Google Nexus 7
IVSO® Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case For Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Micro USB Host Mode On The Go OTG Cable for Nexus 7
Canon PowerShot Camera
I flogged my SLR a couple of years back, just too much weight to be lumbering around, and half the time it stayed safely in my pack. At least with the PowerShot, it is easily to hand, attached to the chest strap of my rucksack. I can even take the odd photo of myself along the way, as it is light enough to be stuck on the end of my walking pole with the aid of the Stickpic.
SPOT GPS Messenger
Garmin 60 GPS
UPDATE: The app for Garmin Connect doesn't support my GPS, sadly but I can download the track off the GPS into Garmin Connect using an app called "Sports Tracker Uploader".
The track is uploaded as a ".tcx" file, though and this doesn't seem to record the distance in Garmin Connect. To fix it I just exported the file from Garmin Connect as a ".gpx" file and re-uploaded it, and all the information appears! A bit of a pain but that seems to work. At least I know I can now save the GPS data without fear of running out of memory! And when I'm home, I'll be able to transfer all the data to Social Hiking.
WeightSo how much is my "Outback Office" going to add to my backpack? Well, I'm not going to include the Spot and batteries (190g), Camera, batteries and charger (490g), and the GPS and batteries (435g), as I always carry them, and I class them as essential items. The charger for the Nexus and the keyboard is the same used for both my phone, Kindle, and Petzl headtorch, so I haven't included the 85g this weighs either:
- Nexus 7 Tablet: 320g
- Keyboard: 215g
- Micro USB Cable: 10g
- Wireless Mouse: 65g
- TOTAL: 610g
610g extra would likely make an ultralight hiker topple over with a coronary, but it's not a back breaking amount. It will all be put to good use to bring the journey to those that are interested.
Finally, as a testament to the equipment, this post was created, in its entirety, using my Outback Office, and images taken from my mobile phone!