PACKING JIGSAW: SPLITBOARDS, CAMERA PACK AND E-MTB'S WITH MING POON
Outdooor adventure shoots and big gear lists always go hand in hand, but this is especially true for f-stop Ambassador Ming Poon's latest epic multi-sport adventure in the Sierra Nevada with Jeremy Jones and Brennan Lagasse. Biking and hiking to access skiing and snowboarding in July, and shooting stills and video along the way means a full spread of gear to pack, carry and ride. Their secret weapons to make this mission possible in a single day were e-mtb. Read on for Ming's walk-through of his camera gear, the snowboard gear on the outside of his pack, and the high-tech battery-assisted mountain bike under his feet for the approach:
Taking in bikes, hiking and snowboarding, and shooting both stills and motion, you can imagine the amount of gear required. The bikes really gave me more options to take more, for at least part of the day. I had my standard camera kit, two Sony Alpha cameras (A9 and A7RIII) and three lenses. I also brought a drone and Jeremy and I each had a Rylo 360 camera. My Tilopa pack was key to carrying my camera kit and snowboarding gear. Here's a look at what I packed in the pack:
SNOWBOARD AND CLIMBING GEAR:
Ming's go-to-gear for making the hike and climb up the snow, as well as the ride down, as safe and fun as possible, respectively:
The crew used the new Specialized Turbo Levo e-mountainbikes, which gave them the increased range to make the long approach to the snowline possible in a single day - and made it more fun too!
THE APRES GEAR:
After riding a steep and narrow line like this below, and completing a full course of biking, hiking and riding snow in July, a satisfying drink back at base camp caps off the day nicely. Beer is gear too, right?