7 Tips for Large Format Backpacking Bushwalking Hiking
Large format backpacking, hiking or trekking with your camera can be fun. It’s a great way to open up your world to new exciting photographic opportunities. However, hiking with your large format camera presents unique challenges.
You need to keep your sensitive and expensive gear safe from water, dirt salt spray and impact damage. Here are some of my tips for hiking and backpacking with large format cameras
7 Large Format Backpacking bush-walking hiking trekking tips
- Minimise Weight:
Plan the photographs you are most likely to make and reduce your camera gear to the bare minimum.
- Do not attach external bags to your backpack:
Keep the centre of gravity close to your body to prevent over-balancing or accidental snaring of external bags.
- Carry a light weight tripod:
Carbon fibre weighs less than aluminium.
- Colour code your carry bags:
Use colour coded waterproof inner bags to quickly identify items in your backpack.
- Place camera gear near the top of a backpack:
Place your camera gear near the top of the backpack for faster, easier, access and to
- Take items which can serve a dual purpose:
A great way to save weight and volume, take items which can serve more than one purpose eg use your rain shell to double as a focus cloth.
- Include lens cleaning material:
Dust, rain and salt spray can easily accumulate on lenses and filters. Even in
theoutdoors you need lens cleaning tissue.
In your hurry to explore new territory, don’t forget about your basic safety as well. If you are traveling in remote areas you should notify a reliable person of your intentions including your expected return dates. They need to know what to do if your return is overdue.
You should also have a basic knowledge of first aid and carry a small first aid kit with you on your photographic travels.
Other things to consider are water, maps, compass personal GPS, Personal Location Beacon, protective clothing, shelter, and food. Don’t rely on mobile phone coverage outside cities or towns or in remote areas.