Augmented reality strides into the great outdoors with ViewRanger

Posted on 02/11/2016

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Augmented reality strides into the great outdoors with ViewRanger

Skyline, a new way to explore the outdoors using augmented reality, has been launched today (2/11/2016) by ViewRanger, the free outdoor discovery app.

Using revolutionary augmented reality technology, Skyline uses the camera on a phone or tablet to annotate and interact with the surrounding landscape. Designed to help people explore with greater confidence wherever they are, Skyline is free with the latest version of the ViewRanger app. It is available now in the Apple App Store and coming soon on Google Play.

Inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s pictorial guides to the English Lake District mountains which include hand-drawn illustrations of hiking routes, Skyline identifies peaks, towns, lakes, cliffs, bays and even glaciers up to 20 miles away through a phone or tablet’s camera and overlays their names across the landscape. When navigating a pre-planned route, waypoints and directional arrows also appear, offering an accurate and enhanced navigational experience.

Craig Wareham, ViewRanger co-founder and CEO said: “Skyline tells you what you’re looking at and shows you which way to travel, fundamentally changing the way in which you use maps and how you interact with the landscape around you.

“When we started ViewRanger, our vision was always to place map information directly into the landscape around the user. Now, a little over 60 years since Wainwright’s first guide book for the Lake District fells was published, Skyline makes that a reality. It’s ready for anyone to use on their next walk, hike, bike, or visit to a park.”

To use Skyline, download and launch the latest ViewRanger app update, tap the Skyline button on the map screen, and pan the landscape in the modified camera view to transform your next outdoor adventure.


Like the ViewRanger app, Skyline works without phone or data signals by using the GPS chip and sensors built into mobile devices to understand your location and position. It also uses offline maps that can be downloaded and saved to your device before leaving home.



Skyline identifies 9 million points and works across 80% of the globe, essentially everywhere except the northern and southern Polar regions. Mike Brocklehurst, CTO and co-founder of ViewRanger said: “It’s an exciting time for ViewRanger and we’ve already had a very positive reaction from people using Skyline in the USA, Japan, Australia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Now we’re excited to hear what outdoor enthusiasts around the world think of it.”


Skyline for Apple iPhone and Apple iPad is available as an update in the free ViewRanger app on the Apple App Store. Coming soon to the ViewRanger app on Google Play. Learn more at:



ViewRanger is the outdoor discovery app, helping active people worldwide to plan, navigate, record and share their adventures. ViewRanger contains hundreds of thousands of downloadable route guides, provides free maps for the whole world, delivers powerful GPS navigation features and allows users to record tracks and view live trip stats. The app also works offline without phone or data signals anywhere in the world.

More than 600 partners – such as Julia Bradbury’s The Outdoor Guide, National Park Authorities, official tourism bodies and travel writers – use the app to publish their route content to ViewRanger’s global audience. ViewRanger is also used and trusted by more than 200 search and rescue teams across Europe, the USA, and Canada.

In September 2016, ViewRanger was selected by Apple as the first hiking app to use the new built-in GPS on Apple Watch Series 2, and was invited on stage at Apple’s keynote event in San Francisco to demo the app to a live global audience of millions of people.


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