It’s never too early to begin to plan the packing.
Understanding HOW I am going to pack for the trip will help me understand what I should take on the trip.
Since the purpose is to make photographs I know for sure I will be taking a camera or two.
At this point it will be:
Camera bodies: Nikon Df for digital and Nikon F3 for film.
Lenses for both bodies: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm (possibly a 180mm if I have room)
iPhone 6+S for video.
GoPro for helmet/bike cam.
I will be looking for a small and very light tripod for those situations with less than optimum light.
Camping supplies and gear are next on my acquisition list, and I am planning a few short roadtrips to try my hand at sleeping on the ground in a bag. That will also let me become familiar with the gear. I don’t want to get to a location and not be able to pitch a tent… argh.
Here are a couple of YouTube videos I found on packing for a long trip. (I am always amazed at some of the small bikes folks use for these trips.)
I think a lot of this will make more sense to me when I decide on what bike to buy for this trip.
I have been thinking that possibly it would make sense to not buy a new bike, but get one a few years old. I would hate to take a brand new bike up there and come back with it sort of beat up. Still thinking on that dilemma.
This would be a handy tool to have out there on the road as well. It looks like it may take the place of a Satphone. I will have to have something to stay in contact, and the more different things one device does the fewer devices I have to bring.
More coming on the planning stages.
Anything to share? Use the comments. Thanks.
Great information from my friend Greg Pastuzyn (photographer) who has been riding most of his life.