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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 01:03:58 MDT Print View

For a number of years, I've been using a small digital alarm clock for backpacking, it weighs only 1.2 ounces, and it was loud enough to wake me up. I attach it to the front pole on my shelter. That way, it was within a foot or so from my ears. Alas, the time set control broke.

I do not use a digital wristwatch alarm, because that would be buried deep within my sleeping bag, and I would never hear it.

There are many travel alarm clocks on the market, but most weigh several ounces. Many use a single AA battery, and that makes them weigh more. The lighter ones will use a CR2032 watch battery, and that is lighter.

Any suggestions for one of a similar weight?

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Alarm clock on 06/24/2014 01:10:04 MDT Print View

Not sure which gps you use, if any, but my garmin etrex 20 has an alarm clock built in.

hwc 1954
(wcollings) - M
cell phone on 06/24/2014 01:14:22 MDT Print View

I typically use the alarm on my cell phone, although I could also use the alarm on the GPS or on my watch. Might as well use the phone for something.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: cell phone on 06/24/2014 01:50:37 MDT Print View

Where I go backpacking, typically there is no cell service, so I leave it in the car.

My GPS receivers do not have any alarm clock features.

--B.G.--

J R
(JRinGeorgia) - F
re: Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 04:21:12 MDT Print View

I don't have a specific suggestion, but for something like this I would troll through Amazon, bound to be something of the right size/weight.

Or...you mentioned an alarm on a watch would be buried in your bag, why not take the watch off at night and put that on the pole where you've been putting the clock?

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 10:19:14 MDT Print View

Not exactly what you were looking for as it's a vibrating alarm but they claim it's 2oz including a AAA battery.

http://www.maxiaids.com/products/10142/Reizen-Shake-U-Up--Compact-Vibrating-Alarm-Clock.html

Edit: re read their specs and there's a traditional beeping alarm option.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 06/24/2014 10:20:06 MDT.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Timex 1.3oz on 06/24/2014 10:23:44 MDT Print View

Hello Bob, I have a Timex Mini Alarm clock that weighs 1.3oz including leather case. 1.1oz without case.

You can have it, no charge, just pay$3.00 shipping. I never used it. Don't know what size battery.

Here is what it looks like:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Timex-Mini-Alarm-Clock-with-Case-/261500891167?pt=US_Clocks&hash=item3ce2aaf01f

Send PM if interested.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Timex 1.3oz on 06/24/2014 11:48:46 MDT Print View

Slight drift ....

I always wear a hat when I sleep in the woods. I cut a small slit in the double layer band at the bottom, and insert a Casio watch body.

I don't notice the watch when I sleep, until the alarm goes off, against my head.


...end drift.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
re: Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 12:20:00 MDT Print View

After a hard day on the trail, sometimes I sleep so soundly that it requires a titanium hammer banging on my skull to wake me up.

I already scoured Amazon. Two ounces is the lowest that I've found so far. Plus, sometimes they quote the weight with the battery, sometimes without the battery, sometimes with the shipping package, and sometimes they just guess.

Compactness is nice, as well. My old one, the one that broke, is about the size of three wristwatch cases laid out end to end.

--B.G.--

Chad B
(CenAZwalker) - F

Locale: Southwest
Apache Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 13:59:35 MDT Print View

You could always try this:

"Drinking multiple glasses of water before going to sleep, to help ensure you wake up early due to the need to pee. (Allegedly a technique used by the Apache during the Apache Wars to wake up for pre-dawn raids.)"

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Apache Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 14:04:07 MDT Print View

However, I was fitted with overflow tanks at an early age, so I don't know if this will work.

--B.G.--

Todd Taylor
(texasbb) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 14:13:09 MDT Print View

I use the alarm on my wristwatch, I just don't wear it on my arm at night. I hang it on a little clip on the tent ceiling so it's about a foot above my face.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Alarm clock on 06/24/2014 17:17:55 MDT Print View

I purchased a new digital alarm wristwatch for this purpose, and its alarm is not as loud as the old one.

It is incredible how many digital watches and clocks are advertised, and nobody bothers to write down the alarm loudness in decibels. Horrors!

--B.G.--

Brian Mix
(Aggro) - MLife

Locale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
Re: Re: Alarm clock on 06/24/2014 17:33:17 MDT Print View

Define broke, maybe it's repairable?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Alarm clock on 06/24/2014 17:54:26 MDT Print View

There is one control which sets time, alarm time, and some other things. It is non-functional, so the time cannot be set. There is no external access to the control, so I think it has become an ultralightweight paperweight.

--B.G.--

Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Alarm Clock on 06/24/2014 18:07:42 MDT Print View

Watch or water always works for me, then again I'm an Indian.

You could always find an Apache hiking buddy and have him drink the water for you......?

Derek Cox
(derekcox) - F

Locale: Southeast
alarm clock on 06/24/2014 18:44:05 MDT Print View

Are you against wearing a wrist watch? Or just don't think you would hear it buried in your sleeping bag? Just wear one during the day and take it off when you sleep so you can place it next to your head...

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: alarm clock on 06/24/2014 19:32:47 MDT Print View

^^^^^

"...and it was loud enough to wake me up. I attach it to the front pole on my shelter. That way, it was within a foot or so from my ears."


"I purchased a new digital alarm wristwatch for this purpose, and its alarm is not as loud as the old one."

Edited by greg23 on 06/24/2014 21:21:35 MDT.

hwc 1954
(wcollings) - M
Thermoworks Timestick on 06/24/2014 21:11:33 MDT Print View

If you can deal with setting it in a different way, the Thermoworks TimeStick would suit your purpose. It's designed as a cooking timer, so you set it to go off in "x" hours and "x" minutes. Instead of setting it to go off at 7am, you would set it to go off in 7 hours and 45 minutes (or whatever). It has the timer function and a clock function. The alarm has variable volume so you can make it louder or softer. It beeps for 60 seconds. After that, it beeps for 5 seconds every 30 seconds until you cancel the timer.

It weighs 1.7 ounces without the lanyard. 1.8 ounces with the detachable lanyard. Some of that weight is a refrigerator magnet glued into the back of it, which could probably be pried out if you really wanted to pare weight. I like the magnet (mine lives on the refrigerator door), so I'm not willing to sacrifice it to give you a weight savings! It runs on one large CR2032 watch battery.

It's splash-proof. You wouldn't want to swim with it, but a little rain or splashing would be fine.

Thermoworks Timestick

When not camping, it makes the world's best timer for steaks on the grill, because you can put the damn thing around your neck, unlike normal kitchen timers that are always beeping inside when I'm outside or outside when I'm inside! I took mine car camping last week, using it to (go figure) time a rib eye steak.

This company makes high quality products. Nicer than the typical cheap plastic Chinese timers and similar gadgets.

Brian Mix
(Aggro) - MLife

Locale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
repair on 06/24/2014 21:39:51 MDT Print View

Bob,
Post a pic or just send it to me. If it's fixable-I can do it.
Your pm isn't set up...all it'll cost you is postage.