May 29th, 2018
Video: Don’t Get Comfortable
Ben Horton, National Geographic Adventure Photographer, goes where others often don’t. His ability to take photos in hostile environments has been the foundation of his career, yielding remarkable adventure-inspired photography.
I can’t say that I have a specific environment that I like to work in. Sometimes I find myself in the high arctic withstanding the bitter cold, and other times I’m wandering through the amazon drenched in a tropical downpour. I’ve even found myself photographing sharks in feeding frenzy 300 miles from shore. In essence, wherever I can find my unknown… that’s where I go.
When exploring the most distant, harsh, and uninviting places on our planet, there are only a few things that can turn us back besides our own minds. Those things are our skill set, our personal comfort level, and the gear that we chose to take with us. It’s always a bummer when we have the skills, motivation, and time, but our gear fails. As a person who often ends up in these places, my gear is more than just a statement about my personal style, it’s a critical part of the success of my journey.
I believe good equipment is the kind of thing that you research, decide on, and then can forget about. To be honest, because I did my research initially, today I couldn’t tell you what brand my sleeping bag is (or what it’s rated) but I know it allows me to sleep out in -30 degrees. I have no idea what the exact rating is on my climbing gear, but I know it’s stronger than I am. I know my camera is capable of capturing any moment I can put it in front of, as long as I’m paying attention.
Until now, I’ve had different bags for different destinations. One set for wet weather, one for ocean travel, and another set for dragging through dirt and rock. But with this new equipment from Eagle Creek, I finally have one set of bags that handles anything I throw at it. So now I can forget about all those extraneous details.
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