Toys For Boys
As with all sports you can get
essential equipment and nice to have bits and pieces. You can choose which category the items on this page appear.
Safety dictates that everyone
round a balloon should be wearing gloves. Most people wear gardening gloves or
more robust leather gloves. These might be able to protect your hands from a
rope burn but if you believe that you might need to turn off a gas tap on a
cylinder that is on fire at a couple of thousand feet, it might be an idea to
invest in a pair of heat\fire resistant gloves.
Fire Master gloves, as worn by
the majority of firemen in the UK, are produced by
in Somerset at
£43 a pair (2009 prices).
For those of you who may get
temporarily spatially disorientated a GPS (Global Positioning System) might be
just the job.
, sells these nifty
little items. Just tell him you are a balloon aficionado for a great
When you are buying a GPS,
check the manual for the limitations on the number of Routes and waypoints you
can store. You might also be interested in whether it can store proximity data,
this is so you can store a grid with a circle around it.
A new sport seems to be
kicking off called Geocaching
. People have
hidden up boxes out in the wild and the coordinates are published on the web.
You then have to go and find them. There is one at the Bee Hive just off the
A30 at Windlesham. It is a bit like orienteering with a GPS, but without the
running. So on those windy days you can go for a walk in the country and try to
find these geocaching sites.
Mapping Software to use with
For those of you who like
computers then there is a rather nice piece of software called
that might be just for
you. Get yourself an old portable and connect it to the GPS. Then you can take
it up in a balloon with you. With data imported to the software you can see the
SAs on the screen or get a message over the speaker such as "Ostriches 2 miles
at your 1 o'clock".
This software from
does not have the voice
warnings but it does have the ability to download SAs to a PDA. This means you
can have a moving map in your top pocket. So if you have a PDA with either a
GPS sleeve or a connection to a normal GPS then this could be one to
For those of you who don't
trust the forecasters, then this will help you work out the wind speed. Once
again Phil Claridge