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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

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    Loved the video! Great to take that 5x7" to the top. Wonderful results!
    Thanks! I’m in a process of darkroom printing now, and preparing a small black and white exhibition.

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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

    I remember when one of my friends decided to "test" one of those same flimsy tents in a mountain storm. Instead, it tested him! I brought a Bibler tent and was perfectly cozy. The next time we went in the mountains together, he was carrying a Bibler too. That other thing landed in the trashcan.

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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    I remember when one of my friends decided to "test" one of those same flimsy tents in a mountain storm. Instead, it tested him! I brought a Bibler tent and was perfectly cozy. The next time we went in the mountains together, he was carrying a Bibler too. That other thing landed in the trashcan.
    I really like and can totally recommend a new gear made from Dyneema Cuben Fiber. Tents, backpacks...
    My Zpacks backpack for the large format camera weight only 600gr, instead of 3kg - f64 backpack. And Zpacks is much more comfortable.

    http://zpacks.com

    https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com

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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

    Interesting. But those packs are way too small for my needs. And tent fabrics which might work in cold dry snow seem to fail miserably in damp snow, not to mention the hurricane-force winds I've been in, in the mtns. I do use lightwt tents for certain things. Just about every kind of gear out there has been tested early on by someone I knew, or even was with when they were the official guinea pig for a prototype. Lots and lots of comical stories. But I never use camera packs per se - just wrap the view camera in bubble wrap then in my goosedown jacket, then into my regular backpacking packs.

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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

    For horrible weather and wind, a frame Bivy inside an arctic tent. Mummy bag, reflective survival blanket underneath. Oh, and sleep naked.

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    Re: Climbing the highest European and Russian mountain with a large format camera

    Been there, done that (everything except sleeping naked in the mountains); not a good idea. Silvery "survival blankets" equal miserable condensation. Bivy sacks and "coffins" don't have a steep profile to shed rain or heavy snow. I once had one develop two solid inches of freezing ice rime atop it; then it literally shattered! The only thing that kept me alive was that later in the night it started snowing heavily - deep powder snow, which is actually quite insulating, at least compared to rain and sleet. Yes indeed, Jac, after that experience I did indeed buy an arctic quality tent! But no, no Bivy inside of it. I gave my replacement bivy sack to my nepew when he went to climb Mt Edith Cavell in the Canadian Rockies and had to spend a night sitting on a ledge. And that's how Bivy sacks are actually meant to be used - vertically. Ah, mummy bags - they leave my shoulders cramped, but it comes with the territory. I have a Goretex covered one. Real nice because it dries out fast if it gets wet out or collects frost - not that it's any good in a serious rain - a tent is still needed for that, but otherwise a luxury that makes getting back on the trail in the morning a lot faster. What on earth do you use for a winter tent below your palm trees there in balmy Minnesota?

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    Amazing! Great job!

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