My equipment had no problems at all. I've used a 1DX for most of the time and it worked flawlessly. I did not protect it although I brought a plastic cover with me to keep the direct wind of the camera. Also, when going outside we had no problems with the camera concerning cover. On the first day of the snowstorm the temperature was about minus 12 degrees Celsius en a windforce of 8 to 9 Beaufort. Visibility was sometimes not more dan 15 metres. The truck on the picture drove into a wall of 1.5 metres of snow because of that poor visibility. With some help it got loose and instead of choosing another route the driver just send the truck over de snow-wall. Only with a bit more care.
Altogheter, because of the circumstances I did not manage to get the Eagle shots I was hoping for ( low angle ). Photographing wildlife on the southern part of Kamtsjatka during winter demands to make it a longer project, but is a great adventure. My other camera, a 1Dmark4 also worked well. Alle lenses used are L-lenses.
Sounds like an amazing experience. Being so remote like that and seeing such pristine landscapes must be awesome. How long were you there for?
I have often thought of going to Antarctica, Alaska, even parts of Iceland and outlying islands of New Zealand. So much to do, so little time....
The whole trip was only ten days of wich five days were spend traveling to Kamtsjatka or driving to the westcoast of the peninsula and back. If you want to travel to an arctic destination, it's quite easy to arrange it yourself or otherwise book a phototrip. There are plenty of these organised trips wich specializes on wildlife photography.
When you ae interested in going to a real remote destination, I have a contact in Russia ( touroperator ) wich ofers a trip to the Lena Delta. You will find there for example a Ross Gull colony. The accomodation that is available for us is very primitive and you spend a whole days sailing by boat to the iland. The whole comfort is very poor, but you stay in a remote place with a Ross Gull colony a 100 metres away. The landscape is just flat, it's a delta. Renting a helicopter is very pricey nowaydays. A group of four is the maximum.