Technology in Nature

Technology and Nature. When you first roll those two words around in your head it seems at first a bit like “Oil and Water”. But the geek in me can’t help but get excited when I see conservationists using hi-tec in nature to achieve their goals.

Camera traps snapping the Cape Leopards in Kogelberg and Caracal on the urban edge on the Cape Peninsula. GPS devices with accelerometers tracking the flight of Verreaux’s Eagles in the Cederberg. Radio-collar tracking, satellite uplinks from remote areas to spread information from the field via social media. And solar power to enable all of the above.

GPS

Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT

My key piece of tec at the moment is my Garmin Forerunner 910XT. It has been an invaluable training device. I am keen on a unit that will offer me more in the way of route planning, map overlays, and way-points for hiking and adventuring in the outdoors in general.

I am specifically interested in GPS transponder technology in terms of safety. See: https://www.facebook.com/MultiSmartTracker.

Check out this amazing little two-way GPS communicator: the DeLorme inReach.

Solar Power

I am also looking into solar power, both for use at a campsite, and smaller units for mobile use, such as charging a GPS while hiking. We bought an Ellies small solar light kit from Builder’s Warehouse which can run 4 LED bulbs and has 2 USB ports for charging cellphones and other devices.

There are also some mobile solar charging units for Powertraveller Solarmonkey range, and some cool products with integrated  solar panels from A-solar.

Cameras

Garmin VIRB Elite
Garmin VIRB Elite

I bought a Garmin VIRB Elite camera. It is fully GPS enabled and you can overlay all your GPS data, as well as other data such as heart-rate and temperature data, on the footage.

Garmin logo

 

David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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