Adventure Photography Camera Bags by Clik Elite

Pack it Like a Pro with Gabe Rogel

Gabe Rogel in action. Photo Credit: Ben Shook

Photo Credit: Ben Shook

After shooting various types of climbing over the years (18, now that I count), there are two various camera and camera-carrying systems, which I’ve fine tuned to perfectly fit my needs. In looking back at all the cutting, sewing and duct taping I’ve done to my packs, it’s almost laughable, seeing as Clik Elite has dialed in some awesome camera packs, which don’t require any scissors. I won’t bore you with my past contraptions, but will share the two I currently love, which coordinate with varying types of climbing photography:





Gabe Rogel Photo Credit: Ben Shook

Gabe Rogel in action. Photo Credit Ben Shook

Alpine climbing (light and small camera):  Recently, I’ve been turned onto the 4/3rds camera systems for alpine climbing, due to them being so small, light, having interchangeable lenses and being packed with many features found in their much larger brothers, DSLRs. In particular, I’m loving Sony’s NEX-7 (which actually has a much larger sensor than traditional 4/3rds cameras!) with their 10-18mm and 18-200mm lenses. The NEX-7 with both lenses couldn’t fit more perfectly in Clik Elite’s Infinity Case. The case comes with four separate attachment points, which allow them to attach to any backpack’s shoulder and hip straps… pretty cool.
Gabe Rogel Photo Credit: Ben Shook

Gabe Rogel Photo Credit: Ben Shook

Cragging:  Shooting cragging is fun. However, the amount of gear you need (both climbing and camera), makes for a pretty big pack for the hike in. I’ll load a large backpack with my climbing gear on the bottom,then put Clik Elite’s Jetpack 15 on top. This little puppy is the PERFECT size to jumar (ascend) the ropes with, and here’s the key: I can leave my 70-200mm lens on my camera body (Canon 5D with vertical grip) and easily fit it in the Jetpack. Why is this important?… because swapping lenses  every time I want to put my camera away, takes too long and more importantly, greatly increases me chances of dropping a lens (potentially on the climber!).

Video with a large, non-DSLR video camera (Sony FS700RED, etc.):  In this case, you need even more room due to a dedicated video camera being much larger than a DSLR. For this, I’ll bring the set up from the above scenario (big pack with climbing gear on the bottom with a separate camera pack on top), swapping out the Jetpack 15 for Clik Elite’s Contrejour 40. Again, I can easily jumar with the Contrejour 40 AND if arranged very carefully, I can fit both a DSLR and video camera in the pack, making it possible to swap between the two cameras.

So, put the scissors and duct tape away. Clik Elite has done the work for you (yes, I’m shamelessly promoting them, but they make rad gear).

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