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7 apps to help you get the most out of nature

March 16, 2011, 11:10 a.m.
iPhone screen of Google Earth app

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Google Earth

I can't help but feel god-like whenever I open Google Earth. There's just something about having the entire world sitting there, waiting for me to send it spinning and zooming wherever I please. With the elevation setting selected, one can literally fly around the planet checking out the lay of the land.

With the Google Earth app, you can preview the elevation gain of a big hike or look for unclimbed cliffs in the woods near your favorite bouldering spot. It's the next best thing to being able to fly like a bird.