Oct 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm #1294768
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Just wondering what you "extra" non essentials all you ulighters bring every other time. I'm thinking about bringing a flask next time because I'm at the tail end of a wedding and having a great time, life is good! We have a bartender that mixes custom drinks at my sisters wedding btw.Oct 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm #1918812
@cobbermanLocale: Northern Colorado
You're going to a wedding that requires backpacking? If so, that sounds pretty cool. I bring a small Rum Runners Flask and/or a 0.5L Platypus bladder for evening refreshments on most of my trips. I also include my camera gear in my list of "luxuries".Oct 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm #1918815
@jaseLocale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
… I always take my Degen 1127 radio. It has 4Gb memory, with AM, FM, SW and MP3 player….would you believe it's also an e-Reader (on that screen!!??).
The reason why I bought this one is that it has an external speaker….ok, not quite a boom-box but great sound for its size with equaliser options. One thing I don't like when hiking/around camp, is listening to music and blocking out the sounds of nature (which is what happens with headphones). I prefer to have low level ambient music, with the emphasis still on the sounds of the bush. However I still have the option of using headphones if I wish….great for when 'white noise' is needed, or to override the sound of hail/storms/wind noise etc. that may stop me from sleeping.
The menu system is a bit archaic, and frustrating at times…but you know… whatever/who cares! It only weighs 92 grams with dimensions being a mere 11cm (length) x 4cm (width) x 2cm (deep). It will run for in excess of 8-10 hours at medium output. Well worth every penny. You can't beat the serenity infused with 'The Spice Girls'. (I'm so kidding).
Otherwise, it's a 600ml soft platy with either Cointreau (Orange liqueur) or Glayva (Whiskey liqueur) for a nip before bed….which goes down a treat when on the rocks (albeit snow) during winter/snow hiking.
…just for a bit of perspective and scale
Edit: battery run time & menu systemOct 7, 2012 at 2:40 am #1918832
How does it mesh with the Mac? Can you import into it from iTunes?
Cost and availability?
Thanks, RodOct 7, 2012 at 3:32 am #1918835
@jaseLocale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
Hi again Rod! :-)
You can't import from iTunes, but you can simply drag and drop from the library files.
Remember that it only plays mp3 files, so if you import music to your iTunes in m4a format, you'll have to convert to mp3 prior to drag-and-dropping.
The other thing I found with mac, is that they create those ._ files (whatever they are) when you transfer (which are invisible on Mac, but become apparent on PC), which is a real pain in the a*s. (If someone knows more about this, or a workaround, please let me know).
So I simply do all my file transferring at work on the PC. It's a bit of a pain, but it gets the job done.
Perhaps a software update by Kaito/Degen will be coming soon.
Cost: $69 (shipping is usually with tracking, so I paid about $25/$30 for it)
Availability: seems to be readily available from here (which is where I bought mine) http://www.kaitousa.com/DE1127.htm
If you're in Melbs I'm happy to show it to you if you wish.
Edit: cost and availabilityOct 7, 2012 at 6:46 am #1918842
@andycLocale: The Front Range
I routinely pack in craft beer..usually two or three but sometimes a sixer if it's an easy trip and I just wanna lounge. I just can't resist the draw of a big stout on a cold night in the backcountry, or an IPA on a hot summer day.Oct 7, 2012 at 7:49 am #1918856
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
I'm not sure I consider it luxuries or not but I carry about a pound of fly fishing gear with me. It's probably not a luxury but a neccessity since fly fishing is the main reason for my backpacking trips. I take a minimal amount of gear – a small foam fly box and a small fly "vest" to hold it and some tools/tippet
and my fly reel and rod in fluorescent light tube rod case
edit – pictures addedOct 7, 2012 at 9:31 am #1918877
I took a book with me on every trip this summer, read a ton of good books (The Cactus Eaters is a great read). And vodka usually makes its way into the pack somehow.Oct 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #1918891
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
Can you say anything about the quality of the voice recorder? I use the one on my phone quite a bit, but I don't take my phone hiking.Oct 7, 2012 at 11:40 am #1918913
@bowlingl25Locale: Almost Heaven
A paperback book has become an essential to me while going on solo trips. I have also been considering an ipod and a bigger/brighter headlamp now that hours of daylight are really getting shorter.Oct 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1918921
I don't claim to be an ultralighter, but I do pack fairly light. For trips when I'm backpacking with a partner, I usually bring my Alite Monarch chair as long as my base weight is under 15lbs (if I'm alone I leave it behind to make up for having to carry the tent). I also pack my phone along – it's lighter than a book and I can read it in the dark :)Oct 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm #1918938
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
My baseweight without luxuries is about 8lbs. Right now i am trying to add luxuries that a heavy weight backpacker would take.
