Hiking App Releases Over 25,000 Trail Maps for Free Download, Making It Safer to Hike

People Hiking in Forest

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Many hikers have a story about accidentally going off a trail. They thought they were headed in the right direction only to find that they’d strayed far from their intended path. At best this is a minor frustration. At worst, it’s dangerous and requires a rescue mission. Hiking apps are a big help, as they often provide routes and reviews of trails.

But what if you don't have any cell reception? In that case, you'd need offline maps. This feature, however, is often unavailable on hiking apps unless you are a paying subscriber. An Irish hiking app called HiiKER is changing that. It has released all of the trails in its database—over 25,000 routes—and made them available to download free of charge. Users can choose to download a map to their phone or smartwatch for easy access. It also saves their devices’ battery by not having to constantly ping GPS.

“Hiker Safety is our absolute priority,” explains Paul Finlay, CEO and founder of HiiKER. “Offering hikers Free Offline maps on HiiKER, means that everyone can feel confident that they’re on track, regardless of mobile service.”

The app is used by over half a million hikers worldwide, and with this feature it will surely help many who find themselves lost when out in the wilderness.

Hiking app HiiKER has made all of the trails in its database—over 25,000 routes—available to download free of charge.

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h/t: [Good News Network]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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