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Amy Lauterbach (drongobird) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me 50'ish. Travel with my partner Jim. Backpacking since I was 12. 40-70 nights per year in the tent, either hiking or cycling. Wilderness backpacking in CA & UT; class 2&3 peaks and canyons; long distance trails in UK, France, Spain, Turkey, Australia; SF Bay Area backpacking.
Trip Reports are here: amyl.smugmug.com
CityPalo Alto
My Website URLhttp://AmyL.smugmug.com

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All Forum Posts by Amy Lauterbach

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Re: iPhone 5S
Mitchell - perfect and well done. I filed my report via the manager at the Apple Store, who said it would be put into the bug system. Getting attention, however, that's a whole different game...

In GEAR » iPhone GPS: disabling cell service
April 15, 5:21pm

iPhone 5S
Eric - The article has battery drain info for the ATT 5 (bad news) and the Verizon 5 (good news). I haven't tested, but also have not heard any reports that the 5S is different from the 5; I s...

In GEAR » iPhone GPS: disabling cell service
April 15, 2:33pm

Re: Spot II issues?
+1 on everything Zorg Zumo said. We used the SPOT extensively for several years. It is true that in dense tree cover and steep hillsides the successful transmission of location info is not 100%...

In GEAR » Spot II issues?
April 11, 5:15pm

Re: Legality of Wild Camping in the US
Alastair, The other folks have posted have alluded to different land management agencies in the US and availability of wild camping. The vast majority of public land in the US is owned and mana...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Legality of Wild Camping in the US
April 10, 8:00pm

Battery charger - FluxMob
FWIW, I ran the first loose test on my new FluxMob Bolt. iPhone 5 (which has 1440 mAh battery) Starting with fully charged FluxMob, I recharged the iPhone as follows: 1. From 8% to 96% 2. a...

In GEAR » Battery charger pack specs comparison!
April 07, 9:02am

updated summary from Wunderground on the CA drought

In Pre-Trip Planning » CA Drought and 2014 hiking season
April 03, 3:55pm

The Grand Eight
Thanks for writing it up. Looks like a great adventure.

In Post-Trip Reports » The Grand Eight
April 02, 3:16pm

SMD Fusion - One size fits all
I just placed my order! Hope it arrives before my next trip. Woubeir - I tried the Fusion at the GGG in January. The pack frame is a combination of three parts, as described on the SMD site: h...

In GEAR » Six Moon Design Fusion Pack now on website
April 02, 2:51pm

Battery charger pack specs comparison - FluxMob
I received my Fluxmob Bolt. http://www.fluxmob.com/collections/bolt It's a single unit that has a power adapter and a 3000 mAh Samsung Li-Ion Battery. It's exactly perfect for long hik...

In GEAR » Battery charger pack specs comparison!
April 01, 5:41pm

35 Days in New South Wales, Australia
Stephen - Thanks for adding that detailed information! We're looking forward to reading more reports from you as you continue to hike the rest of the coast. I hope you're able to find the...

In Post-Trip Reports » 35 Days in New South Wales, Australia
March 22, 11:29am

All Reader Reviews by Amy Lauterbach

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iPhone iPhone-4 (SIM card models)
I have been using the iPhone-4 (ATT model) as a gps/mapping device for six months now, including using it as my navigation device for a six week hike. Highlights: * Pre-downloaded all ma...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 31, 11:29am

iPhone App ViewRanger
I used this app with 1:25K and 1:50K OS maps for a 5 week 2013 hike in Scotland. For the task of importing and displaying my gpx data on pre-downloaded OS maps, it was flawless. I don't know of ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 31, 9:29am

iPhone App Maplets
With Maplets I easily download a wide variety of maps, such as NPS and USFS maps, local/state/county park maps, transit system maps, town maps, airport maps, cycleways, etc. Many of these are g...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 31, 9:25am

iPhone App Topo Maps
The iPhone app Topo Maps includes USGS and NRCan maps for entire US and Canada at no extra charge. Map downloads intuitive and easy. Searching for geographic locations is best in class. Distanc...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 31, 9:16am

Zem Playa
4.6 oz for pair of Zem Playa Low size Medium. This size will accommodate ( a snug fit) a Superfeet green size D. 5.0 oz for pair of Playa Low size Large. We just returned from six weeks hiking i...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 24, 10:29am

Golite Umbrella
We carry the GoLite umbrellas for long hikes where rain is likely. We've used ours for ~30 weeks of hiking in England, Wales, and France (7 trips). I concur with prior reviews about the comfort ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 06, 8:11pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
We have now used our small NeoAir pads for 10 nights in Escalante area of Utah and 30 nights in Wales/England. Compared to Thermarest ProLite and to Z-Rest pads... the Neoair pads are WAY more com...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 26, 2:18pm