I am going backpacking tomorrow with my friend Field and a friend of a friend Mike (sort of becoming my friend, he’s a fun guy). We are going to ‘tackle’ a 12 mile streach of the C&O canal trail from the Paw Paw tunnel to Devils Alley, camp overnight and then hike back. Our original plans had been somewhat more ambitious, but we were forced to scale them back because of some time constraints. I am taking my camera with me (my first ever backpacking trip with a camera!). I’ll probably turn this post in to a misc. section on photography and backpacking and expand it, not like there aren’t enough articles floating around the internet on the topic, but I figure I’d add my 2 cents.
This is a picture of all of my gear that I am taking with me, it seems like a lot, but unless you want to be really roughing it, it is also required. I won’t bother boring you with details here on what everything is and what I feel is important (I’ll do that in my page on back packing and photography). I am however, after much soul searching, going to take my OM-1n, Sigma 24/2.8, Tamron 28/2.5, Zuiko 50/1.4 and Zuiko 85/2 in my Lowepro Nova 2 AW stuffed in the top of my pack. In the future, especially if this works out okay and I don’t feel like I was missing anything, I am going to conslidate focal lengths and get another lens or two and go with either the Sigma 24/2.8, Zuiko 50/1.4 and Zuiko 100/2.8 or go Zuiko 24/50/100 for my kit. I am also going to get a smaller photobag, such as the Nova Mini AW to fit it in to, as the Nova 2 AW is way too big for 3-4 itty bitty lens and a single camera. I figure for landscape work that is probably what I would use most of the time, especially backpacking. Also I am packing my cheapo Targus tripod. It has the virtue of only weighing about 1lb and even though it offers little support, it is enough for the light primes, especially the wide angles. I am taking it along mostly to try to do star trail photography. Eventually I’d also like to get a small light weight sturdy tripod, like maybe an Bogen 190 series or something even a little lighter. The 055xb would of course remain my tripod for anything other then backpacking. Many pictures to come next week and maybe a fun story or three.