Broken Top (9,177') shot up out of the forest across the meadow. She's not one of the tallest mountains around here, but what she lacks in height she compensates for in personality and intimidation. At the outset, we didn't know the full extent of where our route would take us... but more on that later.
Setting out last Friday afternoon, we hiked out 5.7 miles to our wilderness campsite. With fresh water flowing nearby and a calm, bug dispersing breeze we made camp and prepped for our summit the following morning. Over the course of the weekend, we would end up hiking over 25 miles and covering thousands of feet in elevation.
This being my first true wilderness hiking, first summit, and first (of hopefully many more trips) with my companions, I thought it best to document the experience. I took along my Sony A7S II, a wide angle 16-50mm, a 35mm, and a 24mm cinema lens. At first, wide angle lenses seemed like merely a logistical choice (weighing far less than their long focal length partners), but as the day got closer, I also felt they would do the best job of showing the scale of the landscape. They would also illustrate our smallness compared the nature surrounding us. I also took along a Rode VideoMic Pro with a Dead Cat for all the dialogue along the way. It also did a fantastic job recording ambient sounds since I didn't want the extra weight of my external recorder. I also took along my BeFree Live Video Tripod which ended up being one of the best decisions I made. It was worth the extra weight.
All said and done, it was one of the best trips I've ever taken. I am editing the film now and will hopefully be releasing it in the next couple of weeks. It was quite the adventure and I am excited to share it with you.
This weekend I am setting out on a small excursion. I'll be joining my uncle Scott and my good friend James on a trek up Broken Top (a local peak here in Central Oregon, a part of the Cascade Range). To get my camera gear up there (and back), I rigged out REI's new Ruckpack 28L with a camera bag insert and some carabiners to clip extra gear to the exterior. I'm excited to try out this new pack and even more excited to shoot up in the mountains for three days.
I'll be documenting the whole trip and will put together a short movie over the next couple of weeks. More images (and stories) to come.