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iPhone Apps for Bushwalkers Revisited

It’s over a year since I began reviewing iPhone apps for bushwalkers. During this time I have tried hundreds and found that I only use a few regularly.

While there are hundreds of iPhone apps useful to bushwalkers and growing every day, what you personally find useful is determined by your past experience, the type of walking you do, your interests,  and your willingness to be dependent on high tech devices.

After trying most, I regulary use only a few of these. On bushwalks, my choice will vary as it is dependent upon on the duration of my walk, and hence how important it is to save battery power,  and upon how much non-walking time I will have available.

My iPhone Apps

Navigation: Bit Map, Declination, Maps, Google Earth, Compass
Field Guides: Good Reader, BooksApp, Kindle, Aus. Birds (Morecomb), Field Guide Fauna Museum Victoria, Bird in Hand, WhatBirdNZ, Wikipanion, MyEnviro, FrogLog
Bushcraft / Survival : KnotsGuide, SASSurvival, Knots, GoneTrekking
Camp Food: Jamie Oliver’s Recipes, Poh’s Kitchen, Nigella Quick (….LOL)
Fitness: Walkmeter, Beat Monitor, Cadence, iHandy Level
Weather: Pkt Weather, Rainspotting, Clouds, iBarometer, ShralpTide, Clouds,WeatherNZ
Travel: Frequent Flyer, Webjet, Plane Finder, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor
Astronomy: Star walk, Star Guide
NZ: WeatherNZ, WhatBirdNZ, SnowReports
Photography: Flickr
Medical: Elastoplast, MediProfiles, St John NZ

Disclaimer: Navigation using your iPhone always needs to be backed up with a compass, map and a dedicated GPS. 

I have written reviews of many of these iPhone apps previously in this blog, several articles about how to use iPhone apps in general while bushwalking, and detailed articles which focus upon iPhone apps for navigation, fitness and NZ.

Read more…..

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iPhone App Review | Museum Victoria’s Field Guide to Victorian Fauna

This high quality app holds descriptions of over 700 species including Birds, Butterflies, Fishes, Freshwater Invertebrates, Frogs, Insects, Lizards, Mammals, Marine Invertebrates, Snakes, Spiders, Terrestrial Invertebrates found in Victoria, Australia

This is a free iPhone and iPad app developed by  Museum Victoria and displays 700 species which can be viewed by group, alphabetically or searched for individually.

Museum Victoria

Clicking on a species brings up several photos and

  • details: distinctive markings, identifying characteristics, biology, diet, habitat, native status, taxonomy
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  • distribution: includes colour coded map along with word description
  • scarcity: listed individually for Victoria, Australia and Worldwide
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  • audio: use multiple sound tracks

The data provided is of a high standard and would be very useful for a bushwalker wishing to identify common species in Victoria, many of which will be found in other states of Australia. One of the best features of course is the audio as often an animal may not be visible but its call can be heard.

The free iPhone app can be downloaded from iTunes

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Bushwalking Field Guides

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Bushwalking in the Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges, South Australia | Pt 2 A Key to Learning About the Gammons

This page provides a key to access the content of a wide range of natural history books available which provide bushwalkers with information about the Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges National Park in northern South Australia.

Flinders Ranges and Vulkathunha-Gammons Ranges National Parks (RAA)

 I have divided the content which could be of interest to bushwalkers into the the following categories for convenience and listed the relevant books, listed below, by letter.

Gammon Ranges, South Australia, Australia (1999  Dr MR Snow)

The relevant books I have on my library shelf  include

    A.   C. Warren Bonython. Walking the Flinders Ranges. Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2000. [ISABN 0 85179 286 3]
    B.   Adrian Heard. A Walking Guide to the Northern Flinders Ranges. State Publishing South Australia, 1990. [ISBN 0 7243 6574 5]
    C.   John Chapman  Bushwalking In Australia, 4th edition 2003
    D.   Barker, Susan and McCaskill, Murray (Eds) Explore The Flinders Ranges RGSSA Adelaide 2005 [ISBN 0 9596627 6 6 ]
    E.   Osterstock, Alan Time: in the Flinders Ranges. Austaprint,1970 [ISBN 0 85872 160 0]
    F.   Osterstock, Alan The Flinders in Flower. Austaprint,1975
    G.   Corbett, David A Field Guide to the Flinders Ranges Rigby, 1980 [ISBN 0 85872 144 9]
    H.   Pedler, Rosemary Plant Identikit: Wildflowers of the Northern Flinders Ranges  Rosemary Pedler1994 [ISBN 0 646 18801 1]
    I.   M. Davies,  C.R. Twidale, M. J Tyler Natural History of the Flinders Ranges Royal Society of South Australia Inc 1996
    J.  Thomas, Tyrone 50 walks in South Australia Hill of Content, 1992
    K.   Morrison, RGB  A Field guide to the Tracks and Traces of Australian Mammals Rigby 1981[ISBN 0 7270 1489 7]
    L.   Bonney, Neville & Annie Reid Plant Identikit Common Plants of the Flinders Ranges Neville Bonney1993 [ISBN 0 646 15406 0]

    I am sure there are others and would welcome any suggested additions.

    Articles in this series about the Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges

    Related Articles

    Bushwalking in the Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges, South Australia | Pt 1 Trip Planning Resources

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    Review | The Shell Guide to the Routeburn (NZ) Track by Philip Temple | Pt 3 Route Guide

    Planning to complete the Routeburn track in New Zealand? Want some hints from someone who has walked the track many times? Interested in the flora and birds? This article is a part review of the 40 page Routeburn Track Guide by Philip Temple, published by Whitcoulls in 1976, which has become a NZ tramping classic and still contains valuable information.

