Keep all your camping gadgets running with one simple tool

Just because you plan to unplug from the connections of everyday life, it doesn’t mean you will be traveling without camping gadgets.

These days, your smartphone is hardly the only device you use that runs on a battery.  Because of that, a mobile battery bank can be a fantastic tool to keep with you while you’re camping.

You can do a lot more with a good amount of battery charge than send a text, check an email or play a mobile game.  Consider the number of camping gadgets you bring with you that rely on a charged battery.

The following are some of the top gadgets campers keep charged with a mobile battery bank while still managing to unplug while they’re away camping:

  • A portable outdoor speaker – we all love to dedicate some time listening to the sounds that nature has to offer. But it can also be fun to bringOutdoor camping gadgets some of your favorite tunes with you. Whether you’re relaxing on the dock or cooking up dinner, it can be fun to have something to sing with.  Make sure your portable outdoor speaker keeps running throughout your entire camping trip with the right battery pack and don’t forget to choose a waterproof speaker if you’ll be using it near the water.
  • Wireless headphones – when you’re the only one who wants to hear what you’re listening to, these are a great alternative to wireless speakers. When they run out of charge, just plug the Micro USB cable into the micro-port under the left ear cup.  Plug the other end of the cable into your mobile battery bank.  You don’t even need to stop listening while you recharge.
  • A portable fan – there are times when the heat can feel glorious, but there are some moments – especially when it’s humid – when you’d give anything to cool down. The last thing you want is for your portable fan to run out of charge!
  • A digital camera or camcorder – as long as your device charges with a USB cable, then you’re all set. You won’t miss a single shot of you and your family or friends having fun, or of that gorgeous sunset…or the bear that got into your cooler!
  • Your smartphone or tablet – yes, you’re supposed to leave these off while you camp, but they’re still good to have with you and if they need charge, your power bank is just the tool for the job.

Keep the GoPro on your drone recording with a portable charger

Drones and quadcopters with a GoPro attached have been completely revolutionizing the way we can get footage of all the latest awesome stuff we’ve been doing, from rock climbing to mountain biking, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, and virtually everything else.

However, there have been some considerable limitations, until portable chargers and the “follow-me” feature came along.

The drones, on their own, are perfect for footage of various locations and recording from heights you simply could not reach without a helicopter and a virtually unlimited amount of funding. While they can be amazing, and it does make it possible to grab some shots of specific moments in your rock climbing or whatever other activity you happen to be up to, that’s where the abilities previously ended.

The “follow-me” mode can pretty much convert your drone or quadcopter into a GoPro that will go wherever you do. The transmitter sends the drone a signal, and the follow-me mode tells the drone to follow it, while your GoPro records everything you do.

If you’re looking for a quadcopter or drone that comes with this amazing feature, a few of the best ones include:

  • The 3D Robotics Solo Drone (retail $939)
  • The 3D Robotics Iris+ Quadcopter (retail $650)
  • The Ghost Drone (retail $599)
  • The Airdog Follow Me Drone (retail $1,599)
  • The Hexo+ (retail $1,349)
  • The Lily Camera Drone (retail $999)
  • The ONAGOfly Drone (retail $299)
  • The BYROBOT Petrone Drone (retail $79.99)
  • The Hubsan H501S X5 FPV Quadcopter (retail $219.99)
  • The Yuneec Typhoon H Drone (retail $1,799)
Once you’re all set up, you’ll find that you’re able to use your drone a lot more for recording your rock climbing.

Because of that, you will want to be prepared for potential rapid battery drain when compared to previous usage. That can be easily overcome with the right high capacity, slim and durable portable charger. If you’re using a GoPro independently from your drone, itself, make sure your backup battery pack has two USB ports, like the one from Mogix, so you can recharge both gadgets at the same time, instead of having to wait and charge one after the other.

Winter sports and the essential tech gadgets

Rock Climbing may take a back seat to your outdoor activities during the winter so now’s the time to hit the slopes…

When you hit the ski shop to equip yourself for the best snowboarding and mountain ski experience, you may be thinking about the right gear to wear, but the latest tech has brought a number of gadgets to most shopping lists, too. After all, the slopes might not be the best place for using a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that mobile devices don’t have any place at all in a ski experience. They can not only enhance the experience, but they can also provide an important safety feature in case you ever need to call for help.

