2 MONTH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION – the equipment I bring | camera gear, solar power, camping gear etc.

This is such an incredible feeling. It’s almost two and a half months since
I left my home to go on this photography… expedition to Ellesmere Island in Canada. And now I’m standing here on my way home… and in less than… like four days…. I’ll be back home in Denmark
on my little farm… and I really miss my friends and
my family and my little dog. So, I can’t wait… Whoah, this expedition has been
challenging in many ways. First of all… everything we had planned almost… changed. And I have never in my life… spent so much time and… so much money on a trip
where I have seen so little wildlife and… got so few good pictures. But still, it has been such a great experience
and I have learned a lot from it. I don’t want to go into more details with the expedition now,… because I’m going to make
a video all about that,… my experience and stuff,
that I will share with you. And also… I can’t wait to come home and
actually start making… putting all this footage together
to share this expedition with you. I’m really, really looking forward to it. I am so sorry I left without telling you
anything about the… expedition and how long it would be and
when I would be back and… that I wouldn’t be posting. And that was why I was writing
the letter home. I hope you got it through my very good friend Simon
who read it in the last video. I hope that was good enough. At least you knew that…
what was going on. Behind me. Look at this. Isn’t it just really beautiful. Tomorrow I’ll get on a plane and
we will go further south. And in just a few days… I’ll be back home.
And as I said… I’m missing all the green,
I’m missing the trees,… my family, friends,
the dog Bjørn, the cat,… like basically,…
like the meadow, the forest,… everything. and at the same time I loved being here. It’s really wonderful. The purpose of this video is
not to tell about the expedition,… but, just to, like… reconnect to all of you… and to say hi and
to say that I… was actually,…
I had made a video… with all my equipment and, like, the skis and pulks
and food and camera gear and solar panels… and telling about it and… I wanted to upload that video. I made that at the end of March. I wanted to upload it
just before I left. But I had to do
some corrections on the video… and then I wanted to upload it from Toronto
and we didn’t have time. Then I wanted from Iqaluit
and then the internet was really bad. A lot of excuses.
Bottomline you didn’t see it. You didn’t get that video. But I’m still going to share it
after my little talk here. Then I hope you can
use some of that… about the equipment for…
and the experience and stuff, just for your own trips. So just bear in mind when you see it
that it was produced like two and a half months ago. And I might say some stupid things
like see you in two months. It doesn’t count.
Anyway, I hope you like that video. I’ve put some time codes in it,
just so you can go to where you actually… the things that interest you,… because I strongly doubt that you want to
look at me talking for more than an hour. So then you will need
an extremely strong coffee. Anyway… The plan now is when I get back home and
I have spent some time with all the people… I really, really love… is to get to my computer and
get some of this footage together from the expedition. I have so much to catch up on. I need to make that footage,
I need to make some stories behind the… calendar photos. And I have so many
trips planned already. Like to the forest, to the meadow… and I…argh…
You can probably…yeah… I’m just talking, talking, talking. I’m so excited about all that. I can’t wait to take you… out to the forest
to look for the fox,… to see if we can find the badger. We have to go out to look for
the roe deer, the red deer… the birds, the buzzards
all that kind of stuff. It is just going to be really, really awesome. So yeah Probably next time I’ll see you
will be when we get back to Denmark,… with a cup of coffee, sitting, looking at
the sunrise in the meadow, something like that. Before I actually publish my… expedition videos. So until then… Have a really, really good time and… Yeah, enjoy the video now. I hope you’ll like it and then
see you back home and see you out there. I’m back from Norway… and I’m standing here
in my little studio with… all this equipment around me. I’m basically surrounded
by power banks,… batteries,… camera equipment,
telephoto lenses,… computers,… pulks,… skis,… marking tape for color coding,… a beautiful lady,… maps,… navigation system,
satellite communication,… food making equipment,… camera bags,… tent, sleeping bags and
a lot of clothes. All my equipment for
my upcoming… expedition Ellesmere… where I’m going to the northern part of Canada, Ellesmere Island,… to try to make an old dream come true. The dream about… just having a glimpse of
the arctic white wolf. I’ve never seen it. I have never seen a track and it’s one of my
biggest dreams and it has been that for a while. So, yeah, and if I’m extremely lucky
also to get a picture of it. But all this equipment is for this trip. And I’m actually leaving together with my expedition buddy Anders Bilgram,… who is also packing at this moment back in his house. And I’ll be leaving in two days from now,… fly to… Toronto, from Toronto
to Iqaluit,… Resolute Bay and then up north to Grisefiord… where I will spend, together with Anders,
two months in this…. beautiful ice desert. It’s going to be absolutely awesome. I don’t know if you saw my last video
from Norway, from Dovrefjell,… where I actually used the tent and the pulk and the solar panels
and I had a storm. Otherwise, I’ll leave a link and put some clips
to that video while I’m talking about equipment. This video is going to be all about
this equipment… and it’s going to be extremely long. So go and make yourself a cup of coffee.
I’m going to do that. Then underneath I’ll put a time code so you can jump
directly to like a power bank, solar panels,… and you can jump to camera,
you can jump to the food, pulk, skis… weapons, like whatever. So you don’t have to watch or hear me speak
for probably more than an hour. Because I’m not going to rush this video. I’m going to take my time to explain all the things that
I have spent so much time on… setting up and making ready,
so it it just works perfectly. Because I hope that can benefit you. So without a lot more introduction
I think it’s time to… actually jump into going through
all this equipment. But first it is time for me
to make a cup of coffee. And I think you should probably
do the same. In the meantime… I’m just going to add a little… footage from my last video
from Dovrefjell. And then you can enjoy that for a minute
while I’m going to… yeah, I don’t know where I put it…
find my coffee. So this video is going
to be long, but…. let’s get started. So, time to start this video. Oooh! It’s always nice with
a cup of coffee. [Exhales deeply] Where to start and where to begin. I think what we’re going to do is… Bjørn! Look… Bjørn! [Danish] Stop with that there. Before we start… it’s very important to me that you…
don’t think as this… this being the best equipment.
Like, let’s say I use the… Let’s say I use this… solar panel from Raw Power…. or this power bank from something called XT Power.
It’s not because that’s the best… it’s just because that’s the one I have chosen. Go and find the thing that fits your need best
and just use… all this as an inspiration for… how it could, like… what equipment you could use… and then you can take my advices
and put them together with your own advices. And yeah,
I’m not saying this because I think you’re stupid. I just say this, because I know there’s also
a lot of young people watching. And they might just go and say:
Oh Morten is using the Raw Power solar… so that’s probably the best and
that’s not the case. It’s just because I’m not the most patient man
in the world, so I don’t spend… days and weeks looking
at different specs. I find something, test it and
if it works, it’s good enough for me. So that was a long boring talk,
but it’s just important for me that you… Yeah, that you don’t see this as one big commercial
for a lot of gear. So,… Just let’s get started.
Where should we start, actually. I think what we’re going to do is,
we’re… we’re starting in a kind of logical way,… like with the pulks first, and the skis and stuff,
because … that is what is actually… the most important thing. The skis, because we can get ahead and
the pulks, because we need something to… to drag our equipment. After that… we go to the… backpacks, like the photo bag,
the backpack, the packing things… After that, we go to the sleeping bag,
sleeping mats, tent,… After that we go to all the clothes,
what I use there. Then we go to… some of the different tools, navigation,
GPS, satellite phone, batteries, maps,… Just a few things. Then we go to the cooking, I think. And then… tripods,… solar charging systems,… Oi… The batteries and then
camera gear at the end. Maybe I might switch something around.
And of course the computer system. I’m also going to talk a little about backup. How I do that. I’m going to talk a little about… the cases I choose.
Why I choose them and… [Exhales] It’s going to be long.
Let’s start over here. One of the big advantages of… travelling on snow is the fact that I can drag all… And when I say “I” in this video… it’s me and Anders.
I just say I, it’s easier for me. I can drag all my heavy equipment… on the pulk and
that means that on this trip… I’m going to bring about a hundred kilo
and most of that is actually food and fuel… and spare batteries and stuff. Things like the equipment itself,… the photo equipment and stuff
is not that heavy. It’s the fact that we are going to spend
six weeks up there… in the… what do you say…
in the freezer. That makes the expedition so heavy.
And of course safety. The pulk, the way I have chosen to do it is
to use the Fjellpulken which is … a fiberglass pulk. The reason why I choose this even though it’s like
six kilos compared to the Paris Pulk,… which I’m also bringing,… it’s much lighter,