    © Bushwalker

    Route Guide

    The track is 39 kms long and average travelling time according to Philip Temple is only 13 hours ” … so that a very fit, skilled tramper with a light pack might accomplish it in one summer’s day.

    As is common, he recommends completing the walk in 3 days

    Day 1 Routeburn Lodge (Shelter) to Routeburn Falls Hut(8km, 2.5hrs, + 250m)
    Day 2 Routeburn Falls Hut to Harris Saddle (4.8 km, 1.5 hrs, +300m) and then to Lake Mackenzie (10.5km, 3 hrs, -300m)
    Day 3 Lake Mackenzie to Lake Howden (9km, 3hrs, +?m) to Milford Road. (3.2km, 1 hr plus 1hr if climb Key Summit, – 150m)

    Routeburn Falls Hut. Photo taken by Steffen Sledz

    Day 1 Track Notes

    Bridal Veil Ck footbridge 1 hr
    Birds: parakeets, robin, fantails
    Flora: Montane beech forest dominates between 500 – 1150 m with three species of beech: red (lower, warmer slopes), mountain , silver. Forest floor thickly carpeted by coprosma, fuchsia, ribbonwood, pepperwood and on the Hollyford slopes, kamahi, broadleaf and totara.
    Upper flats: arrive after couple of hours, to cross the river by bridge. The Flats (702m) were the upper limits of horse traffic.
    Looking north up the northern branch of the Routeburn you can see Mt Somnus (about 5.5 km away, true 32.5°, GR E0280942 N5048358, 2282m) and further away to the right is Turret Head (16 km across Dart, 62.4° True, GR E0292265, N5051650, 2350m)
    Routeburn Flats to Routeburn Falls Hut (976m) 3.2 km, walking time 1.25hrs. The lower hut is DOC and the upper private.
    Flora: giant mountain buttercup blooms in early summer in the beds of the higher creeks

    Lake Harris, Routeburn track, from the path from Harris Saddle to Conical Hill. © Zoharby

    Day 2 Track Notes

    1. Routeburn Falls to Harris Saddle, the boundary between Mt Aspiring and Fiordland national parks.

    Flora: giant buttercup, flowering spaniard, daisy, gentian, ourisia, hebe, snowgrass.
    The track above Lake Harris may be impassable if snow covered and should not be attempted in bad weather.
    Views from Harris Saddle: Hollyford valley to west, and behind that the Darran Mountains with Mt Christina (2692m)12 km away to the SSW ( 232° T). Mt Tutoko ( 2964m) to the north.
    If you have time there are excellent views to be had by climbing Conical Hill (1515m) to the north of the saddle.
    Harris saddle only has emergency shelter

    2. Harris Saddle to Lake Mackenzie

    About 2km from the Saddle there is a track intersection with Deadman’s Track and after another 2km a large square rock which can be used as an emergency bivouac. Don’t waste time on this section if the weather forecast is looking to be poor.

    Looking north, “…..you will be able to see right down the Hollyford to Lake McKerrow and the sea at Martins Bay ….” 8.5 km to the south (200° T), at the head of the Hollyford Key Summit (GR E0272856 N 5033572) stands out.

    Great reflections of Mt Emily (1815m) to the NE can be obtained in the lake early morning or evening.

    Mackenzie Hut at Mackenzie Lake, Routeburn Track, New Zealand. © Steffen Sledz

    Day 3 Track Notes

    1. Lake Mackenzie to Lake Howden via Earland Falls

    Views: Hollyford and Darrans
    Flora: veronica scrub, beech forest, red of rata blossom in summer.
    Birds: sweet notes of the bellbird, rattle and bell call of the kaka, whooshing beat of the bush pigeons, waxeyes at forest edge, brown creepers deeper in the bush, black backed gull on rocky bluffs.
    After 2 hours reach Earland Falls. After another hour you reach Lake Howden.(671m)

    2. Lake Howden to Key Summit (919m) to The Divide shelter on Milford Road

    View from Key Summit, Routeburn Track NZ © Metapede

    Great views from Key Summit which is a botanists mecca, where “… stunted beech trees take the place of subalpine scrub and merge into perhaps the finest bog and swamp region .. with plant life ranging from sundews, bladderworts and orchids to bog forstera, bog daisy and bog pine.”

    Related reading

    iPhone app: What Bird NZ

    Previous Routeburn Track Planning posts

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    Review | The Shell Guide to the Routeburn (NZ) Track by Philip Temple | Pt 2 General Information

    Planning to complete the Routeburn track in New Zealand? Want some information about  access, accommodation, weather, clothing and equipment, fitness and preparation. This article is a part review of the 40 page Routeburn Track Guide by Philip Temple, published by Whitcoulls in 1976, which has become a NZ tramping classic and still contains valuable information.

    General Information

    Ranger Stations and Access

    Located at Glenorchy and Te Anau. Check in /out required

    Can be walked from either end. Eastern access is from Queenstown to Glenorchy.
    Western access from Te Anau to The Divide on the road to Milford Sound

    Accommodation

    • Off Track: Queenstown, Te Anau, Glenorchy,  Eglinton Valley (on Te Anau-Milford Hwy)
    • On Track: Commercial Lodges at Routeburn Falls and Lake Mackenzie but can only be accessed as part of a Guided Walk.

