Mountain Info Service Hillwalking App

Constructed with the input of the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader Training UK, Sports Wales, the Met Office and the Welsh Assembly, this goes some way to being a do-it-all app for walkers. There are all sorts of facets to it, including the standard fare such as a Google Maps interface, but a few of this app’s features – including the OS grid reference location, altimeter and, particularly, the Mountain Weather Forecast functions – are pretty sharp. There is also a wealth of information on what to do in an emergency, a few videos on basic hill skills and planning (hosted by TV weather forecaster Sian Lloyd) and some good advice on packing for all weathers. Consequently, it’s a big app – 385MB – so it requires a big wodge of free space on your device, and there are certainly better, more dedicated apps for navigation. However, there’s some good, useful stuff in here, making this a great planning and preventive safety tool, and a good source of mountain weather information.

Compatibility iPhone
Available from iTunes

First published in Trail magazine December 2011