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There’s an app that helps you plan your hike for a weekend of adventuring

By Sarah Finnan

December 8, 2019 at 4:21pm


Planning a multi-day hike can sometimes be as strenuous as actually doing the hike itself.

It often involves hours of traversing the internet and poring over maps in order to settle on a route. And to be honest, I usually lose interest halfway through and give up before I’ve even started the hike.

Enter Hiiker.

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Bad packing decisions!! I have made some terrible packing decisions on Hikes. But this trip five years ago on the Wicklow Way takes the prize. I bought a second-hand drone at the time, and it came it a giant foam case, and I just had to bring it with me on the way. Twice, someone stopped me and asked if I had a mini-fridge duct-taped to my backpack 😅. My pack was so ridiculous I temporarily suffered from a condition called Backpack Palsy (yes it’s a real thing). A small part of my left shoulder was numb for about three months. I have learned the hard way, not to overpack and only take what you need for a much more enjoyable hike! #hiking #badpacking #hikinggonewrong #minifridge #leaveitathome

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Hiiker is basically a mobile app that helps people find hiking trails around the world, giving them information about accommodation and food as well. Very handy to have everything in one place.

It even works fully offline in case your trek takes you off the grid…or if you live in the middle of nowhere and have rubbish coverage. The app breaks your trail into realistic daily stages and marks nearby amenities that are easily accessible by foot.

Encouraging people to opt for a more active holiday, it’s a great way to showcase Ireland to an international audience and highlight the fantastic hiking trails around the country.

The idea for the app came to founder Paul Finlay when he was out hiking, naturally enough.

According to him “There wasn’t an app out there that could take users from the planning stage right through to completing a trail and include everything in between, an all-encompassing app.”

Will definitely be giving this a go next time I’m feeling motivated to get out and get moving.

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