Red Yeti Videocast #1: Kit For Hut-To-Hut In The Alps


This is a bit of a departure eh?

Whilst we were in the Alps we got talking to many people that wanted to know how we were carrying less weight when camping and lugging photographic kit about than they were when just going hut-to-hut (that is, staying in accommodation, so not carrying a tent).

I’ve already got plenty of blurb on this blog about the hut-to-hut kit I carry from the postings on the Walker’s Haute Route.

But a few things have changed of course, and not everyone likes reading through the postings.

So whilst we were stuck in the same place for three days with a leg injury I thought I’d record a video, running through what I carry.

LB did an absolutely first-rate job or recording it (especially considering she’s never really shot any video of any description before!).

It was only done on a little Canon IXUS 980 IS but I think it’s come out quite well apart from a tiny bit of wind noise at a couple of points.

I”m not sure how many of these I’ll do but there is one more to come, which was shot immediately after this and shows the extra kit needed to go from hut-to-hut up to camping as well as the photographic kit and chargers.

I planned to put links on this posting to the kit but to be honest I’m getting rather tight for time. Besides anything in here should turn up in Google, but if you can’t find something or want to know more – just leave a comment!

The video is split into two parts due to YouTube upload restrictions.

9 Replies to “Red Yeti Videocast #1: Kit For Hut-To-Hut In The Alps”

  1. Highly informative – some nice tips and bits of kit I need to check out. I liked the safety pin idea especially. I’ve been carrying one in my medical kit forever, but it never occured to me to use it for anything else except bandages. Duh!

    The second video is marked private, though, and I couldn’t get it to play – dying to see what comes up next.

  2. Hey Chris – very glad you enjoyed it!

    Yes I woke up this morning with that nagging feeling that I’d missed something… sure enough I’d missed marking the video as Public. Thanks for letting me know.

    The safety pin idea is from Rachel (from the Big Walks). I think we used it almost every day of the walk.

    One more set of videos to come – and then I hope to get some pictures up. But I have many yet to look through… ;)

  3. Thanks. Excellent video, got me re looking at the Golite Pinnacle and the sea to summit bags. Agree completely about Merino,it is all I wear these days. Which Kestrel are you using? I am very interested in your camera harness, have you blogged about it?
    Well done on the excellent videos.

  4. Thanks Roger! Really appreciate the comment. It’s rather a strange departure putting up video of yourself jabbering away…

    I can’t recommend the Pinnacle enough. Marvellous bit of kit.

    The Kestrel I have is the 3500. As it says, it measures the lot but doesn’t log. The case is the one let-down. It’s about a third of the weight and scratches the display! Better off keeping it in a little silnylon bag.

    The camera harness hasn’t been blogged about and, to be honest, it may not be for a while! I have a backlog of these GR5 related postings as it is. Not to mention the photos and diary (and my current contract and new personal project – not walking related sadly!).

    Besides, it’s rather a work-in-progress at the moment. It’s pretty good though – worked well for the whole trip!

  5. Excellent post, thanks. I will have to go back and look at some of your older stuff now.Bit slow of me really but I never though of using Ortlieb cases for anything but maps.

  6. Hi Dave,
    Great to have an inside look to your bag one month after our meeting.
    Very exciting actualy!
    I like your thought about the footwear waterproof system. I will study that carefuly ;)

  7. Hi Antoine!

    And you got to see some of the kit for real :)

    That was a great evening. One of the outstanding ones of the trip.

    Yes the Rocky Socks have been great. I only wore waterproof socks for about five or six days on the trip and I really appreciated having warm dry feet.

    I also really appreciated having cooler, drier feet without the GoreTex liners in the shoes for the other forty five days! :)

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