Snowshoeing Gold Greek

Snowshoeing

Still had some residual Vegas to shake off, so we went snowshoeing courtesy of MSR Gear at Gold Creek with their Lightning Trail and Lightning Explore snowshoes. Got our fix of fresh air, a workout, and muscles hurt today I didn’t know I had.

MSR

Next time, we’ll go farther into the powder….

Gold Greek Valley

Don’t usually food blog either (hey mixing it up in 16!), but I ate this whole plate of tacos at Los Cabos in North Bend

Tacos!

What did we also discover? Snowshoeing is a thing…the place was packed.

Trek Boone: Rough Road Ahead

hhgh

Shook off CES and Vegas riding the Boone in Seattle. Since I last shared photos of it, added PDW fenders, a Velo Orange rack, and custom camera bag. Switched the stock wheels for Easton tubeless with Hutchinson tires too.

With this setup, I’m ready for the rough road ahead and wherever the bike and camera takes me. It’s just not on a cross course, but out in the woods and desert.

Garmin Varia Vision

While I was at CES on the camera beat, there was plenty of bike-related news happening too, like the new Garmin Varia Vision. That’s their clip-on HUD and DC Rainmaker has one in on demo. DC’s take?

I was kinda thinking to myself “well then, this looks lame”, but in reality – I came away somewhat impressed with the implementation.

Me too and most interested in connected it to Varia Radar. That interest comes from lots of time spent riding around with Google glass too, and asking why do cyclist look down so much. I want ride metrics at a glance, and an alert when cars are about to brush me.

To get that, it’ll take a compatible Garmin device, the Varia Vision, and Radar. That’s a total spend of

  • Edge 1000 - $499.99
  • Varia Radar - $199.99
  • Varia Vision - $399.00
  • $1097.00

Before I left for vacation, one of my riding bros, said, “I’d sure like to see a radar for my bike, cars have had them for a decade.” There’s a market for people concerned about their safety, but the barrier to entry is high, when you’d expect these technologies should be more affordable by now.

Nikon 360 Video in 4K UHD

Unexpected and wowing the assembled media at CES, Nikon’s new action cam promises to change up the market for creatives with an immersive 360° view. During the press event, Corey Rich shared a movie created with the camera and his thoughts on rethinking a shoot to being with the camera instead of in front of it. I talked with GoPro people about Nikon’s tech while at CES too. They didn’t say what they had to answer Nikon, but their multi-camera rig right isn’t it. Corey’s work is an indicator of what’s to come and how 360° 4K UHD will change the edits we’re used to seeing from mountain biking and road.

Nikon D5: INSPIRED

Shot exclusively on the new Nikon D5 in 4K ultra-high definition video. INSPIRED, a film by Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich, explores what drives today‚Äôs most diverse and interesting professional photographers and filmmakers, and captures the commitment it takes to tell truly meaningful stories. Cameras like the D5 can change the game because the photographer is one step ahead and their new AF system means it’s very unlikely a shot Will get missed or taken out of focus. This applies across action sports including cycling. The 153 focus points means the camera will track fast erratic movement at 12 frames per second. In other words, expect to see better than ever images from the cobbles and downhill runs. Read more about the D5 in this Digital Photo Pro story I contributed too from the event. Corey was quite moved speaking of the movie and so was the audience.

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