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The trails are calling again; Need a better camera carry system.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by  
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Sunrise over the pond, May 18, 2011.

Sunrise over the pond, May 18, 2011.

I hadn’t planned to go mountain biking today, but I really don’t have any choice: it’s 57 degrees and there is not even a trace of a cloud in the crystal clear blue sky. It’s very unusual to have cool weather like this so close to June!

I just snapped this picture of the sun coming up over our backyard pond, and I had to force myself to come inside to write this blog. How could I not get out on the trails on a beautiful morning like this? My chest/delts/triceps workout can wait until tomorrow.

I’ve already eaten, lubed up the bike, packed my Camelbak and loaded up the car. I usually don’t get out to the trails this early, so I’m hoping I’ll see some new wildlife today. This time of day is really my best shot to see a black bear, and that would pretty much make my week!

Speaking of taking pictures, I’ve found that carrying my DSLR in the Camelbak HAWG is not the most practical way to take photographs. Every time I see something interesting I have to dismount, remove my Camelbak, get the camera out, take the lens cap off and start shooting. I’ve missed some great shots because of the time involved to do this. Does anyone have any suggestions for carrying a fairly large DSLR (Canon 60D with a Sigma 18-250mm lens) strapped to me? I need to some way to keep the camera from bouncing around and out of my way while I’m peddling, but that I can quickly pull into shooting position. This Rapid Strap RS7 looks interesting. Have any of you used the Rapid Strap for a similar purpose?

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