Top 5 Most Dangerous Hiking Trails in the World March 23 2017

Hiking seems like a family-friendly outdoor adventure. It's not rock climbing or cliff diving, so what could possibly go wrong? In this "journey of a thousand miles" blog, we explore five of the world's deadliest hiking trails, and some of the things that can go wrong. 

  1. Denali National Park and Reserve - Mt. McKinley, Alaska — The Denali National Park spans some 4.7 million acres, and is a natural and rugged park. There are no trails and people who come to explore the park just wander off into the wilderness alone or in small groups. The dangers at Denali are many. The greatest threat to human life is the weather. Sudden storms that drop the temperature to below freezing, blizzards, snow, rain, and wind are all possibilities. With the rain and snow comes the threat of landslides and avalanches. If the weather doesn't kill you, then the wildlife might. This is the land of grizzly bears, wolves, and whatever else lurks in this foreboding place. 
  2. Mist Trail - Yosemite National Park, California — The Mist Trail stretches seven miles round trip, and takes you to the summit of Half Dome with little more than guide cables to help you ascend the top. It is a physically demanding trail that people brave to view the spectacular sights of Yosemite. The confirmed death count from hiking this trail ranges around 60 deaths. It is the last section of the trail when people are at the greatest altitude where people fall. The over spray from Nevada Falls and the aged granite combine to make the steps slippery. 
  3. The Maze - Canyonlands National Park, Utah — The maze is a little piece of the Martian landscape right here on Earth, and it is about as hospitable too. There is no water. There is no food. The nearest ranger station is some 2 hours by 4x4 over a landscape that is desolate, remote, and treacherous. You must face all of that just getting to the maze. Once there, you face a trail of sorts that are nothing more than gaps between rocks that wind aimlessly. Many of the trails lead to dead ends - no pun intended. The danger here is from the desert environment and the lack of water. Heat stroke makes you delusional and you hear the ghosts. The lack of water makes you crazed. People die here doing stupid things looking for water. If the heat and lack of water don't get you, then the snakes, scorpions, and spiders might. Besides the heat, the biggest risk to life is from falling rocks. There's no place to go when you can barely squeeze through the gaps in the rocks that is the trail; you're a sitting duck for even the smallest of boulders. 
  4. Huayna Picchu Trail, Peru — Perched above the amazing Machu Picchu is the Huayna Picchi Trail which climbs some 2,693 meters in altitude. The trail is as treacherous going up as it is coming down. One misstep and you plummet off the cliff. There is a single strand of cable that acts as a guide and handhold. That is all you get amid the steep steps and decaying, slippery stones. The climb is nearly vertical and requires a great deal of physical fitness. The danger here is not always from tripping or falling, but from your heart giving out or your body failing. If you manage to make the summit, the view is spectacular. If you don't make the summit, there is no shame in turning around and living.
  5. Mount Hua Shan, China — It doesn't get much more dangerous than the trail to the south mountain of Mount Hua Shan in China. The ascent to the top is a place of death. The rumors depict a place where 100 people fall from the trail each year. Despite the deaths, people flock to Mount Hua Shan to walk the trail. The trail, and that is a horrible word for what climbers face, is more akin to a bridge or scaffolding. You walk along planks supported by steel shanks hammered into the sheer rock face. As you climb, the planks disappear, and what remains are small holes carved into the rock for your feet and hands. Don't look down. All you'll see is your own death. You can't go back as the throng of people behind you are making their way up the mountain. You can only go forward and hope your sweaty hands can cling to the rock. 

FAQ: Watertesting your SLXtreme 7 iPhone Case March 10 2017

One of the SLXtreme 7’s main features is its IP-68 rating for water and dust protection. But, before you start bringing your phone out into the water, you are going to have to perform a water test on your phone case. This is to ensure that your case is watertight.

What are you going to need for this test?

