What I’ve been reading this week, 30 November 2018

Christmas gifts for hikers, a too-perfect picture, why we need local adventures, and the best sleeping bag for winter backpacking…


I have finished Ubik by Philip K. Dick (what a book) and have started You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier.

Outdoors and photography

50 Crappy but practical Christmas Gifts for Hikers – this is a a great list of useful items for long-distance backpackers.

Exposure Basics for Shooting With Mirrorless Cameras – this guide by photographer Dan Bailey is also a neat summary of why mirrorless cameras are the future.

A Too-Perfect Picture – this is a fascinating essay on truth and authenticity in street/travel photography.

Scaling Gear: 1P to 3P – a great guide to scaling your outdoor gear to family adventures.

Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H Film Profile – this is next on my list of film to try. I like Superia 400 but this looks better.

We Need Local Adventures – ‘If you’re deliberating about doing something because it might not be perfect – just do it. There’s no guarantee it’ll be great. But by not acting, your chances are always stuck at zero.’

Which sleeping bag should you get if you want to have epic wild camps during the extreme cold of winter – he’s not wrong.

Entanglement and social media reform

I have spun off this section of my reading list! You can find my weekly ‘Entangled reads’ over at my new blog, The Entanglement.

By Alex Roddie

Award-winning outdoor and nature writer, editor, author, and photographer.

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