Now that the snow is starting to leave the passes the hikes are starting to get longer and more and more scrambling is involved. Imagine trying to hike 15 or 20 kilometers in your bare feet. To be more accurate, image that you never wear shoes so your feet are somewhat conditioned and then you hike for a day across rock spree slopes. You might expect some lesions. For dogs a ripped pad like the one in the photo below are painful and may mean that you have to carry your dog back to the car.
I did a review on my Source Hydration System. I have only used water in it so far because I did not want to have to deal with the mess that Gatorade and the other energy drinks might make. Here is a good video from Backpacker magazine with some tips on cleaning your drinking system.
I purchased the Garmin etrex Legend Cx about 4 months ago. Interesting experience from the cost comparison point of view. I went first to M.E.C. where the price was $365 but they did not have any in stock. Across the street at Coast Mountain the price was $395. Coast gave me the M.E.C. price and referred me to MapTown to pick up the Garmin Mapsource Topographical Maps. When I get to MapTown I see the same unit I bought the night before for $250. My jaw nearly hit the floor. For some reason I never bother price comparing anything I plan to buy at M.E.C.. Lesson learned. Coast Mountain was good and refunded me the difference. The result is that the unit cost me $250 but last time I was at MapTown it was selling for $280.
I received an email the other day from an avid hiker who had been using his GPS to record his routes only to discover that the data seemed to be unusable. When I first bought my unit I went out and did a couple of hikes and found myself facing the same frustration. The problem is that there is a difference between active tracks and saved tracks that are created when using the Garmin products.