So far I am adding 2lbs of camera gear giving me 300mm zoom, 8 oz of extra pad to bring a large neoair xlite, 28oz of chair. So that is about 4lbs extra leaving about 3 – 4 lbs more space to have a sub 25lb pack on weekend trips. I am looking for more ideas on stuff to take.
Beer seems like a good idea, i am thinking about doing a steam baking set up or a pizza oven. What other luxeries do people who are heavy weight take?Oct 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm #1918943
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Update: the wedding was good and I was very drunk last night lol.
I am thinking about buying a flask from Lawson next time I order from him.
X2 on a paperback book, but only sometimes when long high mile days aren't on the agenda. I am going to try and bring my iPhone from now on though.Oct 8, 2012 at 4:14 am #1919082
La Gloria De Cubana or Macanudo cigars (I tend to smoke 2 or 3 cigars a year)Oct 8, 2012 at 4:42 am #1919086
Got back last week from a 5 day trip in the smokies (where it rained incessantly). Got up to Mt. Cammerer for the third time… no visibility again! (1st time heavy snow, 2nd time monsoon style rain, this time dense fog that rolled in about a half hour before we got to the top).
I took my phone with me and really enjoyed having it. I have a galaxy s3 that I supplemented with a 4200 mAH battery ($20 on amazon). It remained turned off in my pack for most of the trip, but I would get it out and use it at rest breaks, campsites and nice views.
What I used it for:
camera (not much of a shutterbug, so this sufficed for me)
video camera (i'm surprised how much I am enjoying watching the videos I took)
weather reports (we could occasionally get 1x/3g signal when we were high up)
books (finished most of House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and got a little bible study in using the kindle app)
altimiter (the gs3 has a barometer built in, so I played around with it… not very practical when leaving the phone off most of the time.)
text and phone (my wife and kids appreciated me checking in with them when I could)
I still had about 40% of my battery left at the end of the trip. And while this saved me weight (over carrying a camera, paperback & a small bible, or my kindle touch), I still treated it like a non essential luxury item since I wasn't using the phone for navigation.
I have been really happy with the 4.8" screen size on the gs3. It has replaced my kindle touch. I have read through several books on it, and while the screen is not as good as the e-ink on the touch, I have been fine with its quality. That said, I was not happy using the kindle app on my htc incredible (3.5" screen) due to the smaller screen size.
Does anyone know of any good first aid books that are well suited to the kindle app?Oct 8, 2012 at 5:56 am #1919102
I have an ultralight box kite tucked in the side of my pack. It's a triangular, about 12" on the sides, with carbon fiber stays and about 100' of light kite string wrapped around a thin cardboard tube. It's pretty stable, but when the wind suggests a tail, I just grab some grass or a hunk of sage, tuck it in one corner and off we go again.
Ah, it's a Prism Triad.Oct 8, 2012 at 6:40 am #1919115
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I always bring some down goodies to keep me toasty in camp and uprate my bag if needs be, I supposed not a luxury more so a chilling reminder of nights I froze my ass off as teenager in sub standard gear
I do carry an Android mobile phone (with spare batteries) but I don't carry a camera, GPS or a book. If hiking in a area with no mobile coverage I will carry a Satphone,.Oct 8, 2012 at 9:53 am #1919164
@rdalyLocale: outdoors amap
I wouldn't say they're fun, but they are enjoyable. I almost always bring a couple cigars, usually Romeo Y' Julieta, and some alcohol. Could be wine, whiskey, or Guiness. They're just great in the evening after a long days hike.Oct 8, 2012 at 10:38 am #1919178
@malligatorLocale: Valley of the Sun
Either my Kindle, the Kindle app on my phone, or a paperback, but I have to have something to read.Oct 8, 2012 at 11:24 am #1919190
My biggest luxury is my Nano 7 hammock with a bug sock. It is hugely satisfying to take a break every three hours or so and hang, giving my feet and back a break. And occasionally take a nap. Pure bliss for 12 oz.
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