  • An unpackaged SLXtreme 7 iPhone case (also works for previous SLXtreme models)
  • A fillable sink
  • A mug, or other weighted object
  • A napkin, or other paper product


First, fill your sink until it is at least high enough that you can fully submerge your phone case when placed horizontally. Then, with your newly unpackaged SLXtreme 7 iPhone case, you are going to unhook the two side latches to open your case.

Then, you should place a napkin or other paper product into the phone case, as shown in the picture below.

Now, close the case and place it facing down in a completely filled sink. Place the mug, or other weighted object on top of the phone case so that it is weighed down. Leave the case sitting for fifteen minutes.

After the fifteen minutes have elapsed, remove the case from the sink, and remove the napkin, or other paper product, from the case. The napkin should be dry to have passed the water testing. If not, please contact customer support at

FAQ: Charging and your SLXtreme Case for iPhone 7 February 24 2017

In preparation for the launch of the SLXtreme 7, we wanted to provide you, our customers, with a few quick tips on how to effectively use your SLXtreme 7's charging capabilities: 

How do I turn the battery charger on and off?

Firmly tap the power button on the back of the case to turn the integrated battery on. Hold the power button for approximately 2 seconds to turn the integrated battery off.

How do I charge my phone’s integrated battery?

You can plug a standard Micro USB 2.0 cable into the bottom of the case. This will charge the phone case’s integrated battery, which can in turn charge the phone itself.

Can I charge my phone while it is in the case?

When you put your SLXtreme case to charge with your iPhone in it, your phone's battery will charge first. Once fully charged, the case’s integrated battery will begin to charge.

How does the solar panel work?

Your phone can also use the trickle charge feature of the SLXtreme’s integrated solar panel. The solar panel will automatically engage when exposed to direct sunlight. The solar panel will charge your integrated battery directly. Note: The solar panel will not engage if the case's integrated battery is turned on and charging your phone.

How do I know if the solar panel is charging the case?

For the SLXtreme 6 and below, there is one green LED indicator that will turn on if the case is charging via the solar panel. For the SLXtreme 7, there are three LED indicators that show the strength of the sunlight that is charging the phone.

Go on With Your Outdoor Adventure During Summer and Winter February 13 2017

Groundhog Day is a celebration that determines the weather for the following six weeks: six weeks of snow or six weeks of sun. This can determine the kinds of activity you adventurers will be performing for the next six weeks.. This year, our groundhog saw his shadow, meaning we can look forward to another six weeks of winter.

For people, like you, who are into outdoor adventures, the weather is very important, since it determines what sort of activity you’ll be performing. For all of you adventurers, your next six weeks of activity are looking to be snow-filled, all because of a small rodent that’s afraid of his own shadow. Kayakers and swimmers beware, the Groundhog Day decision did not lean in your favor, and, unfortunately, the weather is going to dictate what you do. It’s going to suck if it starts to snow while you’re paddle boarding. It's best to change that kayaking adventure to an ice skating adventure. However, with the right gear, whether it's winter or summer, you can bring your phone with you without a worry in the world.

You definitely need to find the right accessories suitable for any weather conditions that serve your needs. The SLXtreme iPhone case series is one of your best options for phone protection during the cold weather. What makes it a great choice? SLX offers a wide array of winter protections perfect for your escapade outside home. With an Ingress Protection IP-68 rating, you’re sure to have an incredible day while keeping your phone handy. In fact, you won’t even need to worry about snow particles entering your phone even if you spend most of your time outdoors with it.

Clearly, you’re going to have different needs for different weather conditions. Overall, you’re certainly going to find a phone case that will protect give you’re phone protection whether ice or water. What if Groundhog Day had gone the other way? You should still be able to bring your phone with you without a worry. There should be no stopping you from doing the things you love.

Besides your winter needs from SLXtreme, you can also go out with your iPhone during summer. Gents, you don’t have to worry about your phone when going to the beach to enjoy some time in the water because you now have a perfect shield to keep your phone safe. Get the latest and most advanced phone protection technology that will keep your phone safe throughout the day. Whether you want to go biking or hiking to reach the top of the mountains, SLXtreme gives you a resilient phone case while keeping you in the course of action and adventure.

