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How to bring 60gb+ on a very long hike?

by Bluebrain 3D / March 21, 2007 9:32 AM PDT

I'm heading out on a six month hike. I'm trying to figure out the best MP3 player option. Here are my considerations:

I need at least 60Gb of space for audio books and music, including lots of WMA files, so IPOD isn't an option.

I will only be able to recharge batteries once every five to fifteen days, so the Toshiba Gigabeat's 12 hour battery life is a problem.

The Cowon D2 is great, if I am willing to spend about $800 on SD cards, which I might do as long as it's true this player can be updated to work with 8gb SDHC cards and I can't find any other good choices. The touch screen is a drawback for hiking, but the battery life is great.

Considering the total cost of the D2 plus 60GB of SD cards would be nearly $1k, maybe it would actually be cheaper to buy 60GB worth of individual flash players that actually run on AAA batteries!

An ideal option would be a very light weight player with simple controls that plays MP3, WMA, etc and runs on AA or AAA batteries with good battery life.

I will be "bouncing" a box of supplies from town to town for resupply, so I'd considered having a 60gb or 80gb HDD player in the bounce box and then bringing a small, cheap flash player on the trail with me between towns, but is it possible to transfer data between any of the HDD mp3 players and a flash player?

Anybody else out there smarter or better informed than me have any suggestions?

Thank you!

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How to bring 60gb+ on a very long hike?
by sskrazie / March 21, 2007 4:03 PM PDT

Buy a portable charger. All you need is to make sure the MP3 player you're using is compatible with it. You can get them from Best Buy, Fry's, etc.

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HDD MP3 + solar charger - good idea, but heavy.
by Bluebrain 3D / March 21, 2007 4:41 PM PDT

Not a bad suggestion at all, but it's a heavy set up. The better part of a pound for an HDD player and a solar charger. Keeping weight down is a big goal when hiking twenty miles a day, so twelve ounces of player/charger is a big trade-off over 2 ounces of player/battery, or maybe 3 ounces of player/battery/SD cards.

Yeah, trying to find a way to have my cake and eat it too ... greedy, I know. Happy

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