UK based ViewRanger recently launched their outdoor navigation app for Apple and Android products in the United States. It essentially turns your smartphone into an outdoor navigation GPS unit. With detailed maps and trail descriptions, you will never have to worry about getting lost on the trail again!
This app has thousands of trails to choose from and includes routes for a huge variety of outdoor activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, road biking, and even geocaching locations. Once you pick your perfect trip, ViewRanger allows you to navigate your progress on the trail and then share your trip photos and details with friends.
One problem you may have encountered with similar apps is losing signal in the backcountry, but ViewRanger has solved this problem. Maps are stored on your phone, so losing signal will never slow you down, and with the addition of a portable solar panel charger, you will be unstoppable!
Some other cool features of the app include:
- Alerts when you veer too far off your path
- Social media sharing options
- Real-time trip location
- Live speed
- Trip stats that include your current elevation, total trip distance, your speed, and you current trip time