To some, this might sound like a trivial topic, but I promise you that footwear is an important consideration. There's even been a few times in the past few years that people have come up to me at a conference and said, "I read your book, and thank you for writing "the part about the footwear, "because it made a huge difference for me." Being out in a place like this, anywhere in the wilderness, you don't wanna be wearing flip-flops. You don't wanna be wearing sandals. You don't wanna be wearing sneakers. Even sneakers aren't gonna provide the kind of traction and stability that will really help from a safety perspective. You wanna get a good pair of trail shoes. Invest in this. Get something that's designed for walking out here. You get a nice, wide sole. A nice, wide base on the shoe makes it difficult to roll your ankle if you were to step on a root or just take a bad step somewhere. Waterproof is a consideration. I personally own two pairs of shoes, two pairs of trail shoes, one th...
at's waterproof and one that's not. Why? Well, the one that doesn't have the waterproofing, they're a little airier, so they can be a little more comfortable in warm weather. But the waterproof shoes are critical for working in a spot like this. One step into the ocean here or one step into a stream and it kind of, you know, it can ruin your whole day when your feet get wet. Another thing is traction. Good trail shoes will have a nice, aggressive tread. So when you're walking around, you wanna be comfortable that you're not gonna slip, especially if you've got 30 pounds of cameras on your back, you know, that might have cost you $14,000. You don't wanna fall. You don't wanna fall and hurt an ankle. You don't wanna fall and break your arm. You don't wanna fall and break a lens. So pay attention to the shoes. Another thing to think about is the socks. You know, wearing cotton socks probably isn't the best idea, just sport socks. Now, the common wisdom is to wear Merino wool socks, which are very comfortable. They're not scratchy like, you know, the wool that we think of from 20 years ago. If they get wet, they'll dry quickly. In a damp environment, they tend to stay dry longer. So again, it's just keeping you comfortable. Let's hope it never happens, but if you found yourself in a survival situation where you were stuck out in the woods, wet feet would be one of your biggest enemies, because it's gonna bring your body temperature down. So just like we wanna keep our cameras stable on a tripod, we wanna keep ourselves stable, too. Support is important, so think about the shoes you're wearing and invest in something that's really gonna make this a safe and pleasant experience.