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Unnamed Mountains

Unnamed Mountains

05 November 2020
Mountains
Survey
Explore
It is the first of its kind digital Earth survey enumerating all unnamed mountains. We make the global audience aware of the number of unnamed mountains in the world, peak naming opportunities, and very prominent yet almost unknown summits.
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AllTrails alternative

AllTrails alternative

12 October 2020
Mountains
AllTrails
Hiking
AllTrails is a popular platform where people from all over the world publish trails with their own description of hiking itineraries. While it might be a good source of inspiration for a next hike, blindly following the steps of someone you don’t know seems a bit reckless. That hiker’s skill level, knowledge of the locality, personal preferences, and the such are most likely to be totally different from yours.
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Mountain Wallpapers for iPhone

Mountain Wallpapers for iPhone

11 October 2020
Mountains
Wallpapers
iOS
We present a set of spectacular mountain landscapes particularly suited for being a scenic wallpaper and for keeping your app icons in a nice order.
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Mountain Widget for iPhone

Mountain Widget for iPhone

04 October 2020
Mountains
Peak of the Day
iOS
Widgets are one of the most fascinating features of the new iOS 14 introduced by Apple in 2020. PeakVisor presents a mountain widget! Peak of the Day.
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Travel Logbook

Travel Logbook

15 September 2020
Travel
Logbook
Mountains
Hiking
What is outdoor experience for you? We bet most answers would be to plan thoroughly and then just do it. Simple as that, you prepare for every hike or climb, you study the itinerary and you get that overwhelming feeling of completing a tough job. Yet, how about one more nonetheless important stage? We take it for granted, but keeping the precious memories of our achievements and failures is also essential. Most people keep those memorabilia just stashed in the phones as a bunch of unsorted photos. But that’s hardly a good approach.
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Trailhead Finder

Trailhead Finder

04 August 2020
Trailhead
Trekking
Hiking
Parking
What can be more crucial for the success of your outdoor adventures than finding a convenient trailhead? Oftentimes, a mistakenly chosen trailhead or being forced to use another parking lot at the last minute causes us huge problems. In order to fight these inconveniences and further enrich the hiking experience of the PeakVisor users, we introduce the “Trailhead Finder” feature. Now, for every mountain, lake, viewpoint we will show nearby parking lots and cable car stations so that nothing can spoil your trip.
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Nicholas Roerich, The Master of the Sacred Mountains

Nicholas Roerich, The Master of the Sacred Mountains

23 July 2020
Mountains
Art
Hiking
Rarely can you meet a person of such astounding faith, resilience and visionary mindset as Nicholas Roerich (the full name is Nikolay Konstantinovich Roerich). You’ve surely seen his Banner of Peace - the symbol of protection of Culture.
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Mountains near me

Mountains near me

29 May 2020
Mountains
List
Hiking
Wake up, no makeup, it is early morn and feels like hiking? What are the mountains near? Which mountains are close enough to hike? With a staggering number of over a million mountains across the globe, the PeakVisor app is best positioned to answer your question!
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GPS Tracking

GPS Tracking

28 May 2020
Mountains
GPS Tracking
Hiking
GPS Tracking is the most recent addition to the PeakVisor toolkit. This feature allows you to track hikes while measuring duration, distance, pace, and elevation gain along the way. Once you’ve conquered the desired destination, you can share and explore any of your tracks in 3D maps.
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Mountians & Desserts

Mountians & Desserts

14 May 2020
Mountains
Trekking
Hiking
Sweets
desserts
Climbing mountains is one of the most challenging but utterly rewarding sports activities. Many hikers and climbers cannot resist the temptation to refresh after a long way up to the mountain, what can be better than cooling off in a nice lounge of a mountain hut and trying incredibly tasty local food. Those blessed with the sweet tooth can find unique desserts offered by mountain huts at the high altitude or in the cafe and pastry shops at nearby parking.
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Lakes and Mountain Passes

