HOW HARD IS THE HIKING?
Level 1 is designed for moderate hikers, while Level 4 is designed for backcountry and trekking savvy travelers.
Even on a level 1 adventure, a photographer might find it highly challenging to get into the right position to get the best angle, and really it's up to each participant to decide their level of comfort when traveling to a vista, or location. Most tours will require you to hike with your Camera equipment so it is important to have at least one relatively lightweight option. This being said, Level 1 won't require you to travel far, so it's the most friendly "Medium Format" ranking in terms of you won't have to carry that brick so far that it will break your back, so if you want to bring it along, why not?
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF HIKING?
Each day will vary, and it will vary based on conditions. Every hiker is different and every hike is different. Before setting out you will be advised on the duration and challenges.
WILL THERE BE TOILETS?
Sometimes there will not be toilets. Be prepared for this.
WILL I NEED A SLEEPING BAG?
Yes - and warm enough for the conditions specified in the temperature ranges lowest temperature. In addition you'll want a sleeping pad, something light weight. Ask for suggestions if you're unsure about this.
WILL I NEED TO BRING FOOD & WATER?
Yes - but trips will vary in terms of need, consult with the trip leader.
WILL I NEED A TENT?
No, some trips will not use tents at all, others may seldom use tents and only in case of emergencies, while other trips will rely exclusively on tenting. In any case, they will be provided.
WHAT CLOTHING IS NEEDED?
Hiking boots/trail runners, quick dry fabric, cargo pants, long underwear, wool socks (or synthetic), mid weight jacket (fleece, wool sweater), heavyweight jacket (down, heavy fleece, synthetic), rain shell (both upper and lower), warm hat, warm gloves - Suggestions: umbrella, plastic bags, liner gloves, fleece pants.
SHOULD I EXPECT MY CELL PHONE TO WORK?
Depends on the location. Don't expect it to work all the time, but you should at times be able to get messages out.
WHAT DO WE HAVE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AND NO RECEPTION?
I carry a PLB - or personal locator beacon which can be activated and sends an emergency distress signal of the location via satellite.
WHICH CAMERA SHOULD I BRING?
The one you know how to use best. However, also weight should be considered. And the level of difficulty - it's more ideal to bring a medium format setup, for example, on a Level 1 tour than a Level 4 tour as the weight doesn't matter when you're using a jeep for transport.
WHAT FOCAL LENGTHS SHOULD I COVER?
For me, the most important focal lengths in landscape are from 14-24mm, and from 70-200mm. I typically stitch shots together or crop if I need something in-between. This will vary by photographer, and abstract landscape shots in the 200-500mm range can be incredible. Make sure you have filters for your entire range.
WHAT FILTERS SHOULD I BRING?
At a minimum I would bring a polarizer & a 10-stop ND. I would also suggest a 5-stop ND, and a 3-stop Grad ND.
WILL I NEED A TRIPOD?
Yes, and stability is important.
MEMORY CARDS AND BATTERIES?
Bring at least 128GB of memory - and multiple cards as backup. Bring at least (3) batteries, OEM and realize that in cold conditions often times batteries last only a fraction of their specifications.