Upon returning from the industrial photo session in Melbourne I went on a training walk for the upcoming camel trek in the North Flinders Ranges from Arkaroola to Mount Hopeless starting on June 19th. This is part of the extension of the Heysen Trail and it is primarily walked by wilderness walkers.
My first training walk was from Waitpinga Beach to Rosetta Head along the coastal and clifftop walking trail then the short distance to home in Encounter Bay. It took me about 5 hours, but this included an hour of photography on a rocky outcrop west of Kings Head.
I was trialing carrying a digital camera around my neck and Suzanne's large Osprey pack that she used on her Walls of Jerusalem walk in Tasmania. I was also seeing how my feet stood up on the different terrain of the coastal path. Neither the pack nor the digital camera around my neck worked, and my feet took a bit of a battering. So another training walk with a new day pack with the camera attached to the sternum strap on the front of the pack is planned.The camel trek involves 12 days of walking (the camels carry the supplies), and I had planned to carry the Sony a 7r111 digital camera with 2 extra batteries (instead of using the Anker PowerCore 26800 portable battery) with two back up film cameras: a Leica M4-P and a Rolleiflex TLR. So I am figuring how best to carry the cameras and working out if I also will carry a carbon fibre tripod.