Last night we had the pleasure of being hosted by well-known Capetonian mountain guide Tim Lundy on his show 'Hiking with Tim Lundy', a feature on Tonight with Lester on Cape Talk.
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to talk about the Forge App as it allows us to confer what exactly the app is all about and its role in mountaineering in South Africa. Lester Kiewit downloaded the app on the spot and his feedback was genuine:
"In the short moment since you started talking about the Forge App, I've downloaded it and it's quite simple, easy to use...the opening page is quite lovely in terms of it giving details of some of the tracks that I've been on."
In this conversation we cover various topics including how the app differentiates from Google Maps and paper maps. It emerged that the geo-spatial digital offline maps are a particularly useful aspect of the app, providing the ability for the user to use the maps where there is no signal - keeping them safe and on the route in more remote regions, says Tim:
"And it's great that you can do it offline as well because that is the one thing that a lot of these apps have had a problem with, is that it will absolutely destroy your battery."
Importantly, as Tim suggests, Forge will never replace mountain guides:
"It's a different experience and there are definite advantages to having it. I would rather people have this than not have it...but it obviously doesn't take away the human element and I don't think their intention is to replace the human element."
Listen to the full podcast where we also discuss user feedback integration, quality control and the value of digital platforms.
Be sure to get the free Forge App on your mobile and download our offline Explore More maps to take with you onto the mountain, then share the stoke using #IAMFORGE.
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