If you've never backpacked several days through a wilderness area, it may be hard to understand how a photographer/documentarian like myself could possibly leave my camera behind while hiking through one of the most beautiful regions of the state.  If, on the other hand, you have backpacked before, you probably understand how much weight matters.

  The high meadows of Dolly Sods

The high meadows of Dolly Sods

Proper backpacking means that you carry everything you will need for the entire trip on your back - water, clothes, food, shelter, cookware, everything.  After days of hiking through rugged, slippery and mountainous terrain with more than 20lbs of gear, every single pound matters.  I agonized about bringing my camera setup on this trip, but in the end, decided that a DSLR and lenses were luxuries I could not afford.

I did take my cell phone (a lower-end Samsung Galaxy model) to capture a few images, and while the grain and lack of detail hurt my photographer's eyes a little, I thought I'd share them with a disclaimer. 

Final note:  If you live in West Virginia, you absolutely have to visit the Dolly Sods wilderness.  The high meadows, rock formations, beautiful creeks and waterfalls are resplendent.  You don't have to spend days backpacking.  Even a full day trip down a trail or two is worth the trip.

  Lion's Head

Lion's Head