Monday evening, a few minutes before midnight. It’s quiet. Things are packed, we are ready to go. The last few days have been rather hectic: a friend is going to take care of the flat during our travels (thanks, Murat!). To make him feel a little bit at home everything had to go. Tons of clothes, electronic gadgets and other junk were packed and transported for storage (Thank you, David!). The flat got a major cleaning session and the empty floor space was filled with must-haves on the trip. What did we pack, you ask? Well, not that much to be honest. A summary below.



  • *Warm* hiking booths
  • Thick, non-cotton socks
  • Thermal under and upper wear
  • A complete ski suit
  • Hat, gloves and ear warmers (notice a pattern here?)
  • Polyfill sleeping bag and therm-a-rest mattress
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Some shorts and shirts
  • Bikini and mini-towel
  • A notebook (the paper version)
  • A notebook (the digital one)
  • Navigational aids (yes, she IS driving!)
  • Cooking utensils (hehehe)


  • Canon 1100D
  • Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
  • Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye
  • A lightweight “Nipple…or was it Nimble?” alu travel tripod
  • Circular polariser, ND1000 and IR filters
  • GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
  • Backup aids
  • 10 x 42 waterproof binoculars
  • Samsung I8190
  • The obligatory selfie-stick



  • 2-person stormproof tent (tested and approved)
  • Polyfill sleeping bag and unpictured therm-a-rest
  • Hiking boots – the not-too-stiff variety
  • 7 pairs of underwear, 7 pairs of socks, 2 cotton pants and one pair of shorts
  • 3 T-shirts
  • Thermal underwear
  • A ski outfit
  • Gloves, a warm hat and a hat for sun protection
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Nexus 7 2013
  • Samsung I9300
  • Suaoki 20W foldable solar panel
  • Polarised aviators
  • A first aid kit
  • Duck tape!


  • Sony Alpha 7R II
  • Metabones EF to E-mount T-IV adapter
  • Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8
  • Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro
  • Canon 300mm f/4 L IS
  • Kenko 1.4x teleconverter
  • Zomei circular polariser and ND1000 filters
  • Metz 58 AF flash
  • Aputure Amaran halo ring flash
  • Rode VideoMicro microphone
  • QZSD Q-666 carbon fibre travel tripod
  • GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
  • Nitecore D4 charger
  • Anker PowerCore 20100 USB battery pack
  • Aukey 40W USB charger

That’s all for now, folks! Next stop: Seattle, the US of A.