Lakes and Mountain Passes

19 April 2020
Mountains
Lakes
Trekking
Hiking
Passes
Contrary to popular belief, mountain tops are not the final destination point for all trips. Quite the opposite, most of the super scenic views are waiting for us by small mountain lakes and at mountain passes. Seen from afar, majestic peaks are presented in all their splendour, gorgeousness and beauty which is often reflected in mirror-like waters of the small perfectly still lakes. As much as I love conquering the peaks for an unobstructed 360 panorama, I still adore finding tranquil landscapes capturing the essence of alpine beauty.
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Hiking Wishlist and Custom Waypoints

Hiking Wishlist and Custom Waypoints

17 April 2020
Mountains
Wishlist
Trekking
Hiking
No matter how detailed the map is chances are that in order to reflect all the aspects of outdoor adventure some tweaks are needed anyway. One of the most requested features was to add custom locations into the 3D map and highlight particularly important features. Those might be landing options for hang gliders, planned camping sites for backpackers, important reference points for trekkers, or spectacular photo spots for photographers. Everyone needs a personalized map of the outdoor places we love. Now you have it!
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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

02 February 2020
Mountains
Trekking
Hiking
Nepal
Everest Base Camp trek is an epic adventure of a lifetime at the foot of the world’s highest mountain through the scenic Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. The trek requires proper planning and strict adherence to the rules of high-altitude trekking in order not to finish it earlier than expected and not to end up lying there in permafrost forever.
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Glaciers

Glaciers

22 January 2020
Mountains
Glaciers
3D Maps
A glacier is a huge mass of ice formed as a result of eons of snow accumulation. Snow gets transformed into ice under pressure or by melting and refreezing. Such processes form powerful flows, domes, and floating slabs.
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Detailed Prominence Analysis

Detailed Prominence Analysis

22 December 2019
Mountains
Prominence
Topography
Topographic prominence is one of the most important measures for a mountain (or a hill). Only the elevation might challenge its importance. That’s why for any peak in the world we carefully calculate prominence and present it everywhere next to the elevation.
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Most Precise Compass

Most Precise Compass

21 December 2019
Mountains
Compass
Sensors
Since ancient times people have been identifying their location and direction by some landmarks supplemented with the observation of the position of celestial bodies. The very first compass was invented in China more than 2000 years ago. Interestingly, it wasn’t used for navigation back then, but to harmonize dwellings according to feng shui principles. Nowadays, almost every mobile phone has a compass that lets you easily identify the direction in an instant. But how precise it is?
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Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts

18 December 2019
Mountains
Ski
Winter
There are hundreds and even thousands of ski resorts all over the world. Big and small, vintage and high-tech, they serve millions of winter sports enthusiasts every year. This winter we provide ski resorts schedule and status in real time for most of the places in the USA, Canada, Europe, and even Russia. Not only can you identify all snow-capped peaks around you but also find a personal tourist office for every ski resort.
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Mountain Day

Mountain Day

11 December 2019
Mountains
Day
December 11 is the International Mountain Day. It was designed to call for worldwide attention to the importance of mountain ecosystems all over the world. Living in megapolises far from massive towering peaks it is easy to forget how vital the mountains are in our life.
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Topography Data Services

Topography Data Services

07 December 2019
Topography
Data
API
PeakVisor mobile app and the website require a wide range of topography data to work and satisfy all the needs of outdoors enthusiasts. We spent an enormous amount of time crafting 3D Maps and Augmented Reality Peaks Identification on mobile phones with their limited resources. But even more time is dedicated to processing the heaps of data from various sources. Our data pipeline contains terabytes of Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), millions of geographic points (including more than a million named peaks), worldwide satellite imagery for 3D maps, and a great many processing steps.
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Bringing the Lost Knowledge Back

