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Train Traveling

by Stephen Shields, Frequent Business Traveler and iPhone-ographer


I love trains of all types!  Usually I’m in airplanes but, when I can, I’ll take the train!  I can show up 10 minutes before the train leaves.  I can stand up and walk around while it’s moving.  I can spread out in the cafe car and work without worrying about knocking elbows with someone sitting beside me while I type!


I even enjoy the shuttle trains one finds at airports, whether it’s the train with the cool enclosed spaces at Orlando International or the above ground AirTrain at Newark Liberty Airport.  On those rare occasions when I’m not on the road and can actually visit my DC office, I take the Marc Train in to Union Station and then grab the DC Metro to my stop.

Whether moving by plane, train, or automobile, my Powerocks portable charger gives me the peace of mind to know I will always have power to take photos of the interesting train or station shots I see!



                                                                                      Stephen Shields is a husband, father, writer, management consultant, and iPhone-ographer. Stephen, his wife Beth, his three teen-aged daughters, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback live in the Baltimore, MD area. Stephen very much enjoys shooting landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, and architecture on his many business trips and has about 190 iPhone photography apps.  He never leaves home to travel without his Powerocks portable charger. 

A New Zealand Adventure: Barrier Peak, Part 1

By James Appleton, Landscape Photographer


Of all the hikes, climbs, sunsets and sunrises that I witnessed while in New Zealand this last December, one particular expedition stands out – a two stage climb up Barrier Peak from the beautiful Gertrude Valley, in the south-west Fiordland region. We started by bushwhacking for a few miles up a intimidating valley, and then following hundreds of waterfalls up the far bowl of the valley late in the afternoon. The aim was to scout out, and possibly climb, the nearby mountain known as Barrier Peak. Not typically a difficult mountaineering expedition, this area has claimed lives in the past. The climb involves steep sections of late winter snow, and the drop-offs to either side are treacherous.

GertrudeSaddleHiking and scrambling up the first section through broken clouds, we reached the famous Gertrude Saddle late in the day. By this point the snowfields were wet and slushy, and I made the decision to pitch a camp here for the night, on a flat section of earth, and continue the climb before dawn. By then the snow would have frozen overnight, giving a much safer surface to ascend on. However after an incredible sunset over the valley far beneath us, clouds rolled in and it was with some sense of foreboding that I lay down for a few hours of sleep. Before nodding off however I made sure to ensure both my GPS device and mobile phone were both fully charged – I would be climbing this last section alone in the pre-dawn night. I knew that access toCamp1 both accurate position data and the ability to call for help might be essential. Leaving them charging overnight on my Powerocks magicube I knew they’d be reliable in the morning…

(To be continued.)

*Powerocks was privileged to sponsor James on his New Zealand adventure. The rest of the incredible climb and more beautiful photography coming soon. Read New Zealand Adventure post #1 from James here. *