In July 2012 we took 24 readers on an adventure of a lifetime
For our first Cool Hunting Edition travel experience we brought 24 friends and readers on safari in Zambia. Over the course of eight days CH Zambia guests experienced the wonders and wildlife of Africa with a few surprises from our brand partners. More stories and videos here.
As editors we have the privilege of being able to experience new things and places all over the world. When traveling, we always look to see what types of products we can test out—gear, clothing, accessories, tech. Frequently our trips include access to people and environments that are out of reach for most travelers. When we had the chance to visit The Bushcamp Company in Zambia we realized it would be the perfect opportunity to let our readers travel the way that we often get to.
We have a long history of collaborating with brands to create limited edition products (we call these Cool Hunting Editions). In crafting this travel experience we felt it was worthy of the CH Edition name.
The first thing we wanted to ensure was that we were able to take great photographs while in Africa. We needed binoculars and a lot of camera equipment, but more importantly we wanted to have a professional photographer along with us to help us get the most out of our gear and to learn how to take the best pictures possible under these special conditions (shooting at dusk and dawn and often with long zoom lenses). Pentax was a perfect partner for us because their cameras and lenses are easy to use and create high quality images. They sent Kerrick James, a nature photographer, to join us for the trip. The photographic experience became core to our safari, and Pentax graciously offered the camera of choice to everyone on the trip.
Packing was a challenge. Our well-worn suitcases wouldn’t work—too big, the wrong shape, and too heavy for the 25lb weight limit we had to work with. We called our friends at Tumi to see if they had the right bag for the trip. They didn’t, but they graciously offered to create the Tumi + Cool Hunting Safari Duffel for us so everyone on the trip could travel in style with a purpose-built bag.
We started collecting vintage safari jackets when we began planning the trip. When our friend Geren Lockhart, the LA-based designer behind Geren Ford, decided to join us on the trip we started talking about creating an awesome safari jacket. Realizing that creating a new jacket for both men and women in so many sizes in such a small run was going to cost a small fortune, Geren came up with the brilliant idea of making custom jackets for everyone from repurposed vintage safari gear, each tailored to a fellow traveler and one-of-a-kind.
One of the reasons we chose to work with The Bushcamp Company was because they offered walking safaris. This meant that we needed the right boots for the hot, dry, and dusty climate. Vintage Shoe Company was up for the challenge. We based our boot on a stock military desert tank boot—the same ones that the U.S. Army uses—but added a bit of style to them by replacing some of the suede with distressed leather. We did get a few stares at the airport with all of our matching boots, but they performed beautifully and allowed us to trek in style.
What better complement to this amazing adventure than a nearly endless flow of Veuve Clicquot? The Bushcamp Company staff donned their yellow aprons and popped more bottles than we could count. Each day was a celebration made even more memorable.
Capturing all of our thoughts was made a bit easier thanks to Moleskine, who provided sketchbooks, pencils and carnets.
Images by Josh Rubin