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View Poll Results: Do you carry a watch on your backpacking trips?
Yes, always 46 77.97%
Yes, sometimes 9 15.25%
No, never 4 6.78%
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:59 PM
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I used to wear a cheap altimeter watch by High Gear, but it eventually broke. I replaced it with $20 altimeter that clips on to your shirt, but I found the altimeter feature unreliable. You get what you pay for.

So now I'm probably going to go back to wearing a watch. This time I'll spend a few bucks on something more durable.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:09 PM
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I almost always backpack alone, usually dropped off somewhere to be picked up a week or two later, so a watch is the way I get to the pickup area on the right day and on time.

I opt for a cheap watch that has big numbers, a stopwatch and runs on coin cells. I also have a headlamp and a microlight which use coins cells, so I can carry the same spare batteries for them all.

My Foretrex GPS provides backup date-time in case the watch battery goes dead, so I can reset the watch after changing the battery (which actually happened recently).

The stopwatch feature is used mainly for cooking and field tests of homemade gear, often some sort of stove.

Back in 2010, while camping in the AZ desert, the watch band broke. So I hung it around my neck, clipped to a string. Before you could say Athithufvuunupma, my leatherman squirt folding tool gizmo was clipped on as well. Now this necklace-of-power hangs on my neck everywhere I go, with various things attached. People look at me funny, but it seems like I was already used to that. When backpacking, the necklace clips to the pack.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:46 PM
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Yes, I wear a Luminox that I literally never take off. I have an altimeter and the face glows in the dark, which is usually all I need.
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:13 AM
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Rambo Rambo is offline
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I used to wear a watch. They never seemed to hold up well and I didn't really use them much. I do take a cell phone, GPS and a Casio travel alarm clock, all of which have time, alarm clock, and calendar. I don't use these much either. The temperature indication on the travel alarm clock probably gets the most use.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:56 AM
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I have never worn a watch but have never had too much trouble knowing what time it was within a half hour or so. I am usually stealth camping on the trail anyway so I don't need to know how much longer I have to the next shelter/tent site. Also now a days most everyone carries a phone with them.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:57 AM
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I do because I find it can be a really helpful reality check on hiking pace, especially in rough terrain or during off-trail hikes. I am also easily distracted and will hike through snack time, lunch, dinner, etc. to exhaustion if not reminded by a clock or a hiking buddy!
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:02 PM
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I'm one who feels naked without a watch, no matter where I am. I've worn one since age 8. The only time I do not wear a watch is when I am sleeping...but when camping, I still like to have my watch with in arms reach.

Even on week long camping trips, I like to wear a watch. Not that I stick to a schedule, or feel like I necessarily have to be somewhere at a certain time...I just like time as a reference point...tells me where I am in the day.

These days, I only rely on my watch for time...I could care less about date, stop watch, etc.; to me, my watch is a uni-tasker.

I have owned several Casio watches with compass, altimeter, barometer, etc. but these days only wear watches that indicate time. Besides time, the only other feature I really like in a watch is luminescence and a rotating bezel to keep track of elapsed time.

Here are 2 of my latest additions to my collection:

Swiss Army Summit XLT


Citizen Eco Drive
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:39 PM
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I wear a watch only when my cell phone isn't an option.

Multi-day hikes get me a watch.
Day-hikes - just my phone.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:16 AM
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I always wear my trusty Eco-drive. It's a little on the heavy side, but my wrist feels naked without it.

Also, in a worst case scenario, I can use it to estimate north, since it's analog.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:44 AM
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My watch I use now is digital but if I have to estimate north, I just use a mental picture of the analog dial and do the computation that way.
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