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Episode 009 Video Short -Energi To Go XP2000

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I use the Energizer Energi To Go XP2000 at home, for day hikes, ATV ride and Search & Rescue missions. The device gives me the advantage of extending battery life to my cell phone, GPS and other electronics.

The Energizer XP2000 is a rechargeable lithium polymer power pack for cell phones, smart phones, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, Kindle, and more. It sports a LED battery life indicator, 6 mobile phone tips, a USB charging cable, and black travel bag. It will give you up to 12 extra hours of talk time. It is also 500 times rechargeable making this an extremely useful device.

It weighs 2.5 oz and operates at temperatures from 32 degrees F to 113 degrees F.

Lithium polymer batteries are more stable than lithium ions and is non-flammable making for very safe use. Don't forget to visit The Advantage Survival Store to see this and other Energi To Go products.

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Energizer Energi To Go XP2000

Episode 008 Navigation Systems

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Practical wilderness navigation is a perishable skill set. If you don't use it, you loose it. I've discovered that most outdoor enthusiasts have little to no navigation or map and compass skills (or at the very least only have some knowledge of the functions of their GPS unit.) "Did I forget the batteries?" This is often troubling to me as I read news article after news article on lost individuals that have been lucky enough to be rescued by their cell phones. That said, it's becoming harder find classes or workshops on wilderness navigation Map and Compass and the proper use of a GPS unit.

There are a few things you can do to improve your ability to use a GPS. I recommend a very fun hobby I play with my family, Geocaching. It is a fun bunny-hunt type game that keeps you in tune with your GPS.  You don't have to go to the wilderness to play because there are thousands of caches near you.

Map and compass skills are harder to keep in your head. You can find plenty of books and DVD's on the subject (I'll link to a few in the show notes below.) Don't forget to practice practice practice to fully understand their use. I have never done it, but the sport of orienteering is a way to maintain your skill set. Check out (http://www.us.orienteering.org) for details on the sport.  My weapon of choice is search and rescue. I teach our SAR volunteers practical wilderness navigation. It is a weekend class that starts with 5 to 6 hours of classroom instruction than a day and night of map and compass navigation in a wilderness environment.  If you think volunteering may be an option, I'll caution you, it's a lifetime commitment.

In today's episode we're going to talk about some of the topics I cover in my search and rescue navigation course; some of the instruments I use for navigating.

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Garmin

Garmin GPS 60CSx

Brunton 15TDCL Compass

Suunto

Silva

Compass & Map Navigator: The Complete Guide to Staying Found

Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS

OA's Guide to Map & Compass

USGS Finding Your Way With Map and Compass

Topo Map Symbols

MapTech

Nat Geo Maps

Geocaching

Orienteering