Posted by: davepidgeon | December 29, 2008

A new eye for the New Year

A merry holiday to everyone, and sorry about the length between posts. My fiance and I traveled to Cincinnati to visit my family for Christmas, which meant a lot of time away from the outdoors; time well spent, however. Ended up with a new digital video camera (a big “thank you” goes out the the ‘rents), the Sony DCR-SR45 which is lightweight and has several picture settings. While the picture quality may not be as fabulous as you see on high def adventure shows featuring some guy named Grizz tramping through British Columbia, for a first-time camera this one is ideal. The 30 GB hard drive has room for about 7 hours of video at the highest quality setting available, and did I mention the featherweight feature? At 14 ounces and a 3 by 3 1/8 by 4 1/2 inch frame, this camera is a bomber for hiking and backpacking. Plus, I dig the nightvision feature, which will come in handy when making podcasts inside a tent at night. 

One of the gifts I gave this year was a Falcon Guide to hikes in Grand Teton National Park, plus the National Geographic map. I handed the package to my Dad because we may find ourselves traipsing up to the famous mountain range in September, which would mark Dad’s first serious foray into the backcountry. There will be more about that trip in Compass Points later in 2009.

And lastly, may we all resolve to get out more during the upcoming year, be it hiking, cycling, climbing, surfing or whatever may be your adventure choice. I look forward to seeing you back here and hope Compass Points can help you enjoy more the outdoors and time spent away from home. 

Happy New Year, everyone!


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