6 comments on “Gadgets for the Long Trail

  1. Your ability to keep the pack under 10 lbs, w/o food and water is quite impressive! I recently saw the benefits of packing light; it does feel good to have less weight on your back!

  2. Thanks, Grant. It’s been somewhat of an obsession of mine for a few years now. I’ve probably gotten to the point of diminishing returns, but yes- it does feel much better in the long run to have a lighter load than a heavier one. I think I’ll be posting more about lightweight backpacking techniques as the spring and summer go on. If you have any suggestions for topics, I’m all ears!

  3. Hi Karl. I’m bringing the GPS because I want to make a track of the entire trail for a personal project (I’ll probably post more details about that later, but for right now I’ll just say making tracks of hiking trails is a new obsession of mine). I could probably find the files online, but I like to make my own. It’s one of those things that’s not exactly necessary, but just part of the fun.

  4. I was on a kick to do that for all of the Camden Hills trails for a while, but never finished. Your GPS unit has always sounded to be the perfect one for that kind of project for me, I have a Geko 201 which seems to work well. I did several hundred miles of the Colorado Trail last summer and carried a SPOT, and used Postholer.com as they have maps that show your current SPOT location, my family and friends really enjoyed it. I may add the tracking subscription this year to my SPOT just for fun and see how it works out.

  5. Funny you should mention that, Karl. I’m in the middle of GPSing the Camden Hills as a training run for my GPS. I’ll post about that later this week. I’ve never used a SPOT, but they do seem to be gaining popularity by leaps and bounds.

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