I think there are two types of hiking photography. The first, which is what I mostly pursue, is the images which capture especially beautiful moments or outlook. I’m constantly watching for such images: the shapes, colours, light, and drama you find on a high level walk.

The second type of photograph is not especially aesthetic but when I look through my catalogue I find they are sometimes more poignant: narrative shots which tell a story. Here’s my rucksack, the excellent ULA Conduit which I got shipped from the US about a year ago, an upgrade from my GoLite Jam. It’s a little small for my Pyrenees treks, because I pack baguettes in a plastic bag and strap it down on top. That’s clumsy, but it works if it doesn’t rain.

It’s such a lightweight rucksack I also use it for UK day walks when its capacity is more than I need but it weighs less – for example – than an old Berghaus I formerly used which is about half the size.

 

Pyrenees Hiking: The Route to Certascan

Saturday October 13, 2012