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    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    I recently did a four-day trek from the south end of Kodiak in Alitak Bay to the village of Larsen Bay, half way up the west side of the island. I documented my trip in a short video:

    Hiking from Alitak to Larsen Bay, Kodiak, AK

    Cheers.

    #1998839
    Tony Wong
    BPL Member

    @valshar

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Philip,

    Sitting in the sweltering heat of Singapore while visiting relatives and just watching your video made me feel cooler.

    Great relaxing video that was a joy to watch to see what your neck of the woods looks like.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tony

    #1998850
    Ike Jutkowitz
    BPL Member

    @ike

    Locale: Central Michigan

    Awesome trip with some great wildlife shots. Walking through the willow tunnels alone always has me on edge. You never know who you'll come face to face with.

    I'll be returning to Alaska in a month and a half- your video was a great reminder of what I've been looking forward to.

    #1998851
    David Noll
    BPL Member

    @dpnoll

    Locale: Maroon Bells

    Wow. Great video. Very good early morning show with a cup of coffee.

    #1998855
    Mole J
    BPL Member

    @mole

    Locale: UK

    That looks a great time to be walking there. Loved the wildlife. Thanks.

    #1998870
    Peter Nash
    Member

    @nash-pattbi-com

    Locale: West Michigan

    Your video looks professionally produced. I also enjoyed viewing it with my first cup of coffee this morning. Loved the great wildlife shots.

    What type of video equipment did you use? What about the weight of the equipment? I'm generally curious about how the decision to video your trip affected your planning for the trip, and how much it otherwise affected your progress when underway.

    Thanks for sharing this. It put a smile on my face.

    #1998871
    Gary Dunckel
    BPL Member

    @zia-grill-guy

    Locale: Boulder

    Very well done. You had spendid weather–I thought it always rained in Kodiak. Both times I was there, I never saw a dry moment. I especially liked the Larson ice cream cone! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    #1998872
    BlackHatGuy
    Spectator

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    Nicely done Philip, thanks for sharing. Beautiful country.

    #1998875
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    A Big Thank You!
    Great video of a great trip.

    Do the pants in the closing have an armored front and integrated gaiters?
    If so, who makes them?

    What's next?

    #1998881
    David W.
    BPL Member

    @davidpcvsamoa

    Locale: East Bay, CA

    Thank you for sharing such a special place. Well done!

    #1998884
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    What type of video equipment did you use? What about the weight of the equipment? I'm generally curious about how the decision to video your trip affected your planning for the trip, and how much it otherwise affected your progress when underway.

    I always take two cameras on my trips: a GoPro Hero2 (190g with housing and tripod adapter) and a Panasonic Lumix ZS20 point and shoot (210g). I will bring an extra battery for each on trips longer than 2 days, and will usually bring a small extra power brick as well on 4+ day outings just to make sure I don't run out of juice (e.g., Powergen 5200 mAh, 120g). I like to document my trips with video, so the camera weight is something that is worth it to me. I also use a small Pedco Ultrapod tripod (50g).

    I will stop periodically and set up shots, which takes a minute or two, but I don't feel changes my progress or the flow of the hike/paddle/ski/whatever. It is actually a small part of the day. I have done this enough that I know what shots I want and can get the footage pretty efficiently. On this trip I shot a bit over 1 hour's worth of footage and used about 7 minutes of it in the video. A 10:1 ratio of raw to final footage is about average for me. The POV on-the-go shots I don't slow down for; I just pull the GoPro out as I walk and record and then put it away without ever stopping. Most of the animal shots are the same except I need to stand still briefly for them. It's only the self-recordings that require some sort of setup-backtrack-hike.

    I used to shoot stills and do trip reports that way, but I have found that for many activities video offers me a more expressive retelling of the trip. Now I rarely do explanations or narratives. Just visuals.

    Cheers.

    #1998888
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    Do the pants in the closing have an armored front and integrated gaiters?
    If so, who makes them?

    They are Rab Torque pants (350g). No gaiter- just straight leg. I sewed the end of the lower leg zipper shut so they wouldn't unzip as I hike through brush, and I added a buttonhole at each side of the ankle cuff so that I can run a bit of 1/4" shock cord under my boot as a stirrup to keep them in place. That becomes the integrated gaiter, I suppose. I do this to all my hiking pants.