is that this one is very, very heavy duty. And even though we are having… to cross stones or rocks or something.
This one will hold up. Another advantage is underneath… everything is fiberglass
and it has these… it has these…. plastic,
like I don’t know what you call it. It’s like….
Yeah, it’s just so the pulk doesn’t slide to the side. Everything is like very heavy-duty.
Where I can put my straps, like these straps… into these metal things and
it’s not going to fall off. It has a built-in… cover. Meaning that I can cover everything down. And let me just show you a few examples
while I’m talking, from Norway so you can see…. how nice it is that everything is covered down
when the wind really kicks in. So yeah, as you can see it’s nice
with this cover and… also the fact that I can actually put
my camera on top and my…. my wool sweater on top… on these elastic straps,
and I can have all my load… down in the pulk, close it for the wind
and the weather and the snow and then I can… tie it with elastic and
put things so it’s easy to grab my camera. Yeah, as my second pulk
I have the… Paris Pulk which is a very, very lightweight pulk.
It weighs nothing and it’s surprisingly strong. Reinforced with metal… here where the strings go through and… I have made this system with a string,
so that I can actually get things down. In this one,…
this one is a… RAB bag that can be in the pulk, so that I can actually have
the same benefits of the other pulk by zipping this. I drag the pulk either in the… harness,… which is sitting around the waist
and coming up the shoulder… or I’m putting it directly
in my Klättermusen Tor… backpack, because it has two metal rings
made for the same purpose. That was the pulk. Let’s just take the rifle
now we are here, because… there’s nothing special about that. The only reason why I’m bringing a rifle
is for a self-defense. We’re bringing a… 3006 caliber and a shotgun. And the only reason why we bring these is that when
you travel or if you travel to places with polar bears…. Of course, you don’t want to
shoot the polar bears, but… in my time in the Sirius dog sled patrol,
I think I’ve had like… around fifty or sixty polar bear, what you say, encounters
where they actually come close and… walk around and sniff and stuff like that. And one single time a polar bear actually attacked us
in a cabin, but that’s another story. The rifle you always bring just for… safety not to shoot the bears,
but to be able to do warning shots… and in case
you’re in the tent and… We have a polar bear alarm around the tent,
meaning that when a polar bear comes in,… if it does, then a flashbang will go off
and scare the polar bear way. If that’s not enough,
we have the rifle. I hope… deep in my heart
that I’m not going to use this guy. But, yeah… So, for the skis… I’m sponsored by… Åsnes…. and… I used the Åsnes… skis in my time
in the special forces…. in the Sirius Patrol. And I love these skis,
because they are extremely rough and… just because
I’m used to them. The skis I’m using for
this expedition are the… Åsnes Gamme.
You can see here. Just so you can see a little closer. And… this is the binding
we are using. Very, very solid. Where you can actually
take off these,… if you want to,
and just use the ski alone. I’ll show you the boots a little later. They lock by going down here… like so. That’s it. Really nice skis. What we’re going to do is,… Because we are dragging such a heavy load… the skis will go back
every time you try to take a step. So what we are using there are
these ones… called skins. These ones are made of a mohair. It’s basically just
a little piece of… fabric… that you put underneath the skis,
like in the right way,… and that means you
can slide forward,… but you’re not going back. This in combination with skis is… like my absolutely favourite
when I’m in the snow. So here,…
that was the skins. We have… if the skins get worn down
we have some glue to put underneath, like so… we can use that instead of skins. And then we have
some extra… skin glue, so if this one gets not sticky anymore
we can put some more glue on. That were the skis. And the reason why these skis are used,
like this model,… because there’s so many
models out there,… First of all, they have a steel edge.
That makes them very nice,… because if it’s very hard snow,… blown by the wind,
this one will create a good friction… so that we can actually… brake easier and turn easier. Furthermore, they have a deep,… I don’t know what
it’s called in English,… but they have a… deep thing for the wax,
if we want to use that… they are very stiff in the length… that means if you are going very slow
with a heavy backpack or… or a pulk, if the skis are very soft
you will not… glide… My English is not good enough
for a video like this. But you’ll not… glide so easily. So they have to be stiff and
they have to be heavy-duty. And this one also… goes a little more out here. So it’s easier to actually turn
when I’m going downhill. So these… skis are designed by Åsnes
and this guy, Aleksander Gamme,… who walked the South Pole. So these are designed for exactly the expedition
I’m going on now. Things like that. Yeah… The poles… are a little different than
normal ski poles… and that is,
because… The first thing, if you are a skier,
you will notice that they are quite short… compared to normal. These ones are measured,
so they’re 10 centimeters… underneath here. When I stand up, 10 centimeters
from the ground and up here,… because,… and this one is very long. And that’s because,
if you’re walking… Imagine I’m walking on skis
and I go like so with a heavy pulk. Everything dragging here,
locking my blood circulation… and I have my hands over,… above heart level,
then my fingers will get very cold. So you want your hand to go
below heart level. That’s why they are so short and give
a good option for having the hand further down. So I’ll have my hands down here. They come with these ones to click on
and then extra… extra… an extra one of these,
because in Norway I broke one of them. So an extra pair of these. And a ski bag. I think that was the whole thing about
the pulks and the skis. And… The most important thing here for me
is to not be lazy up there. Because if we come to a place
with rocks and stones… and you’re cold and
you just want to get to the tent… you’re tempted just to walk there
with your skins on. But it’s important to…
on an expedition never be lazy, because… your equipment has to last for,
in this case six weeks, on the ice… and you can’t afford to miss something. Oh, by the way, here,
even though the face is up here… they’re sometimes covered with snow
and just so it’s easy to see… what ski,… I know that my left ski is the red and
my right ski is the green. And the reason why I have one on each,
is just if one falls off, I still you know… if I only had the red on and not the green,
if the red fell off I didn’t… I would not know, but now I have both and
I can of course always put it on again. That were the skis. Let’s move on. For the backpacks… These two… are just for the transportation
in the airport,… because they can have a lot,
so they are not interesting. These two are… for the pulk to
actually pack things in. With a red and a silver… tape on it.
So I know that the red is the food for instance. Which it is in this case
and the silver would be clothes. So that’s a color code,
so you don’t have to go through… all your bags. and I always place them on the pulk the same way
in exactly the same location. So I know exactly where to go down
if I want extra clothes,… if I want camera gear,
if I want my… multi-fuel stuff or anything. I got a new bag for
one simple reason. My Lowepro, the one you have seen,
is probably about… ten years old now… maybe even more and… the zippers have started to go,..
what do you say…kaputski. They’ve started to fall apart
and the bag is… extremely soft and everything. So I thought this is time
to get a new one. When I come home… I’m going to repair the zippers on the other one,
because it still a nice bag. But… Got this new Lowepro… Pro Trekker 600 AV. I bought that a week ago. So I still haven’t made modifications. But I’m going to make some modifications,
because there are some obvious… stupid things on this bag
and I’m going to show you them right now. Let’s just take it out here where we have more light
so you can actually see what I’m doing. The bag itself is pretty awesome with the…
It’s very thick and it’s a little taller than my old bag. That means my 600 with the camera
can easily be here. What I really love is that the zipper here
is not this…. waterproof thing,
but… it just glides like
my very first Lowepro bag. I’m really happy. The rest is more or less the same. There are some differences that
I don’t really care about, but… The stupid thing is,
first of all… When you have to lock the bag,
the side of the bag here… this one locks like so. And, I mean… Who has designed that? Because then you have to open that every single time. And the same with this.
You want to get in the bag… or get in this one. So… this one…
Hi… This one I want to lock here instead, so that I can
lock the sides and still get into the bag. The problem is now, that… I thought I could steal
these ones… From the…
I’m not going to use them. I thought I could steal them,
but they don’t fit. So I have to figure something out. Hopefully I can do that in Toronto. So yeah, that was
the bag and… that is going to carry my… all my camera equipment,
all the things that I’m going to use… drones,… extra clothes. It’s basically going to do the same
as my old Lowepro did, so I’m happy. I’m looking forward to trying this bag. Yeah, let’s go to the actual backpack. The backpack I’m going to wear is
the Klättermusen Tor. It has a really, really good
carrying system and… these small rings that I can use
for actually dragging the pulk. And the reason why I’m wearing
a backpack, because… normally, it’s really nice not to have a
backpack on, because you get air to your back. But because of all my camera equipment… I’m going to put sleeping bag and sleeping mats
and some clothes, all these very light things,… in the backpack… because it… fills up a lot, but has no weight… and then I can have better space on the pulk
