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Craigieburn Trails iPhone App


The Craigieburn Trails iPhone App has been created for recreational users of the Craigieburn Forest Park and the wider Castle Hill Basin area. While it is specifically aimed at the users of the Craigieburn Trails network, the app has been designed to also provide a useful resource for any recreational visitors to the area.


Download on the App Store

All proceeds from the sale of this app go toward trail development and maintenance.


The app provides:

  • information on each trail within the Craigieburn Trails area (open/closed status, description, map, elevation profiles and photos),
  • current weather conditions in the Castle Hill Basin (readings updated every 5 minutes),
  • a 9-day weather forecast for the Castle Hill area.


Trails

Lists the trails available within the Craigieburn Trails network using information supplied from the Craigieburn Trails website. Trail descriptions, length, grade, altitude gain and loss for each track, as well as elevation profiles and a route maps, can be viewed by selecting a name from the list. The map and elevation graph will actively track your position while you are on any particular track. Options are provided to view either the standard Apple map, a satellite image map or a topographical map. The maps can also be tilted (using a two-finger drag) to show a 3D inclined view. Selecting a pin will display a popup with the track name and status.



The topo map view can be set to display either the NZ Topo50 or Open Street Map map types. The map type can be changed by opening the iPhone Settings and selecting the CraigieburnTrails option as shown below.



The quality of the phone signal within the Craigieburn Forest area can be 'variable' to non-existent. While the app will happily run in 'offline' mode, the standard and satellite map views do rely on the iPhone system caching and will only display if they have been previously viewed with an active internet connection. The topo map view is however separately cached and will always display with or without a phone signal (even if the topo map hasn't been previously viewed).


Webcams

Displays images from webcams located in Castle Hill Village. The webcam images are updated every 10 minutes during daylight hours and show the view east from the village towards the Torlesse Range and Castle Hill Peak, and west towards the Craigieburn Range and Mt Cloudesley. Thumbnail images for approximately the last 24 hours can also be viewed. Individual images can also be viewed by selecting any particular thumbnail.




Weather

Displays a table of weather readings as supplied from the weather station located in Castle Hill Village. The readings are updated every 5 minutes. The weather data can be viewed as graphs with options for the last 24 hours, 48 hours and 7 days.




Forecast

Displays a 9-day weather forecast for the Castle Hill area as supplied by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The forecast information can also be displayed graphically.




Support

For any support related issues, comments, suggestions or bug reports email:



Release Information:

  • Version 1.1: initial app release
  • Version 1.2: fixed bug that caused the app to crash when first-time installers tried to view the trail maps