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Sneak Peak of ‘The Geek Outdoors’ session at Macworld


It’s a rare opportunity when my love of technology and my love of the great outdoors align, so I was thrilled when I was asked to deliver a seminar on “High Tech Camping” at next week’s Macworld | iWorld event in San Francisco.

If you’re coming to the event, I certainly hope you’ll consider attending my session. Camping geeks are as enthusiastic about their gadgets as technology geeks, and the two fields are converging in some pretty interesting ways, mostly thanks to the portability and versatility of the iPhone and iPad. Here’s a taste of what I mean.

Trailcamper at Macworld | iWorld

We’re excited to be a part of Macworld | iWorld, the biggest, most influential technology conference devoted to Macs, iPhones and iPads. What is a camping site doing at a technology conference, you ask? We’re going to talk about about what happens when high adventure and high technology collide — the iOS apps that can make your camping trip even better, and how to make sure they stay powered for the whole trip.

Hike Report: Point Mountain (Port Murray, NJ)

Our Boy Scout guides explain their plan for the hike. Believe it or not, this photo was taken at 10:17 a.m.

Not even a drenching rain could dampen the spirits of our small group of hikers–four Boy Scouts and two dads–as we hiked several trails at Point Mountain Reservation in Port Murray, NJ.

We started at the Point Mountain Road trailhead. Our Scout patrol guides were in charge and chose to head out on the Ridge Trail (marked in orange). The trail leads almost directly to the top of the mountain and has some challenging sections: steep ascents on a very rocky trail. The teeming rain made the moss-covered rocks very slippery, but our slow and steady strategy worked well and we soon reached the overlook.

The view was spectacular, even through the misty clouds that drifted by both above and below us. While the wet weather prevented us from climbing out onto the large outcropping of rocks, we had a great view from our more conservative vantage point.