for the heavy equipment. So yeah, that’s the Tor. So this is the tent.
The Hilleberg Keron 3GT. My… favourite expedition tent. Like if I should go on this expedition
alone and… I think on my… upcoming expeditions or trips
this is my tent of choice. This is a tunnel tent.
I will show you some footage while I’m talking. Where you can actually
see the tent in use on the last video. This tent is a tunnel tent and
the reason why I love it so much is, because it is… so easy to… take up and down even
in the blizzard from the last trip. As you can see I’m… like I… walk down from this valley
and I’m like… it was less than… 20 minutes from it was totally silent
until the storm really kicked in. Less than 20 minutes. And in that time I had to find a place.
It was getting dark, get my tent up and… I strongly doubt that I could
have taken up like… what we call a dome tent in these conditions alone,
but this one was absolutely no problem. That is what I really like about it.
And then the huge apsis… I really like too. That I can actually sit out there and
have my coffee…. have my food and stuff. And the weight is very good. And I think that is why it’s the tent of choice.
And these kind of… tTents are the tent of choice
for many expeditions where you’re like… go walking every day and
don’t make a decent base camp. For this expedition we are trying
a new tent… a dome tent,
six-person dome tent. You’ll probably see a lot of
that tent in the… expedition videos in
about two months from now. I’m still bringing the tent for two reasons.
First of all, because if the other tent fails… I know this one is not going to fail. And second, we have a spare tent if something happened to the other… And third… Sometimes if I’m doing
some video or some photo… Like all my camera…
It’ll fill up a lot of space in the tent and… it can be nice to be able to have
a little privacy and just like say… now I go and write my diary,… and I go and do my… I’m going to do my voice-overs up there and I just,
you know, sit and concentrate on some photos. It’s nice to have an extra tent actually. Plus it’s nice… to I have an extra tent if we go through the ice
and get wet and we need to dry everything. It’s nice to have two tents where
we can actually dry the stuff. Modifications I have made on this tent is
with a string here. I have drilled some small holes. I explained that in the last video.
So let me just show you a few clips The reason why I had my tent in this long bag instead of
a normal pack that you get it in when you buy it,… is because it’s much faster
when I’m with a pulk to get up this way. See, these ones are… gathered with gaffer tape and that means that
they will not go apart and I have sewed them… to this end. You can see I have drilled
a little hole there and… these holes… can be used with a string. I’m going to sew all these… to the bottom of the tent
as I show in the video. That means that they
don’t come out. They don’t go out when they’re in the bag.
So that means for now I can basically just… join the poles two places each and
then I can take ten out and get it up… and that means that if I’m not filming and talking to you… from when I decide to get my camp up till the tent is there,
the sleeping bag is in and the mattress is up… and I’m actually sheltered it’s less than 10 minutes.
So that’s quite nice. So, yeah, let’s get it up. So, the last thing is this. We haven’t put it in yet,
because we need to fit it. So it’s in this tent and the other tent.
And I got hold of this a few days ago. It’s a net, what do you say,
it’s a web that you… cut in the middle and
put up in the tent with… some strings and then
it’s very, very good. Like a gear net and place
where you can dry your clothes. Furthermore, I have added loops to all
the small guidelines, so that I can easily… fold them together and lock them,
so they are not everywhere. These are the standard pegs and these are
the snow pegs and these are some homemade pegs. Let me show you. These ones are the standard that
you can get into very hard ground or very hard snow. These ones are snow pegs. Very good either for putting down like this
or like I did in Norway. Put them down so and
just drag them up here. They make a very, very good anchor. This one is home-made and
as light as the aluminium, almost. Just for the same reason you can put them down in the snow,… dig them down and then
have the string coming up there. Then we have spare poles
for the tent. Just in case if one is bending. I’m not bringing spare poles for this one. But we have a double set of poles
for the other tent which is the Helsport Svalbard 6. Yeah. So… The sleeping bag I’m bringing
on this trip is the… Western Mountaineering Bison. It is a down sleeping bag. It goes down to minus 40 and
that’s Celsius and Fahrenheit. That’s the place where the
two scales are actually the same, so minus 40. The good thing is
this one has a wind stopper. That means that I can actually be outside
in this sleeping bag and still be fine. It’s down and the… good thing about down is, it’s very light.
It’s very comfortable, because you can breathe. The bad thing about down is
on an expedition like this… it will,…
when you are sweating all the water or… moisture will make the down collapse
and make it cold… and we will probably get down to
about minus 30… 35 degrees Celsius at the most,
so I think I’ll be fine. I have had colder temperatures than that,
and I know that I’m not a cold sleeper. So… A sleeping bag like this,…
the coldest I have ever experienced… is minus 51 degrees and while it was cold,
you know, see… I’m still alive. So that was absolutely gorgeous. Especially,…
Oooh, it’s like a down temple. It’s so good A few modifications…
No first… When you get this wet sleeping bag… there’s actually two things to do. Either you can dry it
in the top of the tent… or you can just,
like if everything goes wrong… You can just take…
I can just take my down jacket, my down pants,… take them down,
because they are dry. So that would be fine and it will eventually dry
just by lying next to the stove in the tent. A few tips though… When I’m in my sleeping bag,
I am wearing a… thing like this,
which is a little balaclava. And if you look at this,… See, it has the eyes and it has a nose and
it has a breathable hole and… the good thing about that is
when you’re getting so cold… you will automatically get
your head down here… and you want to zip it and that means
that you are breathing down there. And that means that… through your breathing
you can like almost… throw out a liter of water
together with your sweat during the night. And you don’t want that
liter of water in here. The problem is… that it’s warm in here and
it tries to travel through the membrane,… but out here it’s so cold
that it becomes…. actually ice before
it gets out of the sleeping bag. Two things you can do about that is,
one, you can either take a thin… fiber bag to put on top.
That creates a layer of air so that the… condensation will be locked
between the two layers. In the morning then you take
the down sleeping bag off and you can basically…. wait for this to freeze and
you can take it off like that. I do a little lighter version
with my expedition… arctic bed here. It’s a Carinthia… Heavy duty little thing that I put on top
and that means that I can create this layer of air. That’ll just be warm enough for the moisture
to travel all the way out. Another thing is
when you have this mask on… it’s nice to have your face out. That means you’re breathing out here
instead of into the sleeping bag. Last thing, a little tip… I always,… even though it’s very cold,
because when I go to bed… I’m warm,
because the body is running. So I often take the sleeping bag up and
then I fall asleep and then I wake up… freezing a little bit and then I lock it,
because then all my sweat and the heat has gone out. With a sleeping bag,
there’s a few things to think about. First of all… you want to… have some kind of
strings on your zippers… so that they are easy to grab from inside and
from outside with your gloves or… very cold fingers. Because on an expedition… sometimes or a trip out there when it’s cold,
you’re basically not able to use your fingers. Especially not in an emergency. So it’s nice. Another thing is down here… You have…
I have kind of sewn this little bit. That means this one… cannot come down… and this one cannot come up. If you’re the type of person that likes to open from down
to get your feet a little colder,… you put the stitches like behind this one
and put this a little up. The advantage of that is
that you can open the bottom. The disadvantage of that is
that you can… this one can come up.
So it basically unzips a little during the night. Furthermore, this just makes it super stable. So basically, because you
don’t want this to unzip. I’ve tried that many times
when I take the sleeping bag, cold… shaking, and then it goes there
and you sit with your fingers… and try to get them work and
you get impatient and then you destroy something. So a few stitches… right there, is good. Yeah… Let’s put it there. When it comes to the sleeping mat
I use like a double system. On the bottom
I have a Fjällräven… normal sleeping pad,… quite thick. And the good thing about that is
it can puncture and it’s… warm and nice and
it’s very lightweight. The disadvantage is that it fills a lot
and by itself it’s not… comfortable and warm enough. Therefore I have a Therm-a-Rest and
in this case I have a Luxury Map in large,… because I’m willing to carry a little extra. I’m willing to pay with weight
to get a very good and comfortable sleep. Therefore, I’m going for
the thick luxury map. Not the XL,… but the large. And it has…
Like, the good thing about this mattress is that it… has more insulation on the places
where you have a high pressure,… like the shoulder, the hips
and the feet where you tend to be cold. So that’s really good. The disadvantage about this one is
that it can puncture… up there and
then it’s worth nothing. Then you can try to sit there in your tent
and find a tiny little hole. But a way of doing that is
just to take a little soap in the water… and just drag it on and then you might see
a little bubble come up and then you can repair it. You can put this one in a thing like this guy
