Hi all. Just a quick one to wish you all the best over the Christmas - New Years break, I'll be signing off for a bit...int the wee hours of the morning I'll be getting on the big bird to the US and Canada for 8 weeks. Apart from new years in Vegas the majority of my time will spent snowboarding BC and parts of Alberta....including some Heliboarding in the Selkirk mountains area. Will drop in once in a while to check up on you guys and see just who is suffering the latest outbreak of GAS, who else has been bitten by the Rattlesnake and whether consensus has been formed over Panasonics high ISO versus Olympus JPEGS Just to fill you all in on the details that matter: ITINERARY: (8 weeks) LA-Vegas (new years) Whistler Vancouver (got Canucks v Ducks tickets!!) Mount Baker....Nelson....Revelstoke.... Kicking Horse...Fernie....Calgary. Vegas....LA....Home The gear: Lib Tech 159 TRS-BTx snowboard Salomon Synapse boots Burton Gore-Tex gloves, pants, jacket. NZ Icebreaker Merino layers. Burton Prophecy 2011 Bindings Giro G10 helmet Spy Orbit & Electric EG2 goggles. The gear II: Panasonic GF1 14/2.5 - 25/1.4 - 45/1.8 - Oly 9-18 SMC Takumar 50/1.4 Various ND & CPL filters Remote timer shutter control Vanguard Novello travel tripod 300gb WD hard drive Domke F5XB First things first, I hope myself and all my mates make it out of mad new years wek in Vegas minus any Hangover type incidents secondly, that we get to ride the steep and deep pow terrain and heliboard unscathed, an last but most certainly not least....I hope to take heaps of amazing images on what will be my first true photographic travel adventure...and who knows, a few of those shots may even be keepers Also, I can confidently say that it is only thanks to the generous input from you bunch of folks on this forum that I feel I am able to approach my photography during this time with any sort of confidence at all. 6 months ago I'd never had anything other than a point and shoot in my hands. Thanks again. Take care, all the best to you and yours and see you all on here soon enough. Joe.