Daily iPhone App: Everest is a beautiful and effective goal-tracking app

Everest is more than just your typical goal tracking app with a calendar and a fancy to-do list. It's a goal tracker that is part life-logger and part social network. It's designed to help you focus on a goal and achieve it along with the help of others.

When you launch Everest for the first time, you are prompted to create a login so you can track your progress and share with other Everest members. Once the technical stuff is out of the way, you can add a dream or goal that you want to reach. The initial setup is straightforward and easy. All you have to type in is your goal and and set its visibility to private or public, depending on how social you want to be. Hit save, and you are ready to start taking steps towards achieving your goal.

Steps towards your goal can be added as you need them. Conveniently, each one includes a repeating reminder so you don't forget to do them on a regular basis. As you progress towards your goal, you can add new steps and check them off as completed. Everest will track your progress and display your achievements front and center in the app. If you are the social type, you can follow other people and encourage them along the way. You can also receive encouragement if you share your dreams with the community.

The app has a pleasing UI that's intuitive and easy to use. It only took me a few minutes to set up my goals, and add some steps. Then I was free to browse through the goals of other Everest users. This simplicity is a major bonus for Everest as ease-of-use is critical to a goal tracking app. Achieving a lofty goal is hard enough, you don't need an app to make it even more difficult.

Everest is available for free from the iOS App Store. Everest is perfect for people who want to do some goal planning, especially they could use some support from other goal-oriented people.