PACKING JIGSAW: craig kolesky and his guru UL

f-stop Ambassador Craig Kolesky previously showed us his 70L Sukha when he's heavily loaded, but this time he's giving us the packing tour of his 25L Guru UL pack. The Guru UL is designed for active shooters who want a simple and lightweight carry solution, and in this 'Packing Jigsaw' Craig shows it's possible to fit a surprising amount in the smallest UL Series pack:



Each shoot has different requirements, depending on the project; gear is packed to accommodate space. Keeping gear light when doing long hikes, riding bikes or needing to get around quickly is key when on projects. Keeping gear down to minimum and just packing the needed and not over packing is a process, once you get into a routine or system packing for specific shoots it becomes easier to decide what gear to use. 


This set up is great for short trips, 1 day or maybe even a one-night trip where you need to keeps things light. The plan on this shoot was to recce a Fat Bike route and shoot some stock images while out riding.  We needed our own food/water so kept gear down to the essentials for the day out. This is also a similar set up for trail running shoots if I’m out all day, You can pack anything you need really based on what you shooting and what your requirements are.


Each photographer will have their own system of packing gear. Knowing where all the gear in the bag is for quick access or finding gear quickly is important. The best thing to do is create a system that works with your gear and what you are shooting, using your ICUs and packing areas available on the bag. For me this means:

  • Using different color dry bags to pack smaller items. Each color is for a specific items: Red for food, yellow for dry clothing, blue for batteries, etc. The dry bags also add extra protection to gear.
  • Waist strap pockets for energy bars, gels, nuts and a small knife/leatherman.
  • Outside front pockets for quick access items like memory cards, food, 2 way radios and sun block.

There is a lot of space on the bag and once you get to know all the pockets you can pack and stash a lot of gear!


You can see more of Craig's work on his website, Facebook and Instagram profiles. 


Craig uses the Guru UL camera pack and Medium Shallow ICU for staying light and nimble on location:

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