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How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Survival Tool

February 12, 2014 Adventure, Equipment Software 2 Comments

Written by: Charlie Borland

Our Smartphones are pretty smart these days. I am always amazed at the thing my iPhone can do and the apps that are available. The folks over at DesertUSA have a short and informative little article about your smartphone as a survival tool.

‘Stuck in the desert or backcountry? What you do next can turn a potential problem into one of those sad news stories we’ve all read, another somber, cautionary tale of people that perished in the wilderness.’

‘You may be surprised to find out that your most important survival tool is your smartphone, your iPhone or your Android, providing you have taken a few preliminary steps.’

They list a few apps that sounds great and I am certainly taking a look at those.

Read on: http://www.desertusa.com/desert-activity/desert-survival-smartphone.html

Do you think the smartphone will replace a GPS device, emergency locator, a compass, or the usual tools we use for making sure we don’t get lost and can get back to civilization?

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  1. Tom says:

    Really????? Screw the electronic crap. My common sense is always with me, my compass works with out batteries is water and weather proof. Maps are handy, but just sit down and think about where you are and where you want to go then work it out.

  2. Greg Vaughn says:

    ^^ This is why I like to hiking with my buddy Tom – he always knows where he’s going. :)

    Personally, I like using apps like Backpacker GPS and Topo maps on my iPhone, but I also carry a regular old analog compass and usually a paper map.

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