The Ten Best Outdoor Smartphone Apps

Our selection of the ten best smartphone apps for use in the outdoors from GPS navigation to weather browsing.

Posted: 20 November 2013
by Jon

Ten Best Outdoor Smartphone Apps
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Ten Best Outdoor Smartphone Apps

If someone had told you ten years ago that you'd be able to wonder across the hills carrying a mini-computer that would work as a GPS unit with OS maps on it, could identify distant peaks and take a labelled photo of them into the bargain and could automatically generate a message telling the local rescue services your exact location, you'd have been forgiven for being utterly dubious.

But there are apps out there that can do all that and more. Here's our pick of the top smartphone apps with an outdoor bias. 


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Wow - never heard of most of them but I am a smartphone noob.

Any more?

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:08

A few good ones on this thread Spiritburner


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 07:46

I should maybe add British Hills - basically a high tech ticklist that'll appeal to ticklisters and not if you're not wired that way. The reason that it's not listed is maybe that it could be so much more than it is, though of course it would then be a different app altogether.

Gridpoint GB is another simple, free app, that didn't quite get included. It mostly just gives you an OS grid reference, simple, no-nonsense, just a really straightforward way of making sure you are where you think and transferring your location onto a paper map.

There are also a lot of brand-sponsored apps out there. Some are good, some are a bit limited. Sometimes it's hard to pick out the wheat from the chaff without using dozens of apps - there are a lot of first aid guide ones around, but it's hard to know which is the best. Many, I suspect are quite similar.

Also, while we feature Echo 112, there's also a UK-developed MRT app with similar intent that's been used successfully in the UK.

Lots of tracking and mapping alternatives too, many of them free but with a premium package or free apart from the cost of purchasing the digital mapping.

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:10

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