This is true whether you’re away with some good friends or if you’re taking your children on a kids snowboard adventure. Some of the best snowboarding and ski gadgets are the ones that will help you to remember your trip and keep yourself safe at the same time.

In terms of safety, a smartphone can help you to find the other people in your party if you are ever separated from them, and they can help you to contact emergency responders if you suffer an accident. In fact, once you call, your mobile device can also help those responders to be able to locate you more quickly and easily than might be possible if you didn’t have any gadgets on you.

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Of course, not all mobile devices are smartphones. On an increasing basis, people are using wearable digital cameras, like the GoPro, to be able to record their best snowboarding moves from their own perspectives. That can make for some exciting videos and some amazing memories that you’ll be able to edit and save to watch again in the future.

There are a few things that you’ll need to bring with you to make sure that all these mobile gadgets actually perform the way you want them to. For example, keep your phone safe from moisture by sealing it in a plastic zipper bag. Touchscreens will work through the plastic, so this will keep them from getting wet and damaged from snowy mittens or even from being dropped in the snow.

You’ll also want to make sure you can store your rechargeable battery operated devices in a warm pocket that will expose them to your body heat, as much as possible. The colder batteries get, the shorter their life spans. To that end, you might also want to bring a great external battery charger that will let you recharge your device from the comfort of your own pocket. That way, no matter how long you stay out and enjoy yourself on the slopes, your device will never run out of charge.

 

Enjoying the outdoors while staying connected

Whether you’re going to spend your Christmas break with world travel, at a unique winter camp adventure or simply staying home, there are some great things that you can do to make sure that you can stay connected, despite the cold weather.

Anyone who has ever tried to go Christmas light watching on a freezing winter night knows that all the cute winter mittens in the world won’t keep your battery from rapidly draining if you decide to bring your smartphone with you and then use it when it’s anything but warm. Fortunately, there are some great things that you can do to keep your smartphone battery charged while still enjoying the great outdoors in the chilly Christmas break.

Use these tips to keep your smartphone battery ready when you need it:

  • Don’t leave your smartphone in the car – even if you just plan to run into a coffee shop to pick up a gingerbread latte or a candy cane hot chocolate, bring your device with you. While you are in the car, make sure your phone is in the cabin with you and not in the trunk. The trunk isn’t heated and freezing weather doesn’t take any time to fill the whole car – especially when you’ve opened the door to get out. Freezing temperatures will suck the life out of a battery, can damage a screen and can even cause internal components to freeze up.
  • Be gentle with the touchscreen – these screens are quite sensitive so it’s a good idea to keep your phone in a pocket inside your coat with the screen facing your body. That will help it to stay warm. Your purse may not be enough on especially frigid days.Smartphone battery outdoors winter camp
  • Let the device warm up before using it – if your phone does get cold, don’t rush to use it. You can actually prevent damage from happening in many cases if you warm a cold device before trying to restart it or power it up. If you attempt to restart a cold phone, you risk hurting the battery’s lifespan and you might cause more damage to the device.
  • Keep an external battery charger with you – even when you’ve done all you can to keep your device from freezing, it can still cause the battery to drain faster when it is colder than its ideal. Keep a portable battery charger on hand so that you can charge up your device and continue to use it.

Rock climbing gear basics

Rock Climbing BasicsMany beginners believe that ropes are all that is needed, but there is a great deal more to consider.

When you’re just getting started with rock climbing, it can seem as though it is an extreme sport that doesn’t really require much in terms of equipment, but it doesn’t take long to discover that this is far from true.

From apparel to supplies, the safety and enjoyment of the sport relies on being properly equipped.

The first thing to realize is that there are many different kinds of rock climbing, ranging from indoors to aid, sport, trad, and bouldering. Each has certain elements in common but are unique enough that they require different types of gear.

Rock climbing gear takes in a large number of different types of equipment.

Beginners should become familiar with them before getting started in the sport. Some of them include the following:

• Rope, webbing, and cords
• Draws (also called quickdraws)
• Carabiners (also called biners)
• Harnesses
• Ascenders
• Descenders
• Protection devices (such as spring loaded camming devices, tricams, hexcentrics, nuts, etc.)

Beyond the more “technical” equipment are other parts of rock climbing gear that you’ll actually need to wear, such as helmets, shoes, and gloves. Chalk and resin will also be important accessories to help you to safely make your climb and descent.

Before buying any of these types of rock climbing gear, make sure that you know the type of climb you’ll be making so that you can ensure the right style of equipment and that it will perform as you want it to.

