After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
I have to admit I love my iPhone and its special powers. I am particularly fond of my new iPhone App, PeakFinder USA West. This application names peaks from your current GPS location or from the panoramic viewpoint of a peak you select. This is especially helpful when you really want to know what the names of peaks are from a summit or just from a valley (great for a road trip). I have to admit even when I am armed with a great topo map it can be difficult to be absolutely sure that I am applying the correct name to a peak. Now a novice can show off big time naming important mountains.
This app also features a compass that can be controlled vertically and turned like a steering wheel. I like to keep my favorite GPS apps in a folder so that I can get access to them quickly, like this…
Below is an example of PeakFinder’s northeast view from the top of one of my favorite peaks to climb, Tehachapi Mountain. One doesn’t even need to be on the summit of a mountain to enjoy visualizing what it will actually be like at the top! I really love the simplicity of the drawings.
To put this into play I selected a photo taken from Mount Whitney this summer, then selected the viewpoint: Mount Whitney on the app. It gives a general idea of what major peaks are in the photo. This is pretty cool in my book.