to make it not puncture. But again, every time you add things it’s just becoming
more complicated to pack it and unpack it. So this one in combination with this
is a good mix,… because this one will prevent
small things from actually… damaging this. It’s also better to take out… from the tent when you want to sit out there,
because yeah… Then I have something where Anders and I can sit
and have a cup of coffee outside the tent. Two ways,…
actually they’re probably more,… but there are two ways of… doing this when you’re traveling. One is to use an arctic bed,… a proper arctic bed… and then you just basically
take the air out here…. leave the sleeping bag on
and have this in a kind of a…. purse. And then you take that one… That was what we did on
the Sirius Patrol in this military unit. And then we basically…
Imagine the sleeping bag, everything here… and then you just zip the arctic bed… close it there and
then you put it on the dog sled… or you can fold it one time and
put it on the pulk. The advantage of that is
that you can basically… just take the whole thing into the tent, zip it up
and then you’re ready to go to sleep and… blow a little air in this one. Then you’re ready to go to sleep. The disadvantage
in my case is that… I’m not just going from A to B, A to B, A to B. I need to photograph. I need to make video and
need to make photographs. So I don’t want this one
on top of my pulk… so it covers everything. I need to be able to get to
my camera equipment, my drone,… some extra clothes, because there’ll be a lot of
starting stopping, starting stopping. So I’m packing these things down every day,
together with a sleeping bag… and put it in my Klättermusen Tor… backpack. Yeah, that was the… sleeping. Yeah This is a section of clothes
that is actually… separated from the others. I have three piles of clothes. I have like… Everyday clothes,
like, out dragging the pulk,… being outside photographing clothes. And then I have an emergency pack clothes. And then I have… [Danish] What are you up to? There are like,… I think… 60 square meters in here
where you could sleep,… but it has to be right here. No, I have these three packs of clothes
and this is like my tent… pack. And the purpose of that is… like you have to imagine that you are
dragging the pulk up there, sweating… sweat is running down you,
you’re wet and everything is fine. The moment you stop and it’s very cold,
let’s say -30 degrees Celsius… then you will just get very cold,
because…. the whole thing about insulation is
not to just add a thick layer. It’s not the fabric itself
that keeps you warm,… it’s the…. the still standing air… that keeps you warm. That means that if you just have a thick layer of,
let’s just say, wood on you or rubber… with no air in it,
It will get extremely cold. But if you have like say,…you could have a suit that
you could blow up, it would be like… extremely warm That is why down is extremely warm,
because it is puffing up and… becomes very, very insulating… because there’s a lot of air
that stands still between the layers. And then of course, you have to block the wind
so that the wind cannot disturb that… still standing air. That is also why when down collapses
it’s really shit. And sometimes fiber can be better,
because even in a wet… condition a micro fiber or fleece or,… you know, a fiber sleeping bag
will still keep you quite warm. So… That is why I have
my indoor clothes. And the indoor clothes is basically so
that every time I come into the tent… I’m taking off all the wet,
even though it’s cold to get it off. I force myself to
take all the wet clothes off. And then I add a… sweater… merino wool. This is a Devold with a high neck
with a zipper in it. This one…
I get that dry thing on my body. I have a pair of… No, wool.
Yeah wool pants. I don’t know if I said down.
It’s wool. But the wool… trousers. I have two pair of gloves. One that is a little warmer,
one that I can use with my touch things,… like my GPS or whatever. I have a little hat, micro fleece, to take on
just to prevent heat loss. And then have my… down boots. They pack down very small. So now I’m actually sitting there
with very warm… with very warm clothes. I then have a fiber jacket…. fiber jacket here that can keep me warm
if I’m a little cold. I have then just normal… running clothes,
very thin fabric. And the reason why I have that is,
because if I want to get out from the tent just to fix something outside,
just to do something… Bjørn… I then can take this on to prevent a lot of snow
coming into the wool and the down. Yeah, that’s basically
my indoor clothing. So,…
And 2 balaclavas for… sleeping. And for going out if it’s really stormy. So this is… always in a bag inside
my sleeping bag. When I’m arriving into the tent
I take the bag… from my backpack,
put it into my sleeping bag… as the first thing. And when I then come into the bed and
the mattress has pumped itself a little bit,… the sleeping bag
has gained something… I know exactly, this is down my sleeping bag and
now it’s just to change. Then I change the clothes, take all the wet stuff,
hang it up so it can dry… the moment I start to… pump the Primus thing. and then I have dry clothes on
while the other clothes are getting dry. Yeah Yeah, let’s go through the clothes.
I start… with gloves and hats and stuff. Two pairs of gloves. These ones you have
probably seen, my Hestra. The green ones, they are worn down now,
the skin is broken. So a new pair of Hestra three finger gloves. With a liner that
I can actually take out. To be able to use my camera,
I often take these liners out… and use these gloves with a… cheap pair of woolen kind of… gloves. These ones are for
taking around the arms. And that’s really good
because when I’m using these with my camera… and suddenly need to
change the memory cards… the worst thing that happens is if this one flew away,
so I can do so, do the things and… they are not going anywhere. This will be my everyday gloves.
These ones are down gloves. It’s a The North Face Himalaya Mitt
and they are just very good when you just have… extremely cold fingers and
the temperature just drops on a clear day. These are the cheap gloves or
just standard… wooly gloves,… very thin. The good thing about them is that
I can use my camera with them on and… I’m not so bad with my fingers.
I don’t need it to be too warm These ones are… wool… things. And the way I use them… I don’t know if the camera,…
I can’t see the screen… But these are extremely good and my favorite
because you take them on like so… Normally like so and then
if you have the very cold wind coming in… you can take them up like this. And what I like about these
compared to like a… micro fiber and fleece,
is that they… continue to stay quite soft and
it’s so nice to breathe through them. When I breathe now… I can’t feel if it’s there or not. and then when this one freezes and
gets an ice panter here you basically just… turn it around like so. You’ll have the ice out here and
a new fresh thing to breathe through. You can also take them up like so. I know this is not a fashion show, but then you can
like just do them like this to cover your ears. I love these ones. And they are extremely cheap. I have bought them on this military…
What are they called… military… supply places where they have
leftover things from the military. Softer version of that. Very thin fabric, very nice and comfortable
or when it’s getting a little warmer. For the hats I have… different options. I have the balaclava here… for like… you can have on like so,
and… they are really, really nice when it’s very windy
together with my… goggles here. Like this combination is pretty awesome. So… I have two balaclavas,
because they are really getting frozen. Then… I have this one… for… so… around the ears so I can still breathe
from the head and that is very good when walking. My hats…
Klättermusen thin merino wool hat… for everyday use. A little thing my good friend Wenche has made for me
and she has been so kind… I don’t know if it’s all around the world,
but she has knitted this, I don’t know… what this is called,
but in Denmark this little thing here… brings very good luck. Clover?
I don’t know what it’s called. But it’s a little flower with four leaves
and it should bring your luck. And she has made that so it can hopefully
bring me luck, so I can see the wolf. This is to take down,
like so… You see? So you can basically have this… warming all around your neck. She has also knitted me a little hat in Icelandic wool and… this is the hat I was wearing
in the last video also. My favourite hat with a little… micro fleece in here,
so that you don’t get… So it doesn’t…
That the wool doesn’t make your ears scratch. So yeah That was all the hats and all that.
Let’s go to the other clothes. Thin socks,
like running socks. Three pairs of underwear for… six weeks. Yeah, anyway…. My gray… Klättermusen thing. Very… like it’s a fiber thing.
Very thin, good for walking. Wool socks. I’m bringing probably six pairs.
Just have two here. Woolen insoles for the boots.
Just to add a little warmth. Some… special things
to put in to… prevent too much damage on the foot… and to hopefully heal
old damage from the Sirius Patrol. Some Oakley sunglasses
with a… with a case. And what I like about these ones is that they come
very far to the side to prevent the damaging… UV light to hit the eyes. Also a pair of, these are Oakley,
with yellow… goggles with yellow glass. So if there’s a whiteout
that will… increase the contrast in the snow and
makes it easier to see… potential drops and stuff. For the… clothing. I’m having some fiber pants
just for the very cold days. I’m having a merino wool… hooded little thing here,
very thick with a pocket there. Also for the very cold days. For the normal days
I’m wearing this beautiful… web thing. And I will spare you the view of me in these.
It’s not that sexy. But the good thing about this,
is that… It creates that layer of… still standing air from your legs
to the other trousers you have on and… it lets you breathe
and it’s my favourite underwear. And I have that in a shirt also. And then I have this… What is it called, like a hybrid model,
