« on: October 01, 2014, 04:53:44 PM »
I would tend to side with the one body option for hiking, though I do like to slip a waterproof compact Lumix that I have into my bag as another option/insurance.
As far as taking a bunch of lenses, I can say that on a multi-day trip to Yosemite last year, most of my lenses went unused. I found myself using my 24-105 for 90 percent of my shots, with a few coming from my 200mm with and without a 2x. I didn't have my 14mm at the time, and I think I would have used that also, but the rest of my kit was either dragged around and not used, or locked in my trunk (we were making a series of day hikes from a fixed location).
The things that proved more important were a good tripod, camera remote, filters, good day-pack, day-pack rain cover, camera rain cover, extra memory cards and batteries, lens cleaning supplies, rain gear, extra layers/gloves, general hiking equipment, sunscreen, and a lot of water. I'm not sure about Ireland, but I know the weather changed rapidly where I was.
Oh, and as JD says, a bit of the Irish Whiskey would be welcome. Perhaps some Paddy's.