My latest project is in remote Central Australian desert at a Warlpiri Aboriginal community. I am making a series of documentary photographs and interviews about the ‘Dreaming’ of these people. Initially I made an 8000 kilometres reconnaissance by motorcycle to and from Brisbane to the area I am now based north west of Alice Springs, to get an idea of what challenges lay ahead. For this first journey almost all of the kit I carried on my off-road motorcycle was made by Snugpak and without any or part of it none of the arduous journey would have been possible. I use Snugpak for 3 main reasons: It is high quality/tough, it is light and it packs small. I used 4 x 15 litre side pouches from the RocketPak rucksack which my water, food, tools and first aid fitted into. These pouches hung off the sides of the bike and are so practical they can be attached to many places around the motorcycle and also to other Snugpak luggage such as the Xocet rucksack. This is a 35 litre rucksack that I wear on my back at all times. It carries my laptop and cameras and is so small and light I never know I am wearing it. Additionally the Snugpak ResponsePak waist bag was mounted to my front mudguard to carry tyre and inner tube repair kits. Now that I have returned to the area a second time by air I am still using all of this luggage as a foot traveller, the only role that has changed is a difference in what this luggage is carrying – there is now less motorcycle kit. I like the luggage because the construction incorporates military style ‘molle’ (MOLLE (pronounced MOLLY) is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Molle uses rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest/pack to allow for attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories). ‘Molle’ means I can attach carabiners to attach more Snugpak luggage to each other and if I am doing any climbing for example it is easy to move kit around securely. Pockets and zip placement are all easy to use also and everything falls easily to hand.
I love Snugpak products because they always have some kit that applies to my various needs. Inside the Snugpak luggage I carry more Snugpak equipment and one Rocketpak zipped pouch can easily carry Snugpak’s Softie Elite 3 sleeping bag that I have used in temperatures ranging from -16C to 25+C at night. For a better nights sleep on cooler desert nights I have to use the Snugpak Thermalon sleeping bag liner which packs very small and can be stuffed into the pouch with sleeping bag. I use either the Scorpion 2 man tent when I am motorcycling as it has room enough inside to accommodate my clothing and kit. Or when I am on foot I use the Ionosphere one man tent as it is small enough to fit in another of the Snugpak RocketPak pouches. The Snugpak Self-inflating Midi Mat packs small and is ultra light and I always carry this in combination with the tent and sleeping bag. These 3 items are so small they can be carried in the Xocet rucksack which is small enough to be used as plane hand luggage. This means I have a portable place to stay whether I am, in any location apart from arctic situations.
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