where you have the web… It’s Aklima. Where you have to web on the back and on the stomach
and then on the sides and… on here where you have a backpack
you actually have like a… Let me show you up-close. You have like a normal fabric,
up where you have the backpack… and then you have the webbing down
where you really are sweating. An emergency sack I don’t want to go through,
because it’s basically just a mirroring of my… normal clothes
so that I can take gloves,… socks,… trousers,… underwear and stuff. So that is going in
that emergency pack. Meaning that if we go through the ice and everything is wet
and we’re in a really bad situation… there will be chocolate,
there will be… some water,… there will be… clothes so that we can basically take that one thing
instead of having to go through all the equipment. We can go through that
waterproof bag I have marked with a cross. And then I can get totally changed.
And Anders has the same. The boots are probably the
most important for this, because… these ones… the fingers and the toes are definitely
the easiest places to get frostbite. And to get… really, really bad injuries. So… For every day,
I have these… Alfa expedition boots. We’ve been lucky that Alfa boots
has given us a discount… on the boots for this expedition… …for Anders. These are my old boots,
so they have already been out there. As you can probably see. The special thing about
boots like this is that… if you have a hard boot that
is squeezing your toes, you will freeze and… these ones are soft… and it’s just a thin layer of
here leather and fabric. and they are so soft,
even the sole is very soft. And this one this can just come out.
Meaning that this is very thin. There’s no insulation here. Also, if this one gets wet,
it doesn’t matter, because… it’s just a thin fabric. The way I’ve done the laces is that
I haven’t taken the laces all the way out… to the front foot,… because it’s always the toes
you are freezing. This one lets me tighten the boot,
but still leaves room out here. So I start by leaving
two of these and… starting the lacing up here. These ones are to improve… tightness and to… take off stress from these ones. It’s a Vibram sole
with that classic… 75 millimeter binding for the skis. These boots are also good
because they are very flexible. The sole is made of a rubber. That is very good for icy… and slippery surfaces,
because it’s soft. This one can be taken out and
that’s basically two things. It’s like a… fabric here
of fiber… and it’s a woolen insole… that you… that is… It’s possible to take this out
and dry it on the Primus. So the first thing I do when I come in and have taken off
these boots, put my woolen boots on… No, my… my downy boots. Take these out, dry them in the top of the tent,
so that they’re ready for the next day. Then next morning, it’s just to put them
back in and then we are good to go. Yeah These ones
I’ve used since… 200…8. These are Steger Mukluks. I like them because
they are so soft. They are so good
for slippery surfaces. They are so extremely warm and
they are very, very lightweight. So basically when I come to a camp,
I take my… hiking…
my ski boots off, get them to dry… and I take these
very comfortable boots on. They are… extremely nice.
Really, really nice. Yeah So… That were the clothes, almost.
We just need the last bits. My favourite trousers
for winter expeditions. These are the… one and only for me. Klättermusen Freke pants. They are bloody expensive. And when I bought my first pair
I was thinking this is going to be a lie,… they have done something
wrong with the price. I think they were
extremely overpriced,… but I have to admit
that I’ve had these… trousers now for
quite a few years and they are… Like when I talked to
Klättermusen about… about this expedition and about the gear
that they sponsor I said… Thank you so much, but you don’t need to
send me another pair of Freke pants,… because my old ones are… Like, they can take at least… five more expeditions before
they have to be replaced. I love these. The good thing about it is,
it’s Gore-Tex. It’s a shell. They are very, very…
You can see me walking in them in my… latest video. In that snowstorm and in the sun,
on a sunny day and I use them all the time. Because, first of all… I like this system.
It comes up, covers you… around here, where it’s always… …always coming apart. It has…
It’s a very, very rough fabric with… kevlar… reinforced on the knees
and on the legs. The option of putting in
knee pads in the knees. So every time you kneel down,
you protect your knees. Furthermore… it has… stretch on the butt. So that when you sit down and stuff,
they just stay where they are. You can take them all the way down on the side
when you need some air… and when you need to… when you go there and… you might have a bad stomach or you don’t want it
to last 10 minutes before you can go on the toilet. You have all your equipment on… you can basically just unzip the butt
and take it down. And I know it’s kind of
a weird… thing to talk about,
but it’s just so important out there. Things like that. On the bottom of
these pants or trousers… you have have a
locking mechanism,… you have a built-in gaiter that
goes here and underneath your boots. And of course you can take them up. Enough about them. Klättermusen again. Like this one,.. a thin fleece. My Irwin. No, it’s not my Irwin. It’s my Rimfaxe jacket. The one I’ve also been using
in a lot of videos. It’s basically like,… It’s a nice jacket. But, I mean nothing special about this. I’m not so… It’s only my down jacket and my pants… trousers
that I’m really excited about. This one is just awesome. It’s like other good cotton jackets. Cotton here, very breathable,
not waterproof. It doesn’t have to be in the cold. With big pockets, good nice big zippers
instead of the waterproof ones. Very heavy duty and… the option of zipping
up and down there. Definitely… great expedition jacket. My belt here with… my knife and my Garmin Inreach
just for safety. This one should always be on me. My Irwin, no again…
My three-quarter length down… trousers here. To go just below the knee,
because my Mukluks go up here… and you have these big down… trousers. Sometimes it’s annoying that it fills up
so much everywhere. This one gives you heat
where you need it the most. And my beloved… Irwin jacket, which is not in the Klättermusen
collection anymore… and that is a shame and
I hope they will bring back… an expedition jacket in this caliber. Instead of the smaller ones.
But I hope they will. Because this is… so awesome. It’s very warm.
It’s very lightweight. It’s reinforced in the shoulders. It has a perfect… hat. big pockets. It’s just…
Yeah, I love this. So let’s start with the tripods,
because… this one I’m going to use
for the vlogging camera,… so we can get a little higher up
when I’m showing you the equipment. Little one here. It’s just a Gorilla thing for my GoPro
and for my vlogging camera… and for that kind of stuff. This one is the Gitzo. Can’t remember the number,
but I will put a link in my gear list. With the Manfrotto video head. Like, yeah,…
It’s called MVH 502AH. The video head I like because
I do a lot of video… and it gives me this smooth movement
instead of a jaggy, shaking thing. On top, when I’m using my little camera,
to make it more flexible…. I have made a little… system with … Let me see if I can get this off. Just a… Where is it.
Everything turns. It’s just basically a Manfrotto plate with
a little quick release Arca style… plate on top. But normally I just use
the 600 right there. This one I’ll have here,
so it doesn’t get… lost in the post. A Smallrig… adapter here so
that I can put my microphone on. Of course, I have a little issue with that
because it will… pick up the… the noise reduction from the… No, not noise reduction,…. vibration reduction
from the big lens,… but it’s better than nothing. And then if I see something and
suddenly hear sound like the… ptarmigans in my last video from Norway,… I can just switch off the… vibration reduction and then I get good sound
with my RØDE VideoMic Pro. So now it’s time to go through
a lot of the accessories. Navigation, safety, maps
and the food part of it. So, first of all… We have maps…. here for the entire area and
they need to be cut and made ready. I’ll do that tonight. Here… card map… for the… first part of the trip. And this is… so I can put a map in here. Or I can slide and put a map in between
the two plastic things. This is the same one
I had in the military. I just like it because
I can put it somewhere and… secure it to the pulk. And it’s easy to just fold and have
underneath my jacket or something. Navigation is a crucial thing on such an expedition,
so you don’t, first of all, get lost and… second, know where you are. So… I have my Garmin… GPS map… 66ST… for navigation purposes. And of course… a compass
just to be able to actually… take a look,
take a direction,… find a place in the distance,
like a mountain or something… and then walk towards that mountain… for maybe a day or two,
without having to turn on the GPS all the time. For the GPS… I’ve calculated
one set of batteries per week,… because I’m only turning on
the GPS maybe two times a day. I’m using the Energizer Lithium. This one is like
very heavy-duty… Things that you can like put together.
I use that for my hard drives and things like that. A little thingy for the… sewing equipment. Just with a little string and
some needles to repair. My homemade… It’s just for papers, a little organizer. Some string. Some earplugs for… rifle situations. Some tools for the tripods,
for the skis. Leatherman…. with… different options… as Leatherman are known for. Some… two component glue. Tape for repairing sleeping bags,… tent, all kind of stuff. Brush for brushing off snow
when we get into the tent. For the food… we’re bringing extra protein… because we need some extra protein
in the beginning… because of… a lot of walking. We have two Thermos.
The Stanley and the new Stanley which is… supposed to be able to
keep things warm really long. We’re bringing different systems. Anders has… a Primus and
I’m bringing my beloved… two Whisperlites. old and new model with two pumps. One spare and one for… everyday use. Some bottles.
