We hope that our apps are pretty user friendly but just incase here is a quick run though on all the different features, using the Everest Base Camp app as an example.
When you first open the app it will take you to the introduction text. The main menu for navigation is at the bottom of the screen on an orange (or red for Climb or green for Bike) band:
The Guide section of the app gives you all the information about the trekking (or biking or climbing) route in a day-by-day format, plus information on a whole host of other things. The arrows indicate that there is more information.
The Trek section is where you’ll find the map is. The map is a normal walker’s map but may be using some symbols you have not seen before such as prayer wheels and mani walls. On the screen there is a small key and a light touch of this will take you to the Legend which will explain all the symbols. Otherwise, the only other slight difference is the contour interval which, because you will be in the middle of some pretty big mountains, is 50metres.
You can use the map in different ways. As a default the GPS is switched off to save you some battery power: when it’s offline, you can just use the map to navigate as you would normally with a printed map. Just move the map around with your finger to look further ahead or, with two fingers you can open up or close down the scale; so zoom out if you want to see all the mountains around you and zoom in to see all the houses and lodges in the villages.
If you want to see your exact position, touch the GPS arrow on the screen and the GPS will come on; it should update your position within 15 seconds. Once again here, to save battery power we have set the update interval to 15 seconds. Turn the GPS feature off again by touching the arrow.
You’ll also see a compass on your screen. This can also be switched off and on by touch, so if you need to orientate your phone to try and identify peaks which are further away you can switch this on easily. Again, touch to switch off.
Recording your Route
At the top of the screen you will see the ‘START’ button. If you press this it will take you to a ‘Start your trek’ screen where you need to give your trek a name. If you touch the ‘enter trek name’ the keyboard will appear and you can type in the name of the leg you are about to do. Then press ‘Start Trek’ and the app will start to record your trek. If you need to stop for a coffee, or just take a break, press pause, then start again to continue. When you have finished press ‘STOP’. You can add any notes you may wish to make about the day then save.
Your route will then be saved and if you wish to review where you have been, go to ‘Progress’ and your route will be overlaid on the map in red.
You can share your route and your position directly through to facebook or twitter
If you wish to review your progress, your saved routes will be here and can be opened up at any time.
Info: In here we’ve put other bits and pieces of information that don’t not really fit exactly into any of the Guide text.