to Micro Mart for the recommendation – you can see the full feature at http://www.micromart.co.uk/software/apps/858/11-essential-outdoor-apps