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I have gradually purchased enough gear (and then some) to actually venture out for a multi-day trip. I need suggestions on what to do about the above topics.
Bear spray was suggested except here in Wisc there are very strict guidelines on what can be used. The general consensus was it is useless. A salesman at Gander Mountain told me nothing short of a loaded .357 strapped to your leg will do. A DNR person hikes regularly in N Wisc and she doesn't take any protection. She said bells and whistles will keep the bears at bay. So my choices are nothing, spray and guns.
Is a GPS unit needed? I would say yes. I saw two on sale at REI. The Garmin Oregon 450 and 450T. No matter what brand or model is purchased do you get the preloaded maps or a separate CD containing maps? I have a few web sites for finding topo maps for use with a compass to compliment the GPS.
This is getting out of hand. I have a small smart phone. I would use the charger for the phone and GPS. The REI salesman suggested the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit along with a Brunton rechargeable battery. This thing is huge. Any other suggestions or is a solar charger even needed? Others have told me they just pack extra batteries.
What about an Ipad or something similar to use for a GPS system? The charger could be used for the phone and Ipad. I am not looking for all the latest gadgets. I just want what is needed. It seems like a gun, high end GPS, large solar charger and possibly an Ipad is major overkill. I can see having a phone and extra batteries for emergencies. Other than that....
I haven't worked in a while so I want to take advantage of the free time. Not working also means not having money to burn. I would like buy decent equipment the first time as I don't have money to waste on extra equipment.
Suggestions gladly accepted.