A Cold Weather Hike and what I learned.

Started Feb 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP PaulM2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,729
Re: A Cold Weather Hike and what I learned.

Bill Wallace wrote:

I just had the same story and thoughts last week. I was in the Apostle Island in Northern Wisconsin to shoot the ice caves. Got up (I was alone btw) , got to the ice and ventured out. It was 0 to low single digits with and 15-20 mph wind. I had my whole backpack and tripod and realized immediately there would be no changing of anything. I don't normally use camera straps so I carried my pack for no good reason at all. My hike was about 2 miles or so out and then the same hike back....EM1 did fine as I expected it would, I've shot Oly cams in cold weather for years (I live in Minnesota).

I got a good chuckle out this story.....next time I go up (it's been 5 years since they last opened the ice for ventures to the caves) I'll take a much different approach. One thing I did see people using that I will consider since terrain is relatively flat, is pulling a light weight plastic sled to carry gear you may think you need. Your terrain will dictate whether this will work for you.

I have an ice cave gallery on my zenfolio site if you care to look. They were shot with the EM1 and the panny 12-35 f2.8.

I'm gonna head off and check out your work....


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Bill Wallace
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Hello Bill,

Looked at your Ice Cave gallery at zenfolio WOW! Our trip last Tuesday was a literal walk in the park. Like most parks, parking areas are near scenic overlooks. No very long walks like yours.

I have heard of using a light weight kid's sled before, only it was from my hunting friends and not on flat terrain. Funny stories were available, about how the sled went down to bottom of a hill, never touching anything.

We all had spare batteries kept in inside pockets, but not one of us had to make a change. Of course we did not take a lot of pictures and the camera was off at walk times.

Like you, I am a old tome Olympus user, having switched from Minolta when I went to digital. Still use some of the old Minolta gear (lens, bellows etc.) that work great with the E-PL5 .

Thanks for your comments and I think you have some nice shots of the ICE Cave. Followed the TV story that was on the other night about how this was the first year in awhile that a visit to the caves were possible.

Keep warm.


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