Don’t fear the blank page.
Write as if you’re recounting the day to a friend on the phone. Start with a scribble or simple description; it’s OK to be messy. Your style will likely change during the trip anyway. “You grow into what you like,” Kirk says.
Get into a habit.
Routine is essential. Set aside time each day to get the camera out or record the day’s events.
Capture the landscape, camp life, your hiking partners, trail milestones, and failures as well as successes. You want a well-rounded view of the trip.
The most memorable moments often happen when the weather is bad or people are working hard. When you’d rather not get out the camera, you probably should.
Choose your weapon.
Journal It’s cheap, light, and batteries are not required.
Camera Whether you use a phone or DSLR, it’s the fastest way to record a trip.
Video Shell out for that action cam, or upload phone vids to the cloud—both Apple and Google can automatically combine your videos (and photos) into a highlight reel.
Paintbrush Drawing or painting your trip requires more supplies (and patience), but research shows that integrating visual and motor skills is one of the best ways to cement memories.
Writer and artist Kolby Kirk and pro adventure and documentary photographer Jody MacDonald.