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Just in time for your first spring camping trip, all 392 national parks are waiving their entrance fees for one week starting this Saturday.
So, pack up the car and get outside!
Technology can bring a new level of awareness and safety to your next camping or backpacking trip. Some favorites are:
Garmin 60 CSX GPS Unit - includes barometric altimeter and electronic compass
- National Geographic TOPO! State Series CD-ROM - with 3D mapping
- McMurdo FastFind 210 PLB - global 406MHz and local 121.5MHz satellite frequencies
- Brunton Solaris Flexible Solar Panel - less than one pound, keep your devices charged
- Brunton Solo Personal Power Plant - store up power for stormy days
- Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Beacon - simple, time-saving
- Ortovox S1 Avalanche Transceiver - tracks multiple burials
- Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch - altimeter, barometer, electronic compass, and digital logbook
- Suunto T6 Watch - heart rate monitor and altimeter combo
But, before you go plunging into the backcountry with your new toys, be sure to read this article on the dangers that total dependence on these devices can present.
Sunday's Nissan Freeride competition was postponed and moved to another location when a photographer set off a large avalanche.
Beacons are expensive, no doubt. But if like me, you find yourself constantly drawn to the powder like a moth to a flame, you might want to consider the investment. While most beacon descriptions seem written only for the initiated, this great article from Backcountry lays out the basics. The takeaway: fancier may not always be better.