October 11, 2012 - 17:12
A hiking holiday in Patagonia, the remote expanse of wilderness at the end of the world, used to be a means of leaving all modern technology behind. However, with the advent of smartphones, there is an increasing understanding of how technology can now enhance our enjoyment of our natural surroundings. Like a Swiss Army Knife for the 21st Century, a smartphone equipped with the right apps can replace multiple bulky pieces of equipment, cutting down valuable weight and enabling you to trek further for longer. There is a huge range of apps out there aimed at the outdoors sports community, especially if you’re hiking in less remote areas of North America. But what if you’re planning a trek in Patagonia, where phone signal is patchy to non-existent and only major roads are marked? Well, we’ve yet to come across an app dedicated to hiking in Patagonia, but in the meantime, here is our pick of best apps for this unique environment.