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City: Laguna Niguel
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 23, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Start: Campo
End: Canada
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,884
Journal Visits: 37,845
Guestbook Views: 1,860
Guestbook Entrys: 49

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Gear

“I began to realize that film sees the world differently than the

human eye, and that sometimes those differences can make

a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed”

Galen Rowell, Wilderness Photographer 1940-2002

A few comments on gear selection. Gear was chosen based on balancing comfort, field experience with the equipment and how it actually works under the stars and on the trail, along with the pressing need to reduce weight in order to make long distances day after day. That said, my base weight (Packed weight without food or water) excluding camera is 11.5 lbs. So far so good.

However, with photo gear, a compulsion for the quality of the image will push me way past the intially acceptable 11.5 lbs. base weight. Reality is: There are no ultralight photographic equipment solutions capable of capturing the kind of image I want. True base weight then is 16.7: Bummer.

That said, I chose the highest quality equipment possible, suited to the task, with the greatest amount of overlap and redundancy of features possible, while maintaining a sharp eye on weight and ruggedness. Its always a compromise isn't it? But in this case, I erred toward quality and capability, to the detriment of my back and legs. But in the words of Forrest Gump, my legs, "they're just fine thank you." As for my back...we'll see. More than 30% of the weight carried will be dedicated to image capture.

With this equipment, my goal is to capture all that good light has to offer on every day and night to the best of the capabilities of what and who is behind the lens. I will be capturing daily images in the golden minutes at daybreak and sundown, as well as night, because, after all, half of the time on the trail will be at night won't it. And isn't the night beautiful, scary, dark, and chilling all at once. Geez, what was that, I think I heard a shooting star...naw, they never make a noise...do they?....well actually, yes, they do.

One last word on camera equipment. It's a secret for now. In deference to the Cannonites, Nikonians, Leicaphyles, Lumixians, and Rolleians, I would rather not start a breuhaha over the machines I use to make images on a 2600 mile walk. In a tart moment I might say I'll let my images do the talking (walking?). For what it's worth, I love every brand mentioned above, and I hope you do too. It's just that this is my trip, my legs, my back, and I chose equipment specifically with this trip in mind, and I will have to live with it. That said, anyone who wants to chat on photographic gear: lemme know. I won't be able to shut up.

Rich

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150 Days & Nights On The Pacific Crest Trail

"...is the picture a tenth of the thing? A hundredth? Is it anything without the smell and salt breeze and the yellow warmth when the fog lifts? Oh, but I got all that too. It is exposed forever on the sensitive emulsion sheet of my mind." Terry and Renny Russell, On the Loose 1967

 

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