An App-solutely Great Way to Hike
We put a hiking app to the test.
I am now in my mid forties so I am not completely over the hill, however, I am also not young enough to have had a smart phone, computer etc. thrust into my hand when I was still lying in my cradle and to have grown up with all this technology.
My field test was finally carried out during the last days of summer in Kleinwalsertal. Without using up all my data roaming allowance, I wanted to know what the app could actually do. To conduct my test under real-life conditions, I chose a short and easy hiking route which I knew very well and I just let the app run alongside me.
All the same, my little electronic companion soon leads me reliably back onto the right path. I smile to myself and think: ‘Good job, little hiking guide in my pocket!’ Now the app and I are ready to discover new routes as there are one or two hill walks that I have had on my to-do-list for a while.
However, I won’t just rely on my smartphone and app in the future. The good old, well-thumbed hiking maps will continue to be my constant companions in my rucksack as they never suddenly run out of charge and the hiking trail signposts, which are so well maintained and cared for by the farm workers in the community, are also absolutely indispensable. The app may still accompany me when I venture into the mountains as an additional helper – my new little mountain guide in my pocket. It has passed its field test – welcome to mountain life!