You've probably installed all sorts of stuff on your smartphone, from games (Angry Birds – yeah!) to productivity tools, but what about apps for the outdoors? No matter where you are or what type of smartphone you use, if you spend time outside you need to try out these five apps:
Audubon Birds - Everyone should know how to identify a few birds, right? Audubon Birds is my go-to app for identifying different species quickly. Photos, descriptions and bird calls make this a must-have app for every nature lover. $2.99/iPhone, Android.
EveryTrail Pro - Create GPS tracks and share mobile travel guides of your adventures with the EveryTrail Pro app. The iPhone version is good, but the Android version is even better. With the Android version, you can enable live tracking and have friends and family (or whoever else you want, of course) to follow along in real time. Like most GPS-enabled apps, EveryTrail Pro is kind of a battery hog. Make sure to bring along an external battery on longer trips. $3.99/iPhone, Android.
AllTrails - Use the AllTrails app to find trails near you. You can browse trails by distance from your current location or specify an address to see what's nearby. Create and share your own GPS tracks with friends, and keep a journal of your adventures on the AllTrails website. Good stuff. Free/iPhone, Android.
The Weather Channel - Don't get caught in the rain – or do, if that's your thing – with the Weather Channel app. It's a breeze to navigate on both types of devices, and gives you access to current conditions, severe alerts and up to 10-day forecasts. The Weather Channel offers a "Max" version of the app, but the free version works just fine for my needs. Free/iPhone, Android.
Groundspeak Geocaching App - I'm not a hardcore geocacher, but I still love and use this app often. It's cool to pick up a nearby cache or two when I'm in the woods, and the Groundspeak app works perfectly for me. You can search for caches by your current location or a specific address, as well GC code. It's a great app for those without a dedicated handheld GPS device, or for just grabbing a cache on the fly without having to load them into your GPS unit. $9.99/iPhone, Android.