Planning a hike in the hills can be a time consuming process, even if you’re just going out for a day. There’s the equipment to pack and normally some transport logistics to sort out as well, plus you also need to think about how you are going to stay fed and watered.
Then there’s the plotting of the route – the part that usually takes a good chunk of time. For this, some people will go for the classic approach of pouring over a map laid out in front of them. Others will go for the more modern approach that involves clicking point to point on route planning software. If only there was a faster way…
Enter Komoot, a route planning app that already has a community of over four million users, and that number is growing quickly. In fact it’s already the number one choice in Germany.
Komoot In A Nutshell
Kommot enables outdoor enthusiasts to experience more of the outdoors with its highly detailed, yet simple to use planning interface combined with community-generated recommendations of local highlights. Available for free for iOS and Android systems and the web, users can create and follow their own routes, or follow routes set by other people.
What’s Unique About Komoot
Granted, route planning apps are certainly nothing new, but Komoot offers something genuinely different. Imagine you’re planning a hike from one train station to another one and want to get between them by the most convenient route. All you need to do is enter each station as your start and finish points and the app will generate a mapped route for you in an instant.
This route doesn’t have to be completely out of your hands either. In fact, if you want it to take in a certain viewpoint or pub and include some recommended Highlights from other hikers, or need to adapt it to fit with your level of experience and ability (an essential consideration when planning mountain routes) then you can simply drag and drop the line or select waypoints that you’d like to go via.