Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

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With weather ranging from heavy snow to searing Australian sunshine, mosquitoes, fatigue and a bad back to contend with, a documentary to film and a website to update, Dave needed a wide variety of outdoor gear and gadgets on his expedition down the Murray--but it all had to fit inside his kayak. Here are some of the items he found indispensable

Don't forget ...

... if you're travelling on the water, dry bags are absolutely priceless. They come in a range of sizes and styles. Whatever type you use, always take an extra ten seconds to ensure that they're closed properly

NEXT MONTH:

CLIMBING EVEREST--SEVEN TIMES

For stockists and information, visit www.geographical.co.uk/features/kit

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(1) SEA KAYAK

Wilderness Systems Tempest 170

1,200 [pounds sterling]/25 KILOGRAMS

Designed as a touring kayak, the Tempest has a carrying capacity of 147 kilograms. Its dimensions (518 x 56 centimetres) ensure a fast passage through water, regardless of the load on board. A comfortable moulded seat with backrest prevents blisters

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(2) MULTITOOL

Gerber Suspension

40 [pounds sterling]/250 GRAMS

When I'm up the creek, the Gerber always seems to come good. Its handy carry case never left my buoyancy aid. The spring-loaded pliers are a great addition to a multitude of tools; I can't find one I didn't use at some point during this expedition

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(3) WATERPROOF VIDEO CAMERA

Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1

309 [pounds sterling]/354 GRAMS INC. BATTERY

Essential for capturing on-the-water footage, this 720p HD video camera is waterproof to three metres, fits in the palm of your hand, records to an SD card and boasts remarkable sound quality. The quick-response 'on' button ensures that you won't miss the action

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(4) PORTABLE BATTERY PACK

Powergorilla

150 [pounds sterling]/631 GRAMS

If you need an effective renewable energy source for a laptop, this portable battery can store a charge from the mains or a Solargorilla solar panel to provide up to five hours of charge. A range of connections allows you to charge phones, GPS units and digital cameras

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(5) SOLAR PANEL

Solargorilla

140 [pounds sterling]/820 GRAMS

Designed to work with the Powergorilla, this is capable of charging iPods, phones and other small units directly using a five-volt USB output. …

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