Top Tech for Your Next Adventure
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Technology definitely has its place in the wilds. Devices that keep you found, help you find your way and keep you safe far outweigh any argument about keeping things traditional. Here’s a short list of five devices that can help keep you safe and connected in the backcountry, so you can enjoy the solitude.
Satellite GPS Tracker – A push of the button will bring in emergency responders when needed and equally important, it lets your friends and family know where you are and that you’re still enjoying yourself out there.
GPS – Map and compass skills are essential, mostly because they allow you to understand how to operate your GPS system. The more north you go, the less accurate the map and compass technique becomes. A GPS device is a must for storing in your pack.
Solar Chargers – A lot of high tech gear needs power to run and if you need your satellite trackers, sat phones and GPS devices to work, solar chargers are essential.
Satellite Phone – This affordable bit of technology is an added bonus to pack in case you need to give the outside world solid information to assist you in case of an emergency, to help you manage things at work or keep you in touch with home while you are away.
Reflective Bivy Bag – A reflective emergency bivy bag gives you at least 10 degrees of extra warmth, yet is only the size of an elongated baseball. It may be the simplest technology but it can save you from hypothermia.
Explorer Kevin Callan is author of 15 books, including the best-selling The Happy Camper.