What’s up social media peeps, we all have smartphones these days and probably the best part about those phones has to be all the apps. It seems like no matter what you need, there is usually “an app for that”.
We could list the apps for days… anything from games, to travel, to literature to the stock market watch. Some of these apps are extremely useful in our everyday lives and can really be time savers, on the other hand though, most of them can be extreme time wasters, just a stupid way to pass the time. I want to talk about how to make apps a useful part of your life and how some of them can actually save your life!
So for those who don’t know me, I’m a pretty outdoorsy going kind of guy and spend a lot of my time climbing, hiking and camping in the backcounty. Believe it or not, I use apps on my iPhone to help me plan, find and map out most of my trips. I use an app called “Mountain Project” for all of my climbing route finding needs, this app has just about every Rock Climbing route in the world mapped out with a very unique description on how to find the route, how hard it is, the gear you will need and the reviews of the route by other climbers, all for free! pretty cool huh? This app alone has probably saved me A hundred bucks in guide books I would have had to buy. Another app that I use on a regular basis is called “Columbia Take Ten”. This app can be used for many different things, from safety tips to packing lists for any type of trip, this app can save your life. Especially with the trip planning feature it has. How this works is I fill out a template already made out on the app, it asks for the essentials like the date, location and duration of the trip. It will then geographically map out my trip giving latitude and longitude coordinates of my whereabouts, It also asks for the type of vehicle and my team members names who will be with me on my trip as well as my provisions I will be taking and when I will be returning. From this point, the app sends all of this information to my emergency contacts (mom and dad) and tells them that if I do not contact them within 12 hours of my ETA, the information will be sent to a search and rescue team in the area. Hopefully insuring a quick and painless rescue if I get turnaround out there. Whoever said all apps were useless… never had an app that could potentially save their life.
Find the apps for you, the ones that can simplify your life! take advantage of the 21st century people!
That’s all for now peeps.