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Motorola P793 Power Pack Review & Giveaway

Jer's Photo Ever wish you had a little more juice to power your constellation App? Ever finished a hike and found your GPS tracks stopped recording? We know the feeling. As technology continues to change the way we explore the outdoors, the need to pack a little extra power has grown. And the folks at AT&T are already working on the next solution. Recently, they asked us to test out their new backup battery and sent along two extra units to giveaway to our readers!

Motorola P793 Portable Power Pack
The Motorola P793 Universal Portable Power Pack is a great little accessory for those who want backup power for their electronic devices. The power pack is equipped with a short microUSB cable designed work with a variety of cellphones. Even better, any device that charges via USB can be powered by the P793, if you bring along the cable.

What makes this particular device appealing to us is that it's small and light. It's slightly smaller than an iPhone and it weighs only 2.5 ounces making it a guilt-free addition to an overnight pack. Although it's not waterproof, the case is durable and easily survived multiple drop tests on rocky terrain. Another little bonus about the P793 is that its built using 25% post-consumer recycled plastic. It's also certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org, which means Motorola offset the energy used in manufacturing by investing in sustainable energy projects.

How much power the Motorola P793 Backup Battery can provide all depends on what you want to charge. The manufacturer says it can add up to 5 hours of talk time, but it's a bit vague on what type of device. So as a worst case test, we tried charging our power hungry Samsung Inspire smartphone. With the Inspire turned off, it added 60% charge to a dead battery. If you're interested in the Motorola P793, it retails for $40 and is available in most AT&T stores as well as online.

If you'd like to win one of these devices and be prepared for the next snowmageddon power outage, just sign up to our email list. Remember to verify your email address by following the link in the activation email. If you're already signed up to receive email from us, then you're already signed up to win! Two winners will be announced this week on our Facebook Page. Congratulations to Tina from Issaquah and Ty from Maple Valley for winning P793s! -Jer

Skyline Lake and Ridge Snowshoe

Our Hiking Time: 3h 15m
Total Ascent: 1400ft
Highest Point: 5400ft
Total Distance: 3 miles
Location: N 47° 45.4080, W 121° 6.2100
Required Permit: None
Difficulty: Moderate

Nathan's PhotoRecently we had the chance to pack up our snowshoes and head out on Highway 2 toward Stevens Pass to explore the Skyline Ridge Trail. We’re right in the middle of an excellent snowshoe season, and we try to take advantage of it whenever the weather will allow us to wander under snow-laden trees toward sun-sparkling vistas. And it looks like the snow is going to continue to be good, as the state’s recent “snowpocalypse” has laid down a thick new layer of powder to tromp through.

skyline ridge skyline lake heather ridge hikingwithmybrotherThis short snowshoe packs a lot into just a few miles. We definitely recommend taking the more direct route when snowshoeing, as it gets you to the views faster and is a lot more rewarding than trudging up a service road. This is an understandably popular destination in the winter, so expect a little company. Although there is some elevation gain involved, the different approaches mean that you can easily tailor this snowshoe so that even a first-timer will be able to make the lake, while the expert can explore the more challenging sections.

A word of caution when snowshoeing this area: stick to the western end of the ridge and avoid the southern slopes – there have been multiple avalanche fatalities there over the years. And, when you reach the lake, stick to the shores and resist the temptation to march across the frozen surface. It’s impossible to tell if the ice has started to melt or is otherwise weak.

There's a lot more to Skyline Lake, and you can learn all about it in our book, Hiking Through History Washington.  You'll find a trail map, route descriptions, history, and more for this and many more hikes throughout the State. Help support hikingwithmybrother.com and the work we do by picking up a copy!

To get there, take Highway 2 to the Stevens Pass Ski Area. Find parking in the lots on the north side of the highway. -Nathan

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