Gear decisions are very personal. Many people would be very unhappy if they hit the trail with the same gear I use. My pack is heavier than average and some veteran hikers have rolled their eyes at my choices, such as hammock camping with four pounds of insulation (underquilt, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag liner). I do not suggest that anyone blindly use this as a guide. I am sharing this list for those who are curious, and because some specific information may be helpful to some people, particularly my podcasting gear which many people have asked about.
I am posting this list without pictures for now, but I intend to add those along the way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to use the comments section.
Sony PCM-M10 audio recorder (7 oz)
A key piece of gear for Trailside Radio. This thing is amazing. It records high-quality, low-noise audio in wav or mp3 format. It has 4 GB of internal memory, as well as a slot for microSD cards. I can fit over 20 hours of CD-quality audio on one 16 GB card. The internal microphones are great, although I’ll often be using its plugin power to operate my external microphones, providing me with more flexibility in my recording technique. The PCM-M10 runs for about 24 hours on 2 AA batteries. It was recommended to me by two different people who both have professional experience recording audio in the wilderness, and so far I’ve been very impressed with it. I’ve used it to record every interview since episode 2. If there are flaws in the recordings, blame it on my inexperience, not this recorder.