Mt. Pendeli topoGuide is a digital field guide for hikers, bikers and off-roaders. It includes routes, descriptions and photos for 10 hiking and mountaineering trails, 3 mountain bike (MTB) routes and 3 off-road adventures, which spread throughout Mt. Pendeli, near Athens, Attica, Greece. The 16 routes cover the whole Mt. Pendeli mountain range and the adjacent mountains, Mt. Agriliki and Mt. Mavrinora. Each Adventure has a description, photos and a POIs list.
Mt. Pendeli, although heavily damaged by the quarrying activities and repeated forest fires, maintains many interesting cultural and natural spots and offers many opportunities for sports, detention and exploration to the inhabitants of Athens. Mt. Pendeli topoGuide can help people looking for outdoor adventures to select the best suitable route and guide them along it safely.
The application offers detailed off-line maps and an extensive introduction on geography, geology and the nature of Mt. Pendeli, as well as dozens of photos on all aspects of the mountain history, landscape and life. The application offers also a useful list of POIs with a comprehensive search engine.
The trails list includes easy walks, easy and moderate hiking trails and long mountain traverses, of a total length of 42 km. Some ideas or data come from other hikers, like F. Vorinakis or A. Kalogirou. The MTB routes, designed with the help of the cyclists Paul Velitzelos and Vasilis Kostopoulos, cover all levels of difficulty and sum a total length of 85 km. The off-road routes sum 37 km and include a quiet proposal for simple SUVs, a more demanding route for genuine 4x4 vehicles and a hard way for tuned off-road monsters.
In the field, the application identifies the nearest route and make active navigation to it and then along it, with continuous messages to the user, while pops-up photos on every significant feature close to his position. If the user position is more than 20 meters far from the route, the application warns him and suggests how to go back.
The cartographic company AnaDigit, developer of the application, has issued previously detailed hiking maps at various detailed scales for Greece (eg. maps of Crete, Zagori, Sifnos, Naxos and other Aegean islands). To build the application and ensuring necessary data accuracy, all routes on Mt. Pendeli have been re-compiled, recorded and photographed during 2015.