By now, everyone knows El Nino means record snow this year. And it’s already started in Montana, where some mountains just received 16 inches. In mid-September. That and more in What’s New Outside.
Anti-Bear Device: Run, hike or bike in a place with dangerous animals? The Robocopp Grenade weighs less than 1oz, but emits a piercing 120dB alarm that they claim works on dogs, bears and mountain lions. It’s no substitute for a can of bear spray, but you’re more likely to have it on you when you need it. [Robocopp]
El Nino’s Big Winter Has Begun: Big Sky in Montana received 16 inches of snow on September 23. This is going to be a fun winter. [GearJunkie]
Better GoalZero Products: We’re not big fans of GoalZero’s solar panels. They’re heavy, bulky and charge your stuff with such incredible laziness that they’re nearly worthless. That’s why we recommend you carry a good battery pack instead. But, they’re working on it. The latest panels are a little lighter, a little smaller and a little faster. Maybe one day they’ll even be practical. [GearInstitute]
The Ice Men Cometh: Melting glaciers mean long lost bodies of fallen adventurers are emerging from the receding ice. People who’s fates remained unknown from just a couple decades ago are turning up, as are the mumified bodies and artifacts of ancient adventurers. Be on the look out when you’re on the mountain and you might find a treasure. [BBC]
The Moment The Animas Died: Here’s video from the moment a construction crew broke through into the polluted reservoir of the Gold King, unleashing three million gallons of toxic crud into Colorado’s beautiful Animas River.
Build Your Own Kayak: O Six Hundred claims anyone can put together its 30-piece, $1,400 kayak. We’re going to see about giving that a try. [Outside]
What we’re up to: I’ve been shanghai’d by a pack of gypsies in Romania and have largely lost contact with the outside world. Aside from getting massively behind on bringing you stories, it’s actually been an awesome trip — from the Danube River Delta to the tallest peak in the Carpathians to spending the night with monks at a remote and seldom-visited monastery on the Ukraine border — and one you’ll read about soon. I assume the rest of the crew is alive, but AT&T has failed to enable my phone to work abroad for the third time in a row, despite trying to charge me $500 for the privilege last time. Can anyone suggest a better solution (network or device) for frequent international travel? Affordable data, so I can tether my computer and actually perform work, is the primary need.
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