This past October I took the opportunity to head up to Vancouver, BC to meet up with Daniel Ernst, a professional photographer and good friend of mine. Daniel was completing a photography assignment for Travel Canada, and I was aching to get some international footage. We based ourselves in Whistler and set out to hike the infamous Wedgemount Lake on our first day. Daniel was shooting on the Canon 5D Mark 4 while I was shooting on the Inspire 1 drone with the X5R camera.
My current pack for the Inspire is the InsPak X5. I love this pack but it’s definitely a clunker. What makes the InsPak great is how it efficiently fits the drone in landing mode, two controllers, two iPad Airs, six batteries, 16 props, and five ND filters. The shoulder straps lack in comfort but I still find it to be the best case for the inspire.
The hike to Wedgemount Lake is a grueling 14 kilometers round trip with an elevation gain of almost 1200 meters. Needless to say, it’s a tough hike and I wouldn’t recommend packing the Inspire and all that gear to the top. Having said that, I’m glad I did. Almost as soon as you leave the car park, the trail begins a series of steep switchbacks which continue for most of the hike. What started out as a slippery muddy trail, quickly became a slick icy death climb that took no prisoners. Eventually we climbed up out of the treeline and made the final push up a steep snow field.
The best way to experience a beautiful destination is with good weather and as few people as possible. As we crested the hill conditions couldn’t have been more perfect. In front of us lay a snow covered basin surrounded by tall cliffs and a steep glacier at the furthest point in. The best part, there was not another person in sight.