Garmin has had prior iteration of military-grade ‘tactix’ watches. This the 4th generation, with the ‘Delta’ monikor to invoke the famed U.S. Army ‘Delta Force‘, is a Fenix 6X Sapphire with a few very military-oriented features (in addition to conforming to the MIL-STD-810 ruggedness criteria). These being: night vision capability, stealth mode & a kill switch.
Night Vision capability allows the display to be read while wearing night vision goggles. Useful feature.
Stealth Mode disable all wireless signals from the watch to prevent it from being detected. So, if you are doing surveillance or trying to avoid being detected the watch is not going to give your position away.
Kill mode wipes the watches memory so that no one can access the GPS history or any location data. Handy if one falls into the wrong hands.
Other than these the rest of the software features are the same as that available with a Fenix 6X (bar Solar).
Not really meant for your average or normal Garmin users. They should just get a Fenix 6 or 6X — unless they are desperately in need of bragging rights.
You would think Garmin would make this — or sell it — directly for military customers. A bit expensive for your average GI. Maybe they do sell thousands to the military along with Garmin’s GPS technology and this open-market availability is for ‘private contractors’.
Well, I don’t need one of these. Of that I am sure.
Another rugged, secluded trail, through thick woods, v. close to home that I had never ventured on prior to this because as with ‘Africa Road‘, yesterday, I thought it was private — and I stay away from private property. Interesting and easy hike, though a tad rocky in spots and waterlogged at one end. It was fun though kind of monotonous. Nothing to see but woods and there is no reward at the end. Just turn around and walk back. But, great exercise and I got my 4-miles in. So, I am happy.
Though this road, duly marked by the town as ‘Africa Road’, is just over a mile from where I live, I have never ventured into it — over the last 12-years — because I was under the impression it was a private road, I try not to trespass (because I am not good at forgiving those that trespass on our property). Then, yesterday, I was told by a fellow, local runner (40-years my junior) that it was NOT a private road and that he uses it — BUT warned me that it was rocky. That was the understatement of the week.
Wow. What a road. There is a MAGNIFICENT property at the start of it. It is them that had put up various signs to discourage folks from coming down the road. I don’t blame them. They have quite the spread. You can see that on the GPS track, near the top with a HUGE cleared pasture. As soon as you pass their property it becomes rough. Real rough.
Now most of you know that I am no stranger to hiking. So, when I tell you that this was, indubitably, the most RUGGED trail I have ever hiked you will realize how rough it has to be. The elevation wasn’t bad. I have done hikes with much, much more elevation. It was the trail itself. Rocky and rutted. No scenery or views. Just a rather dark tunnel through the woods. Quite the adventure. The dogs loved it. Had to cross a small brook. I didn’t see it and only noticed it on the GPS. There is a small pond off the trail. The dogs did find it because they came out wet. I just assumed that they had gone in the brook again.
Yes, I plan to hike this many times. It was fun. Very secluded. Tranquil. Not a sound.
Continuing the series. This is the second overlook on the South Rim — that being the more visited Rim. You can clearly see the river bed and one farm. This was was greenest part of the Canyon this year.
From the same vantage point, i.e., the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial, as yesterday’s picture, but on a wider scale. You can see both the North Rim (foreground) & South Rim (further out) roads. The river bed in the center of the picture, as I explained yesterday, is the main entrance to the Canyon.
This is what the entrance to Canyon de Chelly looks like from across the road — from a small hill. That is how you enter the Canyon by ‘jeep‘ or horseback. You can see the tire-tracks very clearly on what is really a dried up river bed. The ‘Junction’ where the Canyon splits into North and South is about 2-miles in from here.
I took this from the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial. It is a small tower of stone. I was told that locals build it over time by just putting stones on top of stones. I will show you that and talk about it in another post. Check out my link for the ‘Navajo Long Walk‘. Very sad. It started pretty close to the Canyon given that the Canyon lies in the very heart of Navajo land.
Another picture from the ‘White House’ Ruins. The ruins are to the left, behind the fence — at the back. This is looking down towards the trail (at top), the dried riverbed further to the right. On the way back I walked the riverbed. I have a video of hiking down to these ruins — the only hike you can do without a licensed Navajo guide.
P.S., Notice the unmistakable ‘Planet of the Apes‘ figure on the rock face — right in the middle.