Glenn Charles

Adventurer | Photographer | Connector

Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Lists, lists, lists

I am hoping to share the in depth process that I go through before each of my adventures begins.  I think that for many people, the daunting task of 'where do i begin' stops many folks from actually pushing through with their dreams.  My goal is to show that while it can be a bit daunting, there is no real rocket science in getting prepared. 

For me, the beginning stages of a trip are always a free form flow of thoughts that I put down in list form.  Over the course of several days, I focus on creating this list and not worrying about solutions; instead I am just trying to capture the world of potential.  Yesterday as I drove to the October Gales rough water kayaking event I created my first list. 

Here you go:

- Bike light
- Headlamp
- Batteries
- Base layer
- Booties
- Shelter (4 season v. UL)
- Navigation
- Comms
- Route
- Drop zones, Gen delivery
- Extending warmth
- Food
- Front or rear rack if I go with 4 season tent.  Salsa Minimalist Rack
- Contingency plans
- Exit strategies
- Soft shell/hard shell debate
- Rear rack v. Seatbag
- Water insulation
- Goggles
- Stove parts kit
- New saddle
- Memory cards
- Electronics
- Nex lens
- Wireless HD
- Charging?

This is just a random stream of thoughts, ideas, gear needs, perceived gear needs, questions in my mind and or real issues.  The list will grow and contract over the next week or two.  I will then set about sorting out what are actual issues and what are just random thoughts or perceived needs.  For my upcoming trip, I am trying to go with mostly existing kit, although their are a few things that I will need to add.  Feel free to chime in with questions, comments, or your thoughts as this list progresses.