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My choice would be the Sony VX2100, over my PD170, lighter by some. Do not take a delicate camera. Whatever you get,give it a good workoutbefore you head for the airport. For the VX2100, 3 batteries guarantee 20 hours; and 6 batteries for 40 hours is no big deal. I have done remote shooting in third world countries, relying on battery power and it’s cool.

One company says the average porter tip is $125; consider $200 if you give the porter an extra 20 pounds to carry. They are already carrying a lot of stuff dedicated to the success of your personal experience.

For sound, I think I would bring a couple good lavs along, with maybe a 20 foot cable (at least 10), plus the converter cable to input to your cam (if non XLR input like the VX).

Bring extra ND filters. You will be cleaning them off a lot. Better to be cleaning off your filters (and toss them when they get scratched), then to be rubbing your lens like crazy. BTW the extended hood on the normal lens of the VX2100 provides extra lens protection.

Must admit you got me started doing research about Kili climbs. Am envious. Prices vary a lot, like by $3-4K,based on the company. (For a flight in from Arusha and the ground part.) The most expensive ones claim success rates of90% plus (getting to the top). Cheaper ones (shorter trips with less acclimatization) can be around 50%.

You will be tired as hell andbreathless with every stepas you get close to the top. I’d have a strap for your cam. (I can’t remember the last time Iused a strap with a cam…) You don’t want to drop your cam as you are concentrating on taking your next exhausted step as you get closer and closer.

It can rain without warning lower down;always have a large zip bag handyto protect your cam. (How are HD cams in moisture ???)

I haven’t done Kili, butI have done Kinabalu (Borneo) andDenali(Alaska). Be aware that in snowy/glacier areas, with the sun overhead, flip out LCDson most cams are useless. You will be using your eyecup. Be prepared for that.If I ever return to the glaciers of Denali (McKinley), I will haveplastic picnic plates to place under the feet of my tripod, so that one leg is not always trying to sink lower than the others.

I’d bring a decent digital still camera for quick shots when something happens. I think a still of the toilet tent would be more tasteful than a video clip, although a succession of your climbing-mates as they stumble out of the can after dealing with the big D might be fun to watch (several years) later.

During your recovery phase, back at sea level, if you have the time, I’d recommend checking out some craft shops in Darwhere members of the Makonde tribe are applying their amazing skill in carving”family trees” and other traditional subjects out of massive tree trunks. Many years ago, I amassed an amazing collection of carvings in exchange for Timex watches which I had brought from the States; the watcheswere considered highly desirable at the time by the Makonde.

Have a great trip. Come back healthy. Hope to see your work someday.


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