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

Hill Lists hillwalking app

While technology favours the smartphone’s use as a navigation aid, geo-tagger or similarly high-concept tool, it can be just as much use as a handy reference – especially fore those who are goal-oriented. Hill Lists is a nifty and well-featured interactive referencing app that includes info on just about every conceivable database of UK hills, including the Munros, Corbetts, Wainwrights, Welsh 3000ers and Trail 100: in all around 4,668 hills. You can electronically ‘tick’ them, make notes about your summit day, view your progress through the various lists you’re ticking off, and access your current location as a UK grid reference. This is the perfect app for the bagger: a clean and logical interface, with easily selected lists and the nifty ability to view your selected database as pins in a Google-powered map that can switch between a street plan, a satellite image and a hybrid. And all for less than the cost of pint. Bargain!

Compatibility iPhone, iPad
Available from iTunes

First published in Trail magazine December 2011