Has anyone taken a look at the Ricoh GR1v? I came accross this website which has a discussion on the best camera to use for mountain climbing:
I find that most of his points hold true for backpacking as well. If you don't feel like reading his page, he concludes that the Ricoh GR1 is the ultimate climing camera because it's light, small, well made, gives you plenty of user control (quickly set f-stop and exposure compenstaion on dials), and #1 -- has a very high quality 28mm wide angle lens.
The GR1v is the latest version of the GR1. The GR1v adds lighted LCD display (GR1 has LCD, just not lighted), manual ISO setting, auto bracketing, lens hood, and the ability to add filters.
Unfortunitly, Ricoh stopped making film cameras a few years back. Now you can only find these cameras on eBay. Prices vary greatly. I was able to pick up the GR1v in mint condition for $370 (+shipping) including filter adapter and skylight filter (about $100 value for the two).
O, and it weights 6oz and uses the same kind of battery that goes in the Black Diamond Ion.