    Weather and Season

    “Prevailing winds are NW and SW; heavy rainfall is common and snow may fall down to 1000m at any time of the year. The Hollyford Face between Harris Saddle and Lake Mackenzie is particularly exposed to wind and precipitation and the Saddle is normally snow bound during the winter and early spring. The usual season for track walking is late November to mid-April. The saddle crossing should not be undertaken at any time except under favourable weather conditions.

    Clothing and Equipment

    Temple warns that the weather is very variable with trampers needing to carry both warm weather and cold weather/snow gear. He gives the normal warnings about the need for a waterproof parka, well broken in boots, first aid kit compass and map.

    Fitness and Preparation

    The author gives some excellent advice on the need to be fit and have well broken in boots so that “you will have more time and opportunity  to appreciate the scenery and natural features that you have made so much effort to reach!” His wise counsel that “there’s only one way to get fit for tramping- and that’s tramping” is very sound.

    Approach to Walking

     I like his hints on how to walk. “Don’t rush and don’t loiter….. And rests should not be too long, otherwise you may stiffen up and lose your rhythm…..Start out early each day, so you always have time on hand. … Remember the golden rule – the pace of the party is that of the slowest member.

    Part 3 in this series will discuss the actual route notes provide by Temple.


    Related reading

    Related Routeburn Track Planning posts

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    iPhone Astronomy Apps for Bushwalkers: Learn About the Night Sky

    Ever wonder what that bright spot in the sky was? Wish you could name the stars, planets, and constellations you can see while sitting around the campfire? Like to know which satellite it is that you have just seen?

     Well, you could get your sky chart out and try to orientate it. That has certainly worked for me in the past, but with limited success.

    Starfinder

    Some of you might even remember the “Starfinder” which was a miniature cardboard planetarium and astrolabe which showed the constellations visible from 35S in the southern hemisphere. It had a disc, marked with the constellations,  which revolved inside a sleeve, with slots cut out, showing the sky at different times and months.

    Fortunately there are several iPhone apps to help you that are a little more sophisticated. Some use the iPhone’s position sensors to determine where in the sky you are looking,  the GPS to decide where you are located and the time and date. Once these are decided, it is relatively easy to show you the relevant part of the sky map on the iPhone screen. Calibration is even possible eg  Star Walk allows you to view the night sky through the rear camera on your iPhone and superimpose it over  features you can recognise on the sky map, before setting.

    Personally I agree with the rave reviews that Star Walk has been getting and this is my astronomy app of choice.

    Star Walk Screenshot

    For beginners. Star Spotter: real time motion tracking of the stars above you. General catalogue of sky objects. Pictures of constellations. Picture of the day: stunning pictures from deep space. Location of satellites. Search: be guided to sky objects. Deep sky objects. Time Machine: views the sky at any time in the past or future. Moon Phases. Night vision mode: preserves your dark vision to see more stars. View from any location

    Other iPhone Astronomy Apps
    Star Guide

    Simple interface helps you learn the night sky by displaying the constellation at which your device is currently pointed. 

    For best results hold the device at arms length, look along the surface, and tap the screen to pause the display

    • Star Map : for more experienced astronomers
    Pocket Universe

    Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn constellations, bright stars and planets.

    You can literally hold up your iPhone 3GS/4 in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see – but one that’s complete with names and information.

    GoSkyWatch

    Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more with a touch or by simply pointing to the sky. Have fun with family and friends discovering the images in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.

    iStellar is a planetarium App that shows the starry sky seen from the place and time of your choice. It is optimized for Multi-Touch control, allowing you to operate intuitively; drag to move the star chart, pinch to zoom in and out, and so on. 

    For an excellent comparison (not updated since Dec 2009): Star Charting Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch Review by Dan Schroeder, Physics Department, Weber State University

    This review  by an experienced astronomer outlines the basic features you need, lists the distinguishing features of each and gives advice on how to decide on which to purchase. To make the task easier there is a table listing the features of each.

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    Bushwalking Trip Plan | Routeburn Track, New Zealand | Pt 1

    How should I plan a bushwalk in NZ? What are the logistics of such a trip from Australia and within NZ? What maps do I need? Can I upload them to my GPS? What are the risk management requirements of the Routeburn Track ? What is the weather likely to be in November? What special equipment will I need? To whom do I send my trip intentions form, if they are needed? Do I need a permit, and if so from whom? How do I obtain stove fuel or is it provided? Are there huts which I can use or will I need a tent? What emergency communications are available? What is special about the flora and fauna of the area and what field guides should I take? What are the photographic features? How much will it cost?

    Invitation to Contribute

    I have just started planning a week long trip to the Routeburn Track, in the South Island of New Zealand in November 2011 and thought I would share the process with you as it evolves.  This may not be the way you would do it, and if we differ,  I would encourage you to make alternative suggestions. I will be planning the walk on the basis that it will be independently walked by two experienced, fit bushwalkers, who will share equipment.

    The questions listed above came randomly to mind and will all need to be answered before I leave. You may have some other questions you would like answered, if you are intending to do the same trip, or think I have left out and need to add. Your suggestions will be incorporated.

    As the planning is a work in progress, it may need to be amended as I progress or receive better advice from others. I am particularly seeking wisdom from those who have walked the track recently and will incorporate your advice with appropriate acknowledgement.

    Sequence of planning | Where should I start?

