In the one year and two weeks since Guthook’s Hiking Guides first showed up for iPhone, I have received approximately one zillion responses to the effect of “what about Android?” I’m happy to say, your wait will soon be over! Last night, Mount Whitney Guide by High Sierra Attitude LLC, the first of many Android guide apps, was released on the Google Play store. Check it out!
To give a little background, the programming of the Android apps started just after Alice and Paul, my two partners in creating the PCT apps, finished their through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012 (this was Paul’s third PCT through-hike, and Alice’s first). The iPhone programming started just after I finished my through-hike in 2010 (finishing with Paul), so the iPhone apps have a considerable head start on the Android ones. With that said, though, I think you’ll agree that the Android apps are going to catch up very quickly.
The app released yesterday is the guide for Mount Whitney, hiking via Whitney Portal. This is the 11 mile route that most hikers take to reach California’s highest point (and the highest peak in the contiguous United States). The app is chock full of beautiful photos, waypoints all up and down the trail, and useful information regarding regulations, permits, campsites, and more.
As I said, this is the first of many such apps. Next up, Alice and Paul will be finishing production of the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail apps for Android (while I work on updating the PCT iPhone apps and finishing the JMT one). After that, the Appalachian Trail will be coming soon, as well.
So check out the new apps and let Alice and Paul know how you like them. As with the iPhone apps, they are works in progress, so feedback and encouragement is always appreciated. Enjoy!