Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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This is my final story about the Outdoor Retailer Industry show. The Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar attended and visited many booths. He heads the Department that owns the National Park Service, which owns Yosemite National Park, which owns Half Dome … so there is a connection.
I need to tell you about an October release from Magellan. They have battled head-to-head with Garmin’s outdoor group. I have the Garmin 60CSx and it is very nice. Magellan stubbed their toes with the Triton line last summer. I have a Triton 2000 – wow – talk about bells and whistles. It featured a touch screen color display with stylus, flashlight, digital recorder, 3 MP camera and MP3 player. But it ate batteries. I got about 5 hours out of 2 AA. And the sun washed out the color display. Then the firmware had bugs. It got so bad that REI pulled all Magellans from their stores. Opps. The Magellan team got a black eye on that one, but they are coming back strong. A new product with an old name – the Explorist – was shown at the show. The new ones to get are the Explorist 510, 610 or 710. The 710 is top of the line with compass and altitude. Here’s a couple photos:
Has a color touch screen, preloaded maps, LONG battery life and they have a digital camera with Geo tags for pix. Also, it has settings for optimized road use also. Maps included. Their Product Manager for the line is taking the arrows for Triton although he was hired just as it rolled out. It is pricey at $579 but if you want the best – you deserve it. He promised me that they have tested the Explorist and it is a Garmin killer. They also have a neat case for the iPhone and Touch that doubles the battery life and kinda ruggedizes it.
OK, what’s your opinion? Would you wear these Vibram Five Fingers “shoes?”
They claim it’s the natural way to walk. They sure felt funny. I say fad. You? Comments on this? Vibram(Pronounced Vib rum, not VIBE brum) is famous for their insoles. This is their first consumer product. I smell earth shoes or Crocs here. There are reports of Asian clone knockoffs flooding in.
If you are at the park this week, look up at midnight. The Perseid’s Meteor shower is happening. It is near its peak. I was up last year and sat on Glacier Point to watch the show at 1 am. It was so-so as the moon crept into the sky to wreck things. This year the moon will not be an issue. If you are home, look to the northeast well after dark and preferably outside the city lights on a tall hill. In the Bay area, Mt Tam, Mt Diablo or Mt. Hamilton are the best places to be. It’s also FREE entry weekend at Yosemite the 14th and 15th. Enjoy or stay away – the crowds will be heavy.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Now shall I walk or shall I ride? “Ride,” Pleasure said; “Walk,” Joy replied.” – W.H. Davies
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com