Congrats on getting into the Wave! We're going this May, and were lucky to be selected out of over 500 applicants for that day. Take lots of water - I understand it's a long hike in and out. And of course, there's no water available anywhere in the area. We'll be "hiding" a gallon or two of water along the way to drink on the way back, plus we'll each be hiking in around a gallon to drink there. Make sure to bring some food and sunscreen as well. The sandstorms can be pretty bad too, so be prepared for 50+ MPH winds.
Originally Posted by smcclarin
I would think about taking a little gear as possible due to the weight. You shouldn't need a changing tent to change your 120 film - just use your body to shade the film from the sun when changing and you should be fine. I'll be taking my Hasselblad with the 50mm, 80mm, waist level finder, tripod, meter, and two backs - one for color and one for b&w.
If you want to contact me via email or give me a call I can help you plan for the trip.
Let me know,
Originally Posted by smcclarin
I have measured with my mapping software at work that it is a 3.5 mile hike and the access road from I-80 is close to 8.2 miles long. The hike includes off angle sandstone up to 25-30 Degrees of slope in some portions as you approach the wave area.
I understand that people with bad or weak ankles that will want to pay attention to every step once they are on side sloping slickrock for 1/4 of the distance.
My wife is not a camper so a hotel room after will be mandatory. :(
Google earth helps alot with previews, examples, angles and ideas (but you do become aware of what has been done before and I dont want to duplicate).
we do plan on a large light umbrella and some small collapsible chairs during the heat as there seems to be no indication of shade around the wave and I am looking for a good large brimmed hat. (any recommendations?) Light comfortable hiking shoes and sunglasses with shorts and a shirt with a rain jacket in the pack is mandatory of course.
We only have Sunday to access this place so our plan is to hike in before dawn work like mad in the good light, and explore shadows and high contrast compositions during the day and hike back in the subdued light of the evening (wife will be itching to leave by then where as I could stay till after dusk happily).
I understand Buckskin gulch, nearby, has wonderful opportunities as well, would it be worth a repeat trip?
Thanks Robert, I will pick your mind when i get some time away from work!
have been reading about variable contrast printing and am excited for your workshops this summer!!
I am slowly discovering that my favorite part of using Film comes from thinking more about the whole process in the journey and not just the destination of an image.
Rich, which lab is it? I have been going to Replicolor to process my film untill I am set up to develope at home. Currently demolishing my basement to build a darkroom, and simply cant wait to see my negatives.
The best wisdom came from throwing all of my gear in a bag and hiking it all over creation only to realize all of those items I didnt use and probably wont really need. Realizing I may only need a 50mm lens with a 25A filter for BW and two film backs instead of the 90mm + 2x Tele extender + 5 film backs + 2 instant pack film backs, and every filter I own, and 10 rolls of velvia 50 and 10 rolls of Fuji Acros, + 10 boxes of Fuji Instant FP-100B but I was prepared for a week long shoot instead of 8 hours that turned into 3 because I forgot to pack lunch. Sometimes wisdom requires hindsight when seeing requires more than believing at a place like the Wave. Awe inspiring. I would have shed 5-8 lbs of weight if I knew then what I know now, and brought lunch as well. looking foreword to going back.