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Adirondack State Park
Upstate New York

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Ever try to do too many things at once? Well of course you have, you're human after all. Try climbing a steep mountain while eating and taking pictures at the same time. And while you're at it, throw in a measure of fatigue and add in a certain sense of urgency. Mix all that together and what do you get? You get a broken camera.

I managed to break my new digital camera while hiking Mount Marcy in Adirondack State Park near Lake Placid, NY. Climbing the topmost portion of the mountain requires at least one free hand to maintain a safe balance. That same free hand comes into play if you tip over and need to catch a fall. Well in my case that hand was busy, it was holding a granola bar.

After losing my balance I extended my hand to catch my fall but quickly discovered it was holding my camera. Not good. Needless to say, one should not use a camera to break a fall. Cameras are fragile instruments that need to be coddled. In the end I managed to only break the automatic lens cover, I was lucky.

To fix the problem I initially used the camera's zoom feature to crop the annoying shadow created by the partially closed lens cover. That seemed to work for a while but over time I really starting missing the camera's wide-angle capabilities. Since there were no camera repair places in Lake Placid I decided to take matters into my own hands. I would remove the automated lens cover mechanism from the camera.

In the end after some trial and error I managed to disassemble it without damaging the rest of the camera. I put all the parts in a little plastic bag for safe keeping. I'll get the camera fixed when I return back to Portland, OR. The camera works to specification again. I just have to be careful not to bump the exposed lens.

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