I'm used to treating hiking time as a chance to unplug and unwind. I turn off my cell phone or at least put it on silent. I don't listen to music (partly because nature makes her own music; partly because if that music involves a moose or a bear, I want to hear it coming as soon as possible).
Since some of you asked, though, I've started testing and reviewing various hiking-related apps. I've discovered that my iPad fits nicely into the hydration sleeve of most backpacks, and it turns out that our iPhones, iPads, and other assorted gadgetry are capable of some pretty wild stuff in the backcountry. Truth be told, I'm having a blast geeking out on the trail.
My latest tech-related adventure comes courtesy of the NOAA Radar Pro weather app. It's as close as you can get to holding real-time radar and satellite data in the palm of your hand, and it comes in handy for assessing the risk of flash floods or checking up on weather trends during long trips. Read the full review.
Would you like to see more reviews of hiking-related apps? Have a favorite app you'd like me to cover? Leave a comment!
Photo © Tap Nation via NOAA Radar Pro