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Why Go Lightweight

There are many reasons to go lighter and this is one more compelling video with some incredible scenery to show why.  Steve Burgess did the Wonderland Trail in blazing time.  He was using our Murmur, LT4’s and NightLight Pad.  We are sure glad he got this on video as we certainly couldn’t have kept up with him.  Way to go Steve!

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6 Responses to Why Go Lightweight

  1. Rockin December 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    This looks like am amazing trail. I love the fun, motivating video taken mostly with a StickPic I am assuming. If you don’t mind me asking what camera did you have attached to take such great quality video? and do you have a special super trick to keep track of the small StickPic? I lost mine within a few days. 🙁

  2. Steve December 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Rockin…the camera is a Contour 1080p helmetcam, mounted to my trekking pole with a swiveling bike mount. Most of the video I took I shot at 60fps and then conformed to standard 30fps, therefore the slomo look. This helps smooth things out a bit. The Contour is able to shoot in full 1080 HD, or in the case of the 60fps, at 720p. After using the camera, I would slide it off it’s mount and secure it in my shoulder pocket so I never had a problem keeping track of it. Other methods of manipulating the video: I used a smoothcam filter in Final Cut, upped the contrast, and saturated the colors a bit.

  3. Rob Lewis December 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Super cool work Steve. Beautiful scenery! Another good camera is the GO Pro Hero. We used this on a Discovery Channel show I worked on in Alaska where we mounted them on the exterior of airplanes. Incredible picture in such a small package. It is housed in a shockproof waterproof housing as well.

    Do have a gear list from this trip? Im assuming you carried a minimal shelter since it was a quick trip. I would be interested to see what you carried!

  4. Steve December 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Rob, I’m familiar with the GoPro, a very nice camera also. My gear for the trip was indeed minimal, a bivy bag, clothing, and a 12 oz Blizzard long jacket for sleeping besides the Murmur, pad and poles. The food bag weighed as much as the gear (almost). I also had a pristine weather forecast, which is one of the benefits of going light and fast; I’m able to take advantage of weather windows.

  5. Josh January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Nice video. When it says the trail was done in 47 hours, it implies continuously like through the night. Does it really mean time on the trail?

  6. Steve January 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Both, as I ended up splitting the sections. 17 hours going ccw from Longmire to Sunrise when I had to leave. A few days later I started at Sunrise and continued ccw to Longmire in under 30….this includes a 4 hour rest at Golden Lakes that evening.

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