greenrvgreen - Yours is the comment I needed. It seemed to me like pairing an iPod Touch so I could download maps while in town might be good and having its keyboard instead of the InReach's might be good. But, like you, mostly what I want is a communication device that will work anywhere and that I can carry with me.
I now have maps and files (and books and games and ...) in my old iPod Touch and it works great for taking along on hikes. I could still do that and not have to spend new money for more tech that I don't really need, although the breadcrumb navigation thing on the InReach Explore is attractive. I have managed to stay found for a whole lot of years without a GPS.
Good idea to visit a store and hold one of these things in my hand, see how I like the keyboard and screen. Will do. And thanks!
vic46 - Thanks, but I neither have nor want a laptop and I do not really need maps.
I want satellite communication ability so I can call for help and can text. Having the GPS capability is not essential, although I will have fun learning it. The appeal of the InReach, for me, is its messaging ability and that it can be carried with me everywhere. Reviews show it to be more reliable than the Spot messenger.
I am just coming out of a very long recovery period for a broken right ankle. Before resuming my usual solo outback dirt road RV travels, I probably ought to do a tech upgrade: get a locator/communicator device. Currently have no smartphone, no GPS, and have always done just fine with that. But now...I have become much more realistic about the possibility of injury. There is often no cell coverage where I travel.
I am considering a DeLorme InReach. Not sure which model yet. The DeLorme website and the Earthmate app site both say that InReach is compatible with iPod Touch 5th Generation.
DeL says that a paired iOS device, the iPT in this case, must have an imbedded GPS chip and I do not find mention of one in the iPT tech specs online.
I have had an iPT for years. I know that iPT is wi-fi only. It does everything a smartphone does except the voice phone part. No cellular plan to pay for! I am willing to upgrade to a 5thG iPT if it will actually do this pairing with DeL InReach.
Are you actually using a DeLorme Inreach paired with an iPod Touch? Or with an iPhone? I'd sure appreciate your comments.
You might be interested in Dinosaur National Monument. Fishing is allowed. I enjoyed my visit to this park a few years ago.
Another idea, where I have not been, is Browns Park NWR. The given link leads to the Hunting and Fishing brochure, which also says that camping is allowed.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Monday, June 29, 2015
EASTERN SIERRA, CA
Effective midnight on Sunday, June 28, the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.
The restrictions are in effect on all BLM public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office and all Inyo National Forest lands.
“Ongoing drought conditions and well below average rain and snowfall this past winter have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,” said Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta. “These conditions can create an active fire season here in the Eastern Sierra.”
Beginning June 29th, and until further notice, the following restrictions will be in effect:
• NO CAMPFIRES, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of designated developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas. A list of designated campgrounds and recreation sites is available at local Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers, and on the Inyo National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/inyo.
Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit (available free of charge at any Ranger Station or Visitor Center) are not exempt from the prohibitions but are allowed to use portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
• NO FIREWORKS. It is prohibited to possess or discharge any fireworks.
• NO SMOKING, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
• NO WELDING or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
• NO USE OF EXPLOSIVES, except by permit.
Inyo National Forest wilderness areas which are exempt from this order are Hoover, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Boundary Peak, White Mountains, Golden Trout, and South Sierra. Resorts, pack stations, recreation residences and other sites operated under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service or BLM may be exempt from the special orders, as long as any fire activity is conducted in compliance with their permit. Special use permit holders should contact their permit administrator to make sure they are on the list of exempt sites, or check the information for special use permit exemptions on the Inyo National Forest Website, www.fs.usda.gov/inyo.
Armenta and Steve Nelson, BLM Bishop field manager, urge the public’s cooperation in helping to prevent wildfires in this year of very high fire danger, and they remind both residents and visitors that fireworks, even “Safe and Sane” are not allowed at any time on public lands.
For further information, call Mike Beasley at (760) 873-2507 or the Owens Valley Interagency Communications Center (OVICC) at (760) 873-2405.
- See more at: http://www.inyoregister.com/content/fire-restrictions-now-place#sthash.P4bJeNZI.dpuf
CPAPs are not cheap! First you need to find out if the cost of your wife's machine will be covered by insurance and if yes, ask which types they provide. If there are options, ask for a model which can run on 110V for home use and 12V for travel. If they won't pay for it or don't offer a 12V option, you will have to decide your next step. Pay for a 12V yourselves or set up your rig to provide 110V for it.
My HMO paid for my machine. I told them that I had to have one which would run on 12V because I spend several months a year in my RV. They provided one, although I had to buy the special 12V cord separately (cpap.com is one vendor; be sure to order the correct cord). I don't know if my machine is the HMO's preferred model or not. I got what I needed and that was what mattered to me.
That said, and with the disclaimer that my machine is 1.5 years old and who knows if they make it anymore, here is what I have:
Phillips Respironics REMstar Auto A-Flex System One 560P
There are more numbers and such on the machine, but I am pretty sure that these are the relevant ones. It also says 12V 6.67A. It is a great machine, no glitches so far. The humidifier detaches, so it can be smaller for travel. It also runs with the humidifier attached and filled with water but no power to its heater.
My CPAP machine runs on 12VDC and on 120VAC hers might also. If it does a power cord can be purchased and run from a 12 volt power port. I have used mine dry camping with no problems.
I bought a 12V cord which is made for my make and model of CPAP.
I've learned a lot about batteries and how to monitor them since my sleep apnea diagnosis about 1.5 years ago. Bought a little portable digital monitor which plugs into the 12V socket and shows battery voltage. I kept a chart of voltage in evening and morning for a while until I learned what to expect.
Have found that I can go about 3 nights including using the humidifier without charging the batteries (about 220 amp hours worth of AGMs, which are not supposed to be taken below 50 percent charge); then I have do something (drive around or get a hookup camp for a night) to charge. It is so dry where I usually travel that I find the humidifier to be necessary.
Your battery bank and mine are undoubtedly not the same. Your wife's CPAP may not use the same amount of power as mine. Your other power needs may not be the same as mine.
With the right setup, she can still dry camp and use the CPAP.
Great flower photos. I am surprised to see how many look familiar to me even though they are not quite the same as those in Southern California.
The pink things on the cherry leaves are spindle galls.
Ten years! I've read so many of your trip reports over the years, followed your stories of the various equipment for your adventures (TC, TT, motorized stuff, refrigerators, etc), been sad to hear of your various injuries. You've shared both the joy and the pain and I thank you for it.
If I ever get back up Boise way, it is my turn to provide dinner this time.