The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions
Jessi Loerch | jloerch@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Peaks app: How it works in reality

  • This screenshot from my phone shows how the Peaks app worked from the top of Hidden Lake Peaks north.

    Jessi Loerch

    This screenshot from my phone shows how the Peaks app worked from the top of Hidden Lake Peaks north.

I've been having fun lately with the Peaks app. I downloaded it to test out on some recent scrambles up peaks around here.

After some playing with it, here's my conclusion: It's a good app if you have a rough idea of some peaks in the vicinity.

From my experience, it's not great at identifying which direction you are pointing your phone. If, however, you can identify a peak or two without the app's help, it's a lot of fun.

Here's how it's been working for me. I turn on the app, hold it up and start looking for the name of peaks I know. For example, if I can see Mount Baker, I spin in circles, holding up the phone, until I see Mount Baker in the app. Then I touch it with my finger and drag it so it's actually at the summit of Baker.

Once you've calibrated it like that, you can start identifying other peaks.

It's not perfect. On a recent outing, for example, it would show me Mount Shuksan but not Mount Baker, even though I had a clear line of sight to both.

You can even take photos with it -- something I hadn't even noticed until I started writing this blog post. I'd been taking screen shots. The photo option is more fun. It'll even tell you what peak you're standing on.

So, even though it has its limits, it's only $2.99. I'd say I've gotten $3 worth of entertainment out of it.

Story tags » Outdoor RecreationHikingTechnology (general)

Subscribe to Explore NW
See sample | Privacy policy

Most recent Explore NW posts

digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...
HeraldNet Classifieds

HeraldNet highlights

A very slow invasion
A very slow invasion: Non-native snails take over the Northwest
Girls H.S. Athlete of the Year
Girls H.S. Athlete of the Year: Lynnwood High School three-sport star Mikayla Pivec
Boys H.S. Athlete of the Year
Boys H.S. Athlete of the Year: Lake Stevens High School quarterback Jacob Eason
In all its glory
In all its glory: The North Cascades on display at the Burke Museum