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  • #3761046
    Chris FormyDuval
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    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve been lucky with them. Maybe 10 years. They tend to be my go to unless I need adjustable.

    #3760822
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Just that it acts like the zoleo app. If your phone has internet connectivity messages can be sent and received that way instead of only thru the satellite device. That way people can use just the one messaging app instead of switching back and forth between app and regular phone texting and not worry about missing a message. That was biggest gripe people had when comparing the inreach with the zoleo. For some it was apparently a deal breaker. I assume the new messenger also comes with a fixed phone number so people can text to that instead of the kinda convoluted way the inreach works.  Maybe they’ll add the feature to mini 2 users.

    #3760819
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP
    • I agree. I’d really like to see the new app work with at least the mini 2. I assume someone has tried to make sure it didn’t work. No luck so far with my orig mini.
    #3760536
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve been using the mini for a while now. No major issues. I used to have an app that would work offline and show iridium satellite locations and coverage. It would help explain why it it could sometimes take a little while to send a message such as if I was on the wrong side of a mountain or in a cove with limited sky. Expected behavior. Given what I consider to be its most important function (2way life/safety communication in case of emergency) rather than it’s most used mode (general messaging and weather) I much prefer a more rugged separate device with two way messaging capability even in a stand alone (non phone connected) mode. My Inreach stays securely attached to my pack, sometimes even in the brain. No need to aim. With the ability to connect to my watch I rarely touch the mini except to turn on and off at the beginning and end of the day. I send presets from my watch as well as read most messages. The mini and now mini 2 features far exceed anything the iPhone will be able to offer anytime soon although never say never. While the iPhone 14 features are a great bonus currently it is not in the same league as an Inreach or even a zoleo.

    #3759958
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Regarding battery life, if battery health is still showing ok a full reset and restore can improve battery life. Cleans up old stuff using power.

    #3757250
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Another plug for Fred Meyers. The REIs were out of fuel during my trip last year, they directed to try there. The cans were red, branded Sterno, iso/propane mix. Worked fine with my windmaster. I avoid the Coleman’s. Have seen them work at first with windmaster but then not as fuel was used up. Plus Fred Meyers is a great place to pick up anything else you might need.

    #3756246
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    The status page indicates a couple of problems recently but all green now. https://status.inreach.garmin.com

    #3756054
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    10k is usually the sweet spot. Assuming no special charging needs, usbA and micro usb input ok , take a look at anker 10k. There’s also a 13k version https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0194WDVHI/ref=emc_b_5_t?th=1. This one supports charging of very low power devices, some chargers have trouble https://www.anker.com/products/a1229?variant=37438231806102

    #3753840
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Perhaps greater emphasis from the parks, etc on cancelling if your plans change to allow others to take your place as well as an incentive to do so. Grand Canyon offers a hiker credit good  for a year if you cancel I’m not sure if any other parks do. I’ve had to reduce number of people coming on a trip before because a site was showing at capacity even the day before only to have it not close to full when I got there. This was in the Smokies where you are allowed one change per permit but no refund or credit at all unless the park closes the site. I assume the people thought “why  bother to cancel,nothing in it for me”. Given the state of park funding I’d be more than happy with a time limited partial credit.

    #3752860
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    My guess given the nature of the background is that is a groover although it may also go by other names. I’ll leave the details to the reader http://www.campingbykayak.com/grand-canyon-groover/

    #3747703
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP
    #3747332
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I like the zpacks. Not a big fan of the really short brushes given the hygiene state on my fingernails is not the best after a few days in the backcountry. https://zpacks.com/products/ultralight-travel-toothbrush

    #3747331
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I agree with cost/benefit calculation. Once per decade for me, probably less for other people, not a compelling case. I look forward to a quicker site. Given the time limited value of old GS posts are you going to apply that to the new GS? Would that be of benefit? After say 12-18 months?

    #3747225
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’m with dumping.  i only remember looking up an old listing once in more than 10 years for something that I had bought just to get some construction details. On a related note, I’ve found my browsing of the new gear swap to have dropped considerably after the change. It just doesn’t seem as convenient to quickly peruse for some reason.

    #3746419
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve been ok with hydrapak sf750. I did follow the sequence of freezing with a little lemon juice in the water for a few days followed by a repeat with a baking soda. That cuts any taste a lot but it may also depend on how much one notices it.

    #3745109
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    This question popped up in the last couple of months on the FB backpacking gear flea market group he was associated with . No one reported being able to find out anything.

    #3744240
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I like some of the packet gourmet (mostly the chili)  but don’t find myself ordering enough to make the shipping seem worthwhile. I’ve been using more peakrefuel lately, larger calorie amount makes splitting a better option on low calorie days or use singly on a big calorie day. Also like that they tend to need less water than some others.

    #3744102
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve got a 3rd party lid that almost fits, don’t remember where it came from, just wondering about other options. I’ve had good luck using the inferno with alcohol even in nasty weather. It really is a versatile little pot.

    #3744091
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Thanks! What are you using for a sterno lid?

    #3744087
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Jon, do you think it would work to cut slots in the ring to allow the burner to be closer to the pot?

    #3743995
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve tried the smoked three bean chili with caramelized onion. Not that flavorful and I’ve been requested by my hiking buddies to NEVER bring it again…..

    #3743980
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Here’s a cable that should work if your portable charger is USBc with a 12v option. Make sure to check polarity and may have to splice in the correct plug depending on radio. https://www.amazon.com/Blind-SPOT-Adapter-Device-Battery/dp/B08CCX5S96

    #3743690
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Something like this is good to maybe to 12V @ 0.8A. Make sure to disconnect before transmitting and just use for charging. https://www.amazon.com/DROK-Voltage-Converter-Transformer-Regulator/dp/B074R7FDCR?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1

    #3743689
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Have you looked at any USB 5V to 12V convertors? You’re gonna loose some efficiency but it might work for your application. Need to see what input current is required. That might be work a try to see how much recharge you actually need. There are also 12V battery banks used for CPAPs if you need more capacity. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P87JTVT/ref=emc_b_5_t

    #3739624
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    Adrian, I used to have an app that worked offline. I think it was Orbit  it it doesn’t seem to work after latest phone update. It was helpful to see where the nearest iridium was and why if I was in a narrow cove or the wrong side of a mountain it may take a while till one got in a workable position. Other times it was obvious why a message sent very quickly. Also note that with the inreach it’s an option as to wait for gps fix or just ahead and attempt to send. And trees, especially certain pines  can be very effective at attenuating rf transmission. I don’t think I’ve ever had a message not go thru but with lots of foliage and a narrow sky view it did take a little while.

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