Discussion in 'Media Links' started by Gadget, Jun 12, 2019.
Can't say I thought that at all. Everyone is entitled to an opinion though.
I just find him a bit too smug when he does his gear videos.
(and calling your missus Snuggles should be a hanging offence in my book)
Less talking is a step forward, less music and more natural sound would be even better, but then i'm a huge fan of Erik Normark
Erik Normark’s videos are some of the best. I also recommend Charlie McCartney. Commentary is a bit of a contrast to Darwin
Pretty good all round.
Setting up a camera and then nonchalantly walking by would be too much of a faff for me...I guess it gets easier.
Thanks @gixer and @Robin enjoyed those. Touch of the R W Emerson in Eric Norman's work by the looks of it.
There's quite a good description by one of the Zpacks guys here:
Have to agree with some of the comments in this thread. I've watched Darwin for a while but there's just something about his manner and accent that is slightly 'cringey'. Big foot seems like a lot more of a down to earth likeable person. I was hoping to meet them on the TGO as like some of you I had doubts about their UL packs and clothing choices. However, circumstances as they were on my Challenge, it didn't happen but I'm intrigued to see that a couple of issues not withstanding the YouTube Ultralight guys from across the pond seemed to get on really well.
Thanks for the links to Erik Normark and Charlie McCartney. I shall have a gander.
Bigfoot on his FKT of the Superior Hiking Trail. Pretty bonkers but kudos for completing it.
I follow Darwin and Bigfoot on YouTube. From the many hiker channels, they more tolerable to watch. I don't mind the Americanisms (as I lived in the US), but most channels the production quality is just so bad, they are unbearable to watch. Darwin's videos are well produced, but they do lack some personality. I want to see a bit of realness in the form of bad day, being honest about not feeling it etc. Bigfoot has grown into a better vlogger. Initially he was bit of a try hard, but he's coming to his own now.
I didn't really trust Darwin's reviews/comments about Zpacks gear on his TGO videos, because Zpacks guys had given him stuff and were on the same trip.
There isn't that much good content to watch imo, but it's still great to have a platform like YouTube to see what others are up to.
What makes me switch off are couple of things. Some of these younger hikers burst into philosophising about life (Dixie) and how we must live free etc. Things that people with a bit more life experience already know, but also have common sense about the realities of life, and don't have a need to go on and on about it.
Another thing is poor editing and poor production. Personally I'm more interested in the kit, the trail and how does it feel to be on the trail. Some vloggers just ramble on repeating the same things over and over again and a 10 min video turns out to be 7 min of repetitive nonsense rather than the trail. Just cut that s*hit down and tell me about the trail and how the kit is working. Poor production like wind noise (dead cats only cost a few bob) and super shaky videos are annoying, as well as not balancing / compressing the sound, all which are super simple to do on any basic video editing software.
It’s a shame that Dixie lapses into “philosophical” monologues as her hikes (well PCT and CDT) were interesting. Darwin is pretty good but quite repetitive at times. Bigfoot is getting better. The best CDT video is Cookie and Paul’s one. I love Erik Normark’s videos. Less is more. Same with Charlie McCartney. I’ve gone off music on videos unless it’s minimalist.
Exactly that's what I thought about Dixie.
I actually really liked Dan Durston's The Great Divide Trail. It was new trail for me, beautiful scenery and some interaction. I could've watched a bit more of it tbh.
I was initially impressed with Kraig Adams' Hiking Alone videos, but after a couple I fell out of it. Beautiful production, beautifully shot, but no personality, no relatability. They seem more like tourism adverts. (Very millennial)
I'll check the ones you mentioned. Didn't find the Cookie & Paul?
My own videos are pretty sh*t, but the first one I didn't even mean to publish, it was just a few clips, and the second was a test with hyperlapse. Third was was a proper attempt, but we had to interrupt the walk due to weather, so I only have half of the walk shot.
I think that some of these vloggers, who in part make a living from it, with a large following, feel under pressure to put up content when they don't really have much to say. Or at least much to say that anyone is interested in. If they focused on what gave them the large following in the first place they would do better long term.
I found some of Dixies early videos quite inspiring. What she did as a young single woman without much idea early on was pretty good. I've never done a 2000 mile hike but if I did I think I'd be thinking about philosophy by the end of it but I'd also be behaving like a cowboy, after a similar length cattle drive, hitting the saloons and other establishments as soon as I hit town.
I enjoyed Dan’s video too. Cookie & Paul http://made-in-england.org/videos/cdt/
I think you're right. I hate the trend on videos nowadays, when people describe why they did something or picked certain gear, and the first thing they say "this is not to say what someone else is doing is wrong, it's just what works for me". Either viewers seem to be overly sensitive or sheep, I don't think anyone should need to defend or apologise for their own personal decisions.
I liked Dixies PCT and CDT videos and I learned a lot. Currently I'm watching her Camino de Santiago videos. I just FFWD the ramblings about life, but she's a remarkable woman, I agree.
I followed REI's channel and there was a young woman doing AT and that was dreadful, half the time she was crying and moaning about life. It's admirable to be open and honest, but if everything you do is whinge, it gets tired really quickly.
I like the atmospheric feel of John zehorians stuff, but I can see how it would be marmite. Very little focus on gear.
Got a lot of respect for Dixie, especially on the CDT which was tough in all sorts of ways. Indeed I have a lot of respect for anyone who completes these long hikes. I don’t think I could do it.
Did you ever figure out what were those circular objects they were carrying on their packs?
I think his wife was carrying a hoola hoop (I’m assuming you mean Dan’s video)
I thought it was something to do with their dinghy/boat thing they were carrying.
Probably a really nice bloke. Don't feel it comes across tho' to me.
There's nothing in Bigfoot's gear list for him to prepare or eat food out of not even a container for cold soaking. https://lighterpack.com/r/39d8ze
Reminds me of a Challenger blogger (I won’t reveal the name) who reduced his base weight dramatically by dint of leaving half his kit off the list he put on his blog. Needless to say, some eagle eyed Challengers spotted the omissions, pointed them out and pulled his leg mercilessly
It was all flown in courtesy of Zpacks VIP service.
He goes stoveless, keto and no cook (jump to 10:15 mark):
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