Amazon-proof? Questionable. Frankenstein’s Monster of a contraption? Correct.

After weighing up the pros and cons of obtaining a DSLR camera for the trip, I’ve instead opted to retrofit my dutiful Huwaei Honor 9 mobile phone with a variety of select components to achieve a much more expedition-friendly deal. Here’s what the aptly nicknamed ‘MegaRig’ is made up of:

The benefits of this setup are;

  • Battery life (to be charged by portable solar panel)
  • Waterproof (…ish…at least moreso than a Canon or suchlike)
  • 64GB internal storage (courtesy of the Honor 9 model)
  • Lightweight and easy to carry. This whole setup can easily fit into a day bag.
  • Discreet. At least inbetween points A and B on an expedition.
  • Improved zoom and macro photography (courtesy of lens kit and a key need of mine!)
  • Collapsible and fun to put together. Looks like the offspring of two Mars rovers.

Looking forward to putting this to the test! Early test results are great and (luckily) punch past the novelty factor.

More a personal tent than a sleeping bag, I’m leaning towards this durable waterproof sack proving itself as a multipurpose nice to have moreso than an essential piece of kit.

I was gifted this by a old colleague who was a high-ranking military officer in his younger years. Its genuine military issue just like my Greener Miltary Rucksack. Score! Been used a couple of times wildcamping as a level of extra protection against the elements but has never really been fully tested. Supposedly you can slip into one of these standing, bunny hop through a river and come out dry on the other side. I’m going to test this.

Weighs very little but rolls up (relatively) large. Might not actually make the cut.

I’ve opted for an authentic ex-military 1990 era “shorty” rucksack, previously owned by someone Greener. Serial number 978-5302, SL32A/4662.

After reviewing (and often falling in love with) tonnes of different modern-day, featured-packed and ultimately more ergonomic rucksacks – I couldn’t deny myself the opportunity to pick up something unconventional and designed for hardcore expeditions. Plus I like that I won’t be flouting some florescently coloured, heavily branded affair in the jungle.

This rucksack easily matches some of the snazzier contemporary equivalents in terms of carry capacity at approximately 65 litres across a large main cabin, 1 inside lid pocket and two external zipped pockets. Not pictured are the ludicrous detachable side pockets which almost double the carry capacity and could easily smuggle a large loaf of bread each. This rucksack is a little weightier that modern day counterparts, but the fact it’s 100% waterproof will make up for this. This has been tested by pouring a glass on water on it. The water pooled in the creases. Wicked.

Best thing is that it has ‘J W D G’ stamped on the front which, even though the letters are kind of the wrong way around, reminds me of an old nickname for my brother, D-DAWG. I know it doesn’t really make sense, but I’m looking forward to being reminded of my bro whilst trekking through unknown jungle. It’ll be a nice prompt to channel his creative/writing energy and inspiration I get from it and trip out about Ash of Jequitibá.

Previous owners scribble above military issuing labels

Mega loaf mode (with pockets)

Had to be done on the day of purchase 😀