    I guess for most people, with limited holidays, the suitability of the time of the year and duration needed are actually the critical  factors, followed closely by the cost.

    • Can I do this trip in November? 
    • How long do I need?
    • Can I afford the trip?

    There are four good places to start  for this sort of general information:

    • commercial tramping tours
    • regional tourist associations
    • government departments
    • tramping guide books

    With some thorough research,  these sources should provide me with the answers to the following questions:

    • Do they go in November? 
    • How long do they take? 
    • What sightseeing do they incorporate?
    • What are the highlights of the trip that should not be missed?
    • What options ( linking walks) do they provide?
    • Where do they start and finish?
    • What do they charge?

    Hopefully, you will be able to help me with this research process.

    Other Relevant Posts

    Bushwalking Workflow | Planning a Bushwalk
    Bushwalking Rescue | Emergency Beacons and Personal Tracking Systems
    How do You Organise Your Food for a Multi-day Hike?
    Packing for a Bushwalk 
    Plan Safer Bushwalks | Weather Forecasts and Climate Records
    How much fuel do I need?

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    iPhone App Review | Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds

    Want to be able to find a bird’s name? Can you only hear its call? Do you know which bird it looks most like but don’t know its species?  Do you have some possibilities and would like to compare them?  Are you tired of carrying a thick, heavy bird guide around with you?

    Introduction

    Check for other field guides

    Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds (iPhone app), is the first electronic field guide for birds covering the whole of Australia, with the exception of offshore islands, and is unique in that it brings together the 3000 images and 1852 calls of the 800 species in one compact guide. It uses the same format as the iPhone version of the Sibley US guide.

    Calls for the same species vary in different locations and the location of each call is shown as it is played. The bird calls can be organised by location and are invaluable when about to undertake a new bushwalk as you can prepare in advance by listening to the expected calls, perhaps when travelling to the bushwalk by plane or car. Earphones are recommended for listening, especially for the lower notes.

    When you identify a bird you can add it to “My List” which gives the name of the bird , the location you found it, the date and a comment box.

    Searching

    One of the benefits of an eGuide is that you are able to electronically search or filter and reduce what can be an overwhelming number of birds to a manageable number. You can select coastal birds, land birds, passerines or birds of one geographic region.

    Perhaps the most powerful feature which is only available in a traditional book with a lots of pages turning, is the ability to compare species, sexes of the one species, juveniles vs adults, breeding vs non-breeding on the one screen.

    For those who know a little about birds or who just want to confirm a sighting then an alphabetic or taxonomic search of about 800 species is available.

    Smart Searching

    For those who don’t know where to start there is a “Smart Search” where you enter a few characteristics and the 800 species list is filtered, allowing a side-by-saide comparison to decide the final choice. Even just deciding between passerines and non-passerines will halve the list.Try doing this in a traditional book without a lot of bookmarks! The Help section gives definitions of the terms used in the “Smart Search”.

    Once you have narrowed your species list down to less than 20,  preferably even less, begin looking at the characteristics of the listed birds, to see if you can identify the mystery bird.

    “Bird Looks Like”  is useful for those without an extensive knowledge of bird names. There are six useful worked examples to help you learn to use this powerful facility.

    Exclusions

    Oceanic birds which don’t frequent the coast can be excluded, to reduce the search options. Others exclusions include Exclude Rare Vagrants, Exclude migratory Waders or you may select any of the characteristics available in the Smart Search.

    Inclusions

    Useful if you only want to include birds from the shoreline out-to-sea, effectively eliminating land birds and those found on the sand or mud, in coastal vegetation or mangroves.

    Distribution Maps

    These show three levels of frequency ( All, Usual, Vagrant) which can be selected, with Usual approximating Official Bird Lists closest.  In addition, your location can be chosen from a list of 20 land and sea regions, so restricting your searches. While regional lists don’t match the official Birds of Australia list for the regions, they do include most mainland birds. Sub species distribution are shown.

    Taxonomic Index

    This is the best way to browse closely related birds, if you know the likely name of the bird. With experience the position in scrolling list, can be used find various families of birds.

    Alphabetic Index

    This lists the name of the group or family not the name of the bird itself. Theer is an instant scroll to quickly go to a particular letter

    Bird Info Window

    This contains multiple “stacked” screen images which can be scrolled up and down to reveal more information or left and right to show more species. Tapping an image or text will cause it to fill the screen. Tapping the map icon brings the distribution map to the foreground and if you tap the musical note icon you will hear the bird call.

    Comparisons

    Any screen which holds an Index Query or the result of a Smart Search will have a Comp symbol at the top right hand corner which can be tapped. This will allow species from the list to be selected for comparison on the same page. Alternatively by selecting the most likely which is then locked to the bottom half of the screen you can scroll other possibilities across the top of the screen


    Acknowledgements and Copyright

    Michael Morcombe:  the author of the original hardcover book and the author of over 40 titles of Australian natural history and landscape.
    David Stewart: the sounds in this ebook are from his Nature Sound Library, a collection of bird calls and songs
    Birds Australia
    Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds is a Steven Parish Publishing natural history title.

    Wish List

    • It would be nice if the iPhone’s built in GPS could be used to automatically filter the list of species by your location.
    • Perhaps the iPhone’s camera could be used to take a photo of the bird and then compared automatically with those in the database.
    • Use the iPhone’s GPS to record the location of sightings in “My List”.
    • Similarly with the bird’s call
    • Offer a shared online database of sightings, with locations marked on a map.

