FATMAP - Chemmy’s top pick
What does it do?
FATMAP is a 3D mapping tool with in-built ski and cycle trails and guides developed alongside some impressive members of the sporting world including English mountaineer and Everest regular, Kenton Cool, and member of the British Ski Mountaineering team, Misha Gopaul.
The app includes HD maps of the entire globe and allows users to select a difficulty level, terrain and gradient before previewing their chosen route. Users can locate themselves on the map even when it’s offline, and plot in their own route, share it with friends, add photos and pinpoint dangerous zones. The app is free to download, or a premium version which allows you to access the maps offline is available for $7.99 (£6.08) a month or $49.99 (£38) for the year.
• 3D HD maps across the globe
• Terrain and avalanche checker
• 3D fly through
• View nearest ski lifts and cable cars
• Share routes and adventures
• Download maps to device
• Accessible in airplane mode
“This app was so much fun! I thought a map would flatten the real life enjoyment, but the 3D aspect and fluidity of the zoom function really gave a sense of space on the mountain which is so hard to get on a phone. It was great for planning freestyle routes, and being able to download my chosen trail really helped to save battery, while the sharing feature is brilliant, especially if there was an emergency. Although I’m not sure what the premium version could offer that isn’t already there with the free one.”