Photographing Winter in the Mountains – What is on my back?

I get requests all the time, over social media, the website and email, about what I carry in my rucksack, most notably in Winter. So, as is custom for these types of blog posts, of which there are many, below is a little photo of what I typically carry on a Mountain photoshoot now Winter has arrived. Description of items that I carry on my back below the photo.


In the photo:

  • F-Stop Sukha Mountain Series Rucksack
  • Petzl Climbing Helmet (usually only used when scrambling or on steep ascents/descents)
  • Petzl Charlet Crampons
  • DMM Cirque Walking Axe
  • Outdoordesigns 2-person Bothy/Mountain Shelter
  • Lifesystems Adventurer First Aid Kit
  • Yaktrax Pro Ice Grippers – useful for when Crampons are unwieldy or unnecessary but traction is difficult
  • Extremities Winter Gauntlets
  • Vallerret Photography Gloves
  • Buff
  • ACR Electronics Light / Marker / Distress Beacon
  • Petzl Neo+ Headtorch
  • Berghaus Light Insulation Smock
  • Gustbuster Compact Umbrella
  • Map (always 1:25K OS Explorer)
  • Compass

Photo Equipment:

  • Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Carbon Fibre Tripod with 3″ Spikes
  • Arca Swiss P0 Hybrid Ball/Geared Head
  • Sony a7rII Full Frame Camera
  • Sony A7 720nm IR Converted Camera
  • Sony G 70-200 f/4 Lens
  • Zeiss Loxia 50mm Lens
  • Canon L 24mm TSE Lens with Metabones IV Adapter
  • Lee 100mm Filter System Holder with Heliopan 105mm Circular Polariser (Lee Holder with Kase Slot Adapters)
  • Kase K-100X Wolverine Master Filter Kit (Review coming soon)
  • Rocket Blower (useful for de-fogging lenses)
  • Spare Batteries
  • Matin Magic Cloth

Not Pictured:

  • Avalanche Probes and Shovel (if the snowpack is deep/unstable)
  • Ski Goggles – Essential for potential whiteout/blizzard conditions
  • Food (always carry more food than you think you’ll need)
  • Water and energy drink


Of course, what people carry in the mountains in Winter is personal choice, but this is typically the minimum I will carry on a day long adventure. Hope this answers the questions 🙂