Top cell phone apps for the backcountry
Below are my top rated phone apps for the backcountry. All of the reviewed apps I tested with the iPhone 5s. Many of these I have had for quite some time and they are favorites for getting data, planning, profiling snow, weather & avalanche forecasts, and well..because they are cool and well planned out apps.
I don’t rely on any apps in the backcountry whatsoever. I need to make that clear. Interference from cell phones, even in airplane mode, can directly play havoc with an avalanche beacon. When I’m on the move in avalanche terrain, I keep my phone off. However, below are some fantastic apps for your backcountry excursions at the trailhead, a hut trip, a snow profile pit to record data,during a break while touring, or planning.
Many of these apps come recommended by other professionals. Basically I do not bother to write a negative review. With that said, I do offer one suggestion; please do not use the ‘avalanche beacon apps’ in the backcountry. Buy yourself a real avalanche beacon. Apps can be very handy, but please do not rely on any apps when your life depends on it.
I recently received a few to try out and test drive for the backcountry. I will add below as I get a chance to review the new ones in the actual elements, or technical use in the 2014/15 season.