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My Backpacking Photography Gear

Since the season is upon us, it seems like a good time to post the link to my article on equipment for backpacking photography – at least for the kind of photography I do while on the trail.

I discuss some specific equipment that I use along with some general ideas about equipment and techniques. The post includes information on cameras, lenses, accessories, how to carry the stuff, and compromises you might or might not want to make on the trail.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on My Backpacking Photography Gear

My Take on 'Sleeping Systems'

Having just read a post at the Mt. Whitney and Eastern Sierra Hiking Blog (see “On Backpacking…Sleep System“) I thought I’d add my two cents on this topic.

To my way of thinking, a backpacking “sleeping” system includes several components: sleeping bag, pad, ground sheet, shelter, clothing – and for some, a pillow.

Sleeping Bag – My current first-string sleeping bag is the Marmot Helium that I purchased a few years ago. This is a really fine sleeping bag with 800+ high-fill down, great design features, and a weight of around 2 pounds. The high-fill down decreases the weight and allows the bag to stuff smaller, taking up less space in a smaller pack. The version that I use has only a half zipper – this decreases the weight and cost a tiny bit and isn’t a significant drawback for me. The 15 degree rating is sufficient for me into the colder October season in the Sierra and is more than warm enough for typical summer conditions.

I have also used a lighter 30 degree bag, Continue reading

May 31, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Equipment, Technique | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on My Take on 'Sleeping Systems'

   

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