The Adventurers Christmas Wishlist

We know how hard it can be for family and friends to pick the right gifts for the adventurer or outdoor lover in your life…(and by outdoor lover I do mean lover -of -the-outdoors, just to clarify!)…believe us, we’ve had the useless socks, the novelty this, the ‘haha oh gee thanks’ that – so here’s our Adventurers Christmas Wishlist – from stocking fillers to the big kahuna presents, there’s something for everyone…and Santa if you’re reading – please see below!

To make things mega easy, we’ve included links for you to go ahead and buy all the products listed – simply click on the images and voila!

Merry Adventuring One and All

Awesome Tech:

Having the right gadgets when out on a hike or adventure, can not only make the experience even more awesome, but in some cases can even save a life…the GPS Unit is a tech-item you should find in every rucksack!

 

GoPro Hero 6

£499.99

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband

£120

 

 


Rock Jaw Clarito Lightweight In-Ear Earphones Finished In Aluminium – British Engineered

£19.99

 



Garmin eTrex 10 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

£75.00

 

 

More Awesome Tech

Kindle e-Reader

£59

 

 

More Portable Tech for the Journey

Threads for the treads:

For the outdoors, it is vitally important to have confidence in your clothing (believe us we’ve had our fair share of clothing malfunctions!)  Below are some picks of the bunch that we think would be a welcome gift this Christmas!

Rab Sanctuary Jacket

£144

 

 

 

 


Under Armour Men’s  Tech 1/4 Zip Long-Sleeve Shirt

£18

 

 

Merino Wool Hiking & Trekking Socks by DANISH ENDURANCE, Performance Socks for Outdoor Enthusiasts

£11

Knitted Wolly Beanie Hat Style Skippy Batty with Ponpon Men’s Women’s Winter Warm SKI Snowboard Hats

£10

 

 

More Outdoor Clothing

Gear

From athlete to the rugged adventurer; the kit we use defines us – here’s a selection of kit which should tick all boxes…but there are links for more options!

 

Fjällräven Kånken Backpack

£50 – £100

 

 

Mountaintop 80L Hiking Backpack/Travel Daypack/Climbing Rucksack,83 x 36 x 25 cm

£80

 

 

More Awesome Back Packs

Water Bag Hydration Water Pack Hydration Bladder Up to Take 2 Litre Water

£7.50

 

 

Pair of Trekrite Antishock Hiking Sticks / Walking Poles – Black

£19

 

 

Solar Charger, BERNET Portable Solar Power Bank with 2 Input Ports (Lighting & Micro)

£28

 

 

Just for a Laugh /  Stocking Fillers:

Okay so I know I said forget the novelty gifts…but what would a stocking be without the naff prezzies!

Emergency Poncho!

£3

 

 

Wiper Glasses…to keep your vision clear during those sudden down-pours!

£5.99

 

 

Carabiner Stainless Steel Camping Mug

£3.50

 

 

Spork! This genius item of cutlery has a welcome spot in any rucksack…

£1.66

 

Hopefully we’ve taken some of the stress out of finding the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life this year!

Mt.Toubkal Our African Adventure Pt.2 (Toubkal Maketh the Man)

After the shell shock of an afternoon arriving in Marrakesh [as explained in Pt 1]; we were about to see a completely different side to Morocco. We had some brief complications with our breakfast, and by complications, I mean, our breakfast was served in an entirely different building on a completely different street…delicious nonetheless. Being rushed along by our driver we knocked back our mint-tea and bundled our gear into the minibus, sat ourselves down, and anticipated the days ahead. mkesh 5

It didn’t take long before the echoes of the bustling Medina were out of earshot, and we had views spanning across vast desert land; with the occasional village…and occasional luxury apartment block being constructed.

We could soon make out the mountain-scape through the morning haze; and we suddenly found ourselves being thrown about in the van by the twisting mountain lanes…if nothing else, the adrenaline release at least made up for the lack of Red Bull in my bloodstream.

mkesh 6
Arriving at the beautiful mountain village of Imlil at around 09:30 / 10:00 we swiftly unpacked, and then re-packed our day 2 kit onto the Mules, before sitting down to share a mint-tea whilst going over the itinerary for the next few days with the guys at Aztat Adventures.

