ViewRanger – iPhone App Review

ViewRanger – iPhone App Review

Just a quick post for you.. Those of you who are regular visitors of my website will know I’m a big fan of Social Hiking. In all of my recent walking blog posts I have included an embedded map that I have created on the move. I’ve been able to share my adventures using Social Hiking by posting Location Beacons with a very handy iPhone application called ViewRanger.

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ViewRanger is a great little tool that uses your smartphones GPS receiver and turns it into a fully functional digital mapping Swiss Army Knife. I’ve been using ViewRanger for around a year now and I’ve been really impressed with its simplicity, stability and extendibility. I used it to plot my West Highland Way adventure back in May last year and have used it on many walks in and around the Peak District.

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ViewRanger enables you to plot routes, record tracks, buy Ordnance Survey base maps, create POI’s, share your location with “Buddy Beacon” and many many other things. I’ve recently purchased the Ordnance Survey maps for the Peak District and have been having a go at planning some routes. The route I plotted this evening is a mammoth 50 mile trek around the Dark Peak that will be a 2-3 Day wild camping adventure. I created the entire route in the ViewRanger app on my iPhone and was very impressed with how easy it was to do. Until now I’d been plotting routes on the ViewRanger website and then syncing them to the app.
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