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Anorak’s top five: iPhone apps for the great outdoors


First you'll need one of these

Reminisce for a second. Pause and remember the days of messing around in the woods with your good old Swiss Army knife by your side. Whatever nature tossed in your path, the faithful red Swiss had a blade to deal with. A saw for cutting a branch. A blade for whittling a catapult. Some tweezers for getting out the splinters.

Well now it would seem Swiss Army tools have been folded away and replaced with apps to be installed on your iPhone and taken out into the great yonder. There’s a raft to choose from and here’s our top five.

1. Survival Pocket Ref by Double Dog Studios £0.59

This one’s the app daddy for those who enjoy the more extreme side of the great outdoors. It contains over 500 pages of essential survival tips ranging from building a shelter to surviving on a strict diet of hedge-tucker. The pictures look great too. Visit site.


How to build a shelter


What to eat


Let's hope this won't be needed

2. Flower Garden by Snappy Touch £1.79

One for all you green-thumbed, sofa seeking garden lovers out there. This app is perfect if you like the idea of gardening but can’t face getting your hands dirty. Simply plant up some seeds, give them a dash of water and email the fruits of your labour straight to your loved one in the form of snazzy bouquet. Visit site.


Pick a variety, any variety


My how you've grown my pretties


Instant brownie points

3. Bicycle Gear Calculator by Jean Pierre Martineau £2.99

Biking is soaring in popularity and this app is a must have for all the double-wheeled bus dodgers currently gracing our cycle lanes. Aimed at those wishing to custom build their dream machine, you can calculate your gear ratios, choose from over 200 preset tyre size and, get this, analyse your skids. Visit site.


Technical stuff


Technical stuff


Now we're talking!

4. Hill Lists by Graham Haley £0.59

For Jacks, Jills and just about anyone else who enjoys a good hill, this app contains detailed information on a plethora of English peaks. You can view your current location, look up your slope on Google Maps and check the OS grid location of the hill you’re ascending. Happy climbing people.


Pick a hill, any hill


Ah, so that's where I've just climbed


Enjoy the view

5. Go Skimming by Buzz Interactive Ltd Free

A nice little promotional app from the Cumbrian Tourist Board. First pick from one of four Lake District waters: Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater or Wastwater. Next find yourself a nice juicy pebble. Finally, pretend your iPhone is said pebble and fling (without letting go) until your wrist’s content. Visit site.


A good lake for a skim


6, 7, 8, plop


Next stone

Anorak’s top five: Lunch boxes

School children, office slaves, country walkers. Don’t compromise on the security of your lunch. Anorak has sought out five fun lunch boxes to keep you and your sandwiches looking good.

The Sigg Midi

The Sigg Midi

The endurance athlete of lunch boxes, the Sigg Mini or Maxi has a classic camping quality whilst boasting the resilience to protect even the squishiest of sandwiches. Made of anodised aluminium with snap-lock fastenings and a rubber seal, this Swiss made lunch box is built for tireless adventures across rough wilderness. The Maxi size will even fit a small roast chicken. Grrr!
Sigg Mini £20.69 and Maxi £22.99 available at

The Brown Paper Lunch Bag

The Brown Paper Lunch Bag

Want to feel like you’re having lunch in the canteen of your favourite retro, school-based, coming-of-age TV show? Then look no further than the Brown Paper Lunchbag. Available in packs of 20 and made from recycled paper, these classic lunch conveyors are the perfect size for a sandwich and a piece of fruit (or a Curly Wurly and a yoyo).
Brown Paper Lunchbag £2.50 for 20 available at


Tiffin Tin

Tiffin Tin

Tiffin Tin

Tiffin Tin

Tiffin tins are a traditional Indian style of lunch box with three tiers of stacked stainless steel tins to hold all your lunchtime treats.  Anorak particularly likes the charm of ‘second’ tiffin tins that are slightly marked or dented.
28cm high, three tier tins £7.99 at

Plastic Lunch Box

Plastic Lunch Box

The plastic lunch box is the one we all carried to school in some colour or design (Anorak recalls Care Bears, Rainbow and Batman styles in particular). Pick your favourite colour and be sure to cover it in stickers.
Plain plastic lunch box £4.75 at

Graze Snack Box

Graze Snack Box

A healthy, grown-up option, Graze is an online lunch-ordering service that lets you pick out nibbly treats for the day and then delivers them to your work in a streamline, personalised lunch box. Team Anorak is especially keen to try the 2-a-day Milkshake Mix of white chocolate, strawberries and sun-dried banana.
Introductory offer of £1.49 for the first box, £2.99 thereafter

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