Atlanta, GA (Vocus) June 12, 2010
Big Nerd Ranch released version 2.1 of its hugely popular iPhone application, Campwhere, this week. Thousands of users worldwide who camp in North America have already downloaded the application and this new version it has some new features and updated data. Campwhere is available for $5.99 in the Apple iTunes store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Since the 1.0 version, Campwhere has greatly increased its coverage of US regional, county and city campgrounds and has added most Canadian campgrounds as well. Version 2.1 also features an interface to the Navigon GPS app (must be separately purchased) so that you can get driving directions even with no access to the Internet. Campwhere puts all the information needed for a camping right on your portable device. All campgrounds are accurately mapped with links to highway routing and to web sites with all the other information you need.
Campwhere includes all public campgrounds in all 50 states: National Park, National Forest, Corps of Engineers, TVA, BLM, State Park, State Forest and Regional, County and City campgrounds. For Canada, all provinces that touch on the US are included: Canadian Provincial Parks, Canadian National Parks and others. No privately-owned campgrounds are not included.
Only car-accessible campgrounds with five or more campsites (not hike-in, boat-in, horse camps or group camps) are included. Campgrounds with sites requiring a short walk in are included and noted. Those that require a car ferry are also noted. All public campgrounds are included, whether reservable or not.
Campwhere database manager, Tom Hillegass, says of the app, "This is the most accurate and complete US/Canada public campground data available anywhere. There is no other resource like it, either on the web or in a mobile application. Since the majority of campground listings came directly from Federal and State government sources, it's extremely accurate. Furthermore, location coordinates for each campground have been verified for maximum accuracy. "
A toolbar across the top of the app tells the user how many miles they are viewing in the map screen and the number of campgrounds in the map snapshot. Pinch the map with your fingers and a wider or narrower view will appear. Users can also utilize the "Search" tab to find campgrounds no matter where they are in the United States or Canada. When a user clicks on a campground plotted on the map, data for each campground is displayed. These data consists of coordinates, number of sites and some have other facility and hook-up information. Phone numbers and web links are also provided for each campground listing, for further information and reservation possibilities. Campwhere even has links to weekly weather forecasts for every campground.
Big Nerd Ranch is a training facility, consultant to Fortune 500 companies and develops web, desktop and mobile applications for all platforms. Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a monastic retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. All-inclusive class prices include lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call (404) 478-9005 or visit http://www.bignerdranch.com.