Protection Against the Cold


I am planning to trip to Kailash Manasarovar and will be at an altitude of 3700m to 5000m. I will be carrying a Nikon D5000 and a Canon Powershot S2IS along. Recharging the batteries of the cameras will certainly be a problem. What precautions should I take for the camera, battery, and memory cards?
P S Kumar, via email

This article was originally published in October 2014.

As you go higher, temperatures fall. While altitude will not affect your gear, the cold can. Cameras need to be protected against severe cold by keeping them either in a warm pouch or layers of clothing in your bag. Invest in a high-quality, padded, weather-resistant camera bag with a rain cover. After using your camera, ensure that you put it back into the bag rather than leaving it exposed to the cold. Battery life tends to drop in extremely cold weather. Carry at least two batteries with you, one on your body (in a pocket close to your skin) to keep it warm, and shoot with the other. Change your battery over when it goes dead. When you warm the cold battery, it will regain some of its charge. Your memory cards will not be affected by the cold or the altitude.

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