I have the Joby and use it with the 5D3 + 24-105 and 70-300L. Comfortable, secure, well made. I recommend it.
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Sounds awesome. I wish I could do similar trips. When you're going? How detailed trip plan you already have, or do you just go around without much plan?
Honestly, I would stock up on CF cards and get a backup drive that reads straight from the card. (Colorspace makes a nice one).
I would leave the laptop at home unless you absolutely need to edit images while on the trip (You mentioned you might not have much electricity) Go light and get souvenirs and meet people.
When you get home you can take a week and just go through images. Spend your time on the road making images and enjoying your trip. Save the editing for when you get back home.
Small portable solar panel to trickle charge your devices? Then you don't need to worry about power consumption.
Enjoy the trip - where's the next one?
I don't travel with a notebook, I look at my "harvest" at home.
In other words: what about leaving the notebook at home and carry some more CF and/or SD cards?
Mail and social contacts every smartphone could do.
Have you thought about those automatic CF-copy-devices, can't remember the name/models, but the simple device where you stick your CF / SD card and it automatically copies it to the internal hard drive. If you want mirroring, get two of them. That way you don't need to haul your laptop around so much.
Water damage is highly unpredictable and can cause errors, as Neuro said, a long time after it was exposed to water.Sometimes that high unpredictability works in your favor, too. In 2007 I went over my motorcycle's handlebars into a pit of quicksand in the Amazon. My DSLR was safe in my waterproof panniers, but my Powershot S80 was strapped to my waist in a completely porous little belt-pack. By the time I finally extracted myself from the mess, and pulled the S80 out of my belt-pack, disgusting, muddy water was running out of every orifice. I pulled the battery, let it dry out for several days (exposed to more Amazon-level humidity, all day, everyday), put the battery back in--and it worked!