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Getting the gear ready


Over the last few months we have been researching and purchasing the gear that we will need for our upcoming Himalayas trip.  We have bought bits here and bits there and today decided that we needed to make a final check and see where we stood.

Fortunately, we are good on most things but still need wool caps, sunglasses and a few other things. 

One of the items that we had purchased was a hydration system that allows you to drink as you walk rather than having to stop and pull out water bottles every few steps.  We decided to give it a try as well to see if we like it…..


The water pack goes in the backpack and the tube and mouthpiece attach to the strap.  It is SO much easier than water bottles!!!

The other thing that we decided to buy was a solar charger so we spent some time trying to figure out how to attach it.


This was our original thought but then figured out another way where it would hang vertically and be attached at both the top and bottom…..much better.

The last purchase is going to be a new camera but we cant figure out exactly what type to get.   We enjoy our little point-and-shoot but think that we might get better photos with a DSLR.   The problem with a DSLR is that it weighs more and we do have to carry everything with us!!!

….guess we will figure it out before we leave!!!

4 thoughts on “Getting the gear ready

  1. Preparation will be well worth it. I just got a DSLR and you are right, not as handy as the ol' point and shoot. The learning curve is gruesome. But the pictures… ;^)

  2. I bought a Panasonic Lumix 200 before my trip to Yosemite this summer. It's sort of an intermediate between a point and shoot and a DSLR. It doesn't have interchangeable lenses but the built in zoom ranges from about 24-600 mm (24x). It also does great close ups and it takes filters, etc., plus you can buy a zoom extension that doubles the zoom range. The lens is a Leica, so really good quality, and way way way less expensive than a DSLR with equivalent lenses. It is well worth checking out.

  3. This must be making your trip seem so much more real. I have a DSLR and love it although it is heavy, especially if you are going to carry different lenses with you as well.

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