Friday 30 July 2010

What's in Your Fridge

You can learn a lot about someone by the contents of their fridge.

For example, if you looked inside my fridge right now you would find fruit, meat, Greek yogurt and...a high-power emergency light blinking.

From Arctic to Amazon

One of the problems when camping in the Salar de Uyuni is the possibility of vehicles driving across during the night (sometimes with their headlights off!).

So is there a danger I will be run over by a 4x4 while sleeping?

Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaImage via Wikipedia

I think it is extremely unlikely that a vehicle travelling on a 10000 square Km salt flat will actually pass through any particular point the size of a 1-person tent. But for my own piece of mind I decided to use signal lights around my tent at night.

FoxFire is a rugged, super bright light which is designed for use in emergency helicopter landing zones, disaster sites etc. I got one for £28/$43 the other day for testing as I need to determine the battery life in very low temperatures.

And what better way of doing that than sticking one in the freezer at -18C, loaded with 4 Energizer Lithium batteries (which are less affected by cold than alkaline batteries).

It has been blinking since Tuesday night now and still going strong.
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