Hilleberg Tarra tent:
Sleeping bag: Rab Ascent 700. Sleeping mat: Exped Downmat 7 – very comfortable and not too noisy compared to others. Stove: Primus Spider set. Small, light, easy to light even in the cold, fast to boil, brilliantly designed and packaged. I much preferred this design over those top-heavy Jetboil things. Also have a cheapo solid fuel backup. Lamp: Black Diamond Moji Light. Headtorch: Petzal Tikkina.
I’ve got used to the weight, and it continues to be awesome. Tripod slots in neatly down the side, as you can see, over the side pocket where I keep my Paramo dark cloth (though when on location I now tend to stuff that into one of the open bottom inside pockets in my Paramo Halcon coat, which is basically a Tardis). On the other side you can see a Lowepro pouch designed for video cameras (Adventura SH 110 ii) but which nicely holds two medium-sized 5×4 lenses on Technika boards (e.g. Nikkor SW 75mm, Schneider 150, Nikkor W210) or my Fujinon 400 T f/8, which takes up all the room by itself (again, on its own Technika board). With the extra side pouch, I can now carry 6 lenses (75, 90, 150, 210, 300, 400) along with the Technikardan camera and all the other necessary gear. I can also swap this pouch for a Thinktank pouch which can carry my D800E and two tilt-shift lenses. To carry this really necessitates the use of walking poles to help support the weight. I have a pair of excellent Lekki Microsticks which I have used for five years.
Porth Meudwy itself is a small fisherman’s cove just round the headland from Aberdaron. While it appears not to be terribly well known by UK Landscape photographers – presumably because of its seeming remoteness, it’s particularly good for intimate shots of its sculpted rocks, which range in colour from blacks and browns to blues, blue-greens, and lichen-stained yellows. It’s also a good spot for wildlife, with colonies of Choughs and Fulmars.
To date I’ve focused pretty much solely on this location for large format shooting trips to Wales. I’ve ventured a little more widely in the time I’ve had, but there’s plenty more to explore. Snowdonia is an hour up the road, and with its rolling farmland and pebble and sand beaches this part of Wales is reminiscent of certain parts of the west of Scotland, but a lot more accessible from the Midlands or South of England for a couple of days away.