Wearable video cameras have revolutionized outdoor and extreme sports media coverage over the past several years, driven by two dominant players in the emerging field of live action sports cinematography. We take an inside look at at the two leading cameras, breaking down the greatest advantages and limitations of each.
Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry set off to hike the length of the Himalayas from the easternmost 8,000 meter peak in the world, Kanchenjunga, to the westernmost 8,000 meter peak, Nanga Parbat. The ambitious traverse spanned an approximate distance of 2,500 miles and it took three months for the hikers to successfully make their way out of the highest mountain range in the world. This is their story.
AtlasOmega brings you to Outdoor Retailer’s 2011 Summer Market, where equipment makers showcased their newest and most cutting-edge new products. This year’s show featured technical fabrics woven to produce a vintage look, ultralight gear made to propel the outdoor athlete faster and further than ever before, and of course a host of great parties for the work hard/play hard crowd.
Sierra Designs is offering two new backpacks, available in versions for both men and women. The Herald is a versatile, 30L daypack that’s stylishly rugged and thoughtfully designed. The Revival is a 65L, lightweight, roomy backpack that’s perfect for multi-day hikes and climbs. Both packs employ Sierra Designs’ innovative Fulcrum Suspension System.
Midlayers are arguably the most important piece of clothing in the layering system. Outershells can only do so much. Midlayers are the true barriers between the extreme conditions in the environment and your body. Bomber fabrics combined with solid engineering and design have produced a bevy of insulation options.
A look at Black Diamond’s most popular telemark boot, the “Push”, featured at Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market in 2011. AtlasOmega Equipment Analyst, Ken Kamada, takes us through the major and minor improvements to the flagship boot model – including changes that increase performance as well as comfort.
AtlasOmega Gear Junkie, Ken Kamada, attends Outdoor Retailer 2011 Winter Show and provides an in-depth analysis of all the shiny new gear on the way to you in 2011. Some of the highlights include extremely lightweight outerwear and backpacks, stunningly functional ski boots, and some novel approaches to storing gear and power.
Professional mountain guide and polar explorer, Ryan Waters, travels by helicopter over dense Indonesian jungle to reach base camp at the Seventh Summit, Carstensz Pyramid. Waters and his team then employ trusted climbing equipment and sharpened techniques to make a difficult traverse, and eventually reach the summit of the rugged, 16,024-foot mountain.
Justin Lichter, a.k.a. “Trauma”, has hiked over twenty thousand miles during the past eight years. Trauma brings only the essential gear along with him on the trail, and most if not all of those items end up doing double-duty. Learn more about how an ultralight approach to hiking has allowed him to cover huge distances while also making the most out of his time on the trail.
Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle reading device improves yet again with a new generation Kindle that is faster, lighter, smaller and boasts longer battery life. The Kindle works in 100 countries and territories with no subscription fee. Its crisp, non-backlit display is perfect for lengthy, enjoyable reading whether you’re at home in bed or on the road. Amazon’s sprawling library of available content for the Kindle and its seamless “WhisperSync” technology makes it one of the most enjoyable companions a person can have. Learn about the new features offered in the latest generation Kindle device, the pros and cons of its[...]
Eric Larsen shares the importance of pre-expedition fitness training. He describes his routine, what it takes physically to endure polar expeditions, and how he prepared for climbing Mt. Everest. Also, Larsen explains how proper physical training beforehand helps to avoid problems during the expedition. Learn more about how Eric Larsen stays in shape after the jump.
Just back after a pretty tough couple of days. We managed to summit Rainier via the Emmons Glacier but just barely. My friend Paul Nanawa and I hiked in through White River on Thursday morning. We had a fairly casual walk up through an incredible stand of firs and pine eventually making our way onto the inter glacier. As a precaution, we roped up and continued to ascend. We had gotten a slightly later start than we had hoped and the snow in the late afternoon sun became soft. Post holing our way up the incline, we struggled under our[...]
Tony describes a last-minute opportunity to capture some potentially great shots from high above the Cascade mountain range of Washington State. The Pacific Northwest offers many beautiful landscapes, but lighting and precipitation present common obstacles to obtaining that great shot. Tony describes the process behind getting a perfect shot of the fog lifting from the mountains.
I awoke to discover that blowing snow had drifted violently against the tent’s vestibule during the night, nearly smashing our pot and stove. I had to repeatedly punch the hard-packed drift loose just to open the flap. I was groggy from a fitful night’s sleep, during which I had been haunted by strange dreams. The loud train I imagined must have been a subconscious interpretation of the wind pounding against the thin nylon. It’s the first morning of my 2009 South Pole expedition in Antarctica, the beginning of my Save the Poles Expedition—a first-ever journey to the South Pole, North[...]
I’ve had the good fortune of testing out a Mophie rechargeable external battery case, the “Juice Pack Air“, designed to work with the iPhone 3GS, for the past few months now. This combination iPhone case and external battery pack allows you to recharge your iPhone on the go, even if the iPhone is completely dead. Initially I did not realize how useful the Mophie unit could be – until it came through to save me in a pinch on several occasions, when I would have otherwise ended up with a dead iPhone. Ever since, the Mophie is something I always keep[...]
The Mamba Shift sports a glimpse of bright red fabric under its black exterior. That’s a fashion choice rather than a practical one – part of a pattern that keeps the Mamba Shift from being a great product. It’s a solid choice in the laptop backpack market, but it sacrifices too much function for style. Construction The Mamba Shift is about as well-constructed a laptop backpack as you’ll find. We slung it around on a weekend hike and a cross-country flight without so much as a loose thread. The isolated laptop pocket should become standard in this product line –[...]