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How to track your progress

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Using the OS app on a smartphoneSome challenges are easy to track. For example, if you’re trying to hike up Ben Nevis, start at the bottom, and when you can’t keep going up, you’ve probably finished.But what about hiking 100 miles in a month? You’ll almost certainly need to do that in chunks and so you’ll need a way of keep track of how many miles you’ve covered. Luckily, there are many options available, and you probably already own one of them.The most common options, and the ones we’d suggest, are:
  • An app on your smartphone
  • A fitness tracker, such as a FitBit or a Garmin
  • A GPS device
All three have their pros and cons, but for purely logging progress, our preference would be an app on your smartphone, such as the Ordnance Survey app, View Ranger, Komoot – there are many. At the beginning of your walk you can simply start the app, then pop your phone back in your pack or pocket, and get hiking. Your phone will track your progress and when you are finished for the day all you need to do is save your walk, and your distance and/or ascent will be logged.Now, if you are also relying on a device for navigational support, then your phone is possibly not the best option. Constantly turning on the screen to check where you are, especially on a cold day, will rinse your battery in record time. In these circumstances a GPS device, or a tracker with GPS capability is probably better.Of course, fitness trackers and GPS devices aren’t cheap, but many of us have a mobile phone and even the free versions of most suitable apps will let you keep track of your progress.

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