I obviously love my tech. I have battery powered socks and gloves, my iPad for keeping track of all my photos, via the wee white thing ill chat about, and of course skyping my kids back home; I wouldn't think of going out on any longish mission without my kindle, etc etc so what do I do to keep this all running?
Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh
2.1A External Battery Charger for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch,
4000mAh rechargeable power capacity
Special high out battery that allows for fast charging
Capable of switching between 500mAh, 1A, and 2.1A charge
Ability to charge virtually any USB device in the world.
Powerstation can be charging and be recharging simultaneously
I have had my Mophie for ages, it works amazingly, the number of tricky spots having this stowed away had saved! I've been using it on my phone and Kindle for ages, it's about the size of an iPhone and lighter. It's easy you stick the USB end in and woomph – power. It's super fast. I got it from Amazon for around $90NZD.
In fact it was the ease and reliability of the Mophie that made me want more.
Also a bonus is it comes with all the wee connections so that you can charge your USB mini things, eg kindle, your 20pt plug things eg anything apple, your phone etc all without having to bring their actual cables.
I am going to take my iPad with me. After much umming and ahhing I have decided for the weight and size it gives me so many options. I know that there is Internet all up the khumbu valley – you just need to buy a SIM when you get there, and so my faithful friend will be coming along to join me. Which is why I have photographed my SD card reader – it means I can upload photos off my camera to send home, blog, or journal with as I go. No more tedious sorting of the photos on return by which time you've forgotten what half of them were! If you are going to do this, buy the real deal, don't be tempted by cheaper options – I've read the reviews and they end in sadness – if you are going to get a tablet buy Apple: it lasts, it works, the battery is the bomb and they are light and reliable; equally if you are going to get accessories like the SD card reader just get the real thing from the Apple store.
Still to buy:
So what's left on the shopping list?
I want to get a good USB multi charger, the better ones can handle different loads, so that when in a tea house I can charge up all my gear but only use 1 plug, as that is how they charge- by the plug point you are using.
An amazing weekend, we had beautiful weather so it was off up the mountains.
Pinnacles is a great area up above Whakapapa ski field. There is a guide book with all the graded water ice routes, and mixed climbs etc.
We went up, and the ice was in really great condition.
We weren't out for a huge day but we had a heap of fun.
So this will be a bit boring to all of you who are not about to drag your bodies way up mountains in freezing conditions, but I though I would record some of the expedition gear I have bought, based on quite a lot of research, I will use it and let you know how good it turns out to be.
I am using my standard mountaineering boots, they are the Karakoram, by La Sportiva.
I am a little girl, and these are the best fit in a technical boot I have found, I don’t get heel lift, they keep my feet warm and dry, and I have been up NZ mountains for a couple of weeks at a time, and as long as snow doesn’t get down throat the top I have kept my feet snugly dry and toasty in these puppies. A great boot, and I’m disinclined to go to a plastic and risk foot damage, so I wanted to just add a bit more warmth to the boot to allow for the altitude and circulation issues that follow. I’ve gone with these bad boys from 40 bellow.
The Forty Below® K2 Superlight™ overboot is a great choice for extreme cold climbs. A favorite insulated boot cover that has been used for many years on Denali, Himalayas, and Polar expeditions. The unique design allows it to be used with a wide range of “step-in”, “new-matic”, and “strap-on” style crampon bindings, plus “wire toe bail style” ski mountaineering bindings.Patterned to fit both double shelled and single style mountaineering boots. In addition to being used with double shelled boots for high altitude and cold weather climbs, they can also be fitted to leather climbing boots to help extend their temperature use range.The Forty Below® K2 Superlight™ uses a special nylon covered, 4.7 mm stretchy closed cell neoprene foam insulation, with 2 layers of heat reflecting Titanium. This insulation goes from about the top of your climbing boot, completely around and under the boot, with no gaps in the insulation. The insulation panels are glued together and also stitched on the inside and outside surface, with no sewn through seams. They fit trim to the boot, and are not bulky. Because of the stretchy insulation material they are easy to put on in the cold, and they roll up small in your pack.
The website was good to use, they wanted the boot measurements so they could send me the best fit, they arrived quickly, pretty much overnight, the product arrived with good instructions, a great fit to my boot, and spare patches to repair etc – very happy.
