The Geek Outdoors: Using High Tech to get the most out of your High Adventure

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Can high adventure and high tech coincide? This fun and lively Macworld | iWorld session will show you how to integrate technology to make camping easier, safer, more convenient and even more fun.

You’ll learn about useful iOS apps that can be even better than the traditional ones they replace (or enhance); how to find and stay on the trail; how to show the outside world what a great time you’re having; how to identify all those extra stars you see in the country; impress friends with your knot-tying skills; find a Geocache; perform First Aid; call for help even when reception is poor; make sure your iPhone lasts throughout your whole adventure and more.

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The Geek Outdoors: Using High Tech to get the most out of your High Adventure

  1. 1. G eek The Great Outdoors Using High Tech to get the most out of your High Adventure TT956 Macworld|iWorld 2012 San Francisco Chuck La TournousMonday, February 6, 12 1
  2. 2. Housekeeping Notes • Please fill out an evaluation form! • Slides will be available for download • I’ll try to leave time for questions and to look at the gear • Ask questions along the wayMonday, February 6, 12 2
  3. 3. Who Am I? • Chuck La Tournous • RandomMaccess/The Mac Observer • Long-time Scout Leader • Avid hiker, camper & kayaker • Spend 20-30 days a year in a tentMonday, February 6, 12 3
  4. 4. Who Am I? • @ChuckLaTournousMonday, February 6, 12 4
  5. 5. To tech or not to tech… © Stéphan. Used under Fair Use Doctrine: TeachingMonday, February 6, 12 5
  6. 6. To tech or not to tech…Monday, February 6, 12 6
  7. 7. NavigationMonday, February 6, 12 7
  8. 8. Navigation • Mirror/Sighting Compass • Liquid Filled • Declination Lines • Lid protects compassMonday, February 6, 12 8
  9. 9. GPS Receiver • Track waypoints • Record Trails • Record Altitude • Locate coordinates • and moreMonday, February 6, 12 9
  10. 10. MotionX GPS $1.99 • Track waypoints • Record Trails • Record Altitude • Locate coordinates • and moreMonday, February 6, 12 10
  11. 11. MotionX GPS $1.99 • Track waypoints • Record Trails • Record Altitude • Locate coordinates • and moreMonday, February 6, 12 11
  12. 12. Trail Maps • Lots of apps that use MyTopo for topographic maps • Use specific trail maps • Maplets has many; also available as PDFs—read on GoodReaderMonday, February 6, 12 12
  13. 13. Trail Maps • Make sure to store them locally • Print out a backup and keep it in a Ziploc bagMonday, February 6, 12 13
  14. 14. Star Gazing Star Walk $2.99/4.99Monday, February 6, 12 14
  15. 15. Reference • Knot Tying • First Aid • Survival • Bird Watching • Store notes, recipes, manuals, etc. as PDFs to read in iBooks or GoodReaderMonday, February 6, 12 15
  16. 16. Geocaching • ‘High Tech Treasure Hunt’ • Caches or “Finds” are placed by members and registered at geocaching.comMonday, February 6, 12 16
  17. 17. Geocaching • iPhone app • Finds caches near you • Provides Keep your eye out for descriptions and open source ‘opencaching’—a free, alternative to geocac hing. hints • Uses GPS to guide you to cache $9.99Monday, February 6, 12 17
  18. 18. Communicating • You’ll probably be more connected than you expect • Photo sharing services • Upload to Picassa • Set special email address before you leave • Subject line becomes photo title • Body text becomes captionMonday, February 6, 12 18
  19. 19. Photo StreamMonday, February 6, 12 19
  20. 20. iMovieMonday, February 6, 12 20
  21. 21. Live broadcastingMonday, February 6, 12 21
  22. 22. Journals • Don’t go digital • Handwritten notes • Stuff with photos, leaves, trail maps, park passes, etc. • Keeps for years without worrying about format changes, media life or magnetsMonday, February 6, 12 22
  23. 23. SPOT Connect $170+$99/yearMonday, February 6, 12 23
  24. 24. Emergency Beacon 99¢Monday, February 6, 12 24
  25. 25. Emergency Beacon 99¢Monday, February 6, 12 24
  26. 26. Emergency Beacon 99¢Monday, February 6, 12 24
  27. 27. Protecting your gear • Two-layer protection: hard shell to protect against impact; rubberized or silicone to absorb shock • Plugs to protect headphone/dock ports • Screen protector $79 • Waterproof cases let $49 you use your iPhone as an underwater cameraMonday, February 6, 12 25
  28. 28. Protecting Your Gear • Coghlan’s Waterproof pouches • Ziploc freezer bags • Waterproof bags and pouchesMonday, February 6, 12 26
  29. 29. Using your gear outdoors • Capacitive gloves • Metallic (or other conductive material) thread • Completes the circuit between your skin and the screenMonday, February 6, 12 27
  30. 30. Solar Cases • Small solar panel • Doesn’t charge in your pocket • Doesn’t provide protection of dedicated cases • Only charges iPhoneMonday, February 6, 12 28
  31. 31. External BatteriesMonday, February 6, 12 29
  32. 32. Solar PanelsMonday, February 6, 12 30
  33. 33. Minimize Power Use • Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth • Turn screen brightness down • Turn off push email and notificationsMonday, February 6, 12 31
  34. 34. Water Purification • Boiling • Chemical Treatment • FiltrationMonday, February 6, 12 32
  35. 35. Water Purification • Magic • Ultraviolet Light • SteriPEN • Kills 99.9% of bacteria and other pathogens • Fast: 48 secondsMonday, February 6, 12 33
  36. 36. EntertainmentMonday, February 6, 12 34
  37. 37. High tech fire + =Monday, February 6, 12 35
  38. 38. High tech fireMonday, February 6, 12 36
  39. 39. High tech coffee?Monday, February 6, 12 37
  40. 40. Questions?Monday, February 6, 12 38
  41. 41. Closing Notes • Please fill out an evaluation • Follow me on Twitter: @ChuckLaTournous • Slides will be available at: www.RandomMaccess.com/presosMonday, February 6, 12 39
  42. 42. Thanks to… • SteriPEN (steripen.com) • Spot Connect (findmespot.com) • Goal Zero (goalzero.com) • Trident Cases (tridentcase.com)Monday, February 6, 12 40
  43. 43. Thanks, SteveMonday, February 6, 12 41

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