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WD Wireless Pro Hard Drive Review

The reviews scared me. I added it to my cart, then tossed it. Not impressed with other options, I put it back in my cart. Finally, I hit the Buy button. The hell with it. We’ll see. Our last shoot had us in Kyrgyzstan where we’d be getting into the backcountry on horseback, then skiing peaks from a yurt camp. To simplify things and save weight, my goal was to leave the Macbook Air and external …

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 can’t work. This post is a blatant plug for a brand we work with – …

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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 of our photography is produced on real days out, on the fly, and without the …

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 or remote mountain huts and lodges, power is not option. But solar power usually is. …

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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 than my cameras. It took only one trip to the camera store to convince me I …

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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 we could have faith in the images. By accident, we were forced to use the …