Archive for August, 2009
SureFire LumaMax L7 LED Tactical Flashlight

SureFire LumaMax L7 LED Tactical Flashlight

August 26, 2009 by 5 Comments

This tactical flashlight made by SureFire should stand up to conditions I’ll face in the jungle. I wanted a rechargeable flashlight that would be bright enough to illuminate all the bumps in the night I’ll hear while laying in my hammock. The LumaMax L7 can purportedly cause temporary blindness if shined directly into the eyes! I haven’t tested this feature on myself yet.

The Very Elusive Visa Has Arrived

The Very Elusive Visa Has Arrived

August 12, 2009 by 4 Comments

I thought I sent my money order, passport, letter of intention, and bank statements into a bureacratic black hole in downtown Boston. My plan of attack was to storm down to the consulate and demand to speak with someone about this outrage…then again they hold the power to let me into Brazil. Alas, bright and early Saturday morning the two-page 90 day visa arrived on my porch.

Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Shelter

Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Shelter

August 11, 2009 by 2 Comments

I have been experimenting with the new Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite in preparating for the trip. I have little experience with hammock tents (other than an old army surlpus 20$ P.O.S. that quickly flipped and ripped) and I’m trying to get the knack of the thing. So far it seems like it should work perfect in the Amazon.

Brunton Solaris 26 Folding Solar Panel is Pretty Slick

Brunton Solaris 26 Folding Solar Panel is Pretty Slick

August 05, 2009 by 2 Comments

I plan on using this portable/foldable solar panel while on the trek to recharge some of the electronic gadgets. The Brunton Solaris delivers 12V (under pretty low light from my testing) and should work great so close to the equator!

Fishing in the Amazon, Santarem North of the TransAm

Fishing in the Amazon, Santarem North of the TransAm

August 05, 2009 by No Comments

I found this video while searching Google Maps along the Transamazonica Highway. This was recorded outside the city of Santarem. Truly a sight to behold!

Waterproof Panniers by Axiom Performance Gear

Waterproof Panniers by Axiom Performance Gear

August 04, 2009 by 1 Comment

As the leave date closes in rather rapidly I have been collecting all the necessary gear for the trip. The panniers I have chosen were supplied by Axiom Performance Gear and are appropriately named the Monsoons.