Welcome to a page fully dedicated to all of the gear I use for photography, backpacking and world exploration. I post these lists because I think it’s helpful for others, allowing you to make informed decisions and buy gear that works, without wasting time and money on gear that doesn’t!
After you’re done here, check out my complete gear list, packing guide & walk through video for all of the following gear, why I use it, and how I pack it for backpacking & international travel.
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What’s in My Camera Bag
- Nikon D810 ( Main & Video )
- Nikon D800 ( Backup ). I don’t carry this backup for backpacking / traveling. Only road trips!
- Vello Camera Timer / Remote – Works great. You really don’t need to spend 160$ on the Nikon Timer, unless you really really want to. These both work just the same in my opinion:)
|The Full Moon Lights Las Torres ( The Towers ) in Southern Chile – March 2015|
- Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G Wide Angle – Always Carry
- Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Wide Angle Zoom – Always Carry
- Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G – Only carry internationally to take “people photos”.
I have owned, used and really liked the following lenses. I sold them because I don’t like to own a lot of lenses that I don’t use too often. They are still recommended!
|Backpacking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia, Argentina|
The following set of “Best Filters” I highly recommend. I’ve also tried the Formatt Hitech filters and holder for the Nikkor 14-24mm lens and they were not up to par with the WonderPana Sytem. Both of these systems were tested in the field for a few months. WonderPana is top notch stuff & easy to pack for hiking & camping, as well as much higher quality.
The Best Filters ( In My Opinion )
- WonderPana 145 System Holder for Nikkor 14-24mm Lens
- Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer for Nikkor 28-300mm Lens
Other Filters I Own, but Don’t Use Anymore
These filters are not bad, it’s just really hard to use them and they don’t compare in quality to the system noted above. They are also plastic where the WonderPana System I noted above is all metal. The last thing I didn’t like is that they cost double the price of the WonderPana system and did not offer a Circular Polarizer Option.
- Formatt Hitech 165 x 165mm ProStop 3.0 IRND Filter
- Formatt Hitech Lucroit 165mm Filter Holder with Adapter for Nikon 14-24mm Lens
Additional Camera Gear
- EN-EL 15 Replacement Batteries – Awesome deal! Work just as well as the real Nikon batteries
|Shooting the Northern Lights in Alaska @ -20C|
I carry my Lowepro on any trip in which I won’t be backpacking or camping and it’s a fantastic bag that I have really beat up over the past 2 years. It still holds up really well & I have no complaints. For all of my multiday backpacking and camping trips I use the Deuter Aircontact Pro.
- Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW Backpack – Day Hiking
- Deuter Aircontact Pro – Backpacking
- Small F-Stop Pro ICU – Goes Inside backpacking bag.
- Camel Back / Goes inside either bags noted above.
Tripod, Ballhead & L-Bracket
- TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod – Road Trips / Day Hiking
- MeFoto Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod – Backpacking & International Travel
|Backpacking Under the Super Moon Light in the North Cascades of Washington State – August 2014|
Assorted Gear – Backpacking & Travel
- Salomon 4D GTX Hiking Boots – The best boots I’ve ever owned. Great for long or short hikes as well as everyday wear.
- Katadyn Hiker Micro-filter / Water Purifier
- Best Winter Socks Ever! Love these things, warmest hiking socks I’ve found
- Seirus Innovation Cold Weather Head Gear – Awesome!
- Hiking Poles – Great price & work well. I use them for snowshoeing and hiking.
- Outdoor Research Hiking Gaiters – Awesome for hiking and snowshoeing.
- Anker External Battery – Great for really long flights, or international travel.
- Backpackers’ Cache – Bear Proof Container / Works great to sit on around the camp fire as well.
- Mountain House Dried Food for Backpacking & Camping – Actually tastes really good! Amazon is the cheapest I’ve found it as well.
|After a Freezing Cold Night of Shooting the Milky Way & Trying to Sleep – The Great Wall of China|
- Tents – For nearly all weather less 3+ inches of snow or extreme wind I use the REI Quarter Dome 1 Man Tent.The 1 man tent fits me well at 6’1″ so long as you’re okay with propping your feet up on your backpack at night. Get used to it! The weight savings for this 2 lb tent is well worth it! For winter and extreme wind I use the North Face Assault 2 which is heavier at approx. 3.5 lbs but a must have in some conditions!
- Hammock – This is my go to if it’s going to be clear out!
- Sleeping Bag – Most trips I use the Mountain Hardware Lamina 35 Degree Bag if it’s really cold I use the Kelty Cosmic Down 0 Degree. Both are great bags.
- Therm-a-Rest Neo-Air Xtherm Sleeping Pad – This pad will work for any weather and any conditions. In my opinion it’s the best, lightest, smallest and warmest matt on the market. Yes, all that in one!
Jackets & Shirts
- Windproof & Waterproof Shell – I use and highly recommend the Alpha AR Shell from Arc’Teryx. When it comes to wind and water protection you’re not going to find anything that beats this. It’s highly breathable and doesn’t get wet inside like most shells. I can hike for hours in this shell and it’s dry! Even if you don’t think it will rain it’s always good to have a shell just in case.
- Waterproof / Windproof Pants – These keep your boots and legs dry! I prefer the Arc’teryx Beta SL Pants when it’s wet or raining outside. They can also be used during the winter in snow conditions.
- Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Base Layer Shirts – Any quick dry base layers will work. I always take one long sleeve even in the summer and two for the fall and winter. Men’s Capilene 2 Lightweight Long Sleeves are the best I’ve found. I carry the mid-weight and lightweight for colder weather and just the lightweight for warmer weather. Warm and quick drying! For T-Shirts the North Face Flash Dry are fantastic. I only carry 2 of these at all times. Wash one and hang on your pack to dry while wearing the other. Dry time 15-20 minutes in direct sun.
|Camping on the Flanks of Mount Rainier in a Snow Storm – January, 2015|
- Snow Shoes – MSR Lightening Ascent 25″ are really light weight snow shoes which always get the job done! You can easily strap them on top of your backpack when not in use.
- Snow Shovel – Snowclaw Backcountry Shovel. When setting up camp at night you will most likely need a shovel. This is easy to carry and light.
- Climbing / Ice Axe – Grivel Nepal SA Ice Axe w/ Leash is what I use and recommend.
- Heavy Down Jacket 800 Fill – Marmot Men’s Greenland Baffled Jacket. This jacket is fantastic! This is used instead of my mid-weight down jacket mentioned in the Autumn Section above.
- Winter Boots – When it’s really cold you’ll need more than the regular hiking boot. The Salomon Men’s Nytro WP Winter Boots are fantastic for hiking and backpacking in the snow. Your feet won’t get cold!
Computer & Home Office
- Macbook Pro Retina 2015 – 2.8Ghz i7, 32GB of Ram, Solid State 500GB HD.
- 27″ iMac Desktop Running 32GB of RAM and an 3.4GHz Intel i7 processor
- Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet ( SMALL )
- (2) WD 6TB Hard Drives
- Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration System
- Google Nexus 10 Tablet
- Bluetooth Audio Sound Receiver
- Google Nexus 5 Phone – Great international travel phone. Comes unlocked.
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