We’re going to get two more in Toronto. Some lighters. Firesteel, just in case. Matches… which I prefer to use. Nalgene bottles
with an insulating thing. Something to eat off
for the breakfast. A cup for the coffee… whoop A pot. It’s just an aluminium pot
we use for melting snow. It’s not that exciting.
That’s the thing. So the snow will be
melted in this one,… with the help of this one
and the… fuel… and be filled into this
in the evening and in the morning. This equipment is just
to fill up these ones. This is a food.
We’re using the… Drytech REAL Turmat.
It’s a norwegian brand and… the expedition is sponsored
by this company. And this is of course
not everything we’re bringing. we have like food enough
for two men for… about a month and a half out there. So yeah, this is just… the one I also had in my last movie. Definitely my favorite. Really, really nice food. And now, I think… what most of you
are very interested in. I saved the best for last. All the photo equipment,
power banks… computers and,… This is basically what… I’ve spent the most time on. Because the rest of the stuff is
kind of routine for me from my previous… expedition and time
in the dog sled Patrol,… but this has been…
This is the first time I’m going off grid for… such a long time without… any option for charging. Yes, I have been six weeks before
on the Sirius Patrol,… but that’s like
12 years ago with a… D3x Nikon and a lot of batteries… and I could limit myself
to 50 photos per day. This is going to be different. First of all, because… I am going to… make video. I’m going to hopefully create a lot of good content
that I can share with you when I come home. I pray for that. So there’s a lot of things going on here. I did a little shake around
in my camera bag,… because I have sold my Nikon D5. Because I cannot use
this battery for that. And I cannot charge it with a solar panel
without a huge amount of equipment. What I’ve done now is that
I have narrowed it down to some other cameras. I have… done a… dual solar panel system.
So that if one fails I still have one. Everything here is more or less made so that
I can still get the job done even though something fails. So… To start with, let me just… go a little forth and back from the table,
because… the challenge of going on a trip like this is
that I cannot charge my batteries… with other things
than the solar panel. So… Actually before I started to… choose my camera equipment…. I thought, what is… what am I able to bring.
The weight, the output and stuff. So… It was narrowed down to solar panels.
Like this foldable thing. It’s a 24 Watt… solar panel,
in this case from RAVpower. They have three USB ports, one in here that
I use for spare and two coming out. It’ll output 5 volt, 2.4 Aampere… max on each of these ports… and… in total it can output… from 2 ports,
because it will give a 5 volt, 4.8 ampère. That means that I’ll get the most out of
the solar panel by using 2 of these at the same time. I’ve been measuring the outcome with
this little device… so I can actually see
how much I can charge. And in one full day… I’ll be able to charge… two power banks, I think it’s… 20,000 milli ampere
or something, this one. Yeah, 20,000 and
if I put this one on here, this one on there… I’ll be able to charge two power banks
in a full day of sun. Which is quite amazing, because you have to
bear in mind that we have…. midnight sun. What I have done here is that
I have bought these Anker… very heavy-duty cables… because I made a freeze test
where I put these cables and… cables like this,
normal plastic cables that come with the things,… and these are crap because they will just
snap in a short period of time…. and become very stiff,
where these ones are staying very good. This is the micro USB,
which I don’t like so much… so I try to go to the USB-C cable. So you can see over here.
I have two of them here. I have one USB-C and one micro USB. And that is because… on the… this one…
This power bank is mainly used for charging my… batteries for the… Z6,… Z7… and the 850. The batteries are all
marked with numbers… so that I can see what batteries
are used and not used. Let me go back to the batteries. These power banks are made for… charging these batteries
with these chargers that I bought. This is a… Nikon copy charger. And the reason why I love them is
because they have a micro USB and a USB-C port. So that gives me double safety and I can use
this connector that I definitely prefer to the micro USB. So two sets of chargers, two sets of batteries
three sets of cables,… two sets of power banks and
two sets of solar panels. The solar panel here folds out,
like so… And they can be either
hung up on the tent,… like you can see in my video,… or they can be placed
on the ground standing up. What is…
The reason why I have two different power banks is… for my Mavic drone… I have a problem. And that is that Mavic
will charge up with only the cigar thing. It needs 12 volt. So this powerbank…
Most power banks do the 12 volt thing,… but the problem is then… they have to be charged from the wall charger
or another 12 volt thing. This one on the other hand charges with a microUSB
and then I have a variable volt output. So I can charge
three Mavic Air batteries… from zero to full with one
of these power banks. So I brought two of them.
That will charge up my Mavic Air. And to do that
needed some equipment… Which is…
Let’s just see. I need the Mavic Air… car charger and then
this little thing that goes from a… that goes from such a thing,…
I don’t know what it’s called,… to a cigar female thing. And then I can plug it in
and charge. So that is brilliant. Let’s put this back. So… With these powerbanks… I’ll be able to keep these
battery packs fully charged. I’m not going to put it on the pulk while I’m walking,
because if I flip around I might destroy cables. I might destroy solar panels. So all this is my Precious. And because of that I’m carrying all
the energy in the Pelicase 1520…. so that it’s not
going to be damaged. With these power banks
I can charge these batteries… and… can charge my… microphones, I can charge my GoPro
and I can charge my cameras. The reason why I mark the batteries is
because when I use a battery… When I have a battery that’s not used,
it’ll be sitting like this… And I can see now I take out number nine. Because I have three different camera’s. Then it’s easier to keep track of it. Otherwise… I’ll end up with a lot of batteries without any numbers
and I don’t know which one I used and not used. I’ll take the battery up, put it in the camera.
When it’s used I turn it upside down. That means that I know all of these
where I can’t see the number are used. So that is the reason for doing that. Still, some of my numbers have fallen off,
so I need to make some new ones. So these chargers together with these batteries
is going to work fine. Aand then I have two spare chargers,
two different brands… just in case if there will be like a… general failure with all these. The cables that I bought
to replace them… it’s here. And I try to keep all
the charging cables red,… because that makes it
easier for me. So, that was all about the… batteries. I’m actually waiting for the post to arrive
with a 60 Watt solar panel. Just so we have
a lot of power. But I’ve been waiting for a week now and
they have screwed something up there. So it’s not awesome. Let me just clean that lens. So… Yeah.
That were the solar panels and…. I’m really, really looking forward…. I’ve tested it in Norway, and I’m really hoping
that everything works up there. But I mean why shouldn’t it? Let’s move to the sound. As for the sound
I’m using the RØDE VideoMic Pro +. It’s very good,
because it actually powers from the camera. I’m also bringing the Video Micro,
because it’s good for… some vlogging and as a spare mic,
because there’s basically nothing that can break in there. On my GoPro… We can zoom a little more in on that later. But on the GoPro… I’m having this case… with an ND filter and
a little microphone here. Let’s see that a little closer. This is basically just a little microphone
that I’ve clipped on this case for the GoPro. See, so it goes into the side. And then I have bought this… totally overpriced GoPro sound thing
that lets me plug in this microphone. Which is just a little thing
that goes in there. And I… haven’t tried it actually, so… I’m looking forward to that. Here on the front side
I’ve put some of this very heavy-duty… stick tape and that should be fine. And then I’ve made it
so I can mount it on my camera. Here’s an ND filter. So I don’t get this jaggy footage
from the GoPro. This one slides up so I can take out the GoPro
and replace the battery… and I can charge the… GoPro directly from the USB-C port,
which is awesome. So… Furthermore I’m having
this mirophone here…. that I’m actually talking in now. And that is the Sennheiser system
with a little thing I have in my pocket. I use that if it’s like
extremely windy and…. that’ll give a good quality. For the camera equipment, as I said,
I had to make a… kind of drastic change,
because I changed my D5 with a D850… for my main camera…. because I have the option to
actually use these batteries. These batteries are also used by the…. Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7
and a lot of other Nikon cameras. So that is awesome. Second, I don’t need
the speed of the D5… and I don’t need
the low-light performance of the D5 compared to this,… because we have midnight sun… and I would rather have
the extreme high resolution images here… so I can make huge prints. So I got the D850 and
that is going to be one of my main cameras. The other main camera is going to be the Nikon Z7,
which I have here. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a battery pack
which I find extremely weird… because like… there are so many people wanting the battery pack
and why should that come like a year later or something? But nevertheless, it’s not there and
I’ll be totally fine. A few… I want to talk about a few modifications
I had to do with these cameras… because… It’s not easy to use with gloves. So let’s just take
a closer look down here. Because I’m using gloves
