Kit: Chris Burkard in Oregon's Wilderness

13 May 2014

The following article was originally published on Gear Patrol. See the posting here.

When most of us go out into the wild and try to capture the experience on camera, we come home with photos that come up just short — and sometimes one fewer piece of working gear. When California-based photographer Chris Burkard does it, he comes back with epic images that go pound-for-pound with Mother Nature’s own brush. This is the gear he used (and descriptions of why he used it) while shooting photos in the Oregon wilderness, where he encountered harsh Pacific Northwest weather en route to Crater Lake, Smith Rock and Columbia River Gorge.

Chris Burkard Kit

MIZU M8 WATER BOTTLE

It’s a shame to constantly buy bottled water. I like to have a durable water bottle on the road. These stainless steel ones by Mizu come in a ton of colors, too.
BUY NOW: $20

SLIK TRIPOD

This carbon fiber tripod packs tiny, is super light, yet can stand at eye level. It’s nice to have something that can easily stuff on the side of a pack.
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GOAL ZERO GUIDE 10 PLUS RECHARGER

I use it to charge my phone as well as my camera while on the road. Both items are my lifeline — it’s clutch to have them constantly charged. It’s hard to beat something this size.
BUY NOW: $50

ZEAL BREWER SUNGLASSES

You’ve gotta protect your eyes, and I like these polarized shades for everyday use. They’re feather light and durable.
BUY NOW: $130

F-STOP LOKA ULTRALIGHT PACK

This is a quality pack for everyday use. You want something that makes sense for camera gear and is also comfortable for long days hiking around. This does both.
BUY NOW: $250

SCOSCHE STRIKELINE PRO

This retractable cable charges my phone and doesn’t get into a tangled mess.
BUY NOW: $25

SONY A7

The A7 is the most compact of the full-frame cameras, and its image quality is nothing short of remarkable. I use it on all my trips for shooting landscapes and lifestyles. It is a great travel camera that allows me to keep my travel kit light without sacrificing image quality. Also pictured is a 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss lens ($1,200) and a 55mm prime f/1.8 Zeiss lens ($1,000).
BUY NOW: $1,700

PEAK DESIGN CAMERA LEASH

Peak’s anchors make their straps super easy to detach, an ability that can reduce tangles in tight spaces and urgent moments.
BUY NOW: $35

CLIF BAR MOJO

You never know when a few hours of adventure can turn into a full day. It’s always a good idea to have some snacks on hand. I enjoy the Wild Blueberry Almond flavor.
BUY NOW: $16 (12 PACK)

MARMOT SUPER MICA JACKET

It can double as a camera cover and you never know when bad weather can make an appearance.
BUY NOW: $225

GERBER REMIX KNIFE

I find myself constantly using knives while camping, and they’re a great item for convenience and safety. Whether it’s rigging my gear or cutting something as we build camp, the uses are endless.
BUY NOW: $30

WESTERN DIGITAL PORTABLE HARD DRIVE AND NOMAD CASE

Portable hard drives are crucial for backing up images on the road. I rely on Western Digital hard drives, and they make a great case that protects my stored images from any damage. It’s important to keep all of my work as safe and secure as possible while on the go.
BUY NOW: $113

OLLOCLIP 4-IN-1 LENSES FOR IPHONE

They always say the best camera is the one that you always have. In that case, my best camera has to be my iPhone. Olloclips make attachments for the iPhone so you can shoot wide angle, telephoto, polarized, and many more options. They’ve taken my mobile phone to another level of photography.
BUY NOW: $70

GERBER CURVE KNIFE

It’s small and it packs a punch with multiple tools.
BUY NOW: $13

BLACK DIAMOND STORM HEADLAMP

After trying out tons of headlamps, I’ve found this to be the best. It has a super easy on/off button, which is more important than you’d think.
BUY NOW: $35

FIELD NOTES

I use them for camera notes, to-dos, inspiration, or anything else I want to remember.
BUY NOW: $10

WORST CASE PERSONAL SURVIVAL KIT

A waterproof box and a few essentials like bandaids and fire-starters. Be prepared.
BUY NOW: $100

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