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Backpacker Magazine – June 2013

Utilize the Top Backcountry Apps

These apps help you navigate through weather, identify plants, and navigate.

by: Billy Brown

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Gain Expertise Fast
Identify peaks, plants, and more: Preload your phone with these top apps.

There’s no need to bust out the topo map and ruler if you download Peak Scanner ($2; iPhone; itunes.com), which tells you the names of nearby peaks and your distance (vertical and horizontal) from the summit. 

Take a photo of a leaf with Columbia University’s Leafsnap (free; iPhone, iPad; leafsnap.com) and the app’s visual recognition software will spit out the species (data connection required).  

Send a photo of an unidentified plant or animal to iNaturalist (free; iPhone, Android; iNaturalist .org), and your picture will be uploaded to a public forum where other users can help you solve the mystery.

Identify more than 900 North American bird species by color, flight style, shape, or song with the iBird Lite Guide to Birds app (free; iPhone, iPad; ibird.com).


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Quantaq
Sep 21, 2013

Scott H,
Peak Scanner requires iPhone 4 or above.

Joe Gaffney,
Peak Scanner is also available on Android, for phones with gyroscope.

Hope this info helps.

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Scott H
Sep 10, 2013

How about links to the apps? I searched for Peak Scanner on iTunes, and it didn't find any apps that identified peaks.

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Joe Gaffney
Jul 21, 2013

How about more coverage of Android apps?

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