    See also

    Bird in Hand; iPhone app which covers 23 of Tasmania’s common and endemic birds and includes bird calls, high quality pictures and information on their habitat, breeding, diet etc. 
    Bird List for Tasmania (PWS)

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      Some Great Uses of the iPhone for Bushwalkers

      For an update see: Bushwalking Equipment | Can I Really Do Without a Smartphone?

      The iPhone 4 has many features which make it suitable for bushwalking and some which don’t. The built in GPS and compass, 5 Mb camera  with geo-tagged photos, the HD video recorder, its multimedia capabilities and its voice controlled mobile phone and wi-fi communications make it ideal.

      I have just bought an iPhone 4 from Telstra, as they have better coverage, especially in regional and remote areas, and have being trying to find some iPhone apps* which might be useful. It wasn’t difficult!
      Here are some links to useful iPhone apps for the outdoors. The descriptions below are from the iTunes Store.
      Emergencies/Survival/Rescue

      Simple slider motion to contact emergency services and launch RESCUE app (all functionality requires connection and access to local cellular and 3G/Edge or Wifi networks) Automatically detects new country and inserts appropriate local emergency number Sends 4 sms/email messages to your contacts with an emergency message and location. Provides your emergency call back number in case you have a private or blocked number. Loud audio alarm to warn bystanders, predators, or yourself, that the RESCUE app has been activated. Hyperlinked messages to Google maps so your location is instantly known. 60 second countdown to automatically call emergency services, in case you cannot. Ease of operation during emergencies

       Rescue@ helps locating you when calling an emergency number. In an emergency and needs help? But unsure where you are? By using Rescue@ when calling the emergency service you will be able to provide that critical, and maybe even life-saving, information to the emergency service personnel. The application works by first locating you using the location service on your iPhone. This location will then be saved as a contact name when pressing the “Call emergency”-button within the application. You can then read your location out loud by simply looking at the contact name in the caller-ID screen. 

      If you’re ever in a tight spot or emergency just press “Rescue Me!” and this application will send your location to your Twitter followers, and Facebook friends, and email account you set. This alarm message will come in the form of longitude and latitude coordinates, a Google Maps link, and a help message (which you can set) to ensure you can be found. The online society and your friends can take care of you. RescueMe can be a lifesaving tool.

      Rescue Light is a simple app but very functional that can help you at various times. Need a red alert light? This is the app.

      Stroboscope and Torch Light – FlashLight ! iStrobo is an application that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a stroboscope. Define its frequency and start the stroboscope !

      MorseEmergency is an application that sends a light SOS Morse signal through the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch. In some circumstances, long distance, noise… a light signal is the only message that can be sent or received.  

      Send SOS alerts in Morse code with the blink of your screen!

      In a swiftwater rescue scenario, it is useful to determine how far a person in the water has travelled downstream so that the search area may be narrowed and more effectively conducted. Although the math for determining this distance is relatively straightforward, it requires precious time that could be better used elsewhere. Mistakes may also be made in a high-stress situation, which may also cost time.

      SAS Survival Lite is the FREE version of the complete SAS Survival Guide, available now in the app store. Based on the million-copy best selling book, this fantastic free app provides you with a bare bones guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with basic survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this entry-level guide in your arsenal.

      SAS Survival Lite is the FREE version of the complete SAS Survival Guide, available now in the app store. Based on the million-copy bestselling book, this fantastic free app provides you with a bare bones guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with basic survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this entry-level guide in your arsenal.

      Don’t panic! You have a survivalist in your pocket. iSurvive marries common sense to meticulous technique. This application addresses the essential needs of wilderness survival. iSurvive instructs the user, with concise language and detailed photo illustrations to tie knots, construct shelters, set snares, start fires, and find clean drinking water. It also serves as a quick reference for First Aid, Navigation, Weather, Rescue and more.

      NOW you are able to send your location via email or SMS wherever you want whenever you want…A simple application that shows the user the exact geographic location in degrees, minutes and seconds. Along with that you can get the course in degrees and the speed in 3 different units (km/h, nm/h, mi/h).

      First Aid

      With Sun Alert you can calculate the maximal sun exposure time from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Whether you are at the beach, climbing mountains, skiing, walking, jogging or working outdoors you need to protect your skin from the UV radiation and thereby lower the risk of adverse health effects.

      MediProfiles gives you peace of mind by having all of your Friends, Family and Co-worker’s emergency medical information at your finger tips. (St Johns)
      Resuscitate focuses on the importance of the St John DRABCD Action Plan. The DRABCD Action Plan is used by First Responders around the world as primary assessment for every casualty. Included in the App is a powerful proximity sensor that locates your nearest St John Ambulance Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

      ‘First Aid’ is Australia’s only iPhone app that presents step-by-step emergency First Aid information to the user with a large clear image for each step. (St Johns)

      Know when and how much to drink before, during and after sports. 
      Hydri-Assist helps ensure you are consuming enough fluid. Simply enter in your pre-workout wight, and then your post-workout weight (plus how much fluid you consumed in-between), Hydri-Assist will let you know how dehydrated you are, as well as how much fluid you should consume post-workout.
      Navigation/Maps/Planning

       distcalc 

      Allows users to find the distance between 2 or more points by simply tapping a path along a map. No addresses to enter or search for. No dragging pins around. 
      walk-tracker-free-sprintgps 