 

The first part of our journey was through a shaded woodland; and being Walnut season, we could see locals up in the trees harvesting the nuts. The shade was welcome, as it was around 35C in the sun; and of course the woodland wouldn’t last forever!
asni
The woodland gave way to the dried river bed; which in the Spring is a popular resort for locals to access clean water, fresh from the snow-melt from the peaks of the Atlas mountains.
The river bed was easy going on the legs, but extremely hot, which made it tough – there was another smaller mountain village ahead; which marked the half way point to our lunch break.

As we made our way through the village; we found ourselves outside of a primary school; with the children running about around us; which was awesome.

Now over more rocky terrain; we trekked on for 6around another hour until we can to our lunch stop. where we had a feast cooked up of pasta, vegetables, fish, and bread. The locals cater to our westerner sugar dependant needs too by stocking fizzy drinks ( Coke, Fanta etc. and a load of chocolate bars too!). The rest was welcome, more-so to have a break from the heat; things had been easy going to this point, and we had a sense of anticipation still of bigger things to come…

asni 4

…and bigger things came indeed! As I mentioned before, we had packed the mules with our kit for day 2, and in our wisdom, this included our coats, gloves, waterproofs etc etc etc…so of course it rained, hailed, and rained some more! So here we are, in all our plastic theme-park chic ponchos…I don’t care. rainI know these are the gripe of many a seasoned hiker…but guys, they DO serve a purpose; sure they make you look like a complete idiot, but
a) it was hot
b) we kept dry
c) they weigh like nothing.

So you can be uptight if you like, but I say embrace, with due thought, the £1 poncho. Like…if you’re on-top of Nevis , or in the Valleys of Snowdon and you have a poncho but no 4 or 5 other layers…like you’re an idiot. But there definitely is a time and a place for them…well, the time was the end of September and the place was hiking up the Atlas mountains.

The weather sure made it a slog; a fairly gradual ascent wasn’t too tough on the legs, but the changes in weather made it mentally tough. The Mountain Refuge was in sight after a further 3 hours of trekking; arriving at around 5:30pm refuge

The facilities were basic, as to be expected, but comfortable and actually, when you’ve hiked for 7 hours, and are 3600M up…amazing.
The lads in our group all had the upper bunk of a dorm; which eager to rest-up we climbed up to have a chat and relax…of course, our bed collapsed…of course. Luckily no one was squashed, and after some not so convincing handy work by the guys running the ‘tuck-shop’ we were told it was safe, and to jump back up. Which we did after dinner, and a chamomile tea…which for some reason had the same effect as drinking a pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea.

tea

The night was drawing in; and with a wake-up call waiting for us at 4am we headed off to bed at around 9pm. Legs aching, and mentally exhausted from the weather extremes, I don’t suppose our minds could comprehend the next days task…the 13,500 ft summit. We could over hear some mumbles from the dorm from a couple of lads who were prepared to opt-out of the summit attempt… no chance we thought… we’re here to do this thing.
So all that was left to do, was contemplate and digest the days events, and anticipate the next… and of course, taping up our feet in preparation!

feet

Join me on the summit attempt in Pt. 3 (Toubkal Breaketh the Man) where we set off in pitch darkness, taking in views of the Milky Way, an eating breakfast by head-torch; experience our first ice and snow hike…and where I almost pass out on two different occasions due to the altitude…

 

So you want to be an adventure photographer?  Of course you do, why else would you have clicked on this link?! Do you like to travel? Do you like to go on adventures? Do you like to get out of your comfort zone? And, do you have a camera (no matter how old, dusty and battered)? If you answered yes to these questions the good news is that you’re already halfway there!

If like us you have all the above credentials, maybe you’ve even been taking some photos and posting them to Instagram getting some decent feedback for a while, but you have that feeling that something is missing, scrolling through your feed and searching for hashtags like #adventure and #exploring but all you keep seeing is amazing photos and asking yourself –  “Why are my photos not this good???” – “Why am I not getting the top posts???” Well despair no more, I have reached out to some of our favourite (and hugely talented) instagrammers and asked them what their top tip is for how to take a great adventure photo to help you get those shots you’ve always dreamed of.

