Gear changes, big and small
So it appears 2018 is going to see more gear changes and additions than most. While I'm still sorting out the details, here's what's likely going to happen:
My bear barrel (BearVault BV500) will be replaced with an Ursack Major.
- I love my bear barrel but it weighs 2.5 pounds to the Ursack's half a pound. On the downside, if a bear ever goes after my Ursack then I'm probably going to be enjoying bear-saliva-flavoured paste for the rest of my trip.
I've added a tripod to my gear (Surui T-025X Carbon Fiber). I've received quite a bit of feedback about including more 'around the campsite' footage in my videos, and the lack of a tripod has always been the main reason I've avoided it. Hard to take campsite footage from a foot-tall suction cup mount. That's about 1.8 pounds.
I changed pots from the MSR Titan Kettle to a TOAKS Titanium 1100ml pot. The toaks holds just a bit more volume (2-300ml) and I was always boiling a second pot with the Titan just to top up my coffee. This should avoid that.
A higher capacity power pack for longer trips (Anker 20100mAh portable charger). My spring trip is 8 days and I think I'll be using a lot of iPhone power for GPS - better safe than sorry.
A folding saw (Silky Pocketboy 170) to replace my Sven saw. I've always been super happy with the Sven saw, but my Spring trip is going to involve some bushwhacking, and I need a folding saw that I can use and put away quickly. The Sven saw... does not do that.
And lastly, I'm seriously considering bringing my SLR again (Canon 60D with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens). Its last trip was in 2016 after I got super, super mad that it couldn't manage basic autofocus while taking video. But if I bring it again it won't be for video, only for taking pictures. I really miss having a quality camera along for landscape photography. I feel like I haven't taken a good picture since I stopped bringing it. The downside is that, with the wide-angle lens it's almost 3 pounds.
And it's only early March. Who knows - maybe more gear changes to come!
12/15/2022 04:24:57 am
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