19th May 2015
This morning a bid farewell to another of my hiking buddies, Stonefoot as he headed north. I will stay behind to allow my body to heal. I have been hiking with a Physiotherapist recently and have been advised that it would be about 10 days before my ankle would be healed. The tendons around my ankle are the problem. Not the kind of news I wanted to hear. I was also advised that after about 3 days things should be OK to hike but would take quite a while longer to fully heal itself. So I will rest and prepare to head out hiking by Thursday afternoon.
I thought as I am resting in town in might let people now how I write my blog and what technology I am using on the trail. Everything I do is on my Iphone 5. Firstly, I write my blog on the WordPress App which can be used offline. My camera (Canon G16 + spare battery) has WiFi and allows me to transfer all my photos to my phone, I then upload them to my WordPress App. All this is done in the evening while lounging around camp. It normally takes me around 45 minutes to write, transfer photos and upload everything. I apologise for my poor grammer or spelling, I don’t have the time to proof read or re-write things as much as I might like.
I send out my blog post when I have Cell Phone reception, I am using AT&T. Sometimes I have no cell phone reception for days. And it will get worse as I leave my relative comfort of Mojave. I also link the blog to my FaceBook Site and when I have time I also send photos to my Instagram.
Navigation is primarily through the Guthook App when on trail and Pocket Earth App when in town.
I check the weather on my ‘Weather Channel’ App. I check where the next water is on the PCT Water Report. I download the latest reports on a regular basis and transfer it to my Ibooks on my phone.
While hiking I listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks and at night if I have time and energy I read books on the Kindle App on my phone.
All this drains the battery on my phone. At the end of everyday I charge my phone with my PowerGen 12000mAh battery. This gives me about 7-9 days of charge to my Iphone. When I arrive in town I seek out a power outlet to charge my phone and PowerGen battery. I carry a USB charger and cables with me. It takes about 6 hours to fully charge the battery. All cafes, hostels etc so far have power outlets for hikers. I think 4 hours is the shortest amount of time I have spent in a town so that is enough to ‘top up’ the charge on my electronics.
I also travel with a bounce box that I post to myself as I travel down the trail. It contains my camera battery charger, spare shoes, toiletries, extra food etc. As I travel to the cold of the Sierras I take out my cold weather gear to hike with, when I get further north I will bounce my clothes further down the trail. I generally post it down the trail every 150-200 miles or so. Everything I mentioned seems to work well for me and still gives me the time to enjoy the trail without spending too much time focusing on technology.