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In the wilderness, your phone usually becomes a useless lump of plastic that’s best left at home, but these outdoor apps will turn your cell phone into an essential outdoor companion that’ll help with navigation, survival and document your outdoor adventures.

AllTrails (Andriod, iOS – free)

With over 50,000 worldwide hiking and biking trail guides, AllTrails is still the number one app for your adventures in 2016. You can search for trails near you, read reviews and even create your own trails with GPS tracking. The topographic maps and pictures are downloadable so you can use them offline and you can even get directions to the trailhead. It couldn’t be any easier!

Cairn (iOS – free)

If you’ve ever hiked up the nearest hill with the hope of finding cell phone reception, the new hiking app, Cairn, will make your life a lot easier! While you’re on the trail, the app uses GPS to pinpoint your location and shows you on a map where nearby coverage is. You can also share your hiking plans with friends and if you don’t reach your destination by your appointed time, the app will alert your emergency contacts with the last location you were tracked to.

REI Co-op National Parks Guide (Andriod, iOS – free)

Early in 2016, REI launched its own crowd-sourced guide to the USA’s 59 National Parks. Filled with information about each parks notable attractions, camping, shops, restaurants, shuttle guides and activities you can thoroughly plan your next National Park adventure. It’s got photos, top ten lists, family-friendly suggestions and trail maps and you can save hikes and activities to your to-do list. Don’t forget to add your own reviews, photos and track your own hikes with the built-in GPS track creator.

Dark Sky (iOS – $3.99)

Dark Sky is a new app that will turn you iPhone into your own personal weather station with real-time updates on the weather conditions at your exact location. With up-to-date information on wind speed, direction, humidity and visibility you can plan your hikes to avoid bad weather and even receive notifications when a storm’s on the way.

Yonder (Andriod, iOS – free)

Rated as one of the best new apps for 2016, Yonder allows you to share your outdoor experiences with a community of people who share your passion! Designed to inspire, you’re encouraged to upload your routes, experiences, and photos. You can follow others too and it’s a great source of information to plan your next adventure.

REI Co-op National Parks Guide (Andriod, iOS – free)

Early in 2016, REI launched its own crowd-sourced guide to the USA’s 59 National Parks. Filled with information about each parks notable attractions, camping, shops, restaurants, shuttle guides and activities you can thoroughly plan your next National Park adventure. It’s got photos, top ten lists, family-friendly suggestions and trail maps and you can save hikes and activities to your to-do list. Don’t forget to add your own reviews, photos and track your own hikes with the built-in GPS track creator.

MotionX GPS (iOS – $0.99)

MotionX GPS is the top iPhone navigation app that lets you download topographical maps to your phone ahead of time and save waypoints to help you monitor your progress on longer hikes. It also features a built-in compass and you can record your own route including your total time, speed and distance to share with friends.

SAS Survival Guide (Android, iOS – $5.99)

Most outdoor enthusiasts I know love learning more about survival and the SAS Survival Guide is the most comprehensive app to prepare yourself for the situations you’ll hopefully never have to face. It’s based on the original book written by a former SAS soldier and instructor and contains everything you need to know from building shelters and identifying edible plants to how to survive a terrorist attack. It’s even got a build in compass, first aid guide, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge.

Star Walk (Android, iOS – $2.99)

Sitting around the campfire won’t be your only night time activity with the Star Walk app. It’s incredibly easy to use, just hold your phone towards the night sky and it’ll identify what constellations and planets you’re seeing. It’s a great learning app and you can click on objects for more information.

Camp and RV (Andriod, iOS – $9.99)

The Camp and RV app is your one-stop-shop for finding campsites to stay at while you’re on the road. The most amazing thing about this app is that it works when you don’t have cell phone coverage or Wi-Fi so you’ll never be stuck not knowing where you can spend the night. With over 30,000 in the USA and Canada including everything from National and State Parks and Forests to military campgrounds, Walmart overnight parking and primitive walk-in sites, this app is well worth the money!

With so many useful apps to make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable, safe and easy to plan, don’t leave home without your phone this summer! We’re sure you’ll use it, so for an eco-friendly way to charge your phone when you’re out camping try the Power Pot. Even if you’re looking to get away from it all, these outdoor apps will help you discover, learn and inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors. 

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