Goal Zero Solar for Himalayan Expeditions

For five weeks we were six people completely self sufficient at a very remote 5250 meter basecamp beneath the south face of Shishapangma in the Tibet Himalaya. One of the absolute necessities on a trip like this is power for charging all the numerous electronics so we can work and communicate. If our charging system fails, or doesn’t work – we …

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Best Outdoor Gear Sony a6000

I’ve been talking a lot about Sony after having mostly switched to using Sony after 17 years with Canon. For us, this was a huge, and very complicated decision. What got me interested in the Sony system was our need for a camera to take running, or for any activities where weight was critical – but so too quality. Much …

Best Outdoor Gear Goal Zero Venture 30

It’s a somewhat unfortunate fact these days, we all have things that need regular charging. Some more than others. If you rely on tech gear for work in the mountains, there is even more to charge, and more to rely on. Phones, headlamps, cameras, watches, GPS units, etc… Traveling with it all requires a system. If you stay in tents …

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The Sony a7II in the Nepal Himalaya

Back in September, I posted about making the switch to Sony after almost 20 years shooting Canon pro cameras. I’d been bombarded with the Sony a7 popping up in my social media and photography news sites and became intrigued to see what the hype was all about. At the same time, I was recognizing that Canon seemed sound asleep. My phone could do more …

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Switching from Canon to Sony for Mountain Sports

For years I’ve dreamt of having a simple, compact camera I barely notice. One that can make professional quality images, be fast enough for action, and be designed in such a way to allow me to be creative. The combo was tough, especially regarding speed. In 2013, we took notice of Sony’s RX100, it seemed the first point and shoot from which …

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Sony Alpha a6000 Review for Mountain Sports

We are not camera reviewers or even remotely interested in camera tech. We just make photos, concentrating on the experience, with familiar gear we know to be reliable and of the highest quality. However, as professional photographers and athletes, we have long dreamt of a small camera capable of making perfect images for publication. One that would also have to …

Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit

And the Gear Review Winter Rap Up number 3 is… Goal Zero Adventure 10 Kit There is one clear reason why I am able to be in and work in the mountains 300+ days a year, without stress, – the Smartphone. In Switzerland and the Alps, there is high speed 3G most everywhere, the Alps are an extension of my …

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Suunto Ambit

As we transition from one season to the next, I thought to write up a few gear reviews of products we used all winter and found to be perfect. Possibly the most important thing about Gear Reviews is knowing who is doing the review. Do they have any idea what they are talking about? Are they being paid to promote …