Created by outdoor enthusiasts, onX made its mark with onX Hunt, an app for hunters and fishermen that illustrates exactly where the boundaries are for public and private countries, across all fifty states, using mapping technology. Next, onX Offroad lets you filter trails by difficulty so you know where to go with your off-road vehicles, motorcycles and toys, facilitating exploration in remote and rugged locations. Newest in the collection of onX navigation tools, onX Backcountry is a rising star in the series.
It may seem like an oxymoron to radiate a piece of technology for use in the hinterland where it’s a bit of a faux pas to be on a digital device, but using a premium navigation tool actually helps you focus more on being in the now, while hiking in the open air. With the ability to explore public and private lands in advance and view guidebook-like content and data (including trail descriptions, elevation profiles, and photographs) applicable to your specific trip, you can map your route before you even set foot in the desert.
And when you have a little dirt under your boots, you can use the offline cards to not only store the phone’s battery, but also to know exactly where you are at all times. The tools are there for you if you should find a fork on the road or lose the trail, otherwise you can secure your phone in a pocket or your backpack and be present for the adventure.
onX Backcountry is like a hike or a well-informed guide that helps your man-made explorations and keeps you safe along the way. This is all good news for the directional or for those who have difficulty steering with compass or sunlight.
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And while there are plenty of great navigation apps on the market — AllTrails, Gaia GPS, Guthook Guides, Hiking Project — what sets onX apart is an aggregation of beneficial user-generated content, GPS features, and point-to-point navigation. The information you get here has been well researched and curated by outdoor professionals and informed by industry collaborators with content contributors such as the Colorado Mountain Club and Beacon Guide Books.
Intuitive and easy to use, this app immerses the user directly in trails and data marked by location, season and activity (switch between Trail Mode or Snow Mode). Special features include access to weather forecasts, accurate private and public land information, innovative 3D landscape maps (as well as satellite imagery, topographic maps or a hybrid of the two) and waypoints that the user can set to mark and share indelible places with custom colors, icons and photos.
Every backcountry hiker or camper must be aware of the fire season, complicated by drought, wind and unusually high temperatures. Being safe outdoors should be a priority, and hiking near fires or through areas with poor air quality is a dangerous risk. The new Wildfire Layer will prove to be a useful tool.
Do you need to find a campsite on state land? Are you bushing through the country? How sure are you that the area you are exploring is within the public land boundary? Find out what your needs are and plan accordingly – the app comes in two packages: Free, with limited features and Premium, a membership starting at $ 29.00 a year.
Because the good people at onX play outdoors, they also want to protect it outdoors. Every year, part of the company’s profits are dedicated to non-profit initiatives that invest in public land access and recreation opportunities throughout the country. This month, the program is expected to expand and applications for funding will undergo a submission process.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of outdoor activities over the last year,” said Molly Stoecklein, Senior Communications Manager at onX. “But at the same time, access to public land is threatened by the pace of land development. Outdoor life opportunities are being fragmented, scaled down and lost. Encouraging the management of and improving access to the land and resources we have is our top priority at onX, and the goal of this program. ”
Ethos on onX absorbs the belief that everyone should have access to nature and the outdoors. To this end, they work with land management agencies, politicians, land administrations and non-profit conservation organizations. In the last few years, onX has helped open 58,400 acres of land for public access in addition to 28 miles of trails.