Let’s get digital: Adventure apps we love

Unlock that smartphone and set it to “explore” mode – it’s time to take nature head-on with the help of the niftiest technology under the sun!

We know, when you think “stepping into the great outdoors,” you generally think about embracing your freedom from digital disturbances and escaping the constant buzz of our phones. But what if we told you that technology could actually enhance your outdoor experience? Yep, that’s right! Don’t throw that iPhone off a bridge the moment you cross the border into the bush, it’s definitely going to come in handy.

Our Camp Master experts believe that with the right approach, you can go off the grid while still using your phone to maximise the potential of your expedition.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite mobile outdoor apps that can make your expeditions even more thrilling, efficient, and memorable, just because we think you’ll love them too. We’re great like that! Now, read on to discover the best apps to accompany you on your outdoor escapades! Happy scrolling, Camp Masters.

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The Intersection of Technology and Outdoor Adventure

Wait, technology and nature? Sounds like an odd combo, right? Kind of like the central plot tension in Avatar? Trust us though, if this combination is executed properly, it’s a match made in outdoor heaven!

Our trusty smartphones, armed with essential survival tools like maps, guides, compasses and information, can be your ultimate sidekick on the trail. Especially if you make sure to switch off your work email notifications.

Whether you’re conquering a steep mountain or camping under the stars, the modern phone App stores are guaranteed to have at least one nifty little tool to make your adventure more streamlined.

Firstly, we know you love the feeling of being off the grid and connecting with nature without distractions. That’s why you usually switch your phone off. Fear not, though. Even with these apps in hand, you can still experience the serenity of nature. Here’s how:

 – Use airplane mode wisely: When you’re not actively using your adventure apps, switch to airplane mode. This conserves battery life and ensures you’re not tempted to check your messages every few minutes. The serenity of nature is best experienced when you’re not constantly receiving notifications.

 – Keep gadgets to a minimum: Yes, the apps are fantastic, but don’t let technology overshadow your outdoor experience. Limit the number of gadgets you bring along, and instead, focus on the breathtaking vistas, the sound of birdsong, and the smell of fresh air. In case you needed reminding – nobody likes the guy bringing a speaker to the trails.

 – Engage with your surroundings: Challenge yourself to unplug entirely for a few hours each day. Use this time to immerse yourself in nature, observe wildlife, or simply sit by the campfire and share stories with your companions.

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Camp Master’s top 6 Outdoor Adventure Apps:

This app is the holy grail of hiking enthusiasts! AllTrails offers a vast database of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to heart-pounding challenges. You can find detailed trail maps, reviews, and even handy tips from fellow hikers. So, no more wandering in circles, AllTrails will lead you right to that breathtaking view. New features in the app even offer offline features, 3D renders of certain trails, and the opportunity to print out and keep your maps.

2.Gaia GPS
Getting lost in nature might sound romantic in theory, but trust us, it’s not so much fun when it’s getting dark, there are bugs in your socks, and you’re down to your last morsel of trail mix. With Gaia GPS, you’ll always know where you are and where you’re going. This app provides topographic maps, tracks your route, and works offline, so you can navigate confidently even in remote areas.

If you’re into treasure hunts, Geocaching is the ultimate game for you! This real-world, GPS-powered treasure hunting app will lead you to hidden containers (called geocaches) filled with little surprises. It adds a touch of excitement to your adventure, and you’ll be amazed at the hidden gems you’ll find! To find out more about this exciting worldwide scavenger hunt, read our blog on the topic.

4.Star Walk 2
After a day of thrilling adventures, don’t let the fun end when the sun sets. Star Walk 2 turns your phone into a magical constellation spotter. Just point your phone at the night sky, and it’ll identify stars, planets, and even satellites. It’s like having an astronomy professor in your pocket! To learn more about stargazing in the bush (or Astro-Tourism, as it’s been dubbed) read this exciting article!

5. PeakVisor
Are you the kind of person who likes to know the names of every peak you see? PeakVisor is the app for you! It uses augmented reality to label the mountains around you, so you can impress your friends with your newfound mountain knowledge. The future of mountaineering is in your pocket, and our hopes have never been higher!

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How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer in the Outdoors:

No doubt, using adventure apps enhances your outdoor experience, but what if your phone battery dies prematurely? Here are some tips and tricks to keep your phone juiced up throughout your expedition:

 – Battery saver mode: Most smartphones come with a battery saver mode. Enable it before heading out. This mode restricts background processes, reduces screen brightness, and conserves power, giving you more hours of adventure time.

 – Carry a portable charger: Invest in a high-quality portable charger, also known as a power bank. It’s like carrying an extra lifeline for your phone. Just connect your phone to the charger, and voilà, you’re back in the game!

 – Turn off unnecessary features: When you’re outdoors, you don’t need Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or location services all the time. Turn them off when not in use to save precious battery life.

 – Dark mode is your friend: Many apps now offer dark mode, which reduces battery consumption, especially for phones with OLED displays. Switch to dark mode in your apps, and you’ll notice the difference. Dark mode also looks very, very cool.

 – Keep your phone warm: Cold temperatures can zap your battery life quickly. Keep your phone warm by placing it inside your jacket or in a thermal pouch. If you’re cold, so is that gadget!

Switch on to switch off

See what we mean yet? Embracing technology doesn’t mean losing touch with nature; instead, it can mean enhancing the way we experience and appreciate it. So, next time you hit the trails or pitch a tent, make sure you have these adventure apps at your fingertips.

Remember, Camp Master’s durable, high-quality, and affordable equipment will complement your app-powered adventures perfectly, and you can get your hands on all the essentials at a Game, Makro or Builders’ Warehouse near you.

So, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a newbie camper, get out there, breathe the fresh air, and let technology enrich your outdoor escapades.

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