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DELORME Earthmate PN-60 W

 

DELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS with spotDELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS
with spot

DeLorme and SPOT have put their heads together and came up with the Earthmate PN-60 GPS. It comes with all the amazing DeLorme topo and street maps. Plus the ability to send text messages via the SPOT satellite system. This is from anywhere on earth that you may be roaming! So lets say you are chasing elephants across the african desert. Do you think there will be cell service out there? No way. Now you can send a message to anyone about what you are doing.

Here are the list of features you will find in the PN-60W

Features/Benefits:

* Spot satellite system sends messages via satellite to update friends or alert authorities in case of emergency
* Messages require no cell phone signal and include your current location
* Icon-based user interface makes the PN-60W the easiest DeLorme GPS to use
* Dual-core processor for instantaneous map and satellite imagery redraws
* Load optional navigation images from topographic map satellite images onto included SD card
* Built-in accelerometer allows accurate three-axis compass readings
* Map screen uses 360° raster rotation for easy wayfinding
* Sensitive barometric altimeter for reliably accurate altitude readings
* Comes with three discs containing detailed hybrid 1:100k topographic and street maps of the entire U.S.; you don’t need anything else to hike, geocache, or navigate the backcountry-it’s all in the box
* The PN-60 is waterproof to the IEC 529 IPX7 standard; designed to function in high-humidity environments, including consistent humidity levels over 90%, and in the rain
* On-device data layering lets you select which map or imagery type to see of your GPS location-switch among data types to gain a comprehensive view of where you are
* 3.5 GB internal flash memory available in addition to the preloaded world base map
* Supports SDHC high-capacity SD cards (up to 32 GB) for fast and direct map transfer from the included map discs
* Holds up to 10 tracks (10,000 points per track), 1000 user-defined waypoints, and 50 routes; SD slot also available
* NOAA Nautical Charts; includes numerous aids to navigation, water depths, water body names, hazards, and more
* 10 m colorized satellite imagery for viewing large geographic areas ;

DELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS with spot

delorme earthmate pn60 w Benefits of the DeLorme PN-60 w

They haven’t change the design much. But they have expanded the internal memory 3.5 GB and battery life. It uses SD cards.

It Come with a set of disks that have TOPO USA 9.0. These are maps of north America.  If you live in other regions there is no problem you can download them for Raster Imagery and put in on a SD card and just insert it.

Profiles now for more activities: Hiking Cycling and Geocaching.

Paperless geocaching with the PN-60w

To load caches, you can transfer a single geocache directly from geocaching.com, use DeLorme’s Cache Register widget, or transfer a pocket query via Topo USA.

DeLorme PN-60w pros

  • Uses SPOT Communicator
  • Extended battery life
  • Can load aerial imagery, USGS topos and NOAA charts
  • Topo USA vector maps
  • 3.5 GB internal memory(huge)
  • Uses a full size SD card, rather than a micro
  • Built-in highway navigation capabilities

DeLorme PN-60w cons

  • Small screen(compared to other products)
  • Limited track navigation functionality
  • Proprietary cable(micro usb would be better)
  • File management system limits you to one file (per type) open at a time
  • Weak highway navigation capabilities

Recommendation:

If you are a back country NUT then this is a great product for you. It is a very powerful device with lots of features. It integrates nicely with Google maps so you can later upload all your travels to the web for everyone to see. If your are a geek at all you will be able to figure out this product no problem. Happy Hiking!

 

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Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

There is a new water bottle in town that is here to stay! Well I guess they are not that new but they are getting a lot of attention.

Say hello to the Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

There has been some major debate in the world of safe drinking water on weather plastic bottles are the best containerklean kanteen water bottle to use. There is a chemical Bisphenol-A. This chemical, also known as BPA, is found in different types of  plastic water bottles, making them possibly hazardous to the health of those consumers who drink water out of plastic bottles a lot.

Stainless steal bottles were then introduced. It  has many advantages as a material for  people that reuse water bottles. It is safe and durable; no funky taste of the contents;
and it look pretty good too. One of my favorite features of the Klean Kanteen Water Bottle is the wide mouth, you can easily put large ice cubes in them and they fit your mouth nicely.

At first glance you wonder if it is worth it. My answer is totally. This water bottles have many benefits:

  • Many styles and colors
  • Kid friendly
  • Impact resistant lid
  • Insulated versions also available
  • Lots of accessories

My good friend is a road cycleist and he loves using the klean kanteen water bottle on his rides. They have designed a lid that has the traditional pop cap that you can easily open with your teeth.

They also have a unique cage that mounts perfectly to any bike frame.

Klean Kanteen Many Shapes

The Different Sizes include:

12 ounce (kid size)

18 ounce (Awesome Biking Size)

27 ounce (Most Popular fits perfect in your school bag)

40 ounce ( The Grand Daddy of all Water Bottles)

FAQ,

Can I put hot liquids in my Klean Kanteen?
No.Most Klean Kanteen bottles are single walled and not for use with hot liquids. Warm beverages can be used at personal comfort level.

Are there Klean Kanteen Knock Off Water Bottles?

Of course there are. We can not guarantee that you will get the quality or satisfaction of one of these types of products.
Most of them are made from lower quality metals and may have defects.

If you are looking for a water bottle that will last you for almost forever then get yourself a Klean Kanteen Waterbottle

 

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Rim Rock Trail – Southern Utah

The Rim Rock trail system is part of the Santa Clara River Preserve.
They are a system of trails with the name Rim Rock:

This review includes : Rim Ramble, Rim Reaper and Rim Rock.

Directions:
From Saint George Utah follow Bluff Street North to Sunset Blvd. Stay in the left lane on Bluff street and it will turn left directly onto Sunset Blvd. You will need to then merge to the right to stay on Sunset. Follow this road past Albertson’s and Lin’s Marketplace. The road will turn into Santa Clara Dr. Follow this through town until the road starts to turn right.

On your left you will see a bridge leading across the river. The road now turns to dirt, it gets pretty bumpy after rain storms. People like to take their 4×4 on this road and cause huge ruts. Follow this road up the hill staying to the left. When you are near the ridge there will be one road that takes of to the left. Do not follow just stay on the current road going west. It will dead end at a gate. This is the beginning of the the trail system.



View Rim Rock Trail in a larger map

This is a great afternoon ride. Just enough to get the heart pumping, you will gain over 400 ft in climb. Most of this is right at the beginning, I have ridden this trail several times over the past few months. I have hit almost every condition. Rim Rock is the best when it is a little damp. There is a lot of loose rock in parts and you have to be careful when you hit the breaks. We took a friend on rim rock and rim runner who is a novice. They made it OK but we had to stop and wait several times. They were unsure on how narrow the single track gets in parts.

Expect Lots of cross over from dirt to riding on rock. Make sure you bring a camera the view is amazing. From the top of Rim Rock you will be able to see down towards the Arizona strip and the gorge. Rim Reaper will give the greatest views of the Ivins Red mountain and Snow Canyon.

As for the trail itself, It is very well maintained. Lots of great care has gone into this trail system to allow us to see this amazing area of southern utah. Lets keep southern Utah mountain biking alive and support the local BLM by staying on the trails. Rim Rock, Rim Reaper, Rim Ramble and Rim Runner are awesome trails. Please share your experiences with us. Leave us some comments.

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