If Google Earth, Facebook, and Strava had a baby it would be Fatmap. The app has incredible resolution and the ability to fly over and zoom into mountain ranges and zones all while tracking where you are among them. You can upload routes or see what others have added, add photos and descriptions to share among users—the app also features content to suggest nearby adventures.
You’ll need a membership to download offline maps, particularly useful when venturing into the backcountry or during winter, given I think Fatmap works best in conjunction with a powerful GPS like GAIA. Over the past couple of years, I’ve sussed out lines via the amazing imagery and overlaid it with features like their avalanche data—which produces a hot zone map regarding slope angles, making it nice for approaches and hazard assessment. It’s pretty impressive, and, if anything, allows for some fun mind surfing turns during the offseason.
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