Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air; there’s a definite warmth to the sun now and we’ve got Curlews back on the moors and wild garlic sprouting in the woodlands. This means there’s a need for a change in the survey gear I’ve been using, time to pack away the caving gear and prep the survey bag for 2012

Lowe Pro  Flipside 400AW

Lowe Pro Flipside 400AW

I use a LowePro Flipside 400AW for lugging around my survey gear, it’s just the right size to prevent overpacking and the padding makes carrying everything a not unpleasant experience. So what’s in there?

LowePro open

Everything but the kitchen sink

The great thing about camera bags is the adjustable internal compartments keep everything organised and protected.

So starting from the top of the bag down, I carry:

  • Anabat SD1 with Pda and bluetooth gps.
  • Spare high and low Anabat mics.
  • Anabat SD1 with compactflash card programmed for immediate monitoring.
  • Yukon Digital NV Ranger 5×42 Nightvision monocular
  • Sony HD Camcorder with nightshot
  • Pettersson D240x time expansion bat detector
  • Sennheiser PX100 headphones
  • Edirol R09 HR digital recorder

The small pockets on the inner back usually carry preprogrammed compactflash cards for Anabat to cover dusk til dawn, spare batteries and leads.

And lastly on the outside; a Manfrotto MH293A3-RC1 carbon fibre tripod for the Sony and it’s infrared lighting rig.

If you need more space there’s one more outer pocket that fits ID guides, gloves, thermometer and sample pots.

Everything you need in one place means you’re unlikely to forget anything.