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I just posted a blog entry on a medical iPhone app called TickDoctor. What are your favorite iPhone apps for outdoor educators (free or paid)?
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I just posted a blog entry on a medical iPhone app called TickDoctor. What are your favorite iPhone apps for outdoor educators (free or paid)?Rick Curtis
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Great topic. This one has been on my mind a lot recently. One thing I would be very interested in is what are apps people could be using if they were available. I have my first app almost ready for submission to the store and am hoping to build up a number of others. Its a lot of fun to write them, and after a few weeks of learning curve, the basic development process is not terribly difficult.
I use a number of good apps that are already out there.
Air Sharing (4.99/9.99 for Pro version) - allows wireless transfer of documents from the computer to the phone. This can work for all sorts of things that I don't want to carry paper versions of; med forms, waivers, activity ideas, backup plans, phone numbers, menu, etc.
RiverGuide for Kayakers (4.99) - Offers an incredible amount of river level information for areas all across the US. Also offers some paddling news.
GPS Kit (9.99) - I like this GPS app a lot. The interface is very customizable and it finds a signal pretty well in my experience. It uses 24k topos to cover the whole US. Since it uses the GPS and not cell towers to find your location, it works great in the backcountry. However you MUST cache the maps ahead of time.I recently used it on a trip in the Wind River Range and it was great. The week prior, I pinched and zoomed all around our route so that I would have the maps downloaded and varying zoom levels for the whole trip. When we hit the ground I pulled it up a number of times to see where we were and it worked great every time. Some of the reviewers seem to have expected it to download maps without a cell signal. Just make sure you understand what you are getting and it will be great. This one also has the military grid system available which is why I initially chose it over others.
iTrailMap3D (4.99) - Offers trail maps of major ski resorts and minor ones around the world in 3D.
iFirstAidLite (Free) - Good general first aid app.
Those are a few of the ones I really enjoy. Curently I am working on some applications with military uses, but I would like to work on some experiential/outdoor education ones as well. Some ideas I have for new ones:
iWFR? I think there could be potential use for a first aid application focused on backcountry medicine. There are a few out there that touch on it or include some wilderness concerns along with other areas, but nothing that directly replicates the scope and knowledge of a WFR.
GRABBS Assessment? Any one have any use for an on the fly GRABBS? The idea is that would choose an answer for each step of GRABBS within some pull down menus and then the program puts out some potential initiatives or elements that might work well for that group based on the typical use of the suggested activity.
Thanks for the post Rick.
Man is the end, the mountain is the means; the goal is not merely to reach the summit, but to improve the man.” — Walter Bonatti
Paula and Brad, great apps. Brad here’s another idea
for an app - debriefing and processing. Have you ever used Chiji Dice for
processing? It would be interesting to build a bunch of processing questions in
and let ‘shaking’ the iPhone server as throwing the dice.
Director, Outdoor Action
My favorite app is ShralpTide (free), it gives you the high and low tide of your favorite destination. Great for sailors and paddlers! I also like Surf Report to get the current surf report. Rick - I'll buy your debrief app!
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I’m also a fan of RiverGuide for Kayakers. Although it’s
$4.99 (which is expensive for an iPhone app) and taps into online USGS River
Gauge data that is available on the Web or through American Whitewater I do
find it useful for setting up favorite rivers and keeping a quick track of flow
levels. I just had a number of Princeton students out on the Delaware and the
week before our trips the Upper Delaware had been closed for high water. Being
able to quickly keep track of the levels all week while our trips were out was
Rick and everyone,
I am finally moving forward with some of the iPhone app ideas. Rick, the first one in the hopper for experiential ed is going to be the Chiji Dice idea.
I would love for people to email a series of questions they like to see on each of the dice. I don't own a set myself, so any help would be appreciated.
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