American Hiking Society Launches Outdoor Recreation App for Iphone

New HIKE GPS application contains more than 220,000 miles of trails, thousands of trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas, and more.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Silver Spring, MD (May 4, 2010) – American Hiking Society, organizer of National Trails Day ®, today announced the launch of its HIKE GPS maps application for the iPhone, a one-stop app with over 300 free recreational maps - encompassing more than five million square miles of the United States. HIKE embeds premium map content onto the iPhone so there’s no need to “cache” topo maps or search for a network signal in the middle of the backcountry. The application also allows users to track and record their off-road adventures, take geo-coded pictures, and easily upload and share their outdoor experiences via Facebook and email.

“We’re excited to offer map resources to outdoor enthusiasts across the country with the launch of our iPhone application,” stated Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society’s president. “For more than three decades we have been at the forefront of promoting, protecting, and maintaining trails. By embracing today’s technology, we hope this application will expand and enhance the outdoor experience for people from all walks of life and connect them with our natural and cultural heritage, promote healthy lifestyles, and serve to galvanize communities.

“As American Hiking Society works toward ensuring hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and future generations, we believe that education and technology can help people get more from the outdoors,” Miller continued. “Additionally, proceeds from each sale of the HIKE GPS app on iTunes will help us continue our work on hiking advocacy, volunteer programs, and outreach to communities.”

The application is compatible with the Apple iPhone 3G and 3G S, and is powered by Intermap Technologies, a global digital mapping company and developer of other acclaimed iPhone applications. HIKE has more than 220,000 miles of trails, thousands of trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas – with detailed locations of all major public land boundaries.

“It’s great to partner with an organization like American Hiking Society and support the excellent work they do in promoting and protecting our natural resources,” said Kevin Thomas, Intermap’s vice president of marketing. “Consumers get a real win-win with this application – they receive a terrific app for the iPhone with outstanding maps and functionality, while at the same time they’re supporting a great cause. I have no doubt that users will get more out of their outdoor experience through the use of the HIKE application.”

HIKE GPS App is available for $9.99 from the iPhone or on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hike-gps-trail-maps-supporting/id365960694?mt=8. Using the In-App map store, users can download map data bundles in a variety of packages; state bundles, state and national park bundles, and special interest areas across the country. Map bundles are FREE and are automatically integrated with neighboring areas as additional bundles are downloaded. 

About American Hiking Society

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.

About Intermap Technologies

Intermap is a preeminent digital mapping company creating uniform high-resolution 3D digital models of the earth’s surface. The Company is proactively remapping entire countries and building uniform national databases, called NEXTMap®, consisting of affordably priced elevation data and geometric images of unprecedented accuracy. Demand for NEXTMap data is growing as new commercial applications emerge within the GIS, engineering, automotive, GPS maps, insurance risk assessment, oil and gas, hydrology, environmental planning, wireless communications, transportation, aviation, and 3D visualization markets. For more information, visit www.Intermap.com, www.mobile.AccuTerra.com or www.AccuTerra.com.

Contacts:

American Hiking Society

Margie Cohen

mcohen@AmericanHiking.org

+1 404.873.0403

Kevin Thomas

Vice President, Marketing

kthomas@intermap.com

+1 303.708.0955

Related

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®

On June 6, 2009, American Hiking Society and outdoor enthusiasts across the country will celebrate the 17th annual National Trails Day® (NTD), a long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 1,500 events ...read more

American Hiking Society announces the 2010 National Trails Fund

American Hiking Society announces the 2010 National Trails Fund - Deadline December 15, 2009  The American Hiking Society 2010 National Trails Fund is open for applications. American Hiking provides support to grassroots trail organizations around the country, giving local trail ...read more

American Hiking Society's Hike the Hill Success for Trails & Hiker

For immediate release March 16, 2010 Contact: Kim Hutson de Belle kim@AmericanHiking.org 301.565.6704 x205 From the trailhead to the halls of Congress…. American Hiking Society’s Hike the Hill 2010 Successful Voice for Trails and Hikers  American Hiking Society’s Hike the ...read more

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® 2011

On June 4, 2011, American Hiking Society's National Trails Day will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country for the 19th annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Two thousand events will take place around ...read more

American Hiking Society’s Hike the Hill 2010, February 20-25

American Hiking Society invites hiking and trails enthusiasts and leaders to Washington, DC February 20-25 for the 13th annual Hike the Hill: Trails Advocacy Week! During the week-long Hike the Hill, hikers and trails advocates from across the nation will share experiences and ...read more

American Hiking Society Makes Volunteering Easy and Fun for Travelers

Voluntourism, dedicating your vacation time to volunteer for a worthy cause, is a growing trend because it gives travelers fun and exciting opportunities to give back. Planning your own outdoor service adventure, however, can be time-intensive and expensive, so why not let an ...read more

Record Numbers for American Hiking Society’s National Trail Day

American Hiking Society’s 18th annual National Trails Day® (NTD) 2010, the national kick-off event for Great Outdoors Month in June, was a huge success. NTD 2010 exhibited the overwhelming commitment by Americans to protect our trails and highlighted the shared interest in ...read more

American Hiking Society’s National Trail Day®: Record Breaking Year

As the Summer of Service comes to an end, American Hiking Society is proud to report that 2009 was a record breaking year for its 17th annual National Trails Day® (NTD). With a 47 percent increase in the number of events registered from 2008 to 2009, NTD 2009 speaks of the ...read more

American Hiking Society Receives Charity Navigator 4-star Rating

Silver Spring, MD - American Hiking Society has been awarded Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating - its highest rating - for the second year in a row. Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, provides in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the ...read more