24 comments on “Introducing Guthook’s Hiking Guides

  1. Awesome! Looking forward to the New England editions (Monadnock and Camden Hills are great starts). Wish I had an iPhone rather than Android – but fortunately my wife has an iPhone 4s and I’ve got an iPad so can at least use it off the trail. I’ve got a couple of friends that are planning to do part of the PCT this spring and I’ll definitely pass on the info to them. (One of them is the guy that was with me in Yosemite when we ran into Moleman). And although I probably won’t be spending any time on the PCT myself soon (sadly) I’ll definitely get the app and take a virtual hike. Looking forward to it!


    • Sorry, Android user… I’ll look into it 🙂

      If this goes well, and time permitting, I’ll be adding a lot of Northeast apps when I get the time. Really, this is kind of an excuse for me to hike more, since I’m relying on my own GPS tracks and waypoints and photos.

      I hope you like it, and do spread the word!

    • I knew someone was going to mention that! I have definitely thought of that Ray, and I would like to make an Android version as well, but don’t hold your breath. I had to teach myself from scratch how to write programs for iPhone, and it’s been a bit of a long process. From what I’ve learned, apparently making an Android version of an app isn’t as simple as it sounds. I’ll be looking into it, but like I said… don’t hold your breath.

    • Android is out selling iPhones in the UK. Other places too. Android is a big market. For example I would have got the Maine app if on Android if available as I am walking there this summer.

      Either way well done and all the best with this.

    • My ambitions are relatively modest, I think 🙂

      But yes, I do realize that leaving half the market out isn’t the best idea, and I certainly have nothing against Androids… One step at a time, though.

    • The thing that would trip you up transitioning from iPhone to Android is the fact that Android is programmed in Java. Turns out Java isn’t that hard if you’re using Eclipse (a Java IDE), I recently had to learn modern Java for work and Eclipse makes Java almost bearable because it does real-time syntax checking of your code. There is a plugin for Eclipse that integrates it with the Android development toolkit available from Google so you just write a Java program then push it to the Android emulator using the plugin to test it.

      I’d rather see you add trails to the current iProduct than spend a lot of time on the Android, just saying that once you get to the point where you can think about Android, it’ll likely not be as hard as you fear. As for those who don’t have an iProduct the iPod Touch paired with a Bluetooth GPS should work for the iApp and will use *much* less battery power than an Android product as well as last longer, battery-wise, than an iPhone would (because there’s no way to turn off the 3G in the iPhone without turning off its Bluetooth radio and GPS too). So you have an option even if your phone itself is a ‘Droid…

    • Eric, great info on the Android there. Thank you kindly. And the iPod/bluetooth GPS. I was not aware of that possibility.

      But don’t you worry. Adding new trail systems is the very top of my priority list. Hiking trails and getting info on them is much less stressful for me than the programming side, so I’m much more partial to that approach, anyway. After all, this whole project started as an excuse to get me on the trail more often 🙂

    • Thanks Lakewood, and I sure hope so! Paul and I have no idea how many people will actually be interested in this, so the last few weeks as I’ve been putting the last work into the first app have been mighty nerve-wracking. Hopefully I’ve finally found something that I’m good at besides just hiking 😉

  2. Very cool! Will be thru-hiking the PCT with my wife this season — excited to check out the app! Will lay down the dough and try to pass on the info to other hikers.

    • I like to hear that! And I will certainly take suggestions for improvements from people who use the apps. There’s plenty of work to be done.

  3. Hey Guthook! Nice job sir! Hope the great white north is treating you well.
    Richard Wizzard

    • Thanks, Giant. I’m still holding my breath to see how the community as a whole responds to them, but I’m feeling optimistic. It’s nice to have a finished product, at least.

  4. I love your apps!

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