Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic – Andrew Skurka

A great one hour presentation of how you prepare yourself for backpacking and more precise ultralight backpacking, with Andrew Skurka.

“Ultimate Hiking Gear & Skills Clinic”
A backpacking trip consists of two distinct activities: hiking and camping. In this informative clinic, renowned long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka will discuss the gear, supplies and skills necessary to make hiking fun, not an arduous chore. Skurka was named “”Adventurer of the Year”” by Outside and was described as “”a Superman among trekkers,”” by National Geographic; he is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide.

You will learn: (1) How to predict the environmental and route conditions you will encounter on a trip; (2) the best uses and limitations of lightweight equipment; (3) skills that will help keep you safe and comfortable with a minimum of possessions; and, (4) exactly what Skurka takes for a summer backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, and why.”

5Point Film Festival

The 5Point Film Festival is all about outdoor film. The festival has been going since 2011 and has brought some really nice outdoor films to our doorsteps. Here’s a preview of what’s to expect. The festival is running right now, 24-27 of April.

Our mission

5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

Should you get the GoPro Hero3+ Black- or Silver Edition?

I’ve been a Contour camera guy for as long as I’ve known about helmet cameras. When the first GoPro camera came out I laughed hard at the guys buying them win the ridiculous FOV and bulky housings. As the years have passed GoPro has sailed past the Contours in terms of image quality, not so much at the mounting part as they still were quite bulky. Lately when the Hero3 was released the bulkiness has come to a stop and the mounting options has been improved. It’s still not possible to attach it to a helmet the way I prefer it (on the side) but that might just be the only thing they really cannot do (in a way that the Contours can).

So I went to the store today after browsing and contemplating hard for the past week or so. I didn’t really know how much difference there were in image quality between the Hero3+ Black Edition and the Silver Edition.  The guys at the store basically were just talking bigger sensors and improved battery time but not that much about image quality. And when I asked about it he couldn’t really tell the difference so I bought the Silver Edition, happy with saving about 1000SEK.

On my way home in the car I was trying to tell myself that I’ve done a great deal and that it couldn’t be that much difference between the two. When I was in the store I even did some quick Google-Fu but I couldn’t really make out which one to get… Probably because many forums are full of crap and that there’s no real information on most of them. Just people arguing with small non-interesting, non-vital stuff on the cameras.

So, as I’m a nerd, there you go, I’ve said it… I started going on YouTube and really looking at the most important part, the image quality, and I found this video…

In the video this guy, Mark Hawk, really goes with an in-depth review on the Black- and Silver Edition. And I don’t know why I didn’t watch this one before but the first frames that comes out of it I was immediately aware of that I had bought the wrong version… Yay!

The picture to the right looks better, Silver Edition, not as flat as the Black Edition.

The picture to the right looks better, Silver Edition, not as flat as the Black Edition to the left.

The Silver Edition is pretty much pre-color graded, meaning that they have changed the output of the video right out of the camera. The Black Edition however isn’t. To anyone that doesn’t care, or know, the Silver Edition might come out as the better camera as the image isn’t as flat as on the Black Edition. But! Because the Black Edition isn’t color graded you have much more information left in the picture to work with in post-production. Post-production is the part where you edit your video before putting it on YouTube, Vimeo or whatever, making it look good.

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Here you can see that the Silver Edition has much more vibrant colors.

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However what this does is it gives less data to work with when applying grading and doing color correction in post. It’s like editing a .jpeg picture compared to a RAW-file.

The other part of image quality is the quality itself meaning the sharpness. The Black Edition is waaay sharper than the Silver Edition. In the picture below you can see the same place as in the first picture in this post but with 100% zoom. The Silver Edition is really blurry and you can’t really make out any detail in the asphalt as where the Black Edition is really sharp. This was the main difference why I went back to the store and got the more expensive one.

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Zoomed in 100%

Here you can see the Silver Edition in the middle at 200%. Quite a big difference huh?

Here you can see the Silver Edition in the middle at 200%. Quite a big difference huh?

Good for me though I never unboxed the damn thing so I could return it to the store and get the Black Edition instead.

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For anyone doing some serious video-work you should get the Black Edition, no doubt about it. You also get the WiFi remote basically for the cost that it costs to buy separately, if you need it that is. Also with all the other added bonuses in terms of video quality… But if you don’t really care and only want to get some nice footage of your latest skiing trip or whatever you’re into – just get the Silver Edition and be happy. It’s still a great helmet camera and you won’t be disappointed!

Here you can see the complete video that I’ve referred to in this post.

Ultra Runner Hits The Road

At 19, Rickey Gates dropped out of college and headed on a road trip to South America. It was a trip that would kick-start a life of adventure and travel.

Over a decade later and now a sponsored trail runner – Rickey’s love for the road has not diminished one bit. “On the Road” shares Rickey’s thoughts and philosophy on the life he has chosen as he road trips from Aspen Colorado to San Francisco in search of wild lands and some of the best trails in the US.

National Geographic’s ‘Great Migrations’ – Behind the Scenes

Starting in 2007, National Geographic crews dispersed all over the planet to film the most amazing and unique animal migration stories ever told. Over the 2 years, the crew spent 350 hours in trees, 500 hours in blinds and 400 hours underwater. This behind-the-scenes story takes you to the depths of the sea and the far corners of the earth as you experience the dangers, difficulties and adventures of a National Geographic Cameraman.

It’s really interesting to see the behind the scenes footage – I could really see myself in their clothes 🙂

New hiking destination?

I’m always thinking of new places to explore and one of my dreams this year has been Norway and a four day hike through Jotunheimen which I hope I get the time to do this next year, 2014. A friend and I has also very loosely talked about England or Scotland and after watching this video I have to add that destination to my list!

Canon 5D MKII video setup

This is my current video setup.

Canon 5D Mark II with a Röde Videomic Pro. Canon 24-105mm lens with a hood and my latest thing for this rig that helps out a lot is the LCD-V1 viewfinder that arrived a few days ago. For the days when the sun is nice and bright I have a Phottix variable ND-filter.

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I hope to capture and upload some nice videos soon. First up is a small tour of our new house that I’ll send to my grandparents that don’t have the opportunity to visit in a near future as we live in different countries. I don’t think I’ll post that here anyways but that’s still the first thing I have planed. Hopefully I’ll be done with that one this weekend.

Video Friday

Those who follow the outdoor action sports world–especially climbing–have likely come across Tim’s work before. With over a decade of commercial experience to his name, his images have been featured in blogs, billboards, and print ads across the globe. His focus has been capturing world renowned athletes in their element–very often in some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.