Chimani is short for the Chimanimani Mountains National Park in Zimbabwe. In 1992, our CEO, Kerry Gallivan was finishing an internship with the Southern African Development Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe when he discovered that there was an Outward Bound center located in the Chimanimani Mountains. Having grown up in New England, Kerry knew all about Outward Bound but had never taken a course. Outward Bound in Zimbabwe was perfect for him. After Kerry completed the course, the nickname for the park, Chimani, stuck with him. Kerry registered the Internet domain in 1998 knowing he would one day start a company attuned to the outdoors. With the name and the perfect opportunity to combine technology and the outdoors a decade or so later, Chimani was born.
Never get frustrated while hiking again.
Chimani, Inc was founded by Kerry Gallivan and Shaun Meredith, in January 2010. The concept was born on top of Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park one rainy day in April 2008. Kerry was hiking 7+ miles and wanted some data on where he was going, what route he should take, the amount of rain he could expect, and the steepness on the western side of Cadillac Mountain. Kerry had his iPhone, but there was neither cell phone coverage nor an app to guide him. Frustrated and alone in the rain in Maine, Chimani was conceived.
What makes Chimani different?
The outdoors are what we love. It is our passion. But we love technology too! Call it what you will — emerging technology, "gadgets", toys — that's also our passion. Combine the two and what you have are top-notch apps for exploring and touring the National Parks. We like to think of these apps within the tradition of the telescope or astrolabe of our adventuring ancestors — instruments to help us navigate the natural world (terrain and trails) and provide insight into its workings (the weather, moon phases, tides). All of this information is presented on an intuitive user interface that is visually well designed, includes professionally designed maps, up-to-date and well-researched content, high quality photographs and rock-solid programming. We are proud to have developed an incredible team to build Chimani, and we think you will find the apps useful and a great resource for exploring the outdoors.
The National Parks are our passion. You won't find "cookie cutter" apps here. Whether it's backcountry hiking in the Grand Tetons, rock climbing in Yosemite, or bicycling the carriage roads of Acadia — these apps are made from personal experience. They are your travel guides, but you'll find a lot more than that. Information like sunrise/set data for a year, tidal data for a year, ranger-led events for the entire season, and much more. The apps also feature an audio tour and dozens of photos by professional photographers.
Chimani apps are your travel guide, map, audio tour and a whole lot more!
Stamp your Park Passport! The Chimani National Parks app helps you to create a virtual passport of your visits to any of the 401 National Park System locations. The app also features the option of accessing news provided by National Park Traveler, the Internet's only website dedicated to covering America's National Park System and the National Park Service on a daily basis.
The first national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia is home to breath-taking Maine coastline and boasts over 50 miles of the world-famous carriage roads. Additionally, it is the location of Cadillac Mountain, first place the sun shines in the eastern coast of the United States.
A large wilderness area permanently preserved as a state park, located in north-central Maine. Baxter State Park is unique. Not really a "state" park, it was a gift to the people of Maine from just one person, Percival P. Baxter. The Park covers more than 200,000 acres, encompassing its own mountain range dominated by Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain.
Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. One of the major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters.
The Seashore encompasses over 40 miles of seashore along the Atlantic Ocean and 43,500 acres of ponds, woods, and beachfront throughout the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is also the terminus of the famous Cape Cod Rail Trail — a 22 mile paved rail trail which ends in the Seashore and is used to access the many beaches.
Home to the winding Cuyahoga River — the "crooked river" — as named by Native Americans. Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio is an urban oasis with over 51 square miles of hiking, biking, and bridle trails.
Glacier National Park, in Montana, encompasses over 1,000,000 acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem," a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles.
The magnificence and beauty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona led to calls for its preservation as early as the 1880s. In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signed a law designating the Grand Canyon as a national park. Since that time the park has expanded to 1.2 million acres and now has over four million visitors each year.
Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of Jackson Hole valley.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park, while the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States.
Olympic National Park is located in the state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest, and the forests of the drier east side.
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north-central region of Colorado. It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments — from wooded forests to mountain tundra — and easy access to back-country trails and campsites.
Located in the southern Sierra Nevadas in California, the two parks — Sequoia and Kings Canyon — are home to several distinct groves and forests of old-growth Giant Sequoia trees. The parks also feature deep glacial canyons and towering granite cliffs.
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles in Wyoming.
Located in California and covering over 761,000 acres and reaching across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite is one of the most visited National Parks in the country. It encompasses spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, and Giant Sequoia groves.
Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229 square miles park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River.
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