My Gear

This page will be about my current gear and it will have some gear reviews.

This is everything that would be in my pack for a typical rainy day hike
If the rain is expeced to be heavy then I bring the purple camera in this picture.

If the rain is expected to be light then I bring my big 4 pound camera and lens
That means I carry almost 15 pounds on a day hike when I bring my big camera!
On a hike like this in the winter I would normally be wearing thermal bottoms with nylon pants over them and a thermal top with a tee shirt over it.  If I'm sure it's going to rain all day I wear my rainpants over my thermal bottoms and don't bother with the nylon pants.   I also might pack my tarp if it's really expected to pour.  I like to have lunch under my tarp when it is raining very hard.
For a backpacking trip all that I would need to add to this set up is my 3 pound sleeping bag, my 2 pound tarp, a sleeping pad and a bunch of food.
Here is a break down of my gear list by weight.

When I go backpacking,  I go for a base weight of 15 pounds or less and the only way I can do that is to do something about my heavy camera.  Base pack weight is weight of all the gear minus food, fuel and water.  The weight above does include lunch and dog food and a small amount of fuel.

To go backpacking I would have to add a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag.  My sleeping bag is is 39 ounces and my sleeping pad is 14 ounces.  Bottom line, if I want a base pack weight of 15 ounces or less I have to carry a smaller camera and or lens.  Maybe the Nikon D40 with the kit lens.  But I have a hard time with the idea of shelling out so much money just to save some weight on my camera.

It all goes into this pack

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