Usually, one of the first thing one does being prepared for longs trekking and walks is trying to reduce the weight of the backpack to the minimum to avoid back pain or problem to the knees, and so to enjoy more the walk in Nature.
This is a basic rule and an advice or tip many gave to me and which I decide to don’t follow…
I tried to reduce the weight of my technical equipment, but it’s something else which I can not leave behind even if this will affect so much the final total weight I will have to carry: my photographic equipment.
To be honest I already decided, unfortunately, to don’t take with me one of the lenses and to carry, beside my reflex, “only” the 150-600 mm (for wildlife and landscapes) and the 24-120 (landscapes, details, nightscapes).
Then I had to add a good tripod (with the possibility of use it as monopod) and all the other gadgets which are essentials to professional photography.
Total weight? Over 7 kg…
Why do I do it?
Why do I want to suffer and struggle when I could easily walk with such a much lighter backpack?
Because I know it will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Because I know I will not have the same chance, the same sunrise or sunset, the same light, the same wildlife.
Because I know I will be, at some point, in the right moment at the right place to take a shot and can’t miss that chance.
Because I want to “eternalize” and then share the beauties and the surprises this amazing trip will give me.
Because I know that weight will be lighter and lighter if I can add to it, day after day, at least one amazing picture to bring with me even after the end of the journey.
Because when I shoot…I’m Happy…
So, in details below my photo-equipment:
- Nikon D750
- Tamron 150-600 mm f5-6.3
- Nikon 24-120 f4
- Tripod Rolley C5i
- Charger and extra batteri
- 5 SD card: 4 x 64GB + 1 x 32GB
- 2 ND filter for long expositions
- Remote control
- Kit to clean off dust from the sensor and the lenses
- Backpack (to protect all the equipment) to insert in the bigger backpack and to take when I will go for short photographic walks.
To all this important weight I have to add then other electronic devices:
- mobile phone to have a daily contact with my family (better if by video-call)
- GPS to track and follow the route
- GPS Spot me: a device which will aloud me to send a sms to my family to let them know I’m ok when impossible to use the mobile phone; it will also give me the possibility to track and share my route (I will let you know about it) and – very important – it will aloud me to send SOS and start the rescue procedures giving my exact location.
- 25000 mAh powerbank to recharge all the device when camping in Nature
- Head lamp
- Two extra rechargeable batteries
The weight will have a huge impact on my walk, mostly the first days and, anyway, until I will not get used to it and reach the perfect physical condition.
But, as I was explaining, this is one of the aims of the project and together with the reasons above, something I can not give up.
Below a picture of all this equipment.