Look what I got!

A couple of weeks ago, I answered a trivia question posted on facebook by Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing.  What did I get for being the first to answer the question correctly?  Check it out:


Me with my new Silva Ranger CL Compass

My sweet new compass!


That’s right… The good people from Checkpoint Tracker sent me a brand new Silva Ranger CL 515 Compass and a couple of sweet CPT stickers (I love stickers – I put them on my gear tub and my Nalgene water bottles).  I’ve never used a compass with a sighting mirror before, but it will be fun figuring it out.  I’ll let you know how I like it.  Anyway, a huge thanks goes out to Paul Angell and Checkpoint Tracker.

Oh, and don’t worry about the lack of facial hair.  I shaved for a job interview.  Some scruff will be back before you know it.  I’ll leave you with one more photo of my new toy:


Silva Ranger CL 515 Compass




About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on March 4, 2011, in Gear and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Your Mom didn’t even know who this handsome dude was without the facial hair!!! You look 10 years younger!!! Becca had better watch you!!! The compass looks really cool!!! I’ve never ever seen one with a mirror!!! Keep the facial hair OFF!!! 🙂

    • Yeah, the girls like me clean-shaven as well (especially Della for some reason). They say I look a lot younger too. Becca likes me with some facial hair, though. Maybe since she’s older than I am, she just wants me to look older with the goatee. Hmm…

  2. Dude, you better have some fuzz back before the non-race.

    Nice compass, jerk.

  3. Sweet. Guess I ought to get a compass.

    You do look different. And young…my 16 year old looks older than you now.

  4. Whats the deal with the mirror? I don’t know anything about compasses, but if I were a betting man I would say that is a nice one.

    • The mirror allows you to see your compass dial while aiming at your target, thus letting you take a more accurate bearing. With a baseplate compass (one with no mirror) you can’t see the target and dial at the same time.

      And yeah, this is a very nice compass. It’s worth twice as much as my standard compass that I’ve used for years. Score!

  5. –and you can check your makeup while you shoot a bearing.

    • I was wondering why no one had asked that. Then I remembered this wasn’t Team Red Wheel’s blog. Congrats on winning the contest. What was the trivia question?

      • Here is what I had to do to win:

        Silva Ranger CL 515 Compass to the first person that completes this quote from Checkpoint Zero team captain Peter Jolles, presently racing in the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race with team Perdido en el Turbal. “The bushwhacking section was hell. Spending all night in a forest isn’t easy. All you can do is…”

        And the answer was: “follow your compass.”

        I completely agree that spending all night in a forest is pretty tough, but for me it can be hard to even follow your compass at times. But hey, I won a sweet compass!

        On another note, you can also use the mirror on your compass as a signaling mirror in an emergency.

  6. So I guess we can assume that since Stoney is following the blog he will be in attendance for the non-race next weekend, righht?

    The list grows!!

  7. Being the noob here, what is so great about this compass? Looks nifty, but I don’t know anything about compasses.

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