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3 USEFUL HIKING APPS

Appreciating Australia’s impressive natural scenery and wildlife is best done by experiencing it; there’s no better way to do so than by hiking. This activity may seem easy, but there are several things you need to consider for your safety. Luckily, with the advancement of technology comes convenient hiking apps that can help. With so many apps to choose from, these are a few that I really use.

MEMORY-MAP

While following trails across forests or mountains, you must have a good map. Memory-Map is an app that can help you navigate your way through the area. This app doesn’t need an internet connection to work, so it’s still useful despite being in areas without phone coverage. The free version provides a 1:250,000 scale of an area. It also helps you plan routes and plot points on live GPS feed. It also records hiking data you can check out later, such as the places you’ve been to, how far you travelled and how fast you managed to cover a certain distance.

The base Memory-Map app is free to download for your PC or mobile device. However, you have to pay a hefty fee for maps that are more detailed than the 1:250,000-scale default. In exchange, however, you get a wide array of comprehensive and convenient offline topographical maps.

FIRST AID – AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

Accidents can happen on hiking trips, and first aid may be necessary. Different emergency situations need different procedures. First Aid by the Australian Red Cross is a resource app that provides step by step guides on how to administer first aid for common emergencies.

This app is designed to be an educational tool; it isn’t a run-of-the-mill how-to guide. This app is designed to help anyone learn about first aid outside of an emergency. However, in cases of emergency, First Aid provides instructions clear enough for you to follow.

Many consider this app as a must-have, yet, remember that this app isn’t a replacement for a proper first aid course. The best way to learn first aid is by getting proper lessons. Nevertheless, it does come in handy.

NATIONAL FIELD GUIDE APPS

While out in the wilderness, you’ll encounter a vast array of wildlife. If you’re interested in the animals you can come across, then you need national field guide apps on your phone. In certain situations, and even for safety reasons, knowing the wildlife you encounter is handy, and these apps can help you in that department.

Curated by different state-run museums in Australia, these convenient hiking apps serve as comprehensive guides to the fauna found in the country’s wilderness. Currently, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania have their own field guides ready for download.

While preparing for your next trip through beautiful forests and bush locations, be sure to download these convenient hiking apps that let you enjoy your time outdoors.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.