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paulstefan
7 Sep 2007 - 11:48 AM

Hiya,
I am rather fortunate to be heading off for a 3 week trek to Everest base camp in 4 weeks time. Grin

I was wondering if anyone on here had been and if they could offer any pearls of wisdom on what photographic kit to take. E.g. solar batter charger? Or is there a walking pole that can double as a monopod?! Anything that I might not think if?

Any advice, experience etc very much appreciated.

Cheers, Paul

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loweskid
loweskid  122042 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 12:00 PM

Can't help with the basecamp but..

Quote: Or is there a walking pole that can double as a monopod

I can recommend the Gitzo Monotrek

a bit pricey but it's sturdy and will extend longer than most trekking poles, which I've found useful for river crossings.

Last Modified By loweskid at 7 Sep 2007 - 12:01 PM
csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 12:03 PM

Nah, but I overheard Chris Bonington discussing it with another climber at breakfast in a hotel the other morning - does this count?

paulstefan
7 Sep 2007 - 12:11 PM

Thanks Vincent. I'll take a look.

Name dropper, Cheryl.
Wink

loweskid
loweskid  122042 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 12:34 PM

Actually, it would probably help if you told us what sort of kit you have already. Film or digital, SLR or 'point 'n shoot' etc.

Last Modified By loweskid at 7 Sep 2007 - 12:35 PM
paulstefan
7 Sep 2007 - 12:36 PM

I'll be taking the 5D

ahollowa
ahollowa  101070 forum posts England
7 Sep 2007 - 1:05 PM

I'm jealous!!

Not been in that situation so can't give direct advise. Every time I read about people in cold places is take plenty of batteries as the charge doesn't last long in the cold. Keep them in a warm inner pocket and cycle them round as they apparently regain charge as they warm up.

cheers

Al.

Slaterm
Slaterm  7496 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:08 PM

very jealous Paul - wish I was going.

Leki used to do a walking pole with thread so itcould double up as monopod. No idea how good it is or whether worth sacrificing a lightweight tripod for.

I suspect your kit choices will come down to one thing - weight.

loweskid
loweskid  122042 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:26 PM

I would certainly take a wide-angle lens for the Himalayas - the wider the better I would think! I'm not familiar with the Himalayas (much prefer the Arctic regions) but I don't think cold will be a problem except early in the morning - once the sun gets up I expect it could get very hot, unless there's a wind blowing. I think condensation would be more of a problem when taking it in or out of your tent - just take the usual precautions.

Personally I would take a lightweight (but sturdy) tripod, especially for those 'alpenglow on the summits' type shots. Have a look at the Velbon Ultra Maxi range. I used the Luxi-F (with the pan and tilt head) in Greenland.

rossd
rossd  111061 forum posts England
7 Sep 2007 - 1:40 PM

Just curious, whats the elevation of the base camp ?

CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:42 PM

Lucky you!

Keep your camera kit to an absolute minimum! Even breathing will be difficult when you get up to that kind of altitude and any extra weight will make it even harder to keep going...

CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:45 PM

Assuming it's the Nepalese side we're talking about, it's about 5,500 m (which I think is 18,000 odd feet in "old money") I think...Am I right, Paul?

Last Modified By CathyI at 7 Sep 2007 - 1:48 PM
loweskid
loweskid  122042 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:49 PM


Quote: Just curious, what's the elevation of the base camp ?

5380m (17600ft)

rossd
rossd  111061 forum posts England
7 Sep 2007 - 1:56 PM


Quote: 5380m (17600ft)

Thanks - that is high - approx 4 x Ben Nevis.
Hope you're not a smoker!!

CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 1:57 PM

Close! Wink

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