Equipment

Lightwave Sleeping Bag Shoot

Lightwave Firelight 650

Just finished a product shoot on some nice down sleeping bags.    

Rab Guide Gloves

Two pairs of new gloves from Rab arrived today.  Scottish winter climbing and mountaineering can be tough on hands and gloves so I’m very pleased to get hold of some of these warm and burly Guide Gloves.   I had a pair of an older design a couple of years ago and they soon became […]

Alpkit Zhota Mountain Tent

Just over two years ago myself, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker when to America for two months on the Wideboyz off-width climbing tour and road trip. We needed a 3-man mountain tent that would accommodate us for two months in a variety of weather and terrain. We took a Alpkit Zhota. Of course when you get hold of a […]

F-stop Life in Focus

F-stop Gear who make some excellent camera bags for adventure photographers have just released a nice short film called F-stop Life in Focus featuring fellow F-stop Pro Tim Kemple [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/64505042[/vimeo]

Jagged Globe Equipment for Scottish Winter Mountaineering

Here is Mountaineering Instructor Ed Chard talking though his recommended equipment for Scottish winter mountaineering and climbing. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/42609128[/vimeo]

Clothing for Everest Base Camp Trek

Choosing what equipment and clothing to take on a Everest Base Camp trek isn’t particularly easy. You will be in the mountains for a least two weeks and the temperatures can vary widely. It can be swelteringly hot, it might snow, rain is likely, you are limited by weight and you won’t be able to […]

Clothing for Ice Climbing in Rjukan

I have just returned from my second visit to the Norwegian ice climbing venue in Rjukan. Equipment on such trips is of course massively important and it all needs to cope with a variety of cold, wintery, icy conditions – uphill walk-ins, belaying, abseiling and of course the ice climbing itself. So here is my list […]

Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW

Every assignment requires important decisions to be made. What camera? What lens? If I’m shooting outside which is 95% of the time, I need to make decisions about what to wear. Street and documentary photography requires a totally different approach to equipment and clothing than say shooting on Ben Nevis in winter. It’s also pretty obvious […]

ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive

A problem presents itself. I’m off on assignment to America photographing two of the UK’s best rock climbers. I will be photographing digital stills, shooting video footage and writing every day for two months. I will be working amongst the rough granite of Vedauwoo, I will be living in the Utah deserts, camping and bivouacking in […]

Fig-Four vs Schmoolz

Ever since the invention of ice-climbing, climbers have devised methods for training for the specific skills needed to ascend snow, ice and mixed. Trees have been climbed with axes and crampons. Rock has been abused. Grivel used to sell plastic picks to retro fit to existing axes. Rope Race had a foam sheet, the Beacon […]

Wild Country Karabiners

Some lovely Wild Country karabiners under construction in North Wales

Pod Sac Alpine 50

My first rucsac was a Karrimor Jaguar. It set the standard for pretty much all of my rucsac choices ever since – big and simple, no side pockets, fixed back, with limited fixtures and fittings. I then had a very minimal red Troll Trolltind sac that I used for rock climbing for years and years. […]

Rab Photon Jacket

I have long been a fan of jackets filled with synthetic insulation as an alternative to fleece. They are lighter, warmer, more wind-proof and dry quickly.  They also layer extremely well, with two jackets providing a great warmth to weight ratio and they allow greater freedom of movement due to the slippery shell material providing […]

Wild Country Rock Lite Helmet

My  favourite climbing helmet of all time was the original Petzl Meteor. Light, comfy and most importantly it looked super-cool. I ended up giving it to a Ugandan guide in the Rwenzori and ever since I’ve been hankering for a replacement. By default I’ve been using the strangely popular Petzl Elios which has never felt very nice […]

Wild Country

Wild Country Sponsored climber Pete Whittaker climbing 'Mothers Pride' E6 6b at Millstone, near Sheffield. Copyright Alex Ekins

I am proud to announce that I am now sponsored by climbing equipment manufacturer Wild Country. Over the last year I have been taking photographs of the Wild Country sponsored climbers Pete Whittaker, Tom Randall, Ed Hamer and the recently recruited Japanese wonder-youth Toru Nakajima and we have now agreed upon a ongoing working relationship. Wild Country is […]

Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race

In 2009 I was invited to photograph and write about the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race, which is undoubtably the hardest race of its kind in the world. In teams of four, the competitors raced 300 kms unsupported through some of the wildest terrain on earth, in sea-kayaks, on mountain-bikes and on foot. The photographers and photojournalists had […]

Canon G11 – The perfect mountain camera?

So what is the definition of a perfect climbing camera? The feature that is foremost in my considerations is image quality. Also the ability to operate the camera easily in extreme conditions and while wearing gloves. I wanted to give my new Canon G11 a test in challenging conditions and the Norwegian winter is fairly […]

Photography Equipment

I use Canon cameras for the majority of my photography. I have stayed loyal to Canon from my first AE1 through to a EOS 3. I joined the digital photography revolution with a Canon 20D, and a Canon Powershot G9. Now I’m using the fantastic  Powershot G11 and a Canon 5D and 7D SLR’s. I have […]