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Geek Out: Gadgets for your big climb.

GETTING READY FOR A BIG CLIMB? THEN HERE’S THE TECH TO HELP YOU TO THE TOP.

Getting your mobile phone wet is many peoples worst nightmare. Despite numerous phones being waterproof nowadays, it’s always best to stay on the safe side, especially when travelling in remote areas. Ideal for campers and hikers, or those that plan on going swimming, CaliCase is a waterproof, sealed bag suitable for stashing your mobile devices in wet conditions.

Available in a variety of colours, this double PVC bag takes up little room and is certified for up to 100 feet underwater. Oh, and it also floats! From USD $24.99. www.calicase.com

With technology constantly improving, you can guarantee you’ll be able to find almost everything you need either online or in store. Developers are coming up with so many new ideas, and with them producing a range of new products annually, it can be hard to keep up with the latest items that are ‘in’. For those that enjoy travelling, especially hiking or physical outdoor activities, having the latest essentials is a must, and can sometimes be a life saver. With an adventure comes risks, more so for those that are looking to go mountain climbing, hiking, or simply exploring the great outdoors. Anything far from civilization has it’s risks, making it even more important for those that embark on the journey of a lifetime are well prepared and equipped.

POWER BANKS

Power banks have become as popular as mobile phones nowadays due to their handy charging system, meaning you’ll never have to suffer from a dead battery situation again. While carrying a powerbank with you on a daily basis has become a ‘normal’ thing, it’s even more important that hikers, especially those exploring remote areas, take one with them. While you may be up for an adventure, no one wants to get lost or stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead mobile phone! This is even more important if there’s an emergency or you need to contact someone ASAP.

ZAGG Ignition 12000 mAh Power Bank

From £19.99 at the Carphone Warehouse

Hiking normally means getting dirty, having little food, tired feet, and the hard ground to sleep on. However, that could all be about to change. Seattle’s Solar Shower may be the answer to every hiker prayer; hot showers! This simple but handy accessory means you can finally kiss ice cold showers goodbye. With different sizes available, you can easily hook up the PVC bag, leave it to warm in the sun, and enjoy up to 5 gallons of warm water for your outdoor shower.

Seattle Sports PVC-Free Sun Shower

From USD $29.99 at rei.com

Campers and hikers normally prepare themselves to eat the bare minimum while on their adventure, with hot meals almost always not on the ‘to pack’ list. However, one gadget could soon change all that. BioLite CampStove offers users not only the chance to create a smokeless fire by burning wood but also has an integrated 2600mAh battery which stores electricity generated from the fire. The latest features on the CampStove include an LED screen which shows the fire strength, power generation, and fan speed settings. You can also charge your mobile devices from the power created, making it a very handy all-around gadget.

From £135.00 from cotswoldoutdoor.com

A potential lifesaver if you run out of water, LifeStraw is a straw that could quite literally, save your life! A product that can turn contaminated water into safe drinking water is something any hiker, camper, or lover of the outdoors should have on them. The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 4,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water. Requiring no electrical power, batteries, or replacement parts, this handy straw-like gadget is only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, making it the perfect shape and size to fit in your bag without taking up too much room.

From £50.00 at cotswoldoutdoor.com

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