Just keep doing what you love. With the weather as your guide, go on with your outdoor adventures, whether on a winter or summer day. 

Snow Lizard unveils the SLXtreme 7 case for iPhone 7, the ultimate in rugged, outdoor protection January 06 2017

MIAMI, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When outdoor adventure calls, there's a new answer in ultimate iPhone 7 protection. Introducing the SLXtreme 7 from Snow Lizard, a case for the iPhone 7 with a unique combination of features – rugged, waterproof and drop-proof protection, plus a built-in solar charger and integrated battery extender – making it the first of its kind in the market today.

"From mountain peaks to white water rapids, the new SLXtreme 7 is designed to empower adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts with military-grade iPhone 7 protection, no matter where their journey takes them," said Steve Calle, CEO of Snow Lizard, creators of the ultimate outdoor mobile accessories.

"The SLXtreme 7 is the latest evolution of our SLXtreme collection, known for its tough, waterproof protection – plus innovative, new solar power advancements to keep adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts on course."

Why SLXtreme 7?

  • It's a ray of sunshine (catcher): A solar-power panel will keep you going because there's no electricity in the great outdoors. Harness the sun's power or even indoor (incandescent) lighting to trickle charge and replenish power in the SLXtreme 7's integrated battery.
  • Endurance like yours (extend battery life): Prolong your battery by 185% with the built-in integrated battery for extended power.
  • Military-grade ruggedness (waterproof and drop-proof): Drop it, dunk it and protect it in extreme weather. SLXtreme 7 has the highest rating when it comes to safeguarding your iPhone 7 from dirt, sand, dust and water (up to 6.6 ft), and can withstand falls up to 6.6 ft.
  • Lean, green packaging: We know you're eco-conscious like us. So reuse your SLXtreme 7's zero-waste packaging to create a dry box to protect your items on the water or in the rain or sand.  
  • Easy to use. Really. We're not your mother's everyday phone case. Like your outdoor adventure gear, you may not need your SLXtreme 7 in less rugged situations, when power is available. That's why it's simple to slip your phone in and out for those times an extreme case is required.  

The new SLXtreme 7 for iPhone 7 builds on the rugged, versatile protection of Snow Lizard's SLXtreme lineup, with the following improvements: more shock-absorbing material, better solar power technology for enhanced efficiency and a new intensity indicator to measure solar strength and power.  

Starting later this month, the new SLXtreme 7 will be available globally in Night Black, Signal Orange, Safety Yellow and a special camo-based pattern (details coming soon). Those interested in receiving updates on availability and timing are invited to sign up here.

About Snow Lizard

We take pride in creating mobile accessories that protect, power and enhance usability of the latest technologies in the great outdoors. With a focus on solar power, we bring test-proven solutions to market to enhance green, outdoor lifestyles. Learn more about Snow Lizard Products at, and @SnowLizard_Gear.

SNOWLIZARD launches waterproof iPhone 6/6s Case - SLTough December 10 2015


November 19, 2015 – Miami, FL: SnowLizard, a leader in manufacturing extreme mobile solutions, launches their latest in waterproof rugged protection for iPhone 6/6s. The SLTough is a waterproof & rugged iPhone case designed for everyday use by featuring a slim design with a simple double latch locking system for easy loading and removal. Certified IP68 and MIL STD 810G, your iPhone 6/6s is protected from drops up to 2M/6.6 ft as well as dirt, dust and sand.


“We launched SnowLizard 3-years ago on Kickstarter with our revolutionary flagship product, the SLXtreme, and now we’re back with products that combine protection and usability for the everyday user,” said CEO Steve Calle. “We’ve kept the same rigorous testing procedures as our SLXtreme line of cases to give the user the same level of protection while making the SLTough a slimmer and much friendlier waterproof case than the other competitors on the market. We hope users can enjoy the everyday peace of mind with the Every-Day Proof SLTough.”