Bringing the Lost Knowledge Back

06 December 2019
Mountains
Topography
3D Maps
The first maps appeared many thousands of years ago. Since times immemorial, humans have been trying to convey the sense of a large space and improve navigation capabilities. Major topographic features like mountains, rivers, water bodies, and settlements, played a key role in map-making from the very beginning. That is why we are blessed with the abundance of ancient information about peaks and mountains that came unscathed through times.
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3D Maps for Android

3D Maps for Android

05 December 2019
Mountains
Android
3D Maps
Topographic maps for hiking and skiing in the mountains have to be 3D. Realistic terrain modelling allows faster and easier understanding of the landscape, its complexities and pitfalls for a wider range of outdoor enthusiasts. We are proud to present PeakVisor 3D maps available on the world's most popular mobile platform!
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Mountains and Money: Europe and America

Mountains and Money: Europe and America

25 June 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Money
Asia might have more mountains on its banknotes, but all the rest of the world also has some intricate offers. Even though the highest mountain of the European continent has failed to make it to any national currency tokens, its counterparts in South America and Africa made up for it. Here is the list of mountains, tall and not very tall, which you can see on the money now or might have seen 20-30 years back.
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Mountains & Money: Asia Edition

Mountains & Money: Asia Edition

17 June 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Money
Majestic and oftentimes brutally deadly, mountains have made their way not only into many countries’ lore and hearts of people, but also on such a mundane thing as money. One would assume if a country has a mountain, it certainly should appear on the banknotes. Well, you’d better not jump to conclusions too fast. What if you wish to have a mountain, but it is simply not yours, yet the wishful thinking makes you place it not on one, but on several banknotes. Alternatively, what if you have several important peaks, which one to choose: the most politically correct, the most important for religion or just the most beautiful? Finally, what if your mountains are small, yet so charming you even confuse the scientific names of endemic fauna living on them or forget to put some part of the country on the map featured on a banknote?
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Mountains & Flags

Mountains & Flags

07 June 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Flags
If you are asked a question about what country has a flag with a mountain, what would be your first association? Nepal maybe? After all, this is the country that hosts 8 of the 14 eight-thousanders – the tallest world mountains – Everest, Manaslu, Lhotse, Makalu, Anapurnas (I & II) etc. and 70 peaks ranging from 5, 537m (Gokyo Ri) to 7,952 m (Gyuachung Kang). All those big killers are concentrated in the part of the Himalayas belonging to Nepal.
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PeakVisor App is Free

PeakVisor App is Free

03 June 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
App
Effective today the PeakVisor app becomes free. No need to spend a lot of time researching whether the app is a good fit for your outdoor adventures. Everyone can download the app and try it without paying anything.
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Mountains & Wars

Mountains & Wars

20 May 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
War
Mountains have always played an important role in human history. They represent not only a portion of our environment, but they are also deeply rooted in our imagination; we have given them a symbolic meaning, we have made them objects of worship and art. Working as a natural border, mountains have been considered strategic points as well as bones of discontent for many countries.
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Satellite 3D Maps

Satellite 3D Maps

12 April 2019
3D Maps
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
Realism and convenience, that is what people are looking for in 3D maps. Hence, creating a larger-than-life and most user-friendly representation of 3D maps has been paramount for PeakVisor since the first time we added maps into the mix. The initial rough version of 3D maps was soon improved by adding the terrain types, which allows distinguishing bare rock slopes from forests, grass, residential, and many other land cover types. Even though it was a big step forward, it wasn’t enough. Today, we introduce a Satellite layer in 3D maps.
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Scenic drives, trains, and flights

Scenic drives, trains, and flights

11 April 2019
3D Maps
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
The ability to immediately and deeply understand the territory around us has always driven our inspiration in making PeakVisor a magic tool for mountain adventures. What could be better than quickly identifying a mountain and having a Wikipedia article knowledge at your fingertips, or seeing a centuries-old castle and being able to immediately tap into its history? That’s what PeakVisor is about!
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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiking

