At Bedrock, we thrive on spending extended periods of time deep in the backcountry. Whether it’s sitting under massive faces in Alaska or documenting remote archeological projects in Peru, we love spending time in the field. It is a huge part of why we do what we do.
We are also driven to capture these experiences on powerful high resolution cameras and microphones. This involves a slew of equipment that must be kept charged, which in the backcountry can be a major challenge. Here we are going to address some of these challenges so that you might be able to utilize and more effectively capture you experience (or just keep the jams playing though you basecamp speakers).
Ideally we carry 3-4 Goal Zero Lithium Ion Sherpa 100 batteries with attached inverters along with 4 Goal Zero Nomad 20 panels as the base of our charging system. The Sherpa 100s are small enough batteries to be allowed on most planes and the Nomad 20s pack easily into luggage. The batteries include 4 different charging ports (2 of which are USB) and the inverter plug meaning that they can be used to charge anything that we need, including our camera equipment and a small laptop computer.
The most important things to keep charged are our field computers (small web book used for backing up data to drives) and our camera batteries. Both of these items are charged utilizing the inverter. Goal Zero does make systems for charging larger items, but for remote work these can be too heavy as well as unnecessary.
Additional items that we charge in camp are headlamps, phones, the Syrp Genie motorized slider system, LED light panels, audio equipment and of course our basecamp music blaster.
By cycling through the Sherpa 100s and keeping them plugged into the panels all the time, we are able to easily keep all of this equipment charged and keep ourselves focused on capturing and enjoying the experience at hand.
As a final note, this kit is designed for trips with assistance getting to basecamp either by way of a plane, helicopter, snowmobile, pack animals or porters. For trips on which all equipment must be carried, the number of panels and batteries is parred down to an appropriate number based on the amount of time in the field and the amount of space that is available in the pack. If you are looking for beta on a specific application, please feel free to ping us via our contact page.
Now get our there and enjoy!