    The knee and instep do indeed have a material that has kevlar/arimide threads woven in for armoring. While good in theory, the kevlar fibers actually are really abrasive to the normal weave material on the opposite pant leg. When I brush my ankles together when walking, the instep patch abrades the opposite instep and I have already worn holes through the cuff. I'll just add another layer of instep material and that should fix it. Otherwise they are really great fitting, comfy, summer-weight hiking pants. I was skeptical of the shock-cord waist drawstring, but they don't ride down even when humping up hills on warm days with a 30-pound pack. I dig them.

    #1998903
    Eugene Smith
    BPL Member

    @eugeneius

    Locale: Nuevo Mexico

    Inspiring. Thanks Philip!

    #1999007
    peter vacco
    Member

    @fluffinreach-com

    Locale: no. california

    now THAT was a proper walk.

    Lars Monsen walked across some alaskan island years ago to "be with the bears"..
    ..ok .
    sure ..

    nice work. well done. and you made it look so easy. quite elegant movement you have there.

    v.

    #1999024
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    If you guys like coastal Alaskan scenery and animals, and you aren't totally sick of my trip reports yet, I would like to take the liberty of suggesting a video I made of a sea kayak trip I did last summer from my home in Kodiak to the town of Homer on the Alaskan mainland last summer. It is a bit longer, but then it was an 11-day solo journey. I think I captured the essence of the experience pretty well, if I may say so myself. If it softens the blow of watching a sea kayaking video I will point out that I did some nice hikes along the trip. :^)

    Link: Paddling from Kodiak to Homer, Alaska

    I do appreciate all the kind feedback. Cheers.

    #1999036
    Miguel Arboleda
    BPL Member

    @butuki

    Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan

    That was wonderful. Stuck here sick in Tokyo, it was wonderful to be able to vicariously get out there with this well-done video. Thanks!

    #1999171
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    No way would that ice cream cone have survived to the cash register let alone to the front porch of the store. Absolutely some of the best wilderness travel footage I've seen, both. Please post more.

    #1999179
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    Fantastic. Both trips.

    #1999181
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    You must have an incredible rapport with the weather gods….

    #1999303
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    I can't account for how I can live in a place with such regular nasty weather and end up with so many glorious days on my trips, but I do believe that it is often better to be lucky than to be good. That said, having lived here for almost 25 years helps a lot because I am a semi-expert on doing my own forecasts based on satellite weather info. The 48-hour predictions are easy. 3-day forecasts start getting iffy. 4 days? Low probability of success. 5+ days? Forget it. :^)

    Your best bet is to have a flexible work schedule and be able to dash out the door at a moment's notice when things look opportune.

    #1999331
    d k
    BPL Member

    @dkramalc

    Wow, what beautiful videos! Do you use the Lumix for any of the video, and if so what types of things? (that's my backpacking camera, but mostly stills) Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your videos.

    #1999339
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    I use the Lumix for all the telephoto video shots, and a few of the wide angle scenics. The obviously wide-angle shots are from the GoPro. So probably 1/2 or 2/3 of the video is out of the Lumix. Things get a tiny bit soft at full zoom, but overall I'm happy with the quality.

    #1999341
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    Color me amazed by your Kodiak to Homer trip. More than most, I know how unforgiving those waters and coastline can be (I was on a 24-foot boat that sunk in Dogfish Bay last month – I felt in the moment that we needed either a much larger boat or a much smaller boat i.e. a kayak) and am thrilled that you had the weather that you did. We did a week of kayaking in Prince William Sound (far, far less adventurous) with only a day of rain and knew we'd totally lucked out.

    I presume you have a completely bomber roll?

    As others have posted about the video, the scenery and wildlife shots are incredible and you capture well the mix of serenity, exertion, and moments of excitement that such a trip entails.

    If you ever need support on the Kenai Peninsula for such "Stupid Human Tricks" in the future, drop me a line. I helped Hig and Erin with air drops in their circumnavigation of Cook Inlet on foot this summer and have loaned my Pygmy triple and done pick-up and drop-offs for various Homer-to-Seward kayak trips by locals.

    #1999384
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    That's very kind. I do appreciate the feedback and the offer. I have done some traveling on the Kenai and really enjoyed the mountains behind Tustemena Lake. I have also paddled from Homer to Seward, and that may have been the most beautiful trip I have ever done. Simply spectacular!

    I greatly admire Hig, Erin, and numerous notable others. Every time I see a map of their travels my head pretty much explodes. :^)

    #1999415
    Richard Nisley
    BPL Member

    @richard295

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Philip,

    As both a sea kayaker and backpacker I am in awe of your journeys and your associated video productions. AAA+ SUPERB job!

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