      Fully customizable activity planner with training history, calorie graphs, audio feedback and in depth workout plans with targets. As you exercise you can see your time, pace, speed, calories burned, training intervals, splits, view map in real time, take photos, listen to iPod music and receive audio feedback on your progress. When you have finished your activity you can view your activity history with stats, route map and splits. View cumulative graphs for distance and calories burned. View your personal best. View your photos and share your activity with friends on the Walk Tracker Website

      The intuitive and easy-to-use interface of the app makes it easy to track how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you traveled on a map. Once your activity is completed, the data is synced to the RunKeeper website (www.runkeeper.com) where you can view a history of all of your activities, and cumulative totals of all of your vital stats. You can also share your progress with friends by posting your activities to Facebook and Twitter, and creating a profile page that allows people to view all of your public activities. (Free version available)

      map-and-land-navigation 

      The Map and Land Navigation app is the U.S. Army’s official training guide to map reading, determining location, and navigating and includes over 600 pages of great content.

      bit-map

      Bit Map is an offline map viewer for your own topographic or specialised maps in standard image formats (eg, PNG, JPEG) or .OZF2 map images. Store multiple maps on your iPhone, and switch between them. With Bit Map, you can view your own choice of maps, instead of generic maps chosen by somebody else, making it ideal for specialist maps with details not available on other mapping applications, such as highly detailed topographic maps obtained from your government mapping authority. Your topographic maps can also be viewed while offline with no cellphone or wifi network access, making it ideal for a wide range of outdoor pursuits including bushwalking, hiking, trekking, camping, cycling, touring. 

      gps-tracking 

      With the push of a button, let other GPS Tracking users know where you are or request their location. GPS Tracking populates your iPhone’s built-in Google Maps with the locations of people in your private “opt-in” buddy list, as soon as they approve your request. It’s an interactive friend-finder, party-starter, child-locator, social networker and much more — a must-have, “Where are you? I’m here!” visual locating app. Push notification and GPS must be on for App to work. (Free version available)

      gps-compass 

      For users with older iPhones without a built-in compass: this app will determine the direction you are facing based on GPS readings taken while you are moving. The app takes this reading and allows you to see the direction you are heading on a Google map. You can also choose to rotate the map so your direction is always shown straight ahead…this capability was previously only available to 3GS owners with a built in compass!

      gps-footsteps-trails-trip 

      Turns your iPhone into a handheld GPS with compass and complete trip tracking!

      Topos2Go

      Topos2Go Free allows you to view topographic maps. You can download freely available maps and store them on your device for use without WiFi or cell access. The full version of Topos2Go adds the ability to locate your position on maps and import/export waypoints.

      Exact Altimeter for Australia

      Uses different ways to determine your altitude. It has built in elevation database, and it can get your altitude from online altitude service. Furthermore, it shows you the altitude given by the built in gps. Additionally it provides information about the nearest settlement.

      Safety
      thunderstorm-calculator 

      Calculates the distance of a thunder storm by measuring the time between a lightning and the corresponding thunder.

      gone-trekking-safety-outdoors 

      Gone Trekking is a location aware safety notification application for outdoor adventurers. The application utilizes the GPS, Google maps, calendar and camera features of the iPhone. Gone Trekking enables the user to record their departure, destination and waypoint information. The application also enables the user to email or post a Twitter message containing their trip details and maps. Video (Free version available)

      firesau

      FiresAU is about bringing bushfire awareness close to you if you live in Australia (NSW, Tasmania, SA). Where is the nearest fire to me? Is it where I need to go? Will I need to deal with one on the way?

      adventure-tracker 

      Designed for adventure runners, ultra marathon runners or just about anyone who wants to track their location whilst out and about. Adventure Tracker is designed to run in the background and update your location to the server every 10 minutes. Adventure Tracker can update your position for up to 20 hours with a single battery charge. Data is automatically uploaded to the Adventure Tracker website where you can view your tracks or send tracking links to friends. If you are in an area where there is no mobile reception such as out in the woods or in a foreign country Adventure tracker caches all the data it is unable to send to the server so you can upload it over WIFI or 3G when available.

      track-trip

      Track Trip uses the GPS receiver in your iPhone to record your location as you walk, run, bike or drive. This can be done in the background and uploaded every 10 minutes saving the battery. 

      Food
      classic-camping-cookbook-meal

      Users can search for a recipe based on the type of food and ingredients necessary to make the perfect meal. This is the first application that allows users to plan meals for an entire camping trip. Pick the number of days and campers and let the application do the rest. Generate shopping and equipment lists so you never forget an essential ingredient at home. 

      Equipment
      backpacking-check-list-must 

      Nothing is worse than driving 80 miles down the road for a glorious few days of backpacking, hiking, fishing and relaxing to find that you have left at home a few really essential items. You’ll be disappointed, and your entire trek could be ruined. Even Fido will feel the frustration. You can edit the extensive lists.

      the-backpacker-checklist 

      Huge list of items to consider
      – Super easy to mark
      – – what you’re going to bring
      – – what you might bring
      – – what’s already packed
      – Add anything you find missing (or change or delete items)
      – Group items by function
      – Plan where to get your items (e.g., supermarket, sporting goods store, attic, garage cabinet)
      – Indicate the weight of items (that we haven’t already weighed)
      – Provide an estimate of what you’ll be hauling along the trail
      – Store and switch between your gear lists for multiple trips
      – See the weights of items according to the “status” you assign to them and by how you use it
      – You control the order of categories in the main checklist
      – Use metric or English units 

