In the circle I grew up with, we had a particular upbringing.
Meaning, if you get yourself in a mess, you better figure out how to get yourself out of it, too.
Not that we never lent, or accepted, a helping hand at times.
But ultimately it was up to us to figure out life’s curveballs.
A legacy of that upbringing is perhaps a strong, self-reliant streak. Previous partners would argue that perhaps there is TOO much of an independent streak. But that’s another story. 🙂
And part of that independent streak is making sure I can get myself back from a trailhead.
One item I purchased more about five years ago is a jump starter pack.
Simply put: If you travel to remote trailheads you should have one of these items.
AAA is not going to come out to some place that needs an atlas to find. There is a good chance there will be no one at the trailhead with some jumper cables to give you a boost.
The weather gets cold? Is your battery a little older? It is now 6 p.m., it is -10F, and you can’t start the car up?
I hope you enjoy sleeping in the car until the morning comes and it warms up a bit.
The particular model I bought is the Booster PAC ES5000.
It has been a workhorse for myself and others.
My battery died in the parking lot at work after-hours during a cold snap last year. What could have been a hassle turned into a minor inconvenience instead.
But I’ve helped out others at trailheads twice now as well. I’ve given jumps in town a few times, too.
The pack is robust and with 400 cranking amps, plenty of juice to start up my 2005 Kia Sorento built on a truck frame even when cold. It holds a charge rather well. I spot check it all winter, and it is never low. Obviously, if you have a larger vehicle, you may need a larger capacity pack. Likewise, if you have a diesel vehicle.
Other jump starter packs have built in compressors, longer cables, and other features.
But the Booster Pac 5000 is both compact and reliable.
Not to say other jump starters won’t work.
I just know this jump starter works.
And works well.
If you want to spend $125 on a new pack, rain jacket, shelter or stove, consider purchasing a jump starter instead.
I should also add that there are less expensive ones in the $50 or so range, but for cold weather you’ll want something with higher cranking amps total. Spend a little more money for something with more oomph overall and you are less likely to get stuck when it counts!
A good jumper is an investment for outdoor trips every person should have in their auto kit.
And it will be far more useful in the long run as well.
Caution: Obviously, use care when dealing with anything electrical. RTFM first before you are at a trailhead where it is -10F and you are stuck!
Disclosure: I purchased this with my funds.