Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Article #3

In Praise of High-Tech Camp Gear
By Kevin Callan
Rating: ****

Having a way out is an essential part of planning for a trip in the outdoors, no matter for how long. having a way to signal for help is necessary, and this article talks about what to use and why.

In this article, it talks about how the author was on a trip in Algonquin park when he came across a boy and his father, the boy having an allergic reaction. The father had no way to contact someone for help, but refused help from the author, who had that exact equipment. The author contacted the wardens, who ensured that the boy was sent to hospital and he survived. This shows the importance of having a piece of technology that can call for help, and he tells you what his personal choice is. He says that he uses the SPOT Global Phone, which can call anywhere, text, check emails and call 911 instantly. This is useful not only for him, he says, but for others who are back home, so he can send them notifications about when he'll be home or if he'll be delayed. He says that even though being outback is to get away from technology, survival is a different matter altogether. It allows him to relax, and enjoy the trip to it's fullest.

This article showed me how having a way out and a way to contact someone is so important on a trip. Not only can it reassure those who are not there, but also allows you to help yourself, help others who need it, and also enjoy the trip the way it was meant to be without worrying about being stranded without contact.

Source:  Callan, Kevin. 'The Happy Camper: In Praise Of High-Tech Camp Gear'. Explore Magazine. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015.

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