      Utilities
      animated-knots-by-grog

      Animated Knots by Grog is simply the best and most comprehensive teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers, fishermen, scouts and hobbyists. Watch as knots tie themselves in simple step-by-step photo animations. Use the manual controls to step through the animations frame by frame as you learn each knot. Tap the info button to get detailed descriptions about each knot’s correct use, advantages and disadvantages, and other information.

      knots-guide 

      A SIMPLE quick reference collection of different knots. Currently the application contains 92 knots divided into 10 categories. (Free)

      learning-the-ropes-navy-knots 

      Tying knots is a vital skill to have in the Royal Australian Navy. With this handy tool, learn to tie different Navy knots with 3D animated tutorials and facts. (Free)

      knots-splices-and-rope-work 

      Knots, Splices and Rope Work’ is the complete original 1917 classic treatise by A. Hyatt Verrill, the renowned American inventor, author, illustrator, archaeologist, explorer, zoologist and friend of former President Theodore Roosevelt.

      google-mobile-app 

      Search Google quickly using your voice, pictures, and location. Google Mobile App includes the following features:
      * New! Google Goggles – use pictures to search the web. Goggles recognizes things such as landmarks, books, wine, artwork, and logos.
      * Search by voice – speak your queries in natural language. Simply hold your iPhone to your ear and say your query.
      (Supports American, British, Indian or Australian English accents, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Polish and Korean.)
      * My Location – avoid typing your current location when searching for nearby businesses (e.g. “pizza” or “starbucks”)
      * Google Suggest – tap suggested web search queries and local businesses that appear as you type
      * Search history – quickly search again for queries you recently performed
      * Contact search – search your phone’s contacts.
      * Vertical search – search Google Maps, Images, News, and Shopping
       (Free)

      Fitness
      iexercise 

      Weekly goals for calories, time, or distance
      – Workout tracking and history
      – Body weight tracking system and charts
      – Achievement system
      – Twitter integration
      – Personal weight tracking
      – System designed by Personal Trainer

      itrail 

      iTrail is an all-in-one, in-your-pocket, sports performance tracking tool, and GPS recording application. Whether you are running, cycling, walking, skiing, or drive, use iTrail to record your performance and location as you move. iTrail will work in the background whilst you listen to music, talk a call or anything else. iTrail uses iPhone’s GPS receiver. 

      logyourhike-gps-pedometer 

      The LogYourHike iPhone App uses the built-in GPS of the iPhone as well as the built-in accelerometer of the iPhone and iPod Touch to measure the distance of your exercise activities. By working both as a pedometer and a GPS device you do not have to wait to get good satellite reception to start your run – the pedometer will measure your distance when the GPS signal is poor.

      Weather
      pocket-weather-au

      Forecast & observation data for hundreds of areas around Australia. Select it via GPS, Map or list.
      – Push current temp, text forecasts and state,regional and local warnings to your iPhone (NEW in 2.1)
      – Custom interface for browsing BOM warnings, all nicely formatted for your iPhone
      – Tide graphs for hundreds of locations around Australia
      – National Rain, Satellite and Synoptic Chart
      – Animated weather icons
      – Sunrise/sunset times
      – All of the BOM rain and wind doppler radars with Find/Track me function as well as the ability to have it auto update (see ‘Live Radar’ in settings)
      – National rain & cloud radars & Synoptic chart
      – Extended forecasts for regional areas
      – Give your locations custom names
      – Shake to refresh, simply shake your phone to refresh the data
      – Realtime UV support for some locations
      – Last update is always cached, so you don’t need a network connection to check the weather for the week, once you’ve got it once.
      – Updates are tiny (less than 10kb) so you don’t have to worry about your iPhone data cap.
      – Supports landscape and portrait view, and in landscape you get all the information on a single page. 

      oz-weather

      – 7 day forecasts for more than 250 official forecast locations
      – Detailed local observations, typically updated every 10 mins
      – Each forecast location includes up to 6 nearest official observation locations, accessible by side-scrolling action.
      – 50 rain radar locations around Australia
      – The radar view also has a “Locate Me” feature which queries the iPhone’s GPS and then centres the radar map on your current location along with an animated crosshair cursor.
      – Radar data delivery has been carefully optimised to arrive quickly on your iPhone
        (Free version available)

      oz-radar-weather

      1) It uses GPS to show your location on the radar.
      2) Oz Radar supports full screen landscape view.
      3) National cloud and synoptic charts.

      Time and Australian Weather, a match made in heaven. Weather sourced directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) displayed elegantly alongside the current time. 

      a-barometer-for-iphone-itouch 

      iBarometer is an application pretty, simple, accurate, and efficient. It lets you easily know what is the pressure near you. Contrary to standard applications (with predefined cities), this version of the barometer will give you precisely the pressure of where you are. It integrates its own conversion system.

      world-tides-2010

      World Tides uses the Simply Harmonic Formula and harmonic constants provided by the UKHO to give 7 day tide predictions without the need for an internet connection. Features: Moon/Sun Rise/Set times, large slidable tide graph, recent locations, built in zoomable map, gps sensor, search, and details page.

      moonlight 

      Moonlight features a photorealistic display using OpenGL rendering technique that paints the moon’s current appearance including all variations in distance, equatorial ecliptic angle and moon libration. The program takes the observer’s (that is you) current position and time into account for exact rendering of images. Alternatively, you can enter your own coordinates and view the moon from anywhere in the world. Go into time warp mode and accelerate time: Fast forward or rewind to see how the moon changes over time.Moonlight not only displays a pretty 3D image but also shows various essential data points: moon phase, distance between earth and moon, julian date or local sideral time.

