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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Neil Cousins

    Amazing. Wished I´d spent more time picking your brains before we set out! We have about 3 chargers and a nest of cables. And we can´t get our photos on our ipad without uploading and downloading them via another machine… (Lack of research and foresight on our part, of course). We so should have brought a netbook with us!!

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      Tim Moss

      Yeah, getting the right chargers and cables can be a real pain in the ass Neil. I had a nightmare trying to connect my iPod to my tablet (resolution: bought new non-Apple MP3 player). Hope the travels are going well otherwise.

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    Dave baxter

    You should be able to use the camera connection kit to upload images direct to the iPad.


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      Tim Moss

      Thanks Dave. If we have the cable with us then I’ll see if that works for a Nexus as well as an iPod. The card reader is very small though and useful to have for transferring with other people.

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        Dave Baxter

        Sorry Tim my reply was directed at Neil, just forgot to click reply under his comment :-(

        With him saying he uses something else to get the images onto his iPad.


      2. Tim Moss

        Thanks for clarifying Dave. Replying to messages on my tablet means I only see one comment at a time so didn’t twig!

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    Neil Cousins

    Tim/Dave – thanks for the messages. The camera connection kit sounds like it could save us time and effort. I’ll do some research and see if we can get hold of one. Cuzco has actually got quite a few electrical shops as there’s quite a few tourists here!… Thanks. Neil.

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    For charging DSLR (and other) camera batteries, look at http://www.voltaicsystems.com/adapters.shtml#camera they offer ‘sleds’ for DC charging of a wide range of camera batteries and USB to sled cables.

    Kind regards,


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      Tim Moss

      Thanks for that Robert. They look perfect for next time.

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    Hi Tim,

    Congrats for your website and thanks for sharing all this info with us.

    We are about to start a round-the-world bicycle trip and I have a few questions regarding media files storage. Surely you must take lots of photos and videos and you want to keep them some place safe. What do you do with them? Do you upload them to the cloud (Dropbox, etc.)? If so, how do you do it? With your tablet or with a computer in an internet cafe?

    Alternatively (or additionally), do you carry an external hard disk with you? If so, does it work with your tablet or do you transfer media files to it via a computer? If you do latter, how do you avoid the viruses (our experience from internet cafes in Africa is that they are swamped with viruses)? I have read about anti-virus software installed in hard drives, but I’m not sure if they work properly. Any idea?

    Any other tip you could share?

    Thanks in advance and safe and adventurous travels…

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      Tim Moss

      Hey Hugo

      Some good questions there, thank you.

      Storage: we use some combination of USB memory sticks or SD cards and a cloud option. Dropbox would be good, I just happen to have a brother with a large server we can use.

      We don’t have an external hard drive. I’m sure that would be fine but I think USB/SD cards do the job. A few quid for a 32gb one of either. They are small and robust, cheap, you can spread your files across several devices rather than all eggs in one basket, and send them home by post or with visiting friends too if you like (obviously just a duplicate).

      Uploading: always direct from the tablets. We use an FTP app but Drop box would do the same. We have always used wireless which we have found regularly, with reasonable speeds, in every country but Iran.

      Transferring: we have Google Nexus tablets and use the Nexus Media Importer app (possibly the only app I’ve ever paid for, ~£1.50) with a USB OTG cable (“On The Go”, also ~£1.50 on e.g. Amazon). Other tablets (e.g. Samsung and Apple) have proprietary cable kits you can buy for USB connections and card reading which presumably must come with their own software. Do check this for your own device though because, frustratingly, tablets really don’t seem designed to connect with other hardware.

      Viruses: I don’t know how common viruses are on Android. Similarly, I’ve tended to use Ubuntu on laptops which seem to be largely virus free. Avoiding plugging USBs etc into internet cafe computers would certainly seem wise if possible.

      Other tips: tablets and/or smart phones are superb for bicycle touring and you’ll no doubt find more and more uses as you go along. I don’t know your route but we’ve found plenty of countries with similar or better tech that at home in the UK so it’s easier to get new bits or replacements.

      Finally, I’ve realised the limitations of tablets too. Wonderfully small and simple but they can be frustratingly restrictive for more complicated tasks. As such, we actually just bought a netbook running Windows. It is certainly not necessary – I’d still recommend tablets/phones for all but the longest trips or most computer obsessed – but a big help for writing longer articles, editing this website, connectivity and such like.

      Fire away if you have any further questions.

      Do let us know what your plan is and post a link if you have a website.

      Best of luck!


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        Thanks very much Tim for your speedy and detailed answer. Great feedback, food for thought. Regarding our plans, my girlfriend and I are starting this trip this coming May. Starting in our home-town -San Sebastian, Spain-, we’ll go east all the way, until we reach, well, San Sebastian again, sometime three to five years later. We have a rough idea of where we want to go (crossing Europe, Iran, the -stans, Tibet, Nepal, India, back to China through KKH, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Americas,…), but we know it’ll change…, and in a way we hope so, since probably the best plan is not following one… We are now in the process of getting things ready, among them our blog, which is not public yet (and it will be in perfect Spanish .o)… )
        Thanks again and we’ll be in touch

      2. Tim Moss

        Great stuff Hugo. Sounds like quite a trip. Enjoy the planning and look forward to seeing your blog (translated by Google!) in due course.

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    This USB charger will charge most camera batteries.

    PIXO C-USB Universal Charger

    Charges nearly all 3.7 Volt to 7.4 Volt camera battery packs from a USB power supply

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      Tim Moss

      Legend. Thanks Brian. That looks perfect!


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