Jan 22 2011

LHT January 2011 Hike

The new year brought in the first hike for the year; a short hike but non the less a great one night stay along the beautiful Laurel Highlands Trail.  The trek finally brought along some outdoor enthusiasts that prior to this hike always had a scheduling conflict; glad you could make it this time Brantley.  In addition a green horn made the trip along; as far as I know it was Matt’s first trekking adventure.  Great time with temps in the teens as I can best remember and a beautiful overnight snow fall that brought in around 3 to 4 inches; maybe more but who measured.  Looking forward to the next trek; Im thinking the Loyalsock Trail for a future trip or even the Terrace Mountain Trail along Lake Raystown.  Of course there is always Seek the Peak in late July for anyone interested in joining CTA for that trek.  www.seekthepeak.org for more information.

Jan 6 2011

TekCharge Product Review

Im not unlike a number of hikers out there that also like to take their technology with them on hikes; especially for emergency situations it would be nice to know you could utilize a cell phone with a good battery charge. Admittedly I know signal coverage can be an issue but none the less I still like to have my technology with while Im in the great outdoors. So with a recomendation from Sherpa (www.featheredprop.com) and a kind gesture of ordering me one at the same time he ordered his mobile charging device and now I have the TekCharge mobile power & charger by Tekkeon.

The unit, about the size of a wallet; takes 4 AA batteries and states it will provide a charge to my phone (Droid Incredible). As pictured when I removed it from the box ordered on Amazon for under $20. The first test will be completed with a Droid Incredible on a overnight hiking trip.

Rating: 9/10

This unit worked extremely well; it provided a full charge for both a Droid Incredible and a Droid Eris during a weekend hiking trip.  Used almost all the power of the 4 AA batteries per charge but when your on a remote trail in the outdoors packing along a couple of extra batteries is not an issue to keep your technology devices running strong.  Finding signal was the issue but most peaks there was at least a bar or two of signal to provide use of the phones if needed in emergency situations and to send out the standard SMS text messages.  A nice complement to this charger is obtaining some rechargeable batteries!