Apping the backcountry

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Even though you probably won’t get a cell signal, you should still bring your smartphone into the backcountry. And not just for taking summit selfies. Here are five reasons why:


A made-for-mobile guidebook to 100 ski tours in B.C.’s Rogers Pass that includes maps, pictures, descriptions and, with GPS, plots current location.

Device: Android only  *  Cost: $30  Web:

Snog and iSis

Using WiFi or Bluetooth and GPS, these apps turn smartphones into avalanche beacons, but they aren’t compatible with traditional beacons and take practice.

Device: Snog for Android, iSis for Apple  *  Cost: both free  Web: Snog,; iSis,

Ullr Labs MAST

A digital field notebook to create a snowpit profile, record observations, measure slope angles and aspect, compare to avalanche forecasts and share it.

Device: Android and Apple  *  Cost: $10  Web:

Backcountry Accessor

Your best friend in an emergency: a trip-planning area, rescue form that auto fills, and avalanche-skills cheat sheets and tutorials.

Device: Apple  *   Cost: free  Web:

CAC Mobile app

Stay up-to-date on current avalanche conditions and forecasts across the country and submit your own observations.

Device: Android and Apple  *  Cost: free  Web:

 from Fall 2014 issue

Ryan Stuart
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