Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
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(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Professional Video on 06/24/2013 13:09:01 MDT Print View

Wow, what beautiful videos! Do you use the Lumix for any of the video, and if so what types of things? (that's my backpacking camera, but mostly stills) Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your videos.

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Lumix on 06/24/2013 13:33:19 MDT Print View

I use the Lumix for all the telephoto video shots, and a few of the wide angle scenics. The obviously wide-angle shots are from the GoPro. So probably 1/2 or 2/3 of the video is out of the Lumix. Things get a tiny bit soft at full zoom, but overall I'm happy with the quality.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Impressive kayaking! on 06/24/2013 13:48:30 MDT Print View

Color me amazed by your Kodiak to Homer trip. More than most, I know how unforgiving those waters and coastline can be (I was on a 24-foot boat that sunk in Dogfish Bay last month - I felt in the moment that we needed either a much larger boat or a much smaller boat i.e. a kayak) and am thrilled that you had the weather that you did. We did a week of kayaking in Prince William Sound (far, far less adventurous) with only a day of rain and knew we'd totally lucked out.

I presume you have a completely bomber roll?

As others have posted about the video, the scenery and wildlife shots are incredible and you capture well the mix of serenity, exertion, and moments of excitement that such a trip entails.

If you ever need support on the Kenai Peninsula for such "Stupid Human Tricks" in the future, drop me a line. I helped Hig and Erin with air drops in their circumnavigation of Cook Inlet on foot this summer and have loaned my Pygmy triple and done pick-up and drop-offs for various Homer-to-Seward kayak trips by locals.

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Thank you on 06/24/2013 16:21:17 MDT Print View

That's very kind. I do appreciate the feedback and the offer. I have done some traveling on the Kenai and really enjoyed the mountains behind Tustemena Lake. I have also paddled from Homer to Seward, and that may have been the most beautiful trip I have ever done. Simply spectacular!

I greatly admire Hig, Erin, and numerous notable others. Every time I see a map of their travels my head pretty much explodes. :^)

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Thank you on 06/24/2013 18:19:10 MDT Print View

Philip,

As both a sea kayaker and backpacker I am in awe of your journeys and your associated video productions. AAA+ SUPERB job!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Beautiful on 06/24/2013 20:53:54 MDT Print View

Thanks for the great video. Looks like a beautiful trip.
Can't help but be curious about how close those bear were to you. We're you concerned at anytime about them?
What about those holes in the ground; not the one with the eggs....the ones that seemed spaced a couple of feet apart, what were they?

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Stuff on 06/24/2013 21:15:06 MDT Print View

On this particular trip, I never got especially close to any bears. The one fairly early in the video was behind a ridge and smelled me before we saw each other, and proceeded straight up the slope after that. He was maybe 75 yards away. All the rest were well over 100 yards away. Kodiak bears are hunted pretty regularly and have a healthy fear of humans. They will generally clear out given the chance. Many of the bears never saw me as I passed through, or figured I was too far away to react to. This is in stark contrast to mainland coastal brown bears in Katmai NP which are not hunted and are by and large totally used to having humans around and basically ignore you as if you were an inanimate object. That's great for bear watching, but also pretty weird. Kodiak is statistically speaking a very safe place to be around bears. I still carry bear spray and take the normal precautions.

The holes in the tundra are bear tracks that have been established by the passing of thousands of bears over the course of thousands of years. Along ridges or over passes, the bears somehow all assume the same gait and will step directly into the same paw holes, establishing deep divots in the ground. It must be awkward for especially small or large bears to adhere to this odd behavior and step into holes that don't match their normal strides, and I have never heard an explanation for what purpose it serves. Most low spots on ridges will have just such a bear trail running perpendicular to the ridge over its top, often crossing at right angles to another bear trail running parallel along the ridge top. I have even seen this phenomenon in the spruce forests along heavily traveled trails.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Stuff on 06/24/2013 21:25:31 MDT Print View

Thanks Philip!
Looking forward to following more of your adventures.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Kodiak on 06/24/2013 21:45:39 MDT Print View

Welcome aboard Philip.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
Kodiak. on 06/25/2013 17:41:59 MDT Print View

Great trip, great video. And nice use of some Dntel!

Thanks!

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Oops, I did it again on 07/21/2013 16:59:42 MDT Print View

Well, I finally finished one of my dream trips here on Kodiak. I hiked from the village of Old Harbor, half way down the east side of the island, back to where I live in the town of Kodiak on the northeast corner. I followed the spine of the island northward, staying above the brush as often as the mountain terrain would allow. It was a spectacular trip. Take a look:

Crossing Kodiak Island: Old Harbor to Kodiak

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Oops, I did it again on 07/21/2013 22:53:07 MDT Print View

Another gem!

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Kodiak Island on 07/21/2013 23:28:37 MDT Print View

Outstanding! I can't believe you did those bushwhacking scenes twice. The snow bridge made me nervous.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Oops, I did it again on 07/21/2013 23:49:32 MDT Print View

I REALLY look forward to seeing your trip reports. Words could not make your adventures nearly as interesting... thank you!

Edward Zwibel
(YetiEddie) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Absolutely Fantastic on 07/22/2013 11:13:34 MDT Print View

Inspiring! Thank you for sharing them!

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Absolutely Fantastic on 07/22/2013 13:41:25 MDT Print View

+1 I enjoy all your videos.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska on 07/22/2013 14:09:43 MDT Print View

Meh, it was okay. Apart from the stunning scenary in HD and sheer jealousy on my part for not being there with you, what do you have here? Really.


; )

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska on 07/22/2013 14:34:30 MDT Print View

Fantastic!!

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Here's a map on 07/22/2013 20:04:17 MDT Print View

I usually put a map in my movies for reference, but I haven't done that in this video yet. If anyone cares, here is a jpeg of my route. Click the image to see a bigger version:


Edited by Philip.AK on 07/22/2013 20:10:38 MDT.

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Re: Beautiful on 07/22/2013 23:03:58 MDT Print View

What about those holes in the ground; not the one with the eggs....the ones that seemed spaced a couple of feet apart, what were they?

You may notice that the first bear (the absolute freaking monster-bruiser) in my Old Harbor to Kodiak video is indeed walking in just such a deeply worn bear trail (1:15). It's actually the first time I have seen a bear in the act. Kinda cool. :^). A few scenes later in the video I show a good example again of such a trail as I walk along it (1:35)

Edited by Philip.AK on 07/22/2013 23:05:55 MDT.