Backcountry Tech: GPS
Why Gadgets Like GPS Shouldn’t Cause Gear Panic Syndromeby Dave Drulard, Brunton Rep
PDAs, cell phones, laptops…often these devices seem to do nothing but complicate our lives with unnecessary clutter, and the backcountry is the last place we want to deal with them. For many, our nation’s wilderness is a place of refuge from the inconveniences of technology.
What most people don’t realize is how much high-tech engineering they already carry into the mountains and backwoods of the world—from high-powered headlamps and avalanche beacons to the ubiquitous two-way radio. It’s time to get over your hang-ups about bringing electronics into the backcountry.
On your next adventure, would you rather spend your time climbing that sick line, or figuring out how to get there with map and compass? It’s a simple choice. GPS units like the Brunton Multinavigator allow you to plot your course from home. Just use one of the popular mapping software programs on the market like iGage or Maptech, download your chosen route to the GPS, and off you go.
Brunton Multinavigator MNS GPS
Even powering common devices like headlamps is now simple as well as environmentally friendly. Brunton’s compact, lightweight Solarport 2.2 uses crystalline solar panels to charge any of your techie portables. Getting tech no longer means weighing you down—today’s backcountry devices make your journey more efficient, more accurate, and most importantly, safer.
Brunton SolarPort 2.2