Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

My ultralight vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail

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Until now, I have been using a Samsung J5 smartphone and basic editing app for every stage of my daily vlog. Obviously, it is for this reason that the quality is so poor by the time it reaches YouTube and it is simply not a good enough vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail. Needless to say, this low quality also puts a lot of people off watching the videos and I receive a ton of feedback in this regard – Sorry!

Vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail

However, provided I can save enough cash and to capture the adventure in a way which does it justice, my vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail be a whole lot different. For this reason, I had been doing a lot of research regarding equipment including an editing device and the best camera for vlogging on the PCT. With that said, here is my preferred ultralight vlogging setup up for the PCT:

Main Camera

Ultralight camera for the PCT

GoPro Hero3

Weight – 14.6 ounces Price – $199 on Amazon

Although the actual quality of my Samsung J5 is extremely good, I feel that an actual camera will be a lot more suitable for vlogging on the Pacfic Crest Trail. One reason for this is that the Samsung heats up to the point of exploding when used for a prolonged period of editing and secondly, the picture from a high quality camera is a great deal better than any phone.

My preferred camera at this time is the Sony a510 which has a flip screen, extremely high quality output and relatively little weight. At the same time, I do have a GoPro Hero 3 which I think is the best ultralight camera for the PCT. So while the limited functions on a GoPRo are not ideal, this could be the camera I end up taking on the PCT next April.

Second/Backup Camera

iPhone 6

Weight – 6.1 ounces Price – $369.99 on Amazon

As my Samsung J5 is on the way out and malfunctioning every so often, I will need to replace this over the coming months. I have decided to go with an iphone 6 for two reasons; Quality video is guaranteed on an iphone 6 but more importantly, it will also sync a lot easier with the device and software I will be using for editing the videos.

Editing Device


iPad Mini 4

Weight – 10.4 ounces Price – $329.99 on Amazon

As you may have noticed, the quality of my vlogs until now sucks. Believe it or not, the actual video footage is 1080p high definition but once it passes through an app called Viva Video (Which I need to use for editing purposes), this resolution is automatically downgraded to the lowest possible. There is no way around this and while I find it frustrating to hear so many people complain about this low quality, I completely understand but it made sense to just start a vlog with any means available rather than say later, next year or when I have the money.

Anyway, I have decided that an iPad Mini 4 will be the best option to edit as part of my vlogging setup on the PCT. Weight just 0.65lb, this will be an ultra-lightweight device to carry and for the most part, it should be excellent for video editing given that I can use the impressive iMovie app once I upload videos from my camera.

Camera accessories


Weight – 0.4lb Price – $26.59 on Amazon

I already have one of these and not only do they make a handy stand for recording selfie style videos but they also ensure you are not looking directly up my nose when I’m talking to the camera.

Movo GM100 Clip on Microphone for GoPro Hero3

Weight – 0.1 lb Price – $14.95 on Amazon

Used with the GoPro, this microphone will ensure a better sound quality.

Movo PM10 Clip on Microphone for iPhone

Weight – 0.3lb Price – $14.95 on Amazon

Same as above except compatible with an iPhone.

Movo WS10n Furry for microphone – These are used to reduce wind or interference to the sound from a camera microphone.

Weight – 0.1lb Price – $14.95 on Amazon

Total Weight – 2.5lb Total Cost – $970.42

And that’s it – my ultralight vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. In time I will be able to review this vloggin setup and let you all know how it goes 🙂

I'm an Outdoor Adventure Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 I began riding a bicycle across Africa and it was during this adventure when I discovered a passion for the great outdoors and the general uncertainty of life on the road. Next April, I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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