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 a 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 will be a very different beast. 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 and please note this post contains affiliate links to Amazon which means if you click through any of these links and end up purchasing something on there, I recieve a small commision (Thank you for your support):

Main Camera

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark ii

Weight 1.4 lbs  Price – Check it out on Amazon

Having carried a Nikon D3400 for two years and never actually used it, I knew that taking an SLR on the Pacific Crest Trail would be a big bowl of wrong. Featuring a similar range of capabilities and half the weight/size, the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark ii is an obvious choice for an ultralight vlog setup. Friends on mind also use this camera for vlogging and tell me the lightweight nature of the camera makes it so easy to take out quickly and start shooting without it being any kind of hassle. Vloggers should know what I mean by that comment. Besides, this baby has a flip screen and if in any doubt about the value it provides, check out the quality of video this camera produces on YouTube – incredible!

Backup Camera


Ultralight camera for the PCT

GoPro Hero3

Weight – 14.6 ounces Price –Check it out on Amazon

Although the size and general quality of my GoPro is suitable for vlogging on the Pacfic Crest Trail, it lacks the kind of quality which takes vlogging to the next level.

My preferred camera at this time is the Canon G7 X Mark ii above 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 another great option for an ultralight camera for the PCT and while the limited functions on a GoPRo are not ideal, I might end up taking this just in case on the PCT next April.

Second/Backup Camera

iPhone 6

Weight – 6.1 ounces Price – Check it out 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. Amazingly, one of my Patreon supporters, Donna Nalls, has already covered the cost of this phone for me!

Editing Device


iPad Mini 4

Weight – 10.4 ounces Price – Check it out 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. However, it made sense to start a vlog with what I had available rather than say later, next year or whenever I have the money. Sound famliar?

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. Weighing in at 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 the cameras.

Camera accessories


Weight – 0.4lb Price – Check it out 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 – Check it out 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 – Check it out 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 – Check it out on Amazon

Total Weight – 3.9lb

And that’s it – my ultralight vlogging setup for the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. In time I will be able to review this vlogging setup and let you all know how it goes but until then, thanks for being here and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page which is following the preparations for my hike on the PCT 🙂







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.

1 Comment

  1. Sudarshan Kar

    August 29, 2017 at 6:29 am

    This is a really good guide! Learnt quite a bit on how to stay light on the move. But are you sure mentioning Amazon price on the post is a good idea? Last I read their ToS, Amazon didn’t allow mentioning prices, unless it comes directly through their API.

    I’m just intrigued is all. I’m also trying to kickstart by Blog about teaching people how to vlog like Youtube stars. If you’ve time, I’d love to connect and know more about your ventures and adventures on-road.

    Thanks! And take care 🙂
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