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Satellite Communication: Can a GPS unit help you get rescued? (Part 2)

In the intro to this series on Satellite Communication, I did a brief overview of what's out there now to communicate through satellite. There are GPS which help you navigate but not communicate, there are 1-way and 2-way satellite messengers that let you send small messages, and there are satellite phones for voice calls and text over satellite. We'll be looking at GPS in this article, what they do and what they don't do. To start, we need to look at what a GPS is. After that we can compare it to the other devices. What is a GPS? A

Minus33 Chocorua Merino Wool Crew Review

Minus33 Chocorua Merino Wool Crew Review
Merino, the wonder fabric. You've heard of merino before so I'm not going to go into too much detail on the basics. It doesn't smell after wearing it for days, regulates your temperature better than synthetic, is warm when wet and is 100% sustainable to grow. All it takes is a sheep haircut and you have more. The downsides of wool are that compared to synthetic usually it's more expensive, more work to care for and doesn't last as long. Let's look at these below. Minus33 - the company Founded in 1916, L.W. Packard was one of the leading merino

Minus33 Acadian Merino Wool Boxers Review

Base layers are important for keeping you comfortable and happy on any trip. They keep you warm and wick moisture away from your skin. After days and days of being against your skin though, base layers can smell terrible. Synthetic ones do at least. Merino is different. The bacteria that cause the smell aren't able to cling onto the merino, leaving the fabric to smell great, even after days of you sweating in it. You, on the other hand, might still smell terrible. At least your clothes don't. Minus33 Acadian Merino Wool Boxers Comfortable, durable merino wool base layers are

Aqua Quest Sport 30 Pro Backpack Review

Aqua Quest Sport 30 Pro Backpack Review
The Osprey Talon 33 backpack has been my favourite pack for the last 9 years. It’s been to Australia and New Zealand, Europe, into the US and countless other trips. It’s still going strong and in amazing condition aside from 1 broken toggle. I’ll be putting together a 9 year review of the Talon soon. But there’s one problem. It’s not waterproof. Like most backpacks, you have to dig out the rain cover as soon as the sky gets wet. I have to carry a rain cover every where I go in case of rain to cover the up the

Top 5 Things to Pack for Winter Hiking Trips

Top 5 Things to Pack for Winter Hiking Trips
This post is from Rebecca, a world traveller and hiker from the US. More about Rebecca below. * Hiking trips are very different depending on the season, so it’s no wonder you need specific equipment in the winter. It’s more difficult to navigate through the snow, with harsh winds and cold temperatures in addition to the danger of slippery ground. That’s why you need to be prepared with the best gear for winter hikes. Insulating and waterproof layers It’s never more important than during winter to make sure you wear an insulating third layer. The best winter coats for extreme

Haeleum Rad Insect Shield T-Shirt Review

Haeleum Rad Insect Shield T-Shirt Review
Bugs can ruin a hiking trip. Mosquitos, no-see-ums, ticks, black flies, horse flies, wasps. They're all over the place when the temperature heats up. I do the majority of my hiking in the winter and spring when the bugs haven't peaked yet. Bug sprays sometimes work but some of them are full of chemicals like Deet. You have to ask yourself how much you care about getting bit by something. Will the long term effect of covering ourselves in chemicals beat out the short term effect of getting a mosquito or tick bite? Anyone who has Zika or Lyme diseases

Boost your hiking energy: Glutathione Rapid Boost Sports Drink review

Boost your hiking energy: Glutathione Rapid Boost Sports Drink review
I’m always on the lookout for things that are going to help me go faster, farther and hurt less after an adventure. Better food, gear and technique all count. You can be way more fit than the next guy but if you can’t get out of bed for 2 days after then you won’t be on the trail much. I don’t normally get into supplements or tips for eating on the blog just because we’re mostly about gear. Sometimes I get my hands on other things that could improve your hiking in other ways, and I want to let you

Buff Hats: The Anti-Stink Toque

Buff Hats: The Anti-Stink Toque
I always thought Buff just made Buffs. But I reviewed the Canadian Collection Buff last week and mentioned Buff doesn’t just make the one thing. They now have balaclava’s, bandana’s, hats and toques as well. I’m never very far from a toque on most trips. Out running, skiing, riding, hiking and sailing I throw on a toque to stay warm or just to cover up my crazy adventure hair. Most of my toques are quite thick. Nice and toasty for sitting around or moderate movement in the winter but too warm for moving hard or anything in the shoulder seasons.

Swiss army toque: A Review of the Buff

Swiss army toque: A Review of the Buff
Say buff to someone and they won’t be thinking lightweight, multipurpose outdoor garment. They might be thinking some dude with huge muscles strutting around on the beach. That’s what you were thinking, right? Well it’s actually a lightweight, multipurpose outdoor garment. It’s basically a tube of fabric that can be worn in many different ways. I never knew a fabric tube was this useful. The first thing you need to do with a buff is figure out how to wear it. How to wear a buff On the website they have an image for 12 different “official” ways to wear

Light, Soft, Stretchy: Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Pant Review

Light, Soft, Stretchy: Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Pant Review
Making a good hiking pant is tough. It has to be light but durable and fit well. Traveler Stretch Pant from Royal Robins has met those and then some. I’ll dive into the specs and my experience with the Traveler Stretch Pant in this article but won’t touch on much of the history of Royal Robbins. I’ve done that in the MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review if you want to know more. Specs The Traveller Stretch Pants features are simple. They fit well and are durable. Here's the specs: Discovery Stretch Nylon (96% nylon, 4% spandex) Tricot lined waistband Machine wash