/// Wild Tracks - Landscape Photography by Eduardo Gallo


Passion for Landscape Photography




This group includes items that I generally do not take along unless there is an specific reason to do so. Some of them may replace standard items listed in other groups, while others serve specific purposes in certain circumstances.

  • Light Mid Layer Pants ⇒ Columbia Titanium nylon pants. Thinner and lighter than my standard pants, I switch to these ones if the forecast is for warm weather.


  • Light Mid Layer Top ⇒ Mountain Hardwear fleece. Quite thin and with an integrated hood, it can replace my standard fleece in warm weather hikes.


  • Thermal Underwear Bottoms ⇒ REI synthetic. Replaces my standard wool thermal bottoms in warm weather treks.


  • Thermal Underwear Top ⇒ REI synthetic. Replaces my standard wool thermal top in warm weather treks.


  • Thin Bandanna ⇒ Buff nylon. Rarely used as I prefer the warmer version I normally use, I can switch in warm weather hikes.


  • Water Shoes ⇒ Merell Continuum. Ideal for hiking along desert canyons, where long periods of time are spent within the rivers and creeks that run through them. Full of small holes, water easily flows in and out, although pebbles often get in and just stay there.


  • Water Socks ⇒ NeoSock neoprene. Mandatory when using my water shoes for long periods of time, as they keep my feet warm in spite of the cold water and protect my feet from the pebbles that always come into the shoes.


  • Full Gaiters ⇒ Outdoor Research Crocodile nylon/GoreTex gaiters. Tough and resistant, they are very helpful when trekking off-trail through rough terrain, in particular where there is lots of vegetation.


  • Traction Devices ⇒ Kako. If you put chains on your vehicle wheels when there is frozen snow on the pavement, then you should do the same thing with your boots. The chains sink into the ice providing a significant boost to your traction and balance, and unlike crampons, you can leave them on in ice free sections of the trail, such as dirt or rock.


  • GPS Receiver ⇒ Garmin Foretrex 401. A very light GPS unit that you can wear around your wrist like I watch, I only add it when expecting significant cross-country travel.


  • Analogical Alarm Clock ⇒ A few years ago the alarm on my standard altimeter/watch failed to twice wake me up in the morning, so I bought this loud one to make sure I did not miss any photo chances. I always decide whether to drop it in the pack or not at the very last minute.


  • Bowl ⇒ SeaToSummit X bowl. A flexible nice little bowl made of nylon and silicone that I usually leave in the car.


  • Spoon and Fork ⇒ Light My Fire spork. A smart invention combining fork, spoon, and knife in a single flexible polycarbonate piece.


  • Pillow ⇒ SeaToSummit Aeros. A little light inflatable pillow that I only add on very cold trips, in which I wear all my clothes at night and do not have anything left to rest my head on.


  • Ice Axe ⇒ Black Diamond Raven Pro mountaineering ice axe. Indispensable when crossing snow fields or glaciers where a fall may have negative consequences.


  • Crampons ⇒ Grivel G-12 New-Matic. Indispensable for crossing glaciers, I carry them inside a Black Diamond crampon bag to avoid accidents with the sharp spikes.


  • Bear Spray ⇒ Counter Assault pepper spray. Always at hand attached to my hip when in grizzly country.


  • Mosquito Net ⇒ Outdoor Research. The main reason why I prefer to hike in the fall rather than in spring is to avoid the mosquitoes, which literally drive me crazy. I may put into my backpack if expecting high bug pressure.


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