Backpacking with my boys and the Fuji X100F 

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I recently went on a backpacking trip to Timberline Lake above Leadville with my two boys, Harper, 11, and Jacob, 9.

It was a great trip and we had a super time making memories. These two don't start school until after Labor Day. Most kids go back to school in mid-August, so it was a nice surprise to have the trail all to ourselves.

I picked Timberline Lake because it’s a short hike (about two miles) and the elevation change isn’t too bad — roughly 1,000 vertical feet.

For kids who may be on their first time backpacking with a backpack, you can take your time with lots of breaks and it won’t take all day to reach the lake.

Besides the tent, food and a sleeping bag, I brought with me my new Fuji X100F. I’ve written here before about Fuji X100 series and I can’t say enough good things.

It has a classic feel to it - think Pentax K1000. Lots of manual controls and that it is light weight makes it easy to wear over your neck as your hiking with a heavy pack.

Using this camera made it easy for me to take high quality photographs (not your typical iPhone pic) while I was on the move.

The scenery, of course, was a highlight. The fishing at Timberline? Not so much. We ended up packing camp heading back down the upper Arkansas to catch fish.

Here are a few photographs from our trip to illustrate. I love the color reproduction of this camera. The large file size (6000 x 4000 pixels!) allows you to print an especially good picture as large as you want:)

The next time you’re shopping for a digital camera and want something that’s easy to travel with but makes stellar pictures? Check out the Fujifilm X100F.

I have a feeling I’m going to carry this camera on my hikes in the high country for quite some time.
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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