If My Bag Could Talk with Adventure Photographer Jeff Bartlett

“If my bag could talk, it would ask why I carry so much equipment all the time, especially things that aren’t normally associated with photography. Sure, it hauls plenty of camera gear, but the additional contents aim to keep my colleagues and me safe.”


In the winter, the things I carry range from extra down layers for warmth, to both avalanche and crevasse rescue equipment. It has also hauled ice axes and crampons, climbing harnesses and half ropes, first aid kits, and food for an entire day in the mountains (and occasionally a flask for the trip home).

Life as an adventure photography backpack is about hauling gear to far off places, and few packs do it as well as my Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW.

Although I typically work for destination marketing organizations far from my hometown, my favorite projects are collaborations with organizations like Travel Alberta and Tourism Jasper that allow me to showcase my own backyard to promote tourism.

On a typical winter day, here’s what I carry:

  • Nikon D800 and D750 Cameras
  • Nikon 16-35 mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm lenses
  • Complete filter kit
  • Tripod and Glidecam
  • Additional clothing layers, hat, and gloves
  • Avalanche equipment
  • Climbing skins for my skis

Whenever weather, location, and photography work together, it’s worth celebrating!

Collaborating with other social media influences enable organizations like Tourism Jasper and Travel Alberta to reach a wider audience, so I am often asked to play two roles during these projects: photographer and location expert.

Here are five of my favorite images from my two most recent social media campaigns:

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Northern Lights above the town of Jasper, Alberta.

Nova, an Arctic wolfdog, at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane, Alberta.

Bow Lake, along the Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park, during the year’s biggest snowstorm.

The Athabasca Glacier Ice Cave* in Jasper National Park.

*This area is extremely unstable and Parks Canada does not condone entering the ice cave because of its location at the toe of the glacier (where icefall is common). It could collapse at any moment; so if you do travel to it, approach with care and be aware of changing conditions.


For more of Jeff’s incredible adventures with his Rover Pro 45L AW check out the links below.






Katrina Neill

About Katrina Neill

Katrina was the Senior Editor & Communications Manager for Lowepro.

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