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiking

23 January 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Appalachian
We talked to Rebecca about the Appalachian Trail, highs and lows along the two-thousand mile epic journey, and future plans. Read the interview with Rebecca Pressman.
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Ski Runs and Mountain Lifts

Ski Runs and Mountain Lifts

08 January 2019
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Ski
For a long while, PeakVisor has been a definitive tool to identify mountains and get detailed information about the peaks. The summer 2018 PeakVisor got state-of-the-art 3D maps with hiking trails and routing capabilities. Now, in winter 2019 when most of you are skiing we bring the Winter Mode into the app. Worldwide ski runs and mountain lifts are available to all PeakVisor users in Augmented Reality and 3D maps. No matter what your preferred way to spend time in the mountains is and what time of the year, you can always tap into the PeakVisor world of mountains to make your outdoor adventures more joyful and informative.
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See the Trails

See the Trails

23 November 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Trails
Oftentimes standing on the edge of a cliff, a mountaintop, or a panoramic viewpoint you wonder of the endless hiking possibilities around. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a superpower to visualise a path blended into the epic landscape? It might be the trail you are going to undertake later or the one you just did. The new version of PeakVisor using the Augmented Reality shows hiking trails not only in the 3D map but in your camera view as well.
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Unknown Characters in Mountain Names

Unknown Characters in Mountain Names

22 November 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Chinese
Japanese
Outdoor enthusiasts all over the world love exploring new trails and mountain ranges. Mountain names in the Americas and Europe don’t pose any major questions for “westerners”. The biggest threat is to face some diacritics (e.g. in German, Italian, Spanish, French, etc.) which usually can be ignored without any consequences. Greek peaks might bring some challenges for those who didn’t study physics in high school or missed the lessons (those peaks often remind a formula, e.g. Mount Olympus in Greek is Όλυμπος). But that’s nothing compared to troubles of reading peak names in China, Taiwan, and Japan!
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What is the highest mountain in the world?

What is the highest mountain in the world?

15 November 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
What is the highest mountain in the world? It looks like an evident pageant contest question. Don’t jump at your conclusions, your geography teacher might have not told you the whole truth. We’ve stumbled at some baffling pictures on the Internet and decided to look into the matter.
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Art in the Mountains

Art in the Mountains

12 October 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Art
Drama rules the Art, and mountains provide an ample source of that drama. In a glaring daylight or in a deceptively serene moonlight, the same peaks and valleys come up with an ingenious variety of landscapes. We don’t mean to undermine the beauty of other natural terrains, but still believe that the mountains have always been a powerful driver for prolific artists, artisans and writers who captured the ethereal beauty of the cliffs, rocks, gorges, peaks, abysses, lakes and valleys in various mountain ranges.
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The Most Precise Mountains

The Most Precise Mountains

01 October 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
GPS
Smartphones, especially the most recent models, land extreme computing powers into our hands (and pockets). Yet, if we want to exploit it to full capacity, we need to raise the standard for data precision significantly.
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World Mountain Lifts

World Mountain Lifts

24 September 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Lifts
Every time being in the mountains, we are thinking about how to enhance our outdoor experience, which data can help us have even better time. The information about available mountain lifts to help outdoor enthusiasts get away from mobile network coverage and get even deeper into an amazing world of nature beauty is one of the options.
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Japanese Mountains

Japanese Mountains

07 September 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
Japan
Home to the world famous spectacular Mount Fuji and more than 8,000 other mountains, Japan is a special treat for any outdoor enthusiast. A warm subtropical climate allows extended hiking period, the oriental charm amplifies epic scenery leaving unparalleled imprint in your memories.
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Viewpoints and Parkings in 3D Map

Viewpoints and Parkings in 3D Map

27 August 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Parkings
Viewpoints
The latest version of PeakVisor for iOS features parking areas and viewpoints. These two types of map features are exceptionally important for planning and navigation.
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Hike Planning