SnowLizard is offering the SLTough at $69.99 with 4 different color options of Black, Yellow, Orange, and White.

SnowLizard Products Will Be Featured At Miami International Boat Show February 13 2015

There are very things that haven't been impacted by the smartphone / tablet revolution. Maritime activities are certainly no exception, as more and more people rely on mobile device for both recreational and commercial boating. From navigation to weather reports, there are a variety of third-party apps that have become invaluable tools.
SnowLizard Products, such as the SLXtreme line of Rugged Phone Cases, allows boaters to access these tools without risking the damage from nautical conditions. That is why we will be participating in this week’s Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 12-16).
Spanning three locations – the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina, and Strictly Sail at Miamarina at Bayside – this annual event features over 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from around the world.
In addition to showcasing the latest in sea vessels and marine electronics, the show will also feature accessories, apparel, and other goods related to the marine industry. Given the growing demand for state-of-the-art nautical tools, the marine market is one of the biggest draws in this five-day event, which will also feature educational seminars, simulators, games, and more.
Tablets like the iPad have become increasingly popular for GPS navigation, and the SLXtreme for iPad offers the cutting-edge features for which the SLXtreme series is acclaimed, including resistance to drops of up to 6.6 ft (2 m), waterproof in depths of 6.6 ft (2 m), an integrated battery that more than doubles capacity, and a solar panel for emergency charging.
To learn more about what SnowLizard has to offer, pay us a visit at booth # 2547 or contact 786-401-7204 or

Our Tough Cases Makes Your Apps Accessible in Outdoor Environments February 04 2015

The number of vital Mobile Apps serving the needs of outdoor enthusiasts has exploded in recent years, providing practical tools and solutions to everyone from campers and hikers, to hunters and skiers. But the smartphones and tablets that house these apps are at constant risk from of bumps, drops, dirt, water, and other outdoor hazards.
With this issue in mind, Steve Calle, CEO of Snow Lizard Products, joined hundreds of venture capitalists and private equity investors from across the U.S. and the world at the 24th Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference, recently held January 29-30 at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. There, Calle presented Snow Lizard’s plan to help outdoor enthusiasts capitalize on the explosive growth of Mobile Apps intended for use in the outdoor space.
Hundreds of thousands of commercial apps are downloaded from the App Store each month, many geared toward mobile data solutions made possible with use of an iPhone, iPad or Samsung Galaxy device,” he stated, “But no one wants to risk cracking a screen, getting a device wet, or even running out of battery before the end of the day. Our SLXtreme case line is the all-inclusive case for the outdoor segments, keeping a device both powered and protected, a “Toughbook” for iOS devices
The Snow Lizard name is a testament to this commitment, representing the wet and wintery outdoor environments that are so popular among millions of people around the world, including Calle and Snow Lizard co-founder Andreas Haase.
The SLXtreme series of Rugged Phone Cases – currently available for iPhones 4/4s, 5/5s, Galaxy S5 and iPad Gen 4 – has now expanded to include the new iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. All models are MIL STD 810G rated for drops to 2m/6.6ft and resistance to scratches and abrasion. An IP-68 rating means these cases are totally waterproof down to 2M/6.6ft, as well as impervious to dust, dirt and sand.  
Beyond protection, the SLXtreme cases each house a rechargeable lithium ion battery, capable of fully recharging each respective model more than 150 percent. Moreover, the SLXtreme phone cases feature a rear solar panel that replenishes the case battery anytime and anywhere. You can embrace the outdoors for far longer without worrying about needing a power source.
With Snow Lizard Products by your side, getting the most out of your outdoor adventures has never been easier. To learn more about our larger selection of innovative mobile solutions, contact 786-401-7204 or

