10 Pieces Of Cool Adventure Media Gear

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Capturing the sights and sounds of your adventures can bring them to life. Here are ten pieces of gear to add to your media arsenal.

When we set out on an adventure, whether it’s a day hike, a multi-day backpacking trip, or a trip to another country, we always bring certain pieces of technological equipment to capture our adventures. We don’t bring anything crazy, just some basic pieces of gear.

If you’re looking to add a new piece of media gear to your adventure arsenal, here are some avenues to explore. Some of the items on the list are more practical and cost-effective than others, but they’re all ridiculously cool nonetheless.

1. DSLR Camera
From microscopic to vast landscapes, capture any image with clarity and precision with a DSLR camera. These cameras give any photographer the ability to point-and-shoot, or go full-manual; DSLR cameras also have interchangeable lenses that give you the option to tailor your shots to your adventure style. Newer DSLR cameras also feature excellent video-capturing ability; they have microphone adapters and tripod attachments that can make shooting video on these just as professional as a camera made specifically for video. We use cameras from Canon and Nikon.

2. Tablet
With a universal tablet, like an iPad, you can capture photos and videos, and upload them instantly to your website or social media accounts. Tablets also give you the ability to write about what you’re seeing as you experience it. With cellular or wifi connection, you can do some on-the-fly research about your upcoming adventure destination as well.

3. Video Microphone
Small boom and shotgun microphones can plug directly into your DSLR camera and allow you to capture high-quality sound for a podcast or a video. If you find someone interesting on your adventure and want to interview them, a small mic will give you the sound quality you need. You can also capture natural sound of your adventures, like the rushing of a waterfall. We’re fans of the ultralight Rode mics.

4. Tripod
In the past, tripods have been humungous, bulky, and heavy. Not anymore. With smaller tripods, like the GorillaPod from Joby, you can carry a lightweight, bendable tripod in your daypack and not even realize you have it. You can link your DSLR camera or your smartphone to it, wrap it around a tree, and capture some cool still shots.

5. Camera Clip
If carrying a big DSLR camera while hiking annoys you, try out a backpack camera clip. These clips attach directly to either a waist strap or a shoulder strap of any backpack and you can hook your camera right onto it, which leaves your hands free. The Cotton Carrier allows you to access your camera within one second, while some other, more secure clips take a bit longer to access.

6. Lens Hood
This seemingly small adaptation to your camera lens will make your photos much more high-quality. Lens hoods block unwanted stray light beams from entering your shots, which cut down on those irksome orbs that can make a great shot obsolete. And, they’re inexpensive.

7. GoPro
The all-purpose camera is a perfect piece of adventure media gear. GoPros are lightweight, small, and resilient. They capture excellent video in multiple frame styles, plus they take quality photos. You can use them in the rain, drop them, and stash them away in your backpack easily.

8. Drone
If you want to get some unique shots of your surroundings, use a drone. Drone prices are dropping, so you can acquire one for a relatively low price. Depending on the drone you have, they take quality photos and are easy to use with a little practice. Just be aware of rules and regulations regarding drones in certain areas, like National Parks.

9. E-Reader
When you have some down time while traveling, read a book on an e-reader, like a Kindle PaperWhite. These lightweight, slim e-readers allow you to store thousands of books and read in the dark with the same eye effect as reading on a paper page.

10. Fitness Watch
While hiking, backpacking, or strolling through a new city, it’s good to know how far you’ve walked and how much energy you’re burning. With a fitness watch, like a FitBit, you can track your distance and your calorie consumption so you know when you need to eat more.

That concludes our list. If you have a piece of adventure media gear that you love, let The Adventure Tribune know, or submit your own list for publication.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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