I am by no means an early adopter and I'm not particularly a guy who wants to have top gear for my outdoor activities. However, when I get to test a nice piece of gear, I find it enjoyable.
Technology and innovation can make your life more pleasant and now that it's all about mobility, you can enjoy the benefits of modern life even if you're outdoors, in the middle of nowhere.
Long story short - after my old phone broke a few times and after $30 repair costs I decided it's about time to ask my provider for a new phone. So they gave me an Android smartphone (go figure).
Now, I'm not saying a sleek and shiny phone is the perfect fit for an outdoor enthusiast. Actually you have to be more careful with it. Then there's the Facebook, Twitter, email and reading blogs addiction you may fall into (not that I have this addiction, I'm just saying...).
But, boy oh boy, those GPS based utilities are just awesome!
You can actually locate yourself on a Google map - anywhere. (How dumb sounds this from a guy who's supposedly knowledgeable about technology?! I'm a blogger, right?)
How much technology is too much technology?
Well, this depends on you.
I see others who carry way more gear and are way more into technology than I am. And it works for them.
So I'm sure each of us will find his/her own style of travelling outdoors, using more or less gear. As long as you feel comfortable with it and as long as you feel each piece of gear brings value to your outdoor experience, I'd say use it.
What gear works for me
Of course this new phone thing - which is actually a computer and it does so much more than a phone. I love using Google Latitude, Google Maps for navigation and Endomondo for tracking my treks, mountain biking tours, etc.
Then there's the Nomad 7 smart phone charger which allows you to charge all your other gadgets while in the wild.
Tip - Since the GPS and 3G (data services and internet) drain your phone battery, you may wanna plug it into your solar panel - especially if you wanna track long hikes. Just hang your portable solar panel on your backpack and place the phone inside the pouch.
The prototype Mammut bivy tent is perfect for solo hikes. And it can even accommodate two persons in extraordinary situations so that's a plus.
I don't use the Hydrapak Big Sur as often as I should but the water reservoir (3 liters) is a steal! You can place it in your other backpacks and enjoy the hassle free hydration on the go.
The most rewarding feeling of being outdoors is getting away from it all so having these gadgets and a permanent (almost) internet connection is kinda counter intuitive. I get that.
And I don't preach technology or social media over sharing. (my first Facebook updates after I got the phone were "Oh shit! I'm enjoying this smart phone thing."; and a bit later "Oh shit! I'm a walking symphony of notifications.").
So use what works for you and keep it simple.
Over to you
- What are your favorite gadgets you carry with you outdoors?
- What about your favorite piece of outdoor gear?
- Am I the only one excited about Endomondo? :-)
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