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by ScottyP » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:08 am

I am with Mountain Trip group. I'll be looking. Scott

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by attimount » Wed May 05, 2010 2:07 am

Reading this topic I found lots of good info from those who already been there.

Regarding the training, I'm already tired from my job :) but I do my best to get in shape for the "big one" and since we still have lots of snow in the mountains we even tried the sled with one bag of cement and one box of tiles :) (I'm a tile setter), about 40kg, for a couple of hours...it was hard work.

Now I have a dilema too. Have enybody use a D90 or similar cameras on the mountain?
How many batteries did you bring? There is any possibility to recharge them at ABC?

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by ScottyP » Wed May 05, 2010 3:23 am

Alti,

Contact Mattyj on this forum. He is quite the "kevin-kodak" and hauled a lot of camera gear up Denali. I myself am also way into DSLR's but am brining the coolpix 'cause I am a wimp! My DSLR is staying home and I am using a Solio to charge the I Phone (music) and the camera. Scott

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by tigerlilly » Wed May 05, 2010 11:54 am

I've never climbed Denali, so I really should be in the shut up seat.

HOWEVER, !!! my little experience has taught me that a super critical part of your success will be based on a simple question.....

How do your boots feel? did you break them in? Are they warm and comfy like cinnamon toast? Any ouchie spots? take care of that now.

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by AndyJB444 » Wed May 05, 2010 12:18 pm

Not sure if this helps, but I'll be taking a D5000 with a standard sized lens to Denali this year. I will also be bringing 3 fully charged batteries, as I'm not expecting to be able to charge them on the mountain. I will also have 9 Gb of storage capacity. On one hand I'm not looking forward to lugging around the DSLR, but on the other I know it will result in getting some phenomenal shots!

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by Alpinist » Wed May 05, 2010 1:29 pm

A good test to see if your batteries will last is to fully charge them and then put them in the freezer for 3 weeks. I'll be surprised if you can get more than couple of shots out of them.

One thing that helps to extend battery life is to disable the LCD screen. Look through the viewfinder to take pictures instead of using the screen. Also, don't review your photos until after your trip. Usig the LCD screen will kill your batteries quicker than anything.

You should consider bringing a disposable camera along for summit day, as I did. It was quite valuable when the batteries on my digital camera died.

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by attimount » Thu May 06, 2010 4:33 am

Contact Mattyj

Thanks Scot, I will contact him/her. I do also have a Solio but with all my efforts I can not atach to my camera like an external source of power, because of the jack.
3 fully charged batteries

...me too, and I hope at least one will be okay for the summit day.
put them in the freezer

...you now I already thougth about this test, and I will do it this week.
I will not use the lcd at all, and probably review just the most important shots.
Nikon says the battery lose about 40% of the power when is exposed to cold enviroment, but if you keep the battery in a warm place it should regain at least up to 90%.
Well we will se after the freezer test, but I dont have 3 weeks :)
We also bring a second compact camera just in case.

Thanks all.

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How about the food?

by attimount » Sun May 09, 2010 2:39 am

I have the big picture about what to bring what not from my other trips, just my curiosity made me to put this question.

We will have lots of dryed food, this time diferent brand like last time, probably some good beens+sousage, of course in cans, soups, lots of chocolate, crackers, and some meat cans if we can buy them in Ancorage. For hidratation I think the tea will be the best, but I brig some capuccino and hot chocolate powder too.

What others had/will have on there food list for this kind of trip?
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Re: How about the food?

by attimount » Sun May 09, 2010 2:42 am

I have the big picture about what to bring what not from my other trips, just my curiosity made me to put this question.

We will have lots of dryed food, this time diferent brand like last time, probably some good beens+sousage, of course in cans, soups, lots of chocolate, crackers, and some meat cans if we can buy them in Ancorage. For hidratation I think the tea will be the best, but I brig some capuccino and hot chocolate powder too.

What others had/will have on there food list for this kind of trip?
Thanks.

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by 96avs01 » Sun May 09, 2010 3:00 am

I really liked M&M's. Lots of different varieties and I can still enjoy them after-the-fact, which I cannot say for all of the food items we took.

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by ScottyP » Mon May 10, 2010 2:18 am

Ati, I too have the Solio and for the life of me can not get it t work for the camera. Frustrating. I don't want to lug the DSLR only to have it dead weight. About he only thig the Slio is good for is the Phone which is useless for the mountain except for the tunes. (from what I've heard) Scott

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by Alpinist » Mon May 10, 2010 2:30 am

ScottyP wrote:Ati, I too have the Solio and for the life of me can not get it t work for the camera. Frustrating. I don't want to lug the DSLR only to have it dead weight. About he only thig the Slio is good for is the Phone which is useless for the mountain except for the tunes. (from what I've heard) Scott

I don't think the Solio works directly with the camera. You have to bring a separate battery charger to charge the camera batteries.

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by ScottyP » Mon May 10, 2010 4:15 am

Yeah, I know that. But, my DSLR runs on AA's and the Solio charger is adapter is heavy. I am thinking the Coolpix with 3 batteries and use the Solio for the I Phone (tunes).

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by peladoboton » Mon May 10, 2010 9:45 pm

i am about to buy one of the coolpix that goes on a rechargable battery...anyone know how long those daddies are good for and how many i would need for the one week i will be out?

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