13 Apps Every Snowboarder, Hiker And Surfer Needs To Have On Their Phone

Every adventurer will want these super cool programs in their back pocket.....

There’s nothing like being in the great outdoors and away from screens, tv’s and the general buzz of everyday life.

However, adventure and exploration does not need to be kept apart from technology altogether.

Progress in innvoative applications can help us to have more impressive adventures than ever before and social apps let us share those adventures with many people, creating an adventurous community. Instagram documents thousands of personal adventures everyday!

There are hundreds of apps out there, specifically designed to make our adventures bigger, safer and more interesting. Whether you love to adventures in the snow, the ocean or the mountains, there’s one out there for you.

Here are fifteen of our favourites…

1) iTrailMap 3D

This app lets you see yourself on a 3D mountain, record your tracks, as well as vert and distance and upload them to the web.

One of the best things is that it doesn’t require constant wifi or data, very handy for people who spend their days way out of range! Once the map is downloaded, you can access it offline on your phone and save changes to be uploaded later!

2) Star Walk

We’re a little bit in love with this app.

There’s nothing like a night time hike or wander, while searching out the constellations and this takes that one step further, while looking very pretty at the same time.

Following your every movement of the sky in real-time, you can explore celestial bodies and find out extensive information about stars and constellations, while finding astronomical facts around them as you go.


3) NOAA Ocean Buoys

One for the nature nerds out there, this app allows you to track and retrieve weather data and tide predictions straight from NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center.

While many surfer’s apps carry out a similar function, this app takes out any of the fluff and sticks to the technical. Super straight forward and so helpful.

4) Camping Cookbook And Meal Planner

Tell this app how many days you’re away camping and number of campers, and this app sorts the rest out for you.

You can generate shopping and equipment lists for essential and tailor your meals around taste and price, it even has sections such as ‘ideal recipes for a boat.’

Pretty hilarious, but lets be honest, pretty handy for when you’re on a boat!

5) National Parks App

As you’d imagine from National Geographic, this app is beautiful.

The app basically works as an interactive guide to the top 25 national parks in the US. It gives photo galleries, visitor information, maps and more.

Whether you’re planning a trip, or simply looking to get inspired, you’ll lose hours of your life on here…

7) GoPro

If you have a GoPro, this app is super handy.

Control your camera remotely from your smartphone to adjust camera settings anf frame the scene using live preview. Once you’ve capture the shot you can share it directly to social media through the app.

You’re Instagram will suddenly look a million times more professional…


8) Accu Weather

We’ve all been caught halfway up a trail before when the heavens open unexpectedly and our goretex boughts suddenly seem to forget how to do their job.

This app is basically your best friend, working in real time, you can check with certainty whether to call it a day at the next pub or go for another five miles.

No more soppy feet and getting caught in thunderstorm at the highest peak of your hike!

9) Spyglass

When we saw this ‘compass app’ we wondered why anyone would need a compass in the days of accurate GPS- then we had a proper lok at everything Spyglass does.

Working as binoculars, a heads-up display, milspec compass with maps, gyrocompass, tactical GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, Sun, Moon and star finder, gyro horizon, rangefinder, coordinate converter, sextant, inclinometer, angular calculator and camera… it’s pretty much everything you could want to navigate your way around your adventure….pretty rad.

10) Mountain Project

Climber rejoice! This app is everything you fream of in a climbing companinon…

A comprehensive database of rock climbing areas and routes, you can track areas, routes, photos, ticks, and comments at the crag or on the rock. You can also have a browse through other climbers comments on routes to decide whether or not to climb them yourself.

A bit like having the climbing community in your back pocket!

11) Bush Craft Skills


It’s not the snazziest looking app, but it is a wealth of knowledge on bushcraft survival skills.

Choose the subject you’re interested in and then browse through guides, articles from experts and quictips all in one place.

12) Magic Seaweed

A necessity for all committed surfers. Magic Seaweed is the gospel for wave and swell tracking.

Not only giving wave, wind and surf reports, the app is also connected to the many magic seaweed webcams all over the world so you can have a good look yourself at conditions.

Surfers, you 100 per cent need this app.

13) Orux Maps

This mapping app is designed especially for outdoor sports such as running, treking, mountain bike and paragliding.

You can share your postion with friends for safety and map your routes, as well as connecting the app to GPS bluetooth, heart rate monitors and bluetooth Zephyr.

14) RealSki

Real Ski is a lot of fun to play with.

Allowing you to scan your surroundings through your phone’s camera, it picks up the names of chairlifts, restaurants and runs in view, layered on top of the real time image.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work in resorts outside of North America at the moment, but its development team are working on it as we speak!

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