When Rich and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail we tried to go as lightweight as possible. The only electronic gizmo we took was a small camera. But, months of only woods noises wore down our normally sensory bombarded brains. Part way through the hike, we stopped by a store and purchased a small battery powered radio with earphones. From then on, Rich and I took turns sharing the radio, listening to music or National Public Radio broadcasts when the signal snaked it’s way through the remote mountains.
Now researchers say the movement of a backpack (and, there is plenty of movement!) may one day generate enough power to recharge an Ipod. Hikers of the future will have it so easy! Click here to read the full story.