Many many photographers go on huge long photo hikes. They pack everything up, cameras, lenses, filters, tripods, solar chargers. And then there is the traditional necessities such as water and food for a day trip all the way to tents and sleeping bags and more for a longer trip.
Personally, at my age, I enjoy the comfort of a bed in a nice hotel each night. Or, at the worst, an air mattress in the back of the rented SUV. I’m not one of those guys that likes strapping 50-100 pounds of camera and camping gear to my back and going in the woods for miles. There goes my back, my neck, my knees… uggggg.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love nature, but my idea of hiking is simply walking through the woods with my shoes and a small camera and that’s it. I’m more of a minimalist when I go in the woods, I drink the water I find and I eat the berries if I get hungry… or maybe a couple granola bars in my pocket. I’ve found that carrying tons of stuff first of all, duh, it’s heavy, but it also tends to make you stay near established trails that many have walked on already anyhow.
I’ve never really found anything breathtaking walking through the woods anyhow. Usually I find a stream, the occasional pond, or some animals that run away at the first sound of me coming. But if you must go in the woods then plan the trip, look at satellite images before you go.
So if you are walking on trails that many have done beforehand, you are not finding that all important “original secret view” that hardly ever exists anymore anyhow.
I know that I am attracted to the latest cameras and lenses with the cool little fancy buttons and I love technology. So why do photographers run away from using technology to get to our subject? Cars people, cars.