Hike Planning

23 August 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
Photography
In this article, we will go through the PeakVisor’s features which allow you to do the most important things in hike planning.
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Hiking Route Planner

Hiking Route Planner

16 August 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
These navigation and hiking route planning questions kept us very busy in the labs. But today we are proud to present availability of hiking route planning in PeakVisor 3D maps!
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PeakFinder vs PeakVisor

PeakFinder vs PeakVisor

26 July 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Comparison
What are the major differences between PeakVisor and PeakFinder apps? We regularly get this question. Both products originated in the Alps, share the first 4 letters, and were designed to help orienteering in the mountains. In this article we will do our best to lay out the principal differences of the products, so you could have a solid reference before making a decision.
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Density of Hiking Trails

Density of Hiking Trails

25 July 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
Being tech enthusiasts we love all things data. You might have read our analysis of how many mountains there are on Earth. Having recently added hiking trails in PeakVisor, we realized it was a matter of seconds until someone suggested to plot a chart of hiking trails density all over the world and understand where the densest hiking network is.
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Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

14 July 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
“What’s the name of that mountain?” is probably the most popular question outdoors, but the very next question is “How could I get there?”. Here at PeakVisor we crave to answer all the questions an outdoor enthusiast might have. It is better to enjoy outdoors rather than spend too much time thinking about the answers, right? Here you go, the latest version of PeakVisor has all the hiking trails of the world!
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Peak Bagging Challenge

Peak Bagging Challenge

28 June 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Peak Bagging
Peak Bagging is an activity in which outdoor enthusiasts attempt to reach a collection of summits. These collections are usually published in the form of a list.
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3D Maps are Getting Real

3D Maps are Getting Real

15 June 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
3D Maps
This week we are rolling out a new label positioning algorithm. It allows us to embed labels into 3D maps! Now you could see not only your position in 3D but all the mountain names around you. That might be especially useful while approaching a summit. It’s always handy to see a target and have a bird-eye view.
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The US Fourteeners

The US Fourteeners

07 June 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
14ers
The most accurate list of fourteeners in the US as their prominences and elevations were meticulously calculated and triple checked by hand on high precision 1 arc second Digital Elevation Models. On this page you’ll find an interactive map and all the 14ers names with links to their pages grouped by states.
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Administrative Boundaries in the Mountains

Administrative Boundaries in the Mountains

30 May 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
Just like rivers, mountains are often natural boundaries between countries and administrative regions. In the mountains more often than not state borders go along mountain ridges and summits. All over the world you could notice centuries old border stones which were used for indicated a border, usually with a year inscribed. We find something especially thrilling walking the ridges and state borders at the same time. What could be more exciting than having your left leg in Switzerland and the right leg in Italy?!
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Manage Offline 3D Maps

Manage Offline 3D Maps

28 May 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
The farther we get from the civilization the more rewarding adventure usually is. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to get away from the hustle even in one of the most developed Alpine regions. In our experience, the weaker cellular signal, the prettier scenery is. Here we will tell you how to get your 3D maps ready for getting off the beaten track and still benefiting from the immersive knowledge of the PeakVisor mobile app.
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Hiking Trails in 3D

Hiking Trails in 3D

24 May 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Hiking
Trails
It takes some time and effort to plan an exciting hiking adventure. Flat maps might be misleading in terms of the big input required to estimate the complexity of the hike, but PeakVisor Mountain Explorer comes in handy when it gets to planning any mountain endeavour.
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Peak Bagging in Britain

Peak Bagging in Britain

21 May 2018
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
Peak Bagging is an activity when hikers, climbers, and mountaineers attempt to reach a set list of summits. The need for sensible lists led to developments in the Prominence Theory as the lists consisting of independent mountains in general are more challenging and attractive than those compiled of clustered peaks which are higher than a particular elevation.
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How to Calculate Peak Prominence

How to Calculate Peak Prominence

18 May 2018
Prominence
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
Topographical Mountain Prominence along with mountain summit elevation are the two most important characteristics of any peak. It is calculated as the least vertical drop to be covered to get from the summit to any other higher terrain.
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How many mountains are there on Earth?

