Someone will pop along and suggest a solar charger... but I've never tried one.
Last summer in Iceland I came across a hut in the middle of nowhere, beside a small stream, generating power from a minature hydro-electric turbine the size of a dog's kennel. I was amazed to find 240 volt outlets all around the hut!
As for music... I'm one of those who never listens to it outoors... preferring the ambient sounds, whatever they are, wherever I happen to be.
Suspect that you'll be struggling to find an MP3 with replacable 'normal' batteries.
Long wave radio? Those last for a good while on AAA batteries. Not as light in themselves as MP3 stuff gets I suppose.
I do have a tendency to sometimes listen to cricket when walking for a fair while and its on. The tempos match
I'm on Paddy's side.
I go out to get away from "the rat race", no mobile, no anything 'electrical'.
The sounds of nature only. I don't want to hear music, the news, etc.
The world could explode, I get 'vaporised', radiated, I don't care.
When I get back I can find out.
As an add on to my earlier post, I do carry a mobile, but not switched on. Only used if I need to call MRT and I hope I never have to.
As for listening to music, etc. I like to hear the sound of nature, (or lack of). listening to something you might miss the call of a Perigren calling, the hiss of a snake, or worst case, some large animal comming near you.
Even just lying in a tent/shelter, listening to rain, makes me feel better/calmer.
If I want a distraction I'll carry a book to read.
I used to use a Sansa Fuze until recently and found it was pretty good for listening to music on. In general I used to get about 10-12 hours of listening time on a single charge, so combined with a battery based USB charger, it could be a good solution. I only stopped using it recently because I bought myself an Android phone, but as has been mentioned already, the battery life is rather limited, which means either carrying lots of batteries for the USB charger, or a plug outlet on a frequent basis.
I also liked listening to audiobooks on the MP3 player since I could generally get through even a large book in a day or two of walking. In fact sometimes hearing a particular book reminds me of a camping or walking trip, giving me good memories.
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I nearly always carry a tin whistle. Found it very useful in the Carpathian Mountains, where the shepherds play a similar instrument but without a reed.
"It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw."
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