11 Gadgets and Apps for Your Thru-Hike
Gear on the AT is always a topic of conversation among hikers whether they’re former, current, or aspiring thru hikers. From sleep systems to sock brands there’s something out there for every gear head. However just because you’re venturing off into the wilderness doesn’t mean you have to be totally disconnected from society and the technological world that we know. In this article we’re going to cover some electronic devices and applications that you may find useful on your next hike in what I’d like to call trek tech.
1. Anker 2nd Gen Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10,000 mAh Portable Charger
Ultra-High Capacity: Charges the Galaxy S5 two and a half times, the iPhone 5s four and a half times and other smartphones multiple times. Get it here.
2. Levin 6,000 mAh Solar Panel Dual USB Port Portable Charger
The first rain-resistant &shock-proof portable solar charger on the planet; Solar energy technology, environmental friendly and could recharge itself under sunshine for emergency purpose when outside; can charger your iphone about 50% to 60% juice for emergency after being solar charged for 7 to 8hrs under normal sunlight. Get it here.
iOS and Android
Guthook’s Hiking Guides the premier hiking trail guides for your smartphone. Whether you’re out hiking for a day, or walking the entire Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail, these apps give you a treasure trove of information to help you on your way. Designed and built by three experienced long-distance backpackers. Get it here.
4. AWOL Guide – PDF Version
iOS and Android
The A.T. Guide is the premier full-trail handbook for the Appalachian Trail. Get it here.
5. Kestrel Drop D1
Know your temperature conditions anywhere with the small, rugged, waterproof Kestrel DROP D1 Temperature Data Logger. View temperature data wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart on your iOS phone or tablet with Kestrel Connect app. Get it here.
6. SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger
Stay connected anywhere regardless of cell coverage! The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it and emergency assistance when you need it. Get it here.
7. AAXA LED Pico Projector
The LED Pico is a true “pocket projector” at just 4.25″ x 2.36″ x 0.7″ in size, the LED-Pico is about the same size as most cell phones, yet is capable of delivering a stunning 60″ image in dark environments. Additional features include adjustable tripod, mini-HDMI support, Micro SD, USB port, composite video input, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The LED Pico’s lithium ion battery gives you upwards of 80+ minutes of operation! Strap this bad boy to a trekking pole and string up a piece of Tyvek and you’ve just turned the woods into your own personal movie theater. Get it here.
8. AYL Portable Min Capsule Speaker
Plug and Play! Ultra portable and light weight design at just 3 ounces. The speaker is ultra small & portable and yet able to exert high quality sound. Get it here.
9. GoPro Hero 4 Black
Weight: 1.4lbs (Ship Weight)
The GoPro Hero4 Black delivers best-in-class video at resolutions up to 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps. Time-Lapse Video, Night Photo/Night Lapse, Protune(TM) for photo & video, SuperView(TM), high performance audio, Waterproof to 131′ (40m). Get it here.
10. Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Equipped with a fully waterproof construction and an incredibly bright 160 lumens, the Black Diamond Storm is our powerful, all-conditions headlamp. Get it here.
Android and iOS
Diaro is designed to record activities, experiences, thoughts and ideas throughout a day and sync data across all your devices. It lets you organize your created diary / journal entries or notes from the past in the easiest way. Get it here.
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