How many mountains are there on Earth?

15 May 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
1,187,049 ! The PeakVisor team ran through the numbers, processed endless datasets of geographical information and came up with this number.
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Mountain Encyclopaedia

Mountain Encyclopaedia

02 May 2018
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
Encyclopaedia
The Earth's mountains having a proper name are over one million now, so it is really handy to have a pocket encyclopaedia devoted to the landscape defining features.
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Mountain Prominence

Mountain Prominence

19 April 2018
Prominence
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
From the early days of mountaineering people have incessantly tried to sort the mountains out. How could they know which one is more important than another? Which one is harder to conquer? The obvious measurement based on elevation very often doesn't provide any meaningful information. A very high mountain could be just a `hill` on a high altitude plateau or a barely noticeable ledge on another mountain. Let's solve this puzzle!
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Mountain Search

Mountain Search

12 April 2018
Mountains
Outdoors
Search
What new can be there about Mountain Search you would ask? Let me introduce you to the Mountain Search which allows you to find all the relevant outdoor features nearby.
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3D Maps

3D Maps

10 April 2018
3D Maps
Peaks
Mountains
Outdoors
Here in PeakVisor we firmly believe that outdoors maps should be in 3D. That’s the most intuitive way to embrace the mountains. Today, we are excited to release 3D maps to PeakVisor Mountain Explorer and PeakVisor for iOS.
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Identify Mountains in your Photos

Identify Mountains in your Photos

30 March 2018
Identify
Peaks
Mountains
AR
If you are a passionate outdoor enthusiast odds are that your smartphone and DSLR camera roll is full of picturesque mountain landscapes made over the years of your hiking adventures.
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PeakVisor 2.1.4 iPad Pro, 3D map, and 867.088 peaks

PeakVisor 2.1.4 iPad Pro, 3D map, and 867.088 peaks

01 March 2018
Update
2.1.4
iOS
iPad Pro
3D map
This winter is rich in weather surprises and anomalies. With most of Europe (even the southern part) covered by snow, we have been working hard to bring you important improvements, so you would be totally ready when the skies clear and show magnificent peaks in all their splendor to all the world.
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PeakVisor 2.0.7 High Precision Maps

15 November 2017
Update
2.0.7
iOS
High Precision Maps
There's a lot of snow high in the mountains and the weather seems to be pleasant for a late autumn / almost winter kind of hike. Grab this latest version of the PeakVisor app with the following improvements.
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PeakVisor 2.0.5 presents alpine lakes

17 October 2017
Update
2.0.5
iOS
Mountain Lakes
Last week we started rolling out improvements that smoothly move the app into the so-called 'Grand Release'. It is based on our early tests and feels like the promising future of navigation and orienteering. Follow us in order to be the first to experience this grand future!
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PeakVisor 2.0.4 blends Augmented and Virtual Reality

05 October 2017
Update
2.0.4
iOS
New 3D Map
We have been very quiet over the recent weeks, the whole month actually. But that was for the grand reason. We can't wait for you to see all the mind-blowing stuff coming into your phones with the recent improvements.
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PeakVisor Android

15 September 2017
Update
Abdroid
The complete database of 745.000+ summits embedded into the app. Added support for the three Augmented Reality modes: mountain labels only, terrain silhouettes, full AR.
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The Best Trail Apps for Navigating Your Next Hike

07 July 2017
Review
PeakVisor uses a bit of augmented reality magic to display, in real time, little elevation markers atop nearby mountain summits. For most hikers, it’s likely nothing more than a cool party trick; for mountaineers, it’s pure adventure fuel.
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