Jason Thompson is a professional adventure photographer with industry leading media clients and brands including Patagonia, North Face, Alpinist, National Geographic, and NPR. Jason was also a mountain guide; from 2005-2013, he collected 100 + summits of Mount Rainier, four Denali expeditions, and more as a senior guide at Rainier Mountaineering and Pacific Alpine Guides.
If your focus and your expectation is to only reach the summit, you're missing so much throughout the expedition that you could be enjoying.
The award-winning CHAM 107 delivers high-performance freeride versatility for excelling in the most demanding terrain and snow conditions. Cham's combination of long tip rocker, 5-point sidecut, and real-deal titanal sandwich construction delivers incredible power, maneuverability and float. The unique flat/pintail design enhances tip float in the deepest snow conditions, offers instant speed control for phenomenal ease-of-use, and provides all-mountain power, tracking and stability that redefines "freeride" performance.
The Pop and Lock is the multi-tool of camera support. It folds up to a size that will fit in your pocket, but unfolds into a number of different support configurations. It's made from aluminum and stainless steel, and is not some gimmicky do-everything piece of crap. It's a solid tool that can go with you everywhere and can be used as a shoulder stock, a top handle, a selfie pole, a pistol grip, a handle, you name it, the Pop and Lock can probably do it in a pinch.