Our favourite site covering adventure worldwide — including hiking — has moved to a new URL:
related – The Adventure Podcast
The latest episode of The Adventure Podcast is now available for download.
Adventure Blog – Interview with Rick McCharles of BestHIke.com
We talked best hiking trails in the world. My essential gear. Cam Honan. And much, much more. It’s a long episode.
I’ve learned a lot about a lot over the first 18 episodes.
Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker talk gear on their new audiocast.
Dave referred to his 2003 edition of Freedom of the Hills. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the 1974 version of that classic.
He and Kraig added 3-4 more essentials, only briefly touching on the non-essential electronics most of us carry.
Check it out:
The textbook recommends supplementing the ten essentials with:
I’m subscribed. 🙂
An extension to the excellent Adventure Blog online.
… weekly news from the adventure world, discussing major topics of interest, talking about gear, and having interviews with interesting guests.It is co-hosted with my friend David Adlard, who has a rich background in the world of outdoor adventure as well having competed in several Ironman events and numerous adventure races, as well as working as a mountain guide and race director himself. …
I subscribed to a new hiking podcast via the iTunes store. 🙂
That’s Scott Janz.
You can listen via the Backpacker.tv website too.
Andy Howell has been using one for a few months … and gives it quite a favourable review:
… The key to the Kindle is its weight. This is a properly portable machine which can slip into your case or pack quite happily. …
First off, this is a very light way of carrying a lot of books …
With the wifi link usually off I have been able to get three weeks usage without any problems at all. If you are backpacking you should be able to rely on three weeks, maybe four, so long as you keep the machine warm at night, although I must say I’ve not noticed any great degrading of battery performance in the cold.
When backpacking you will want to keep the Kindle in a waterproof sleeve of some kind — I use an Ortlieb map carrier which I know to be watertight. Phil Turner has devised his own protection system details of which he has published here so you can knock one up yourself. …
The really big downside is that you can’t share books or pass them on to someone else. You can register up to 6 Kindles with one Amazon account, which might get around things a little. But this system is still far too inflexible and Amazon need to sort this out quickly, even if it is to let you pass books on a limited number of times. …
I’m quite happy with audio books and podcasts on my iPods (normally carrying two) but wouldn’t mind trying a kindle on a longer adventure.
I mostly read in the tent. And it seems a pain that a headlamp is required to read a kindle. In fact, that might even be a deal breaker for me. Perhaps I’d use the built-in audio jack or rear speakers to listen to my audio books via Kindle.
Leave a comment if you’ve tried taking a Kindle on the Trail. Either here or over on Andy’s review.
DAVE PIDGEON will not take his iPad on the Trail.
Compass Points Media via flickr – original photo
But he does review a few Apps on this post – A Backpacker’s iPad
(via Tom Mangan on Facebook)
by site editor Rick McCharles
You may find it surprising how much electronic gear I hauled on my recent 17-day trek in the Everest region.
I carried two iPods. … Overkill?
My iPod shuffle plays for about 10hrs on a charge. The iPod touch perhaps 20hrs. Both filled with audio podcasts and books on MP3.
Click on any of the images below for a description.
Recharging batteries en route was not always easy.