BackCountry Navigator

Do you enjoy outdoor activities? Are long hikes into the mountains your thing? Perhaps you love wandering out into the forest? If this is the case, you’ve likely found yourself in a position with no phone signal. BackCountry Navigator, from CritterMap Software LLC, is an app that aims to make sure you never get lost again in said situations.

BackCountry Navigator


  • Use offline TOPO maps and GPS on hike trails without cell service
  • The GPS in your Android phone can get its position from satellites, and you don’t have to rely on your data plan to get maps
  • Preload FREE offline topo maps, aerial photos, and road maps on your storage memory, so they are ready when you need them
  • Use your phone or tablet as an offroad topo mapping handheld GPS
  • Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking and other recreation
  • Android Wear support to see navigation at a glance on wrist
  • Use GPS waypoints from GPX or KML files, or enter your own coordinates using longitude/latitude, UTM, MGRS, or grid reference
  • Using GOTO makes a waypoint a locus for navigation

Now, BackCountry Navigator isn’t a new app. In fact, it already has over 100,000 downloads on Google Play and carries a highly respectable 4.5-star rating with six thousand ratings. It also holds the #1 spot in its category and has done so for six straight years.

The folks at CritterMap are taking this thing to the next level via Kickstarter funding, to build new features, functionality, and to be offered on iOS and The Web, in addition to Android. And they’re absolutely killing it – they’ve already got over twice their initial goal of $30,000.

At the time of this post, they’ve got $63,889 in backing from 1,268 supporters – AND THEY STILL HAVE ALMOST TWO WEEKS TO GO! To say that’s impressive would be an understatement.

If you’d like to give BackCountry Navigator a try, I’ve thrown a link to the Pro Version for you below. It runs $11.99, which may seem like a steep price, but it’s well worth the money for the outdoor adventurer, considering what it does.

You can also try the demo version first, just to make sure it provides the functionality you need and expect.


I got a promo code to test the app, so I’ll likely do a full review in the future once I actually get some time to get into the outdoors and into a situation where I can put it to good use.

Until then, you can head over to the Kickstarter page for more information, or to become a backer.


Revolutionary BackCountry Navigator XE Mobile App Captivating Kickstarter

Camas, WA — (ReleaseWire) — 09/11/2017 –With almost three weeks left in its crowdfunding campaign, Nathan Mellor’s backcountry navigation app for iOS and Android has almost overtaken its fundraising goal by 95%.

Mellor came up with this full-featured outdoors GPS navigation device pursuing his passion for outdoor pursuits after being laid off by Hewlett Packard after 12 years as a software engineer and the birth of his youngest son.

The app turns your smartphone into a state-of-the-art GPS device for hikers, kayakers, big game hunters, and off-roaders – anyone who likes to disappear into the backcountry for their adventures. Unlike many “GPS” apps, BackCountry Navigator XE does not have to receive a cell signal to operate. It uses the same hardware the military and handheld GPS devices have been using for decades. You just have to download the maps before heading out, and the phone’s GPS will handle the location tracking.

The original Backcountry Navigator app was only available on Android, where it has received more than 4,300 five-star reviews and has held the #1 place in its category for six years. The crowdfunding campaign is a project to bring the app to iOS and the Web and to improve certain functions based on customer feedback.

The app will also become subscription based; Mellor says that subscribers will experience benefits that far outweigh the cost of subscriptions. Kickstarter backers will receive significant discounts on subscriptions in addition to subscriptions to Thunderforest Maps and Caltopo Maps.

The project timeline has beta testing its web functionality occurring in December of 2017, with beta testing of its iOS and Android versions beginning in February 2018. The app is expected to go live in the Google Play and Apple App Store in May 2018.

The Kickstarter campaign can be found at and runs until September 28, 2017.

The BackCountry Navigator app was recently mentioned in Digital Trends. The article can be found at

More information about the app can be found on its web page at

About Nathan Mellor

Nathan Mellor is a software engineer and avid outdoorsman who pursued his dream of helming his own online business. Since the development of the original BackCountry Navigator app, he has gone on to win multiple awards for mobile app development and wrote a book about creating Android apps for profit. He has also been a guest speaker at AnDevCon from 2011 to 2016, as well as at Wearables TechCon in 2015.

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Posted Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:09 AM CDT – Permalink

“I’ve always been fascinated by maps and the ways you can use them to discover more of the outdoors. For me, the planning of an adventure is part of the fun”

– Nathan Mellor, Founder of BackCountry Navigator

About CritterMap Software

Headquartered in Camas, Washington, CritterMap Software aims to make software and content for enjoyment of outdoor recreation.