I've been wanting to travel deeper into the mountains (of Taiwan) for my field recording. I can only go so far if I plan to be out by dark. So I've been collecting gear to allow me to stay a night or two, hiking the whole way.
What I'm wondering is, who has gone out to remote locations alone? Areas far from your vehicle and no cell service. What practical concerns have you met while doing this and what advice can you offer?
I don't have friends or colleagues who are interested in accompanying me. And my schedule is very erratic, so there's typically little notice before I head off. Hardly ideal for planning with a buddy.
Some specifics I'm wondering...
How do you manage to bring all your recording gear AND your survival gear? (I find my recording gear takes up a lot of space)
Do you bring some form of personal protection? (Gun, machete, etc)
How do you go about being tracked/located if you have a major problem?
(For example, I have a tracking app on my phone that allows my wife to know where I am, where I've been, and what routes I took and at what times. I turn it on when I'm out recording. But it's useless in the mountains)
FYI, I've read over some "hiking alone" guides on the Internet, but when adding the recording gear to the equation, it mucks things up a bit.
Thanks for your input.