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April 10, 2015

Skiing with DJI Inspire 1

spToday I got out for a backcountry ski tour with a couple of my friends and the DJI Inspire 1 drone. Ski touring with a drone strapped to your backpack can be a little bit of, um, well…everything. It’s stressful having a $3000 electronics device exposed to the elements. It’s a burden carrying the extra weight. It’s awkward having the extra weight placed so far from your center of gravity, especially when skiing where balance in paramount. Complaints aside, it’s still something I love doing. And the images I’m¬†gathering while out hiking, skiing, biking and touring the outdoors is totally worth it.

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The Inspire 1 performed beautifully up at 10,000 elevation. I was a little worried because that was the highest I had flown it up to this point. The winds were mild to moderate, gusting up to 20 mph. With the remote set to GPS mode the Inspire 1 helds it’s place within 1 meter, and most of the time even tighter. The precision of this machine is incredible.

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The DJI Inspire 1 holding it’s own in the wind off the ridge at 10,000′

The Skiing was pretty great, especially for April 10th and receiving a record low snow total this season.

Skiing Patsy Marley in Little Cottonwood with DJI Inspire 1 drone strapped to my backpack.

Skiing Patsy Marley in Little Cottonwood with DJI Inspire 1 drone strapped to my backpack.