Emergency exit

Ever since the camping trips of winter, I find myself ad-mining my gear more thoroughly in the tent. I think subconsciously I might be preparing for a quick exit under the guise of being more organised.
I remember vividly struggling find a torch while holding the tent down with my other hand.
That’s one thing about tents with no pockets, your hastily required item is either on the floor or it’s in the porch. Gear lofts and pockets are handy, but never seem to be in the right place, they’re always a stretch to reach. And anyway, I think I would end up stowing the tent with stuff still in the pockets.
A few sleeping bags have little pockets, and an e+lite is just the job for sticking in there.

However, the real cure is the ipod. It’s always in my sleeping bag on the end of a bit of wire and a soon as you touch it it lights up enough to let you see what the hell you’re doing.
I’m now recommending the ipod as vital safety equipment.

Anything that stops you running out of your tent trying to put your shoes on in a state of confusion has to be good.

13 thoughts on “Emergency exit

  1. I’ve got my nano in a rubberised pouch, so it takes the knocks okay.
    I will kill it in my sleeping bag at some point, I can see it coming. Sweaty vapours getting into the workings.

  2. How long does the charge last in those things? I go through a (rechargeable)AAA cell in about 6 hours in my cheap but great sounding Creative mp3 player. I have been thinking of upgrading for the extra space and possibly for the sound quality for a while but still need to be convinced.
    The light would be handy .

  3. Battery life seems a bit erratic in mine these days, probably because of the variety of environments it’s in.
    It did last for the whole of the WHW last year with power to spare, and I used it an awful lot over the three days.
    I really should pay more attention to these things, I use it in the motor during the day and don’t charge it that often, so it must be reasonably good.

  4. I’m not surprised you have sweaty vapours if you have the kind of visions illustrated whilst camping, ptc!
    How do I stop my ipod nano turning on accidentally when it’s in my rucksack? It just seems to have a very sensitive ‘on’ switch. And yes, it is in one of those little rubber pouches.

  5. Is there not a wee sliding lock on the bottom edge? It shows white at its edge when ulocked, and red when you slide it towards the plug-in middle gap bit.
    Mine’s the square one from 2007/08 mind.

    I know, the worry of trying to get your shoes on while standing outside is enough to give anyone the night sweats.

  6. If your battery is getting erratic, it probably means it is on the way out. The iPod rechargables are only engineered to last a couple of years of regular use, no doubt banking on the fact that most folk will just by a new model once the battery packs up.

    Obsoletistic capitalism at its best! Mind you the outdoors industry is pretty good at that as well – shaving weight, tweaking ‘features’, changing colours (Montane is not great in that regard).

    I did manage to change the battery in my iPod recently, but it required microtools, an instructional DVD and the use of a hairdryer to melt glue.

    Fiddlier in fact than putting up a Laser Comp.

  7. If your battery is getting erratic, it probably means it is on the way out. The iPod rechargables are only engineered to last a couple of years of regular use, no doubt banking on the fact that most folk will just by a new model once the battery packs up.

    Obsoletistic capitalism at its best! Mind you the outdoors industry is pretty good at that as well – shaving weight, tweaking ‘features’, changing colours (Montane is not great in that regard).

    I did manage to change the battery in my iPod recently, but it required microtools, an instructional DVD and the use of a hairdryer to melt glue.

    Fiddlier in fact than putting up a Laser Comp ;-)

  8. I find that with boilers, pumps, fan bearings and the like. Yeras back I could strip something down and repair it, not it bin and replace. That annoys the hell out of me, and is probably why I concentrate on working with really old installations, gives me an oppoertunity to think.

    Here, all my new guys and pegs meant the comp pitched like I was opening up a pop-up book :o)

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