Whoever said technology doesn’t belong in the wild probably didn’t own an iPhone. Years ago, technology (we called it “electronics” back then) meant things like a Nintendo Game Boy, Sony Walkman or feature phone—things that took you out of your outdoor experience. These days, technology like the iPhone can actually enhance that experience—and maybe even keep you safer.
Find yourself on the trail—literally
The GPS chip inside your iPhone is darned good, able to pinpoint your location to within 30 feet or so—that’s on par with dedicated GPS devices. Pair it with an app like MotionX GPS and you’ve got a GPS receiver on par with dedicated devices that cost hundreds of dollars. Plus, you can download the maps ahead of time so they’re on your device when you need them, even when you don’t have a cell signal. You can set major waypoints in advance, and then add more on the fly once you get there, marking locations like a hard-to-find waterfall, your campsite, the trailhead—even where you parked your car. If you add a $1 app called Beacon, your iPhone’s GPS radio can even help others find you in an emergency.