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Nerding out on digital nomad gear and wading through snow photos from last year’s trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest 🏔

Last April I made my first photography trip to Oregon. Due to Mount Hood National Forest’s microclimate, there was still 5–7 feet of snow. ❄️

Mount Hood National Forest

For a naive southerner with no experience in > 4 inches of snow, hiking without snow shoes was probably not the brightest idea. But I had some fabulous views to myself, and the photos were worth it!

Ironically, the best view of Mount Hood was just down the street from my B&B. So much for the hike down to Trillium Lake!
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One bag travel 🎒

The easiest way to travel as a digital nomad is with one carry-on size bag. Sound like a pipe dream? I thought so too.

Learn how you can start culling down your gear bag in my guest post on Fstoppers.

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Nerding out 🤓

Searching for the perfect rain jacket. ☔️

When the nomad meets wet landscape and mountain gales, a DWR treated jacket isn’t enough.

As a nomad, I’m looking at ultralight jackets (< 12 oz), but for landscape photography it needs good ventilation and wind protection. The 6 oz Outdoor Research Helium II quickly became a top recommendation. Alas, it has no pockets—a deal breaker for me.

But the lesser known Helium HD preserves the II’s ultralight features with the addition of pockets! I have one on the way to try.

Battery life meets nomad-friendly? 📸

The No. 1 reason I haven’t jumped into the mirrorless world has been the poor battery life. When shooting from dawn to dusk, those extra batteries often don’t get charged frequently enough.

But maybe that will change with the newly announced Sony a7 III. Sure, I’ll probably need 2 spare batteries instead of one, but that’s a worthy tradeoff compared to the weight + size of my Canon 5D Mark III.

Low-profile camera strap for hiking. 🏔

Nothing screams “tourist” like Canon or Nikon-branded neck straps. Still, the weight and convenience are tough to beat.

I’m finally testing out Peak Design’s Slide Camera Strap to see if the ergonomics compensate for the larger footprint. It works as a neck or shoulder strap, which should help on more strenuous hikes.

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Happy trekking 🌲

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