I’ve mentioned in the past few months a secret project I’ve been working on, and now is the time to reveal it. It’s a limited interest item, but I’m still pretty excited. Just a few days ago, I returned from my annual winter backpacking trip with my high school (report coming soon), and found that the last stage of my project was finished. Green light, go ahead.
So I give you, Guthook’s Hiking Guides. Just about one year ago, I put on and old hat that I hadn’t touched in almost a decade, and re-taught myself some computer programming skills. Many years ago, this was something simple for me, but now it’s mind boggling– almost magical. And in the end I came out with a set of apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. They are Guthook’s Hiking Guides.
In a nutshell, Guthook’s Hiking Guides are guidebooks for hiking trails, condensed into an iPhone, and built to take advantage of the features of this magical little device.
The first of (hopefully) many of these guides is available as of this morning on the App Store. It is Guthook’s Guide to the Pacific Crest Trail, Southern California section. Between today and the end of April, I hope to have the other four sections of the PCT available (Central California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington), working in cooperation with my good friend and hiking buddy Paul, author of Pocket PCT. Once the initial versions of the PCT apps are available, I’ll get two more apps ready for the northeast– the Camden Hills in Maine, and Monadnock in New Hampshire. And later on, there will be more trail systems, but I’ll let you know about that once they get closer.
The next two months are going to be extremely busy for me, as I sift through thousands of photos and waypoints for the PCT apps, but once I get in the groove I’ll get back to updating the blog frequently. In the meantime, if you or a friend happen to own iPhones and want to go for a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, check out the apps and let me know what you think.