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August 10, 2010

Biking in Alaska - Updates Via Delorme & SPOT


Got a good Tweet today from DeLorme on some folks biking and paddling the coast of Alaska and updating with the Delorme PN-60W via the SPOT satellite communicator. If you want to follow the trek, follow their Tweets or check into their Blog, Biking the Lost Coast, where they have also listed some details about their trip including gear. From their website, the basic plan is this:

   * Depart Bozeman, MT for Seattle, on to Anchorage, then Cordova and finally Yakutat, AK. Bikes in tow.

   * Monday morning we'll assemble our bikes and get our gear ready.

   * A quick stop at Alsek Air Service to drop off our re-supply package.

   * Begin riding.

6-9 Days Later

   * Roll into Cape Yakataga where we'll pick-up our supply drop; food, fresh clothing and some spare parts if needed. The package is being flown in by Alsek Air Service and left in a bear-proof container.

6-9 Days Later

   * Arrive in Cordova, AK.

   * Take a ferry from Cordova back to Anchorage.

   * Fly back to Bozeman, MT.

Looks like fun.

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August 4, 2010

DeLorme releases the PN-60 and Talks Up the PN-60W


DeLorme has the PN-60 unit out and for sale in the wild after its announcement earlier this year, while also actively taking orders for their cool new SPOT enabled PN-60W unit at their website.

While the PN-60 (pictured above) does not have the satellite capabilities that the PN-60W has, it's no slouch. The color screen, 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, ability to download satellite images onto the screen to navigate across the landscape more easily, paperless geocaching and a cool ambient light sensor to automatically set the screen brightness in order to save on the battery life.


The PN-60W (pictured right) is a step beyond with SPOT technology where the SPOT technology allows you to send messages out via SMS, Twitter or Facebook to friends and family in the "outside" world even when you are out of range of mobile phone service. The system seems like a must-have for any serious back country adventurer and those who venture out on weekend warrior status into the wild. The service costs money and there are various plans available from annual subscriptions for basic services $99 a year, Track Progress $49 a year or $49 a year for 500 type and send messages down to a la carte messages at $0.50 each; not a terrible cost considering the communicate almost anywhere capability (See SPOT Coverage).

See the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 at Amazon or pre-order the Delorme PN-60W at Delorme

UPDATE: Now DeLorme has a video out on the PN-60W, how it works and all the awesome corners of the earth you can take it to.

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