I have a condion known a reynauds, it where I have pretty poor ciculation to my hands and feet at the best of times but with altitude I expect this to get worse ( read on – I will add a blog about altitude and training for it shortly)
I went looking for a way to deal with this and came across these:
- no more cold hands
- adequate as outer glove
- adequate as inner glove
- extremely thin elastic fabric
- 3 temperature levels
- no interfering cable
- integrated high performance accumulator
- accumulator extremely small and lightweight (59 grams)
- accumulator exchangeable
- warm hands for up to 5 hours
Brilliant – just what I need!
They arrived today here is me modeling my lovely new gloves!
As you can see from the photo, they are glowing different colors, the red is set to 44C and will last 2 hours the green one is on 34C and will last 5 hours.
So far I have nothing but good things to say, the website was easy to navigate, the product arrived all the way from goodness knows where,to my door in rural NZ in 2 days, the gloves themselves are well made, they turn on and off and charge and do all the things they are supposed to to.
Impressive – now I can’t wait till next weekend to go and put them to the test in some seriously cold weather to see how they go.
The basic idea is that you turn them on when you are cold otherwise just use them as regular gloves – underneath a waterproof layer.
Battery powered socks
I cam accros these, on a web post from an arctic traversee, who was paraplegic and he used them to prevent frostbite. They seem like such a good product, and have read only good reports.
Trouble is they won’t ship to NZ, so my hubby has asked a mate in the UK to receive them and ship them on! Grr what a hassle, hope they get here soon, I want to take them out for a play next weekend.
great news! Go to amazon.uk and they ship out to NZ, wahoo expecting them within the week.
So that’s it so far.
Look out for the rest in the series, where I will fill you in on the other things to consider, yes we will talk sheewees, USB chargers, mobile battery storage, all those things that go into expedition planning.
Well the good old mantra of helicopter flying – hurry up and wait is surely true of me today.
Its pretty frustrating too be grounded because of cloud, and it’s all eating good climbing time.
Last night I took the photos, the cloud is beautiful, but annoying.
The forecast looked like we should have had a window at 2pm, but not such luck.
Instead we wandered around the Glendu walkway.
I have a great place to stay at the Clearbrook, the staff are so helpful, when I explained Why I was back for a second night I was even given a bottle of wine!
Sunday the 8th April
Well it’s a good chance for an update, I am stuck on the kaikoura coast, I’ve run over some delightfully sharp piece of trash, and given my car a hell of a puncture.
And whilst the Germans maybe masters of efficiency, apparently not masters of the tire iron, I went to get out my tyre kit, having previously checked it was all good to go, emptied the copious contents of my boot, only to find that the tire iron does not fit the nuts on my car – freakn awesome!
So like a total bimbo, I am stranded on the side of the road, waiting for AA to come change my tyre.
I’m sure the humility is good for me.
Tuesday the 10th April
Well today started off badly, only tow or three hours sleep, between staying up late packing, and the rain waking me up at 3am.
After a solid week of sunshine and no wind, being woken by the rain was the last thing I expected.
I knew the moment I heard it we wouldn’t be headed in today, but I got up and packed already to go, just incase.
But sure enough at 8:45 I got the call that we were no go for today and probably not for tomorrow either.
So after finding somewhere to spend the night and dropping off my gear, I headed over to Queenstown.
The drive down into the valley was beautiful, so I stopped to take this photo, and sure enough, my eftpos card fell out of my pocket!
Or at least I think it was here..
So it was into the bank to try and sort out a temporary solution…
This trip has been something of a comedy of errors. If I was a superstitious person I would be thinking this is all a very band omen.
Thursday the 5th April 2012
This is the image that has haunted me all day, the thought of getting up at 2 or 3 am and climbing up through this, through what will feel like most of the night, and right thought he next day, and back into the night is a pretty fearsome thought.
And when I look at how steep it it, and how many hours I am going to be stuck on that face of ice…
Just remembering climbing in the pinnacles last year when it got down to probably -15 and how very cold that is…
I certain really am far from chickening out, I mean look at this mountain!
But I guess when a friend who has climbed this sucker a couple of times says to me, “you be careful out there, don’t die” you can’t help but spend a bit of time in reflection thinking about how good an idea this really is.
Tomorrow is packing day, and I will take some steroids to try and help settle my knee.