Our obsession with technology is blending
with our love for the great outdoors
More recently, electronic technology
has brought even greater possibilities
for convenience and safety. A tablet
can provide entertainment for the kids
when you want to relax by a campfire.
A global positioning system (GPS) can
help you get home if you lose your way
in the wilderness. Of course, there are
potential pitfalls as well: Your devices
are subject to loss of battery power and
could get lost or damaged. Or you may
depend on them too much, which can
actually make you less safe. But the
good news is, there are many options
for making electronics a beneficial part
of your outdoor experience.
In the next few pages, we explore how
technology can contribute to your
adventures. You’ll find a description of
Google Maps’ offshoot called Google
Maps Treks, the best websites for
planning your next trip, and essential
gadgets to pack in your duffle bag. Plus,
you’ll learn how getting Wi-Fi while
camping might be easier than you think.
We hope you’ll discover some great ways
to make the great outdoors even greater.
If you think about it, technology has been a part of outdoor adventures for decades. Advances in clothing,
gear, and vehicles have improved experiences for campers, hikers, climbers, bikers, kayakers, surfers, skiers,
and others. For example, a sturdier pair of pants that also protects your skin from UV rays was a welcome
invention, as was a gas stove that weighs only ounces yet can cook your food for a week.
The number of people hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail has
increased dramatically since the release of the book and movie,