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Gear Review: Turn your Smartphone into a Dashcam – Nexar

As a lifelong skier, I’ve seen my share of crashes, spins etc. on the highways during winter travel enroute to the lift-served resort or backcountry trailhead. I’ve wanted a dashcam for some time, but balk at the current cost of entry. Enter Nexar, a free* Android/  iOS app that turns your smartphone into a dash cam. Sample output: Glad to have @getnexar dashcam for winter driving this year from Perfect Day Calendar on Vimeo. Voice Activated commands as well. Nexar also sells a very affordable automobile dashboard / windshield phone mount on Amazon for a mere $6.95 for Prime members.Read More

Gear Review: Levergear Toolcard™ 1.0

You know the drill, you never have the right tool at the right time to fix or repair something? To be sure there are plenty of multi-tools on the market. But how many are so simple, stylish yet so functional as Levergear’s Toolcard™? This multi-tool can be carried so easily; the glovebox of the car, top lid of a packpack, pouch inside of a hydration pack or top draw of your garage tool chest. Possibilities endless. Let’s take a look at this stylish piece of gear, the Toolcard™ 1.0! Contained in it’s own black plastic sheath The stylish money clipRead More

Danger, Persistent Weak Layer ahead!

Persistent Weak Layers: “Weak layers that continue to produce avalanches for several days or weeks after a storm.” Source Hey, wouldn’t it be great if the backcountry skier had such an alert system? Well, actually there is, and it’s called Avatech. Backside: Mt. Bachelor 2.20.16 overlooking Kwohl Butte. Just as Waze is sharing real-time driving conditions via crowdsourcing, Avatech is now doing the same with information from the backcountry regarding snow pack and general weather/snow related observations. When I recently heard they were assembling a team of ‘advocates’ to spread the word about their platform, use the tools, and meetRead More

Do you ‘bothy’?

There I was, taking an armchair vacation at home one recent mid-week night while reading the definitive backcountry ski blog The article I read was regarding items one should carry in the ski pack for onsite repairs to ski gear. One commenter stated that he aways carried a ‘bothy bag’ where others carried emergency blankets and bivy bags. Not knowing what a bothy was I set out to the interwebs to learn. A few weeks later I now have a bothy bag. What is a bothy, where do they come from? ‘Bothies take their name from the small buildingsRead More


Looking forward to using the fireSLEEVE   Latest gadget.. Waterproof case for the venerable bic lighter. Can't wait to throw this in my 60L @cilogear backordered backpack #patience #backorder #highdemand #madeintheusa #hiking #backpacking @exotac A photo posted by davegratke (@perfectdaycalendar) on Jun 17, 2015 at 5:39pm PDT