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Garmin inReach Explorer+ Plus Review

A bit over a year ago Garmin acquired a company called DeLorme. Now if you have never heard of them, that isn't much of surprise since they their hardware portfolio is for a limited audience: Adventurers who leave the beaten path and stay away from the normal mobile phone grid territory. DeLorme also makes some map products but their main device is the inReach: A two-way satellite communicator using the iridium network with a 100% global coverage (For all Pauline Hanson / Trump fans: That's everywhere). Now these things aren't exactly cheap but given it isn't unusual in our household to spend a bit of extra money on weird hobbies (Anna: Dressage riding / Philipp: Geocaching) I get away with buying one of those.
The Predecessors In January Garmin announced the release of the third generation of the inReach - the SE+ and the Explorer+. The first generation was a little device which needed a smartphone as an interface and the second generation had already a colour displa…

A Magic Place in France

Have you ever heard of the Chartreuse Mountains? Yeah me neither. Although you really should have! It is literally one of those hidden gems on the planet. If you're into hiking, it's honestly rather difficult to have a bad time in the French Prealps or Alps. Seriously: Everything looks unbelievable cute, people are super-friendly and then of course there's that thing about french pastry, croissants, pain au chocolat, wine, cheese, ... It's fucking civilised!  
Did I mention that the landscape is also fairly stunning? Ooops sorry but you probably already looked at the picture. This is an arch called "La Tour PercĂ©e" and with 32m it's the biggest natural arch in the European Alps. If that's not enough, the sucker is also a double arch. I know it's a bit over the top but this is how it rolls. Why haven't I heard about this?!?Good question! Because you can't see that thing neither from the village below nor from the ridge-line above. It is obs…

Quo Vadis Horreum Terrae?

A couple of days after my last geocaching post Groundspeak announced an "introduce a friend" scheme. What a coincident. Basically a virtual badge will be added to your profile, if you're going caching with a muggle friend. I think nobody is under delusion that this will change the general trend but it seems to be more of a test. Groundspeak must be aware of the current downwards trend which begs the question: How did we get here?

First let's have a look at other outdoor activities before we jump to any conclusions. Maybe outdoorsy things are going down in general and this is just how things are these days?


Nope. That's not it. Everyone else is doing fine and hiking seems to be great. We do like that :) If you translate the search terms into German, the picture remains similar. Looking at the simple word "outdoor" the whole thing gets summed up quite nicely:

Do you see Christmas time in there every year? Keep in mind this is only a graph grabbed from Go…