for almost everything… a camera like this can be extremely
challenging to actually use. A few reasons for that, actually. The first one is the… memory card,… because sometimes when you have
a memory card and it’s cold… now it pops out,
but you see… it’s… Sometimes it can be stuck in there
and you just can’t… And even though it’s there… Sometimes with the gloves
you can’t… get it out and you have to get your fingers like this
and it can be almost impossible. So what I have done is
I have made this… I’ve just put a little piece
of gaffer tape on the memory card. And then… when I get it in here… I basically don’t use
the clicking function. I just click it in and then I do like this and
take it out, without using the clicking function. So this little piece of tape lets me drag it out easily and
I just put it like so, there… and that’s fine. So here it’s easy for me
to get the card in and out. And I’m just going to put that
on all cards. Just wanted to test it
in Norway before. The other thing is
extremely annoying. Because this one is
very easy to use… when you are… with your small
little office fingers. You can pop this out and then you can
open this and the battery comes out. The problem is… that when you are out…
If you can’t like… get it so… But it’s really not nicely made I think,
because… How are you supposed to do that
with just the tiniest glove? Because not even
do you want to press it… That’s easy because
you can use everything to press it. Just a little thing
on your on your camera strap. But it doesn’t come out. I’ve modified the batteries like this. Basically with a little… thing here. A little piece of tape
that I have folded, like… This will prevent
the little lock here… from actually locking the thing. And that might make it possible
to drop the battery if you get this up. But if you get this up by accident,
you’re really lucky. But that does like so…
I click it…. That means that
the moment I press here… it will jump out by itself. And I tried that in Norway now
and it works fine. That means now… Let me just use something,
just for the test purpose… Like I can just do so
and it will jump out. Where if I have a normal battery
and I press here… nothing will really happen,
because I need to drag. So I like these small modifications. So I’m bringing
the mirrorless camera because… filming is a big part
of this expedition… and producing… something that I can share with you
is a big part of this expedition. Besides making photos and
making nice video. Now I tried it in Norway
with the ptarmigan and with the musk oxen… and I love to be able to… switch very fast from
photo to video and just shoot… and what I see is what I get
and I don’t have to take my… eyes away from the viewfinder… and I can’t see anything in the sun
because of the reflection. I can just keep my eyes
on the viewfinder on the Z6 and the Z7. Down to minus 15 now, it works fine.
Let’s see how it works in minus 30 degrees Celsius. So that were the cameras. I’m bringing my strap, the… the Peak Design strap. I’m bringing my… two adapters,
they go from F mount to the Nikon Z mount. 1.4 version III teleconverter. I’m using the… 16-35. I really don’t like this lens,
because it’s built so bad… This focus ring is…
Oh, sorry for the… to say, but it’s just crap. And I know… I sent it to repair and they said
that I haven’t treated it very well… and that some soda
has come in it. And first of all,
I don’t drink soda when I’m photographing… and second of all it’s… professional-grade cameras so it should
be kind of weatherproof so I don’t… water resistant or splash proof… I don’t know how
anything could get in there. But never mind. It’s really…
I don’t like the lens,… because compared to the old Nikons
it’s just like really not nice. But I’m bringing it anyway,
because I have it… and because I like the… 16-35 and it has a built-in
vibration reduction… and it’s good for photographing in the tent
and for some landscapes. So yeah….. That’s coming. It has been on all my trips and
it’s also coming on this one. And the Tamron… 150-600 mm is also
coming on the trip… to give me the… flexibility to have a camera
lying on my pulk all the time,… where I can just grab it
and photograph. And this is going to sit on
the Nikon D850 and… th 600mm is going to sit
on the Nikon Z7. The Nikon Z6 is going to be
my vlogging camera. So that is the camera setup. A big 600mm… My new 600mm, the FL version,
a little lighter, newer,… and hopefully… yeah, very good. I have been happy so far. Especially because the vibration reduction
is way more silent… and it’s better for me to make
videos that way. This guy… instead of my Mavic Pro. This one is lighter.
And I think I’ll be happy for a little less weight. My Zeiss binocular…. 8×42… Victory series. I’ve had that for
many years now,… more than 10 years and… it’s always with me. Hopefully… I will at some point… get a glimpse of a wolf
through this binocular. I really hope so. So please cross
your fingers for me. To be fair,
I didn’t want to spend like… three thousand dollars
on buying… XQD cards for these cameras
for the entire trip. And that wouldn’t be enough
when I’m making video. So I had to make a system
where I can transfer my photos… to my hard drives. So what I did was,
I planned to bring my old MacBook Air. It has been on trips before. But there was too much going on
with charging that. So what I did was,
I got the new MacBook Pro… 15? 13… inch
I think it is. With a little cover on and
of course the velcro for my hard drives… because I can charge that
through USB-C… with these power banks. And my test shows that I can…
with one power bank… I can fully charge. And this computer is only
for transferring… files to my hard drives and… to check the footage, the sound
just randomly every so often,… so I don’t have a defect microphone,
a defect something. So… Look for sensor spots
on the video and all that kind of stuff. Furthermore it’s nice to have,
because in the airport when we go to Toronto… or Iqaluit and
on the way back, I can start looking
through the footage… because there will be
a massive amount I come home with. The computer goes
into the sleeve… and down into my Pelicase,
the orange Pelicase. This charger is only for airport purposes.
So let’s just forget that. Cables…. And…
Oh, I forgot this. Let me just
rewind a little bit. The cleaning kit. I have a… blower. I have the… sensor swab,… cleaning swab from VSGO. And some liquid down here. And my little… female thing
they use for putting things on the face. I don’t touch it with my hands. But this one is
to remove dust and things from the lenses. So… Last thing,
my hard drives. Today the post will arrive with a… SanDisk SSD 2 terabyte.
It’s so small. It has a USB-C connector and
that is going to be attached to my computer all the time. This is where I
transfer my files to… and I have two reasons for that. Want the transfer to be
as fast as possible… because it’ll save
some batteries on my computer. That’s thing number one. Number two.
My LaCie disks are so huge and bulky and… I actually think
for my purpose now… the SanDisk Extreme Portable things, SSD,
are a better choice. It’s only 2 terabyte and
I probably think I will fill them up… so therefore I have
two backup disks. When the 2 terabyte is full,
if it’s full I copy it to the blue and…. I copy…
I mirror the blue to the red. And of course, I’m going to use
a lot of power on that… but then when the files
are over there… I’m going to delete
the 2 terabyte SSD… and I put these away in my Pelicase
and I use the SSD again. So that is…
Like the SSD will be my buffer… holding the files and I’ll copy them
as they come over to this one. That means that
I always have two backups. And this one
I’ll copy to this one. So I always have like three backups. And only when I have to delete the two terabyte,
I only have two backups. But it should be fine. These are 5 terabytes spinning drives,
but I have used them in many times. They are really good Seagate ones. I have the… Because that’s an old story,… Apple just decided
to trash everything else but the USB-C. So you have to faff around
with one of these. And then I have this,
if this one fails… I can connect cameras, GPS,…
everything directly to the USB-C port. But this one is nice,
so I can take my… SD cards and micro SD cards. Few other USB-C to USB-C cables
from Anker as spare. USB-C…
No, a normal XQD card reader…. for my Nikon cameras. Then one of my card bags,
the other one is downstairs,… with all the SD,
micro SD, XQD cards. That was like almost
a video marathon. I hope you could use some of this
as inspiration for your own trips. That you got something
out of the video. The reason why I’m not… posting small pictures and text
from up there,… which I could do
through the satellite phone,… I cannot post anything video
or anything hi-res. But I could post a little thing
and make a blog thing. But I have actually chosen not to do it. Because I remember my time
in the dog sled patrol in Greenland. 26 months up there,
a four and a half month long sled trip. Being disconnected… from the world… and just focus on being present,… be there with the dogs,
with the camera in beautiful nature. And that means
extremely much to me. So I have decided that
I’m only calling home like… my family… I’ll call home for like two times a month
to tell that I’m okay. The rest of the time
I’m not going to bother about… sending a diary home or anything. I just want to be there
in the wilderness of Canada… surrounded by snow and ice
and maybe wolves. Maybe get a glimpse of the wolf. But there’ll be like
hares and musk oxen, hopefully. I can’t wait. So I’ve decided to
not do anything from there. [Exhales] Am so excited now… because I am ready
to go to Canada now. I’m ready for one of
the biggest, hopefully,… experiences in my life…. with a camera. And I can’t wait to share
all these amazing moments with you. Remember to press the little bell thing
next to the subscribe button… because then you will receive
a notification… when I upload the first videos
from the Ellesmere 2019 expedition. Until then… Go out and make
a lot of good photos,… enjoy the spring,
enjoy the beginning of summer. And then there’s only
one thing to say… and that is probably
see you out there. [♪♪]

