Community-driven app Mountain Hub has an ambitious goal. It wants to become your all-in-one planner and information source for your adventures, replacing your navigation apps, weather sources, and forum posts. The platform recently took a significant leap forward in this campaign, adding tracking, trip reporting, and most recently, 3D Flyover, to its mobile app.
Planning an outdoor adventure can be a time-consuming task. This is the niche that Mountain Hub aims to overhaul with its crowd-based app platform. The app is geared toward adventure seekers who are looking for a single solution to help plan their trips. To make it even easier to navigate, the platform has added unlimited offline maps that include topographic, aerial, and terrain views. And now, with the 3D Flyover feature, Mountain Hub users can easily interact with not only their own outings, but those of their fellow adventurers as well.
3D Flyover utilizes satellite GPS to create a detailed, interactive virtual tour of your route, no matter where you are in the world. When you play back this route, you can rotate the view in 360 degrees to check out the terrain from any angle. Users also have the option of zooming in or out, adjusting speeds, and even skipping directly to certain points in the journey.
“Never before has there been a fully interactive playback option with this level of detail,” said Jim Christian, chief product officer and co-founder of Mountain Hub. “Whether they’re logging mountain biking, trail running, backpacking, or other activities, it’s an entirely unique way for people to share their adventures and discover new opportunities in the outdoors.”
Other recently added features include new adventure tracking and trip reporting. During your journey, adventure tracking allows you to use the GPS on your mobile device to track your route as you hike, paddle, or climb to your destination. This feature uses a real-time map and logs your elevation, elapsed time, distance, and pace. It even overlays any photos you take on your route, automatically creating a map and photographic journal of your adventure.
Once your trip is over, the new trip-reporting feature gives you a way to share your journey with other members of the mountain hub community. Users can share their trip details such as trail conditions, blowdowns, wildlife spotted, and more. The platform also supports geo-tagged photos and route description so others can see the highlights of a trip. The latest version of the Mountain Hub app is available for free on the web, iOS, and Android.
Update: Mountain Hub adds 3D Flyover to the app.