Take Ten is the second in a series of mobile apps designed by Columbia Sportswear to help you get the most from your adventures in the Greater Outdoors. This app is designed to introduce backcountry users to the Ten Essential Groups, a collection of items promoted by outdoor experts as critical to the safe enjoyment of our wild areas.
The Ten Essential Groups:
At the heart of the app is a user-expandable database of tools and equipment divided into ten groups:
Several items in the database should be in your pack any time you venture away from the road. Others are optional, depending on the length of your excursion, the season, weather, terrain, the make-up of your party, and many other factors. You can add custom items to the database as required to fit the needs of your activity or the participants.
Create Custom Gear Lists:
When you start the planning process, Take Ten helps with custom packing lists for any type of outing, from a simple day-hike in your local forest to an extended sea-kayaking adventure in Patagonia. Build a list in minutes from the database, and check off each item as you add it to your pack. Email the list to your team members, or post it to your Facebook wall to make sure everyone has the tools they need to be comfortable and safe.
Leave a Trip Plan Behind:
Before you leave the trailhead, use Take Ten to generate a Trip Plan to leave behind with a responsible party. A Take Ten trip plan includes all the details of your backcountry outing, including trailhead info, route description, team members and their emergency contacts, vehicle info, team equipment list and a link to a map of the the trailhead. Send the trip plan via email or Facebook directly from the Take Ten app.
Safety Tips and How-to Articles:
Take Ten also contains a collection of safety tips and articles; fire-building, proper hydration, wilderness ethics, how to use a map and compass, and, if you forget the map and compass, what to do if you get lost.
So get Take Ten to the Greater Outdoors for iPhone today and start your next outdoor adventure with the gear you need to be warm, dry and ready for anything. And be safe out there… we still need you to buy our gear!
New map interface to include GPS coordinates for your trip plan starting, ending and intermediate waypoints.
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Ratings and Reviews
Perfect Outdoor App
As the Senior Patrol Leader of a Boyscout troop, it's the responsibility of me and the rest of the troop staff to prepare our troop for the outdoors. We do our best to impress the importance of the 10 essentials, the outdoor ethics of leave no trace, and the scout motto of "be prepared" onto the scouts.
This app by Columbia is the first app I've seen that comprehensively covers all of these areas and that gives me confidence that it will prepare people for the outdoors the right way. In addition to just the information presented, the features of the packing list creator and the trip planner make it so that even experienced outdoorsmen can find use in it.
So, if you're just getting into the outdoors and are looking for information that's actually helpful, or
If you just love the outdoors, download this app -- it's great.
It was a good try
This app is the best; only because there are no other real options out there. The advise is great and very important for anyone making an outdoor expedition. However, there are more bugs in this app than the great outdoors (sorry had to go there). Either the keyboard does not appear or app crashes when attempting to create a new checklist or add an item to an existing list. There is also no way to add custom items which basically makes the app useless as a one stop checklist. A section on the importance of good boots is also needed. Any military grunt in the world would tell you that water is important but if your feet are too mangled to get to the nearest source you are as good as cougar bait. Take the opportunity to advertise those comfy columbia hiking boots!
Ten Essential Groups
Any application that gets people thinking about the correct gear to take on a trip is good. The phrase "Ten Essential Groups" originates from a 2007 Dallas Sierra Club article (search web or wikipedia). This app's ordering of the ten essential groups is changed from the original article. The goal in any survival situation is to remain healthy (Medical), dry (Shelter), warm (Fire) and hydrated (Hydration) until rescued (Communication). A flashlight (illumination) is mostly a navigational tool, so it is not given it's own category.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.