Never make the mistake of believing that you can simply buy cheap and low quality products or that you can skip certain items just because you are a beginner and aren’t sure what type of climbing you’ll like. This decision is the common cause of falls and injuries. Safety and performance must always come first. Therefore, if you’re not sure how much you’ll like rock climbing or what type you’ll enjoy the most, begin by renting your equipment so that you won’t need to invest too much money into it, but you’ll still be able to benefit from good quality gear.

Rock climbing preparation and equipment tips

Rock Climbing GearDiscover the techniques you need to ensure a safe and thrilling climbing adventure.

While there is no question that rock climbing is an incredible physical activity for anyone who is looking for an exciting experience that is challenging, fun, and rewarding, you need to make sure you are well prepared for the task you will face.

Being prepared is key to your success and your enjoyment when you rock climb.

You need to be prepared in both body and mind. In terms of physical preparedness, this doesn’t only mean practicing rock climbing on indoor walls, but also warming up your body before climbing. This sport is physically demanding on your entire body. As such, you need to know how to properly balance your weight as you climb to ensure that you are not placing any undue strain on any particular muscles or joints. Likewise, you need to mentally ready yourself for this exercise. Concentration, focus, problem solving, and being alert is essential for a safe and successful climb.

Following the rules and understanding the importance of equipment will help you reach your rock climbing goal.

Warming up before you participate in a rock climb and having the right mental focus are not the only ways you can prepare yourself for this sport. It is also prudent to familiarize yourself with the safety rules. Every year, many climbers suffer injuries that have resulted from either not knowing the proper precautionary regulations or not following them. There is already enough natural risk associated with rock climbing, don’t add lack of knowledge or a disregard for the rules to the list when they can be easily avoided.

The proper rock climbing gear is also necessary. The precise equipment that you will require depends on where you will be climbing. That said, there are some basic types of equipment that are fundamental for rock climbers. Make sure you have quality items including a helmet, proper rock climbing shoes, a durable bag, and chalk. In addition, you’ll want to wear light clothing that will allow you to move quickly and easily.

Remember, if rock climbing is your passion; don’t look for the cheapest gear you can find. Invest in quality equipment that will last and keep you safe.

Climbing gear needs quality to perform

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A low price is only a great deal when it provides better safety, comfort, and performance.

If you’ve ever used climbing gear before, then you know that not all products are created equal, and that you need to be able to rely on the high quality of the equipment to keep you safe and able to enjoy your favorite sport.

Sacrificing quality for low price can not only make it unpleasant, but also dangerous.

When you climb, you need to be able to concentrate on your position and holds and not have to worry about the integrity of your climbing gear. If you have concerns regarding whether or not the product can keep you safe or perform properly, then you have chosen the wrong one.

There are many types of climbing gear and each should be of the best quality.

There is nothing wrong with finding a great sale or a discount opportunity to save, as long as you are buying a product that is worth the money in the first place. Starting with your shoes, all the way to your helmet and the smaller items such as your carabiners, each one plays a vital role in allowing you to safely enjoy your sport.

Keep in mind that as important as recommendations from other friends who climb may be, you need to make the decisions for your equipment based on your own preferences and experiences. For example, you may research a number of different types of shoes, and a friend may have had great luck with a certain brand, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right one for you. Take important note of recommendations, but pay attention to the way that a product works for you and fits your size before you make your choice.

It should be durable, but also comfortable, or you won’t be able to achieve the performance that you need. Quality and specific fit for your unique shape and size can make the difference between a pleasant, challenging climb, and one that is frustrating and possibly dangerous.

You also need to keep your experience level in mind as you choose your climbing gear. Remember that just because you are a beginner, it doesn’t mean that you need less quality. It only means that you need to buy products that are designed for someone with less experience. Sacrificing quality in your first climb is just as hazardous as doing so in your fiftieth or one hundredth. If you want to get the most out of this sport and do so safely, pick the right high quality products that will let you do so.

Rock climbing tips for beating the summer heat

Getting the most out of your favorite sport means preparing for the season.

As with any sport, from walking to baseball, equipment that is appropriate to the season and the weather is one of the most important rock climbing tips that you’ll ever use.

The right gear and clothing are vital to your comfort as well as your safety while you’re outdoors.

