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#1152776 - 12/09/16 11:05 AM GoPro on Denali
kmehrtens Offline

Registered: 12/21/09
Posts: 51
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Loc: St. Louis, MO
I know that a lot of people have taken their GoPros to Denali, plenty of videos. I have never owned one but I am looking to buy one (Hero Black 5) for next summer May/June on the West Buttress.
What is everyone's experience with them?
How is the battery life?
I know storage depends on quality.

I am looking to charge the batteries via a Goal Zero.

Any advice?


#1152777 - 12/09/16 01:56 PM Re: GoPro on Denali [Re: kmehrtens]
DPS Offline

Registered: 10/13/00
Posts: 4091
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My experience with GoPros is everyone's climbing footage makes me sea sick. Some enterprising engineer should build a gyroscopic stabilizing base for those things.
Dispensing piss poor advice for since October, 2000.

#1152854 - 12/17/16 04:34 PM Re: GoPro on Denali [Re: kmehrtens]
keenwesh Offline

Registered: 02/21/09
Posts: 1247
TRs: 21 Photos: 182
Loc: Bozeman
I've found that using these as a regular camera yields the best results while climbing. POV footage, especially while on a route like the W butt, is generally too shaky and boring to be pleasurable while watching. Holding the camera and hand holding pano shots in critical spots (fixed lines, the ridge from 16-17k) should give you some sweet footage that you can splice together for a good "best hits" video of your trip. Have fun up there buddy!

#1152894 - 12/23/16 08:31 AM Re: GoPro on Denali [Re: kmehrtens]
Jeremy.0 Offline

Registered: 10/28/12
Posts: 38
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Loc: Monroe
Ditto to what others have said. I bought a GoPro specifically for Denali and i wish I would have put the money to upgrading my phone instead for pics and video. The newest ones might be an improvement over the one I have, but the sound was very muffled inside the waterproof case and footage super shaky, so most of the footage I took was not worth watching.

#1153005 - 01/05/17 11:06 PM Re: GoPro on Denali [Re: kmehrtens]
Kraken Offline
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Registered: 02/20/05
Posts: 735
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Loc: 49
you're climbing a real mountain, get a real camera. Seriously, the GoPro has its place, but not for quality photography of big landscapes. Denali is a big landscape, you will want to zoom and get a broad scope of focal distances. I think most Go Pro images turn out looking like junk. Spend $300 and get a solid point and shoot with at least a 5x zoom and you will be way more satisfied in the end.
"I don't know about you man, but I'm going to get my kicks before this shithouse goes up in flames"

#1154352 - 03/23/17 08:38 AM Re: GoPro on Denali [Re: kmehrtens]
kmehrtens Offline

Registered: 12/21/09
Posts: 51
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Loc: St. Louis, MO
Thanks for everyone's comments. I am also planning to take my wide-angle Canon S100 point and shoot camera too but I wasn't sure about additional video.


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