Technology is rapidly changing the world of outdoor adventure – we are now presented with a huge range of devices and apps aimed at helping us on our days outside. In this article, Josh Butler lists his top mountaineering apps to add to your toolkit.
OS Maps – Free (Once purchased the code can be redeemed from the inside cover).
With the ability to plot and save routes, you are able to explore the entirety of the UK with this handy app. Once you have purchased an OS map the sheet you can redeem and keep it on your device, once the code is collected. It is important to remember that this is not a substitute for a map sheet, even with its GPS location function. This function can, however, be used in conjunction with your paper map to enhance your experience.
Mountain Weather Information Service (or MWIS) – Free
With detailed daily reports for the day and planning outlooks for the next, the forecasts are easy to decipher and are broken down into bite-sized chunks. With individual reports for all mountainous areas in the UK, from the Brecon Beacons to the Scottish Highlands. A must for planning any mountain adventure.
Be Avalanche Aware from Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) – Free
A helpful app for any climber, walker, skier or snowboarder. This is an indispensable tool designed to help you plan the safest outing possible using the resources and advice provided. Consisting of daily avalanche reports, blogs and tools that allow you to make informed decisions for your day on the hill.
BMC Regional Access Database (RAD) – Free
Another useful planning app for use before you head out to the hill or crag. This app can come in handy for swatting up on current access issues, bird restrictions, up to date conditions and local ethics. This information is available for locations throughout England and Wales. A user-friendly interface allows you to utilise information and plan your day with no added hassle.
Summit Magazine (BMC) – £2.99 – £3.59 per item
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This quarterly magazine, produced by the British Mountaineering Council is full of helpful advice, insightful interviews and amazing photos. BMC individual and club members are able to download current and past issues free using your email/membership number as username/password. If you are not a member, you can buy individual issues from the app or join the BMC at http://www.thebmc.co.uk/join