We are a small team of experienced long-distance backpackers who also write apps. We know adventure. Our goal is to provide you with the best smartphone navigational guide for your adventure.
Founder, Data Specialist
Paul Bodnar is co-founder of Atlas Guides. Paul completed his first through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 and hiked the entire PCT again in 2010 and in 2012. Prior to his 2010 hike, Paul wrote and published the lightweight PCT data guide, Pocket PCT, which is now in its 4th edition. Following his 2010 hike he worked with Ryan Linn to develop the “Guthook Guides” series of iPhone hiking guide apps for the PCT.
Founder, iOS Developer
Ryan is the iOS developer and co-founder of Atlas Guides. He through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, New England Trail in 2009, Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, and Long Trail in 2012. In the meantime, he has worked as a trail crew leader for Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, a backpacking instructor for NOLS, and various positions at the Green Mountain Club and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Android Developer, General Counsel
Alice Bodnar is the Android application developer and general counsel for Atlas Guides. Alice completed her through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. Following the hike she joined the Atlas Guides team.
We believe that it is important to support those who maintain trail infrastructure, those who foster a positive community and the human spirit, and those who protect our public land.
ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT:
The Arizona Trail is a few hundred yards from our Flagstaff office. The Arizona Trail Association is a fast-growing organization that has done an outstanding job with its volunteer program, Arizona Trail Stewards program, Seeds of Stewardship outreach program for children, and community involvement through it’s Gateway Communities program. We are proud to be a Business Parter of the ATA and to create the official app of the Arizona Trail.
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
The Center for Biological Diversity has many program areas, including Public Lands. The CBD’s public lands program has protected countless species on millions of acres of federal land, and in the process protects our delicate ecosystems. The side benefits of protecting species habitat are tremendous. We joined the CBD’s Leadership Circle to support its mission.
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club maintains the northernmost 280 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Grafton Notch to Katahdin. Guthook is a proud member of the Club, as well as a volunteer trail maintainer for about 8 miles of trail over Mt Abraham. The work done by MATC is, in Guthook’s opinion, some of the finest along the entire Appalachian Trail — a high bar, indeed!
The Green Mountain Club is the 100+-year old organization that maintains and protects the Long Trail throughout Vermont, and works to “make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people”. The GMC also maintains the Appalachian Trail and many other trails in the state, and is exemplary of fine work in protecting the recreational and natural resources of the Green Mountains. Guthook worked in the office of the Green Mountain Club for some of his formative years of getting to know how trail stewardship works, and Atlas Guides is now a proud Business Member of the Club.
NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group focusing on protecting Maine’s environment and public lands through sustainable use. Guthook has lived in Maine almost his entire life, and it was the state’s public lands and vast forests that originally made him a lover of the outdoors. We are proud to be supporting members of NRCM and to help the organization spread the word about some of their initiatives, including the recent success in achieving National Monument designation for the Katahdin Woods & Waters of Maine’s north woods.
Warrior Expeditions supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by participating in long distance outdoor expeditions. Warrior Hike participants thru-hike long trails in the U.S., such as the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trail, among others. We have supported the Warrior Expeditions program by donating apps to Warrior Hike participants since the program began.