      Wooly Wind Chill plus ground Speed 

      Calculate wind chill temperature by simply selecting the air temperature and wind speed. The calculated wind chill temperature is displayed “on the fly”.For those who travel by bike, motorcycle, boat, or other means where you find yourself exposed to the elements while in motion, Wooly Wind Chill now has the option to calculate the approximate effective wind chill based your current moving speed (not factoring for actual wind speeds).

      Field Guides
      gemstones-by-varietal 

      Pictoral database of common gemstones, with high-resolution images. Over 2000 gems are included. The images in this app are categorized by Varietal (Agate, Amethyst, etc.) This app includes some information about the gemstone, such as location found, habit, shape, hue, tone, etc. This app is mainly aimed at students, professors, scientists, hobbyists, and those in the field who wish for help identifying gemstones, or learn a bit about what they’re seeing in the field. 

      clouds-and-weather

      This app brings back the ancient knowledge of former generations: Here you will find out how to identify conclusively a thundercloud and what kind of weather can be expected in what time frame when you see fleecy clouds. Here you will find out if it is going to rain when the spider stops spinning its web and much, much more. With detailed descriptions of all cloud types and the weather they bring
      – Complete cloud atlas with all cloud families, species and types according to the International Cloud Atlas of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization)
      – Large photo gallery with over 70 examples of all cloud types

      the-michael-morcombe-eguide 

      Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds in the market today and now it is perfectly complimented by the eGuide which features:
      -iPhone optimised controls   swipe to next or previous species, one-tap enlargement of an image and rotate the device (landscape) to enlarge an image completely (and fit the width of the screen).
      -Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 bird species.
      -Most bird species have a detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur.
      -Detailed text descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.
      -Over 1800 carefully-selected and edited sound recordings for over 600 species. Many species are represented with multiple call examples showing the full range of vocalizations.
      -The ability to compare any two images, maps, or sounds, side by side on the screen. The ability to filter by geographic location, so that you see only the species likely to occur in your location, and to further reduce the possibilities to usual or vagrant species in the selected area.
      -A  Smart Search  that gives the ability to search by distinguishing features such as size, colour, physical features, habitat and exclude certain types of birds (eg. Passerines).
      -A basic personal species list that stores your sightings saved to the device* (ability to upload list coming soon)
      -A comprehensive help and introduction section to help you if you get stuck or don t understand how a certain feature works.

      birdsight-australia 

      Need a quick and easy way to keep track of bird sightings? This app makes adding sightings in the field quick and easy with these features:
      – Quickly search through a complete list of over 800 Australian bird species using common name, scientific name, or “alpha code” abbreviations.
      – Automatically connect to web resources to help verify your sightings, including Flickr images, Google images, and Wikipedia articles. Access a wealth of birding info without huge downloads hogging space on your device.
      – Save and manage your frequently used birding locations with gps tracking and map view.
      – Annotate your observations with notes and protocol information.
      – Export your data as a .csv file that can be opened with spreadsheet applications or submitted to birding websites.

      goskywatch-planetarium-astronomy

      Displays the sky view at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait. Simple operation, no buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring. Unique rotation scheme enables touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.
      Many features specifically for efficient outdoor use. Red light mode to preserve night vision, magnitude adjustment for viewing conditions, planets shown with relative brightness for easy identification, touchless navigation, heads up information display, full 180 degree display to see at a glance what is in the sky and where. Looking for a planet or star? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way.

      bird-in-hand 

      The App covers 23 of Tasmania’s common and endemic birds and includes bird calls, high quality pictures and information on their habitat, breeding, diet etc. Use the App while out bush to work out which call is which.

      Birds of Australia

      This application includes up-to-date Wikipedia entries and pictures of over 700 birds native to Australia. Prepare for your birdwatching activity by downloading (caching) all articles and images on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (approx. 600 MB). Reference the guide when outdoors without an Internet connection. Over 700 birds grouped into 93 species families!!!
      Key Features
      * Wikipedia articles cached complete with full large images. Simply click on any image in a cached article to view the large image.
      * Image Picker
      * search capabilities
      * landscape & portrait modes
      * Wikipedia pages formatted for iPhone display
      * Cache update from server resumes where last stopped
      * Server will be updated periodically with new entries and updated data from wikipedia.
       

      Trip Records
      outdoor-adventure-blogs (Free)

      Stay up to date with the latest Outdoor activity and lifestyle blogs, ideas and adventure writings with heaps of news and posts preloaded into this app and being constantly updated by some of the most engaging bloggers in the world. You can also use the Outdoor Blog Reader as your main news/blog reader because you can easily add your favorite rss feeds on any topic via the “Add Blog via URL” or “Search Blog via Keyword” features.

      Blog Reader features include:

      * Heaps of pre-loaded blogs
      * Search Blogs via Keyword
      * Add Blog via URL
      * Read blogs offline
      * Checks for new Blog posts when you launch
      * Delete, move or add blogs
      * Categories
      * Email blog posts to your friends
      * View in posts in Safari
      * Unread posts indicated by number
      * Help for Blog Reader functions

      Trip Journal allows you to document vacation experiences and share them with your friends and family. Impress everybody with real time updates from the visited destinations and let people see proof of your latest adventures, as your journey unfolds.
      * software applications downloaded  from the iTunes store.