/// Wild Tracks - Landscape Photography by Eduardo Gallo


Passion for Landscape Photography




The first category corresponds to what I call essentials, which represents the basics of my backpacking system: the pack itself, the shelter, the sleeping bag, and the sleeping pad. It is most likely the heaviest category, and hence the one with the most potential to save weight. But being too aggressive here can have severe consequences not only in comfort but also in terms of safety.

  • Backpack ⇒ REI XT85 (body plus lid). Cordura nylon plus aluminum. I require such a big pack to properly carry the weight and volume of my photo equipment plus food for seven days or more. This one fits to my body shape, provides stability, and places the loads on my hips. The lid becomes a day pack for my side trips, when I fill it up with water, snacks, and some extra clothing.


  • Tent ⇒ Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. Nylon, aluminum, plus some polyester in the body. A small, light, and easy to set up free standing tent with just enough space for me and my equipment. I leave the footprint at home and take the body, the rainfly, the poles, eight stakes, a little extra cord, and stuff sacks for the tent and the stakes. Always looking to save some ounces, I am already looking at lighter non free standing ones that ditch the tent poles and reuse the trekking ones instead, at the expense of a more difficult set up.


  • Sleeping Bag ⇒ Marmot Pinnacle Long 15F. 800 fill down. It always surprises me how much of a cold sleeper I am, so I need to take this excellent but not so light bag, which I safeguard with a SeaToSummit eVent M nylon compression dry sack. I complement it with a SeaToSummit Reactor polyester liner to add a few extra degrees of warmth, which I leave at home to save its 8.7 ounces if the forecast is not too cold.


  • Sleeping Pad ⇒ Thermarest Z Lite closed cell foam full size pad combined with Thermarest Pro Plus Small open cell foam pad (within its nylon stuff sack). This combination provides me with comfort and ground insulation at a light weight. If the forecast is not cold, I leave the closed cell pad and its 14.2 ounces at home and put my legs on top of the backpack at night.


  • ESSENTIALS Total Weight (ounces):


    Essentials - Clothes on Body - Clothes in Pack - Accessories - Photography - Food - Other Items