SnowLizard Products – A Hunter's Best Companion January 29 2015

Hunting is one of America’s most enduring and popular pastimes, enjoyed by millions of people every year. In addition to the challenge and thrill of the hunt, this activity offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the outdoors.
But the tough and varied environments faced by hunters can take a toll on their smartphones, which are increasingly relied upon as tools, such as GPS navigation, weather reporting, and emergency communication.
SnowLizard Products were developed precisely with hunters in mind. Our Rugged Phone Cases are engineered to withstand the rigors of the hunt, with state-of-the-art materials and innovative designs that offer optimum protection and functionality.
The SLXtreme series – now available for iPhone 6/6s, Galaxy S5, and iPad 4 – can withstand falls and abrasions from up to 6.6 ft (2m), and survive submersion in water depths of 6.6 ft (2m). All this protection is offered while keeping your phone lightweight, portable, and accessible.
If you are in for a long hunt, whether planned or unexpected, the SLXtreme comes equipped with an integrated charger that more than doubles your device’s power. It also includes a built-in solar panel that keep you powered for even longer.
SLXtreme cases come in a variety of colors to suit your hunting needs, from winter motifs to forest camouflage. Accessories such as the SLPower Portable Charge and the SLXtreme Belt Clip provide even more optimal utility.
These amazing features were on display in last week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest gathering for firearms, hunting, and outdoor products, with over 1,600 exhibitors and 62,000 professionals from all over the globe. SnowLizard will also be exhibited in next week’s Outdoor Retailer (January 22-25) in Salt Lake City, which is focused around winter recreation and the winter market, showcasing gear that is often sold in major retailers like Bass Pro Shops, REI, and Gander Mountain
Our presence in these seminal events speaks to SnowLizard Products’ great application for hunters, campers, military personnel, and other outdoors enthusiasts seeking optimum protection for their devices.
Needless to say, this revolutionary Waterproof iPhone Case is the perfect companion to any hunter. To learn more, call 786-401-7204 or email

Introducing An Expanded Line of Snow Lizard Products January 08 2015

Snow Lizard is pleased to kick off the New Year with an expanded line of SLXtreme Rugged Phone Cases – cutting-edge, comprehensive mobile solutions will now be available for users of Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, and coming soon for iPad Air 2.
With these state-of-the-art cases, your precious gadgets can be powered, protected, and enhanced while you embrace whatever adventure lies ahead. While there is no shortage of options to extend battery-life for smart devices, nothing beats the reliability and inclusivity offered by Snow Lizard Products.
Specially designed for outdoor enthusiasts, military personnel, and professionals operating in demanding environmental conditions, SLXtreme uniquely combines in-case battery power, watertight protection, and drop-proof safeguards that can withstand just about any challenge.
Like their predecessors, the SLXtreme cases for GS5 and iPhone 6 feature a tough polycarbonate exterior with TPU overlay, which meets MIL STD 810G standards for drops from  2m/6.6ft and resistance to scratches, bumps, and abrasions. The IP-68 rating means these newly designed cases are completely waterproof in depths down to 2M/6.6ft, as well as resistant to dust, dirt, sand, and other contaminants.
Moreover, the SLXtreme cases house rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which are capable of fully recharging each device more than 150 percent. LED lights indicate remaining battery capacity in the case, and when the need for even longer-lasting power arises, there is a rear panel solar panel that enables recharging anywhere. With enough juice for an emergency phone call or text, this is the perfect solutions for urgent situations and long excursions.
All these features are provided without compromising functionality and accessibility: there is no need to twist, bend, or fumble with multiple parts to shield your device from extreme weather conditions. Instead, easy bottom entry with dual side latch hinges means you can insert or remove your phone or tablet effortless from the SLXtreme case.
These same features are available for the SLXtreme iPad 4, which are also IP-68 and MIL-STD 810G rated for waterproof and drop-proof protection. A pre-drilled mounting template replaces rear solar panel, making the case compatible with standard VESA mounts for boats, recreational vehicles and merchant stands. An integrated battery with a capacity of more than 10,000 mAh nearly doubles the battery life of the tablet. These features will soon be available in an SLXtreme case being developed for the new iPad Air 2.
For more information on these exciting new products, contact Snow Lizard at 786-401-7204 or at