We are now deep into the summer months and you need to be able to overcome problems with heat and humidity, such as hydration, keeping cool, and even sweat. To make sure that you are buying the right products for your own experience, make sure to use the following rock climbing tips for summertime:Rock Climbing Tips

• Try before you buy – Don’t just purchase something because it looks good. Try it out. Whether that means trying it on or picking it up and handling it, you need to get a better idea of what it can provide than simply looking at a picture or an item in a package.

• Understand the technical elements of your clothing – Remember that when you’re out on a climb, you may not have any shelter at all. This could mean that you are in direct sunlight and heat the entire time, possibly with no breeze to cool you down. Know where you’re going and which way you’ll be facing so you can dress appropriately.

• Get to know how moisture and heat will affect you – When your body is too warm, you will sweat in order to cool yourself down. This can either be helpful or it can cause a moisture buildup in your clothes that will stop heat from being conducted away from your body. It can also be harder to move in wet clothing, and it can make surfaces slipperier than they need to be. You need to know that your clothing breathes and dries quickly.

• Choose your fabrics wisely – Natural fabrics are the preference of many climbers, though they do have some disadvantages when compared to synthetics, too. Cotton, for example, is a terrific hot weather fabric. It can help your body to eliminate heat very effectively. Some modern fabrics are effective to help wick away moisture and dry quickly. Though these fabrics will be dampened by heavy sweating, they will dry out quickly again. Short sleeved shirts and comfortable shorts are ideal for the hottest days.

• Consider a windproof shell – Even on warmer summer days, you might enjoy a windproof, well vented, quick drying shell that you can weak in case it’s windy, but peel off and store if the wind dies down. Layering is among the most important rock climbing tips.

 

Rock climbers can head indoors for a great way to shake up their routine or train for that big climb

Indoor Rock Climbing GymIf you’ve been looking for a great way to add some spice to your fitness routine with a working that will exercise your entire body, then indoor rock climbing might be just the thing.

Rock climbing may look as though it takes a tremendous amount of upper body strength to be able to heave yourself up a sheer wall, but in truth, the sport is much more complex than a powerful upper body.

Indoor climbing walls force you to use your entire body, including your arms, core and legs, but also your brain. There is a certain strategic way of thinking that climbers must employ so that they make the right decisions before they move, or they will risk falling and having to dangle from their safety harness.

This makes climbing indoors a great sport not only for someone looking for a new form of workout, but also a great place for more experienced climbers to practice the activity before a big outdoor weekend adventure, where they’ll be climbing real rock faces and cliffs.

Another great feature about indoor climbing is that you can do it no matter where you live. In fact, it is becoming one of the more popular sports for people living in large cities such as Manhattan, where actual outdoor rock climbing isn’t readily available.

Individuals in the heart of a downtown core can enjoy a similar experience and the same form of workout as a person who can head out into the wilderness and scale a natural rock face.

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The different forms of rock climbing

Rock ClimbingRock climbing has come to mean many different things, depending on what the of the sport the athlete chooses to practice.

If you are considering joining in with the sport of rock climbing, there may be many elements to its form that you have not yet considered. The very first thing that you will need to do is get to know the different facets to the sport so that you can decide which ones may interest you. That way, you will know not only what options are available to you as there may be some that appeal more than others, but you will also know what type of equipment you will require.

The following are the most common forms of the sport of rock climbing:

Sport ClimbingSport climbing – this form of the sport has been increasing significantly in popularity lately and is considered to be a very effective form of exercise. Furthermore, it is considered to be a relatively safe form of rock climbing. This is done using bolted protection with a rope and belay, so that the lead climber doesn’t have to add the protection him or herself. Instead, only quickdraws are needed so that they can be connected to the pre-established bolts.Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing – like sport climbing, this version of the sport is more popular now than it ever has been before. It allows enthusiasts to climb inside in a controlled environment regardless of the weather outside. Facilities often offer several forms of climbing as well as equipment rental. Many people find this is a great way to build your skills for climbing outdoors.

BoulderingBouldering – this type of rock climbing occurs at the base of cliffs or on large boulders. This is very physically demanding and requires only a chalk bag and the right pair of climbing shoes. There is no ropes or belay needed because you won’t climb very high from the ground, and usually it is possible for a climber to jump down without getting hurt, as the typical climb is only 10 to 12 feet from the ground at the most but it is highly suggested to purchase a boulder mat or referred to as a crash pad. You could be really thankful for buying this piece of rock climbing gear.