Tech Stuff

Spectacular sunset at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
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Cheryl’s Cameras:  Canon S3IS, Canon DSLR

Truck:  2003 F350 Dual Wheel Diesel.

Camper:  2005 Arctic Fox 1150 with 224 watts of Solar panels and 300 Amp Hours of Lifeline AGM batteries.

Ted uses an 18 year old Mountainsmith Bugaboo that’s just as good as the day he bought it.
Cheryl uses a Kelty Redwing for long hikes and a Camelback daypack for short ones.

Ted – 6 year old MacBook, now upgraded with a solid state drive.
Cheryl – 2 year old MacBook

Internet: Verizon MIFI Hotspot

GPS:  Truck – Garmin Nuvi 550   Trail – Garmin eTrex
Maps:  Delorme Atlas and Gazatteer (available for every state)

Ted:  17 foot Pygmy Arctic Tern,
Cheryl:  14 foot Pygmy Arctic Tern

Mountain Bikes:
Ted:  An embarrassingly old but still serviceable Mongoose Hilltopper 26″ rigid frame mountain bike.  UPDATE:  A brand new Specialized Rockhopper 29″ frame, 27 speed, front shock, dirt eater given to me on my 70th birthday by a passel of good friends and relatives…Thanks guys.
Cheryl:  Specialized Hard Rock

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7 responses »

  1. Hi: Love the photos. You folks were fwd from a friend and have since followed all your posts. How consistent is your internet connection with Verizion MIFI? How much for the the connection? $$ We have a tag a long trailer and can’t get to some of the really neat sites you can…do you have a blog connection that might help us out for us trailer folks? We live a good bit north of you in Hebron NH and looking to “Spring out” in March for sooo many of the places you guys have shown us. Not near as fit the hikers as you but we’ll push on til “the air is gone”…hopefully that will be something more than a mile or more past the truck…it’ll be more later. It will be! Peter and Carol

  2. I’m curious about what you pack in your hiking bags. What do you consider a long hike vs a short hike? The photo’s are awesome.

  3. Generally less than 2 or 3 miles is a short hike, 4 – 6 miles is an easy day hike, and over 6 to about 12 is a good long day hike. We pack lots of water, we use Camelback packs and carry 70 Oz. in the Camelback and another 16 or so in a water bottle as reserve. We take enough food for two lunches plus a couple of energy bars and cheese and gorp for the trail and in case the hike goes longer than we expected. A small first aid kit with water purification tablets, pocket knife, extra clothes and socks for the most severe weather that can be expected, and a space blanket make up our emergency gear. We always take a small LED light, map and compass, and a small toilet kit with trowel, TP, and hand cleaner. Sometimes we take a GPS, but find we don’t use them much. On a very long day hike we will take extra food, water, and a lightweight emergency bivy.

  4. We have a Lance 1182, similar rig to yours. How do you get those kayaks on the roof? Do you have some sort of hoist rigged up? Also, what kind of bike rack do you have that mounts on the front of your truck?

  5. The wooden kayaks are pretty light, we just stand them up against the back of the camper, then I get on top and cheryl lifts from below and we slide them up over the rail. It takes just a few minutes to load or unload them. The front rack is a modified Yakima receiver rack. I had a receiver installed on the front of the truck, then modified the rack by cutting out a section of the horizontal member and re-welding it to move the rack in closer to the grill. The bikes are easy to load and unload and stay much cleaner then on a rear ladder rack as long as you don’t tailgate on muddy roads. There is some small amount of interference with the headlights though, but we don’t drive much at night and could always take the bikes off and put them inside the camper if we had to.

  6. What is the brand of the wooden kayaks and approximately how much do they weigh?

  7. The Kayaks are from Pygmy Kayaks in Port Townsend, WA. They are home built Mahogany kayak kits. The smaller is an Arctic Tern 14 which weighs 32 Pounds and the larger is an Arctic Tern 17 which weighs 38 pounds. If you would like more info on the construction, capabilities, etc of the kayaks send me a comment with your email address (I won’t publish the comment) and I will contact you directly.

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