I have only picked a few photos from each feed so please click through to their accounts where there are tons more amazing photos to be admired! If I could have put all of them on here I would, but you would get lost for days and have no data left for the rest of the month!

polar.girl

 

“My tip for taking adventurous pictures is to find a person at least as crazy as you are and go outdoors and have fun! I found out that my most favourite photos have been captured with very little effort, while exploring beautiful places around the world and enjoying the moments with friends.”

(www.instagram.com/polar.girl/)

 

“Pre plan the adventure but don’t over plan it. Just be aware of any scenario that may soon reveal itself in present time and have your camera with you at all times. Envision the scenario before it happens and hit the shutter repeatedly. I mean I normally just ask homies to hang out and go on an adventure, bring my camera and simply take photos while life happens and think outside the box.”

(www.instagram.com/neroexplrs/)

rudirphoto

“One top tip? Well, Then it would be to invest in a carrying system like Peak Design CapturePro or Similar. Its a Camera-clip you can hang on one of the shoulder straps of your backpack, in front of you, so that your camera is always ready to shoot. I hate a camera dangling around from a strap, so the camera usually ended up in the backpack, before I bought CapturePro. With the camera in the backpack very few images and moments where captured. That sounds like a bit of an advert, but its not. So to sum up: Have your camera ready at all times, if you’re not shooting, you won’t capture the good image/moment!”

(www.instagram.com/rudirphoto/)

thebarefootboy

“My top tip would be to always be trying new things and living in the moment. Realize that life is about the now not what has happened or what will happen. Other than that be creative and have fun with the shot and edit!”

(www.instagram.com/thebarefootboy/)

wanderloove

“I always say: find a great spot, fall in love with it and show this on your photo! Every journey is a love story. I don’t know if this helps you but I do know that people love it when they can see passion in the pictures”

(www.instagram.com/wanderloove/)

adventure_scotland

“As for a top tip: I’m not much of a photographer so if I had to give advice/tips to anyone it would be the most obvious tip of all, if you want to take adventure photos then you need to become an adventurer. If you go to a boring place then chances are your photos will be boring too, unless you are incredibly creative. 
You cant capture a sunrise in the mountains if your not in the mountains at sunrise.
Also my camera is always out and ready to go,
I literally have my camera out from the start to the end of any adventure providing its safe (for me and my camera). I cant count the amazing moments i’ve missed because my camera was tucked away in my bag.”

(www.instagram.com/adventure_scotland/)

adventure_is_out_there6

 

“I take a lot of photos on my adventures and then spend a bit of time choosing the best ones and editing them. The weather always changes photos, you can go to the same place many times and it’s different every time because the weather is different.”

(www.instagram.com/adventure_is_out_there6/)

 

walkinghobb

 

“I always start early go by the rule of thirds and most important take the picture you like. I also try and capture the atmosphere of the moment.”

(www.instagram.com/walkinghobb/)

adventurerzguide

(www.instagram.com/adventurerzguide/)

“Find peoples accounts that are locals in the area (they always have some of the best spots in the area) then find those spots and put your own twist on the picture”
There you have it, some excellent tips from some excellent photographers. Personally I love the idea that was mentioned a couple of times that you have to be out there doing it to get these images, you cant be an adventure photographer from your sofa, and as Daniel said from Adventure_Scotland “you can’t capture a sunrise in the mountains if your not in the mountains at sunrise”  so get out there, get adventuring and go capture some epic photos! Don’t forget to use the tag #Dorksonahill so we can check out all your shots and who knows, we might be featuring you in a future blog.
It was really great to get to talk to the people behind these accounts, they are all down-to-earth, modest and super friendly. Big thank you for taking the time to answer our question and allowing us to share some of your work, I hope that one day our paths will cross while adventuring around the world!
Peace out
Mike
Dorks on a hill