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My ownership experience of the Gregory Palisade from 2007 till now. I have used the pack on some long hiking trips in the Himalayas and have lived out of it for close to 3 years in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.
I bought the Black Diamond Tripod Bivy specially to use on my winter trip to Ladakh. I wanted the bivy for 2 main reasons.First. I read online that a bivy sack can add some 7 to 10 degrees (C) of warmth inside the shelter. My sleeping bag was rated to only 0F (-18C) and i was worried that it...
I got to use my Hestra Heli gloves (purchased 4 years back) on my winter trip to Ladakh this year. I was in Ladakh from 14-Feb to 31-March 2015. Having used the gloves for some 6 weeks in extreme cold conditions, i believe that i can finally write a proper review for them. Design The Hestra...
I purchased a pair of Timberland's Washington Summit Hiker boots from Amazon.com back in Oct-2011. I purchased the boots specifically for my then upcoming 6 month trip to the Himalayas starting Apr-2012. I was happy with the boots for the initial few weeks of the trip. The boots looked good,...
As a backpacking adventure travel photography enthusiast, i've realized over the years that having the right equipment matters, especially in extreme conditions i frequently find myself in.Take my tripod setup for example. For the past few years, i've been using a Benro Travel Angel tripod and a...
Back in 2009 i bought in to the hype surrounding the Zeiss lenses and purchased the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZE lens. This little lens easily exceeded my expectations with its image quality, color rendition and sharpness across the field that it quickly replaced the Canon 24-105 f4L as my primary travel...
Anyone buying the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar (ZE, ZF, C/Y) should be aware of its Focus Shift issue. It is a well documented issue with this lens (and several others like the Canon 50 f1.2 L, Zeiss 85mm f1.4 etc) which can render this lens pretty much unusable for closeup shots. Fortunately with the...
I've bought my Sierra Designs Lightning 2 ultralight Tent back in 2007. The lightweight tent accompanied me on quite a few adventures from trekking in the high himalayas to touring around Ladakh. It performed flawlessly in all kinds of weather.. cold, wet and windy.After a few years, i noticed...
I have a tripod L-bracket always attached to my camera (as it allows me to use the tripod at a moments notice, easily attach the camera hand strap, and provides extra protection for the camera against bumps and nicks). Removing it inorder to connect a (Black Rapid type) sling strap was never an...
I have to admit i was very impressed the first time i saw the You Tube video where a Hoya sales representative banged the Hoya HD filter against the corner of a desk and tried his best to scratch the glass on the filter without any success. They looked indestructible in that video. I was so...
Back in 2010 I reviewed the Kingston Elite Pro 32 GB 133x CF Memory Card. The 32GB CF card cost about 70$ at that time. It was a bit slow but roomy, reliable and perfect for my needs.Fast forward to 2013, and my needs have expanded a bit. I now try to short short videos during my travels and the...
I went to the Shanti Cafe because of its free Wi-Fi and its great location right above the busy promenade of Old Manali. The one good thing i like about the tourist restaurants in Old Manali this year (2012) is that most of them have started offering free Wi-Fi to attract customers, but the food...
Located on Mission Road, just off the main Mall Road in Manali, this quiet little restaurant does not attract many tourists. But dont let that fool you into thinking that the food here is no good. Its great. In my 3 visits to Manali, i must have eaten at the Mayur restaurant some 5 or 6 times and...
At 75$, this was one of the best gear purchases that i ever made. I live in South India and i wanted a sleeping bag which i can use in a variety of conditions from hiking in the tropical jungles of South India to backpacking around China to summer/autumn camping in the high Himalayas. Over the...
When i visited Maan back in October 2010 there were no signboards advertising homestays or guesthouses. I asked around, and villagers pointed me to a local home (check the map above for the exact location of the house).The host is the wife of the headmaster of the government school in Maan. She...
I visited the TsoKar lake back in October 2010 while cycling the Manali - Leh highway.The Tso Kar lake is located close to the main highway and one can always do a short detour to the lake before continuing on their way to Leh (or to Manali). It is well worth the effort.The approach:To reach the...