At the start of the year I found myself packing for our first project of 2018 - a trip to the cold, icy summit of Mt Washington in NH to shoot a story with the weather observation team @MWOBs and their local outfitter @easternmntnsports. •
I grew up back East so I knew to prepare for the coldest of cold, but upon checking the forecast it became clear that we were going to experience some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded due to a ‘Bomb Cyclone’... essentially a gnarly low pressure system that was dragging hyper cold air from the North Pole along with 100mph winds right to the White Mountains. The reports said that temps were predicted to be at -100...Fun stuff right?
I wasn’t too worried about my camera gear, I knew that because we were just doing daily trips my camera batteries would be fine, but what I was worried about was me! •
So here comes the #techtiptuesday... In the end we never made it to the summit of Washington (apparently -100 degree temps brought some liability concerns), but we did find ourselves in -50 degree on nearby summits. And there were three things I wish I had for the extreme cold but I either forgot or didn’t know I needed them.
1) Goggles - No excuse not to remember these guys, they should live in my pack all winter.
2) A two part mitten/glove system with a liner gloves that can block the wind... fleece gloves do nothing for you in the wind when you are operating a camera.
3) MicroSpikes - Not ‘YakTracks’ or Strap On Crampons. Simple MicroSpikes. These should just live in my camera bag all winter.
4) Insulated pants. They pack up small and are awesome to warm the core. •
Ok that was 4. But if I would have had these four things I would have been very warm in my big down jacket, and layers of long underwear in even the coldest locations. As it was we survived and have some great stories (and photos) to share.
#goeast #mtwashington #newhampshire