I fucking hate my choice of hobbies.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now you know I love spending time outside doing various outdoor activities on a regular basis. Perhaps I’ve never mentioned this before but these outdoor activities can get rather expensive. To participate in these activities you need very specific gear. What kind of activities you asked? Well, for examples, rock climbing, hiking/scrambling/mountaineering, skiing….
For rock climbing you need to have your own harness, climbing shoes, and a few locking carabiners to get started. That probably would set you back about $100. Not too bad right? Think again. If you don’t want to rely on other people, you’d need a rope which would run you anywhere from $100 to $300. To build your own anchor system so you can climb you need slings & more carabiners, so that’d set you back for about $70 or more. You will eventually learn how to lead, so you’ll need your own quick draws which cost ~$15-20 each and you usually need at least 8 of them. And if you really get into the sport and start doing traditional climbs (build your own protection as you climb), you have to buy nuts, cams, tri-cams, etc. A full set of “protection” can cost you up to $1000 and you usually need more.
For hiking/scrambling/mountaineering, to begin with you obviously need a backpack so you can carry all your crap. This could cost ya anywhere from $80 to $500. Next you’d need clothes, a sleeping bag, a thermalrest, a tent, a pair of durable hiking boots, and probably some hiking poles, this could cost you a few loonies (or for you Americans, a few Benjamins). If you start getting more technical you’d need to buy a helmet, an ice axe, a pair of crampons, some pulley systems, and possibly some half ropes. At $100-$200 a pop on most of these items, needless to say the cost adds up fast!
For skiing, you’d need a pair skis and ski boots to begin with. That will set you back probably around $1000 or more. Hopefully you already have skiing suitable clothing from hiking/scrambling/mountaineering, if not that’d set you back a few more Loons (for you Americans, that’s the animal on the Canadian dollar coin). Then there are the lift tickets if you go to ski resorts (~$40-80 per day) and if you choose to venture out to the backcountry there are all the avalanche safety gear such as transceiver (~$300 at least), probe, shovel, a saw, etc etc.
Wow gee, smart guy, you really should pick a cheaper hobby there, you said…
That’s a good statement, which also begs the question as why I picked up photography as another hobby of mine…
“But photography isn’t all that expensive, I have a P&S camera and it only cost me $300.”
Yes you can take awesome photos with a P&S camera but when you want to get into more creative photography you’ll definitely need a DSLR. It’s as simple as that. That’s like trying to hike with a pair of running shoes. Sure you can do it but it’s probably not the correct tool to use for an extended hike.
Since gotten my DSLR over a year ago I’ve spent a bit of money on this hobby I nicknamed the blackhole. I got a new laptop, a new lens, an external flash, purchased some editing software, signed up for classes, and recently I purchased more RAM so I could run photo editing software more smoothly. Am I done here? Hell no! I need to get a tripod because the $15 el cheapo I had from years ago can no longer hold the weight of the DSLR & flash. Did I mention I need to get an external HD so I could backup my files, and a few new lenses that cover different focal lengths so I could expand my DLSR “eyesight?” By the time I purchased all these I’m pretty certain my laptop and my DSLR body are probably too old and need to be upgraded. Ever wonder why I nicknamed this hobby the blackhole?
Did I mention fucking hate expensive hobbies?
(Ok I’m kidding, without hobbies we’d all just be zombies! Certainly don’t want to be a zombie would you? I love hobbies, but my bank account hates them).
Talking about photography, it’s time for WWC again. This week’s words were K and Metal.