I use a Powerfilm LightSaver, it weighs 5 ounces and charges my Samsung Galaxy S5, camera batteries with no problem. It recharges its lithium ion battery in about 6-8 hours of sunlight.jc2014 wrote:Can someone recommend a good solar charger for a NOBO 2017 hike?
You don't need phone service, all the data is on your phone. You only need GPS. I have it, it's pretty nice. All the info is there, water sources, trail track, you name it. It's well worth it.jc2014 wrote:Planning a thru hike in March of 2017, has anyone used the AZT APP downloaded on their phone for navigational purposes? How does it work when there isn't phone service? Was it worth using? Thanks!
I used the Tahoe Rim Trail app. It's by the same company and should work essentially the same. You don't need service for it to work. I had my phone in airplane mode most all of the time and you should too to conserve battery. You'll want to download the maps ahead of time and perhaps the photos too, they do help some. All the best on your hike.jc2014 wrote:Planning a thru hike in March of 2017, has anyone used the AZT APP downloaded on their phone for navigational purposes? How does it work when there isn't phone service? Was it worth using? Thanks!
Yep. The app works without cell service and is pretty handy! Quick way to check if you're on the trail when you come to a spot where cattle have torn up the area or if you haven't seen any markers lately and just want to check. But, there have been a few situations where it wouldn't find me - maybe I wasn't patient enough to wait for the satellite to locate me. Regardless of if you use the app or not (but I really do recommend having it) - be sure that you have maps and a compass - always.jc2014 wrote:Planning a thru hike in March of 2017, has anyone used the AZT APP downloaded on their phone for navigational purposes? How does it work when there isn't phone service? Was it worth using? Thanks!
One alternative is to mail your map set in a "bounce box" along the trail, taking only the sections you need. Another is to send out boxes before you start the trail to predetermined points. But, if you show up in town during the weekend the P.O. may be closed til Monday, forcing you to either wait or continue without paper maps. I personally would do the bounce box option over having predetermined spots, because it's more flexible, but make sure your package will arrive before you do.FireFly wrote:I have recently bought the app and although I cannot yet comment on using it on the trail, it has already been very useful for me for planning the hike! And I think it will be even better on the trail.
On the trail, although I hope to use mainly the app, I want to have paper maps as well (for safety). The printed mapset that is offered in the online store for $45 looks great (at least the sample that you can view online) but I'm wondering how heavy that is. Can anybody comment on the actual size and weight of the complete set?
Any other (lightweight) alternatives?
I didn't have the maps, but I read the data sheet. Ha. I didn't have the app either (it didn't exist most of the time I sectioned the trail), but I did have the gpx files loaded on my GPSr from the ATA web site.Sredfield wrote:What will you read at night if you don't have the maps?
Thanks! This is exactly the info I was looking for. Wow, 1.2 lbs is heavy, but I was expecting it to be something like that...jc2014 wrote:@DallinW
Thanks for the info on the APP. I bought the map set, 69 sheets printed front and back, 8.5x11 sheets. The entire set weighs 1.2 lbs. Sure seems to be a pain to try and figure out where and when to send the maps ahead and it appears to be a pain trying to figure out the best way to carry all of them at once. I am hiking with my wife and we will both have the AZT APP loaded onto our phones. I am thinking about leaving the maps behind.
A few more tips:Prometheus12 wrote:@jc2014
You'll address it with General Delivery and your name. Typically put somewhere on the box "AZT Through Hiker" and an expected arrival date. If you go to USPS website, it will tell you exactly how to label for General Delivery. Also, if you send it priority and for some reason miss the stop, you can call them and they will send it free to another post office further up the trail. I needed to do this once and it worked perfectly.
I would recommend calling the post office you plan to send the package to have hold for you. Calling is a good idea because I have had a couple of post offices be pretty reluctant to accept and hold in Generally Delivery. I think they are required to, but I figured if they were reluctant on the phone, the package might get "lost".