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7 apps to help you get the most out of nature

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Apps for Mother Nature

It's important to get away from home and office and into nature every now and then. Spending time in the great outdoors revives and rejuvenates us, it clears away the accumulated haze of city living and helps remind us of the wonders of the environment in which we live.

While it's nice to completely disconnect during outdoor adventures, there's something nice about having a web-connected gadget in hand — if only to use when you get back to the car. There are a lot of great apps that can help you plan your trips, plot your runs, and map your lines.

Here are seven great apps that you'll want while getting outside to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore or ramble. (Text: Shea Gunther)