Jun 24, 2014 at 12:03 am #1318296
For a number of years, I've been using a small digital alarm clock for backpacking, it weighs only 1.2 ounces, and it was loud enough to wake me up. I attach it to the front pole on my shelter. That way, it was within a foot or so from my ears. Alas, the time set control broke.
I do not use a digital wristwatch alarm, because that would be buried deep within my sleeping bag, and I would never hear it.
There are many travel alarm clocks on the market, but most weigh several ounces. Many use a single AA battery, and that makes them weigh more. The lighter ones will use a CR2032 watch battery, and that is lighter.
Any suggestions for one of a similar weight?
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 12:10 am #2114180
Not sure which gps you use, if any, but my garmin etrex 20 has an alarm clock built in.Jun 24, 2014 at 12:14 am #2114182
I typically use the alarm on my cell phone, although I could also use the alarm on the GPS or on my watch. Might as well use the phone for something.Jun 24, 2014 at 12:50 am #2114187
Where I go backpacking, typically there is no cell service, so I leave it in the car.
My GPS receivers do not have any alarm clock features.
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 3:21 am #2114192
I don't have a specific suggestion, but for something like this I would troll through Amazon, bound to be something of the right size/weight.
Or…you mentioned an alarm on a watch would be buried in your bag, why not take the watch off at night and put that on the pole where you've been putting the clock?Jun 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #2114258
Not exactly what you were looking for as it's a vibrating alarm but they claim it's 2oz including a AAA battery.
Edit: re read their specs and there's a traditional beeping alarm option.Jun 24, 2014 at 9:23 am #2114262
Hello Bob, I have a Timex Mini Alarm clock that weighs 1.3oz including leather case. 1.1oz without case.
You can have it, no charge, just pay$3.00 shipping. I never used it. Don't know what size battery.
Here is what it looks like:
Send PM if interested.Jun 24, 2014 at 10:48 am #2114284
Slight drift ….
I always wear a hat when I sleep in the woods. I cut a small slit in the double layer band at the bottom, and insert a Casio watch body.
I don't notice the watch when I sleep, until the alarm goes off, against my head.
…end drift.Jun 24, 2014 at 11:20 am #2114291
After a hard day on the trail, sometimes I sleep so soundly that it requires a titanium hammer banging on my skull to wake me up.
I already scoured Amazon. Two ounces is the lowest that I've found so far. Plus, sometimes they quote the weight with the battery, sometimes without the battery, sometimes with the shipping package, and sometimes they just guess.
Compactness is nice, as well. My old one, the one that broke, is about the size of three wristwatch cases laid out end to end.
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm #2114319
You could always try this:
"Drinking multiple glasses of water before going to sleep, to help ensure you wake up early due to the need to pee. (Allegedly a technique used by the Apache during the Apache Wars to wake up for pre-dawn raids.)"Jun 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm #2114320
However, I was fitted with overflow tanks at an early age, so I don't know if this will work.
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm #2114321
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
I use the alarm on my wristwatch, I just don't wear it on my arm at night. I hang it on a little clip on the tent ceiling so it's about a foot above my face.Jun 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm #2114362
I purchased a new digital alarm wristwatch for this purpose, and its alarm is not as loud as the old one.
It is incredible how many digital watches and clocks are advertised, and nobody bothers to write down the alarm loudness in decibels. Horrors!
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm #2114366
@aggroLocale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
Define broke, maybe it's repairable?Jun 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm #2114372
There is one control which sets time, alarm time, and some other things. It is non-functional, so the time cannot be set. There is no external access to the control, so I think it has become an ultralightweight paperweight.
–B.G.–Jun 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm #2114376
@slammerLocale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Watch or water always works for me, then again I'm an Indian.
You could always find an Apache hiking buddy and have him drink the water for you……?Jun 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm #2114383
Are you against wearing a wrist watch? Or just don't think you would hear it buried in your sleeping bag? Just wear one during the day and take it off when you sleep so you can place it next to your head…Jun 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm #2114392
"…and it was loud enough to wake me up. I attach it to the front pole on my shelter. That way, it was within a foot or so from my ears."
"I purchased a new digital alarm wristwatch for this purpose, and its alarm is not as loud as the old one."Jun 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm #2114420
If you can deal with setting it in a different way, the Thermoworks TimeStick would suit your purpose. It's designed as a cooking timer, so you set it to go off in "x" hours and "x" minutes. Instead of setting it to go off at 7am, you would set it to go off in 7 hours and 45 minutes (or whatever). It has the timer function and a clock function. The alarm has variable volume so you can make it louder or softer. It beeps for 60 seconds. After that, it beeps for 5 seconds every 30 seconds until you cancel the timer.
It weighs 1.7 ounces without the lanyard. 1.8 ounces with the detachable lanyard. Some of that weight is a refrigerator magnet glued into the back of it, which could probably be pried out if you really wanted to pare weight. I like the magnet (mine lives on the refrigerator door), so I'm not willing to sacrifice it to give you a weight savings! It runs on one large CR2032 watch battery.
It's splash-proof. You wouldn't want to swim with it, but a little rain or splashing would be fine.
When not camping, it makes the world's best timer for steaks on the grill, because you can put the damn thing around your neck, unlike normal kitchen timers that are always beeping inside when I'm outside or outside when I'm inside! I took mine car camping last week, using it to (go figure) time a rib eye steak.
This company makes high quality products. Nicer than the typical cheap plastic Chinese timers and similar gadgets.Jun 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm #2114428
@aggroLocale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
Post a pic or just send it to me. If it's fixable-I can do it.
Your pm isn't set up…all it'll cost you is postage.Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm #2116468
There are two candidates right now. One is a Casio digital wristwatch with alarm. I would have to take it off every night.
The other is the Taylor 5862 kitchen timer, which has a louder alarm (about 1.55 ounces with batteries). Even that weight is higher than what I used before.
–B.G.–Jul 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm #2116473
"There are two candidates right now. One is a Casio digital wristwatch with alarm. I would have to take it off every night."
This is what I do. I clip it to the mitten clip that hangs above my door.Jul 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm #2116480
First of all, my shelter has no mitten clip, nor does it even have a door. Even if it did, the timer has no ring to clip to it. The timer used to have a big magnet on the back, and that would be good if I had some big ferrous object. Alas, I have no ferrous objects since titanium does not count.
I might have to start with a rubber band to hold it onto the shelter's front pole.
–B.G.–Jul 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm #2116492
…Jul 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm #2116497
"vibrating wrist watch"
For $109.95 … NO THANK YOU.
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