100 Replies to “2 MONTH PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION – the equipment I bring | camera gear, solar power, camping gear etc.”

  1. This is simply amazing! I feel like the luckiest and most spoiled man on YouTube… You guys are just so incredible awesome – so many positive and encouraging comments from all over the world. I am truly humbled and so grateful for this. I wish I could shake hands with every single one of you to thank you for being the very best audience on YouTube. I wish all of you the best luck with your photography and I hope you will get a lot of great experience in nature. See you out there…

  2. Superb! It's amazing to see how much thought and planning goes into an expedition like this, along with the wee tips and tricks you've learned from previous expeditions and your time in the military.

    I don't envy you having to sort through and edit 2 months of video footage!! 😮

  3. Everything secondary, first thing is we all missed you for 2 bloody months. But always worth waiting to watch your amazing experiences.

  4. Thanks Morten, really appreciated every part of the gear list. A lot of good information for amateurs like me. Regards Mark

  5. ThankYou Morten Hilmer. I am your big fan from Asia india.i like the way you share your videos and do your photography

  6. Hey morten. If you want a good powerbank you need to look up the "versa pro" it is a very good power bank. Happy hunting.

  7. Thank you for this video Morten. I was very interested what all goes into an expedition. So glad you made it back safe and posting videos!!! Haha.

  8. I am so happy to see your positiveness and pureness again, so waiting to watch your expedition impatiently.

  9. Hello Morten Hilmer. I've discovered you work few weeks ago and I can say that I could not imagine that I would stop watching your videos one day! It's so amazing!! So, please continue!

  10. Always inspired by your commitment and videos and it is getting me out there. How did you get on with the D850 battery chargers? I'm thinking about getting the black and red ones, Baxxtar if I found the correct one

  11. 1 hour and 38 minutes video is nothing! I could be listening (and watching) you for many more hours 🙂 absolutely love it!!

  12. Congratulation! You made it to Ellesmere Island!
    May be the last real wilderness on earth.
    A destination of my dreams, but I never made it up to there. I even never crossed it by aircraft other than Greenland and some of the other islands of the arctic archipelago.

    I am looking forward watching 1:30 h 🙂

  13. Noooooooooooo! I was really enjoying the video…..until I heard you talking about drilling Hilleberg tent poles. You have one of the greatest mountaineering tents in the world and you drill holes in the poles?

    I had to sit down and pour myself a large whiskey. It's like drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa! 🙂

    But seriously, great video – I watched every minute – it was most informative and enlightening. I am a keen photographer and have had to try and work out solutions myself, for cold weather and lots of rain etc. Though I only ever had to deal with -10 and just once, I feel like a bit of a wimp next to your -30 trips!

    I look forward to seeing more – and am going to incorporate some of your ideas – just don't think I could bring myself to take a drill to a £1100 tent 🙂

  14. Great video Morten, we appreciate all the effort you put into these videos! Cant wait to see more of your expedition!

  15. Hi Morten, I hope that you got home safe and are having a lovely time with your family and loved ones. It must feel very strange after two months away. It is always a pleasure for me to watch your videos. Be happy, stay strong; the coffee is on me – see you out there! Best wishes.

  16. Exactly the same thing happened to me.
    I went to Greenland 2 years ago to photograph elephants…..

    I haven't seen an elephant in two months. But in the end I saw a pink elephant 😉

    Just kidding! I like your stories and how you talk about your feelings in nature.

  17. Morten I have a huge doubt! Every time that you buy a lens you need to calibrate the autofocus? Do you think that is very important?

  18. Un style simple et direct pour un partage de très haute qualité. Bravo Morten, ne changer rien c'est juste passionnant!

  19. Great to see all the work it takes to prepare for a trip amazing like this, wouldn't be bad to split it up in multiple videos it's quite a long run but I was able to watch it in 1 run so it was oké 🙂 hopefully we will see the wolf's in some weeks aswell 🙂 nevertheless I don't doubt great content is coming up!

  20. So you didn’t get to upload your gear video before you left, pyt. There were less animals than you hoped for in Canada, pyt. So charging DSLR batteries is a huge pain in the ass, pyt.

    Morten I would love to see an episode where you go through your post processing workflow after you’ve made photos. You seem to have a delicate touch with your editing and it would be Awesome if you shared it with us!

  21. Morten! Great video with great content! I saw all 1hour and 38 minuts, and it's all worth it! You are a big inspiration to me, and I hope to get a few tricks from you, and I hope to see you out in the nature 😉 – God tur Morten, jeg håber det bliver vildt!! – Giv lyd fra dig, hvis der er en ekstra plads på en af dine ture 😉

  22. Greatest Wildlife Photographer on YouTube 👍 Thank You so much Morten – and I wondered why my Calender take so much time from Denmark 😉! By the way, it’s beautiful! So excited about every Video you upload.

  23. Good morning, I've been waiting for you, my wife was starting to wonder why I never looked at that big nice face again before going to sleep. I wonder if you repaired the Tamron and went back to using it, (I have the Sigma Sport that weighs so much), and then I wonder how you are with the new approach to the Z7 compared to the D850. For example, how did you set the shutdown delay? The area of focus? I'm going crazy with Z7. Thank you! Gooooood job!

  24. Vivement les images prises sur place !!!! Encore bravo. J'attends avec impatience chacune de vos vidéos 🙂

  25. I live in a area where it is always warm and don't get that much cold winters either. I ended watching your entire video for the reason of wanting to see what you did bring with you on your expedition. That is a lot of stuff that you took. I have been following your work for a while and you have made some incredible videos. The two video I really enjoy watching of your is WILD TAIGA OF FINLAND – A LOVE STORY and NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AND BUSHCRAFT. I did wonder what had happen to you until your friend had made the video telling us that you went on this expedition. Glad to see you made it back safe. You have a new subscriber. If you do decide to check out my channel it is about nature and wildlife here in Florida.

  26. The Hilleberg tents are real nice but we usually just do 3 season backpacking so we use the lighter Nallo 3 GT still real nice in high winds. But I must say camping and having to set out "Signalminor" is next level.

  27. Really interesting video, just a question, does exist an attach for between ski and boot (high altitude with crampons attache?

  28. Morten, would it be too much to list the solar charger and batteries you took with you. It would be nice to get something which has been tested by someone.

  29. Magnificient video!! all very well explained and completely, thank you for your work. This is the help that I needed!

  30. Magic photography man i love you 🤩🤩🤩🥰🥰🥰👌👌👌👌👌🙊🙊🙊🙊👌😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  31. Hello Morten,

    Thanks for your answer to my question if you still have the NIKON D5. Will not ask any questions inside, since I do not get a response from the inside.

  32. I think you need a battery isolated in vacuum and then power directly the camera through cable. I'm trying for years to build one but don't really have the tools. What i took from your video though is to never do a packing like this, this is overkill for one person.

  33. Another great video, thanks for all the useful tips. Somehow your video’s have a very authentic atmosphere, I cannot really describe it. You promised, many more to come!

  34. I am so behind on watching videos. But, my first video back to watching is an epic masterful piece! So glad you still put this out there for us to see all your gear. I've learned so much and conttinue to do so with each video, this one included! Thank you Morten for your stories, your knowledge and your passion! Cheers my Friend!

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