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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.
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All Forum Posts by Amy Lauterbach

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SEKI loop from REoads End and Rough Fire in Hume Lake area
Martha I'm no fire expert, and I'm not on the ground in the Sierra, but looking at the perimeter of the fire and the regions that are still actively growing -- it's hard to imagine t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » SEKI loop from REoads End and Rough Fire in Hume Lake area
August 27, 5:04pm

Re: Which iPhone models?
Well I learn something new every day. Thanks Larry. My iPhone 4 is maxed out at iOS7.1.2, but the 4S will run iOS8.x I found this comprehensive list:

In GEAR » CRITICAL Information for iPhone users
July 10, 11:52am

IPhones 5 and 6 can run 8.3
Eric - yes. iPhones 5 and 6 can run 8.3

In GEAR » CRITICAL Information for iPhone users
July 09, 8:23pm

follow up on old comment about iPhone battery drain
Two months ago Mitchell wrote: "Don't quit apps. It's a common and pernicious myth that swiping up on everything at the multitasking screen will increase battery life. In fact, the op...

In GEAR » CRITICAL Information for iPhone users
July 09, 5:32pm

Many thanks for helping test iPHone battery drain
Thanks to all of you who helped test iphone battery drain. I incorporated all the data you kind folks contributed and made significant updates to the article. I appreciate the help you all provid...

In GEAR » Please help me with easy iPhone battery tests
July 09, 5:30pm

Where to go within one week?
[Amy chiming in...] South West Coast Path is my favorite of the half dozen UK National Trails that we've walked. I liked every single day of that trail. It's a National Trail, which mean...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to go within one week?
July 04, 10:33pm

re; where to go in one week
I assume you will be flying from Boston. Fly to England or Scotland. Both should take no longer to get to that California. Once you are there, public transit is easy to use, frequent and goes a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to go within one week?
July 04, 10:04pm

iPhone 6 battery life
Richard's comment about his iPhone 6 are a bit unexpected. Of a dozen people who ran overnight tests with iPhone 6, all but one had overnight drain of 0-1%. For info to be helpful I need s...

In GEAR » Updated "iPhone for backpacking" article
June 28, 9:06am

Updated "iPhone for backpacking" article Alan and I just updated the article. There's important info about iOS8.3 and also about iPhone sixes. Thanks to everybody who helped provide test...

In GEAR » Updated "iPhone for backpacking" article
June 27, 3:37pm

France's GR34 Coast Path
Songbird asked if we have pictures. I don't think we took a camera. Jim thinks we did. In either case, we have no photos to share.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Looking for insight into walking in the Brittany region of France ... GR34 Coast Path, GR37 Central Brittany, GR 39 Trans Brittany
June 24, 2:01pm

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