Gear Lists

I’ll preface this page by stating what works for me will not necessarily work for you. All my gear choices are well considered and thought through; have been field tested by me and work for my needs. Have a look through and see what you think – feel free to ask questions or offer ideas. I love talking gear and would be more than happy to fill you in on my ideas and reasoning behind gear choices. Primary considerations for all my gear is functionality and weight. I like to go as light as I can and try to find multiple uses for items where possible. I would not consider myself as an ultralight hiker by any means – I like the idea of being a clever hiker (ie. Dave Collins) or an ultimate hiker (ie. Andrew Skurka).

I am a self confessed gear junkie and have more than I probably need for you and I combined. My gear choices do change up quite a bit depending on the type of trip I’m undertaking; with the experience level of people I’m going with; size of a group; and the conditions I expect to encounter. Safety is always a key consideration.

Within the gear lists you will see 1st Aid and Repair Kits with total weights. These don’t change much and I always carries these so itemised them below to show you what they include. I carry both together in the same bag as both kits have items that complement the other ie. fire starting, razor blade; needle and thread (dental floss).

First Aid Kit:

  • 2 x heavy crepe bandages
  • tweezers
  • mole skin
  • medications (panadene forte, disprin, voltaren, anti-histimine & Imodium)
  • emergency water treatment tabs
  • small medical tape
  • 2nd skin (for blisters)
  • tampon (great fire starter)
  • various band-aids
  • 2 x wound dressings & latex gloves.

Photo to be included shortly

Repair Kit & Emergency:

  • Thermarest field repair kit
  • razor blade protected by piece of closed cell foam
  • spare button batteries for head torch
  • super glue for repair and first-aid
  • 10m plumb line cord
  • Light My Fire flint
  • Tear Aid repair kit for Gortex, Ripstop and Silnylon fabrics
  • Spare bottle caps for gatorade & platypus water carriers
  • Needles & thread; dental floss
  • Duct tape – carried on walking poles.
    Photo to be included shortly.

My cook kits vary widely and vary heaps between trips – I have included a separate page on these under the gear tab.

Western Arthurs Gear List Dec 2014

I used this trip as testing ground for gear I’m likley to take on my planned Te Araroa thru hike in New Zealand next year that will take 4 months, hence some of the stranger items carried like an ipad mini. The Western Arthurs sort of mimics the number of days and difficulties of the longest stretch on Te Araroa, the Richmond Range. On previous trips to the South West of Tas I have slogged it out starting with packed weights close to 25 or 30kg for a similar length walk – this is still the case for many people these days – I have vowed never to carry this much again. While I’m confident and comfortable with my choices of the light weight gear I took down there, I would not recommend these choices to all people. The following is my full list of gear carried on the Western Arthurs Range – I ended up cutting this trip short due to weather but did carry a full 8 days supply of food.

ITEM Grams
Osprey Exos58 1000
Osprey pack cover 115
Packing Sub-total 1115
Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tarp Tent 650
Tyvek ground sheet 80
10 x stakes, guy lines, paracord and bag 235
Shelter Sub-total 965
Western Mountaineering Summerlite sleeping bag 525
Silk Liner 157
Thermarest Neoair – Womens model (higher R value) 318
Inflatable Pillow 48
Sleep Sub-total 1048
2 Lt Cambelbak bladder with Sawyer in-line filter 302
soft Nalgene 1Lt bottle 100
Cook Kit* 584
Cooking Sub-total 986
Clothing – packed
2 x Icebreaker merio boxer 100
Icebreaker 150 weight Thermal Pants 158
ULA Rain Kilt 66
NGX Shell Pants 230
Icebreaker 150 Thermal L/S Top 247
Mountain Hardwear hooded Ghost Whisperer down jacket 208
Icebreaker Merino beanie 50
Thinsulate Gloves 40
Gortex overmits 193
2 x Icebreaker Socks 110
Marmot Precip Shell Jacket 367
Thongs 154
Clothing packed Sub-total 1923
Other Items
GPS with batteries Garmin 62 195
SPOT Tracker with batteries 137
Kindle ereader in water proof case 318
Ipad mini in water proof case 418
Silva Compass 30
Maps & trail notes in zip-lock 158
Pocket Knife Victorinox basic one 60
Mozzie Face Net 20
Toiletries – Toothpaste, toothbrush, insect repellant, zinc stick, lipbalm, hydropel, talc, sunscreen 164
1st Aid* 170
Repair & emergency* 124
Chamis towel 36
Kitchen Sink! 128
Thermarest Sit pad 58
Camera – Canon D30 Powershot 229
Other Sub-total 2245
Clothing – Worn, Items Carried
Icebreaker Merino Boxer 50
Columbia Zip-off pants + belt 311
Macpac short sleeve Merino tshirt 154
Macpac long sleeve shirt 197
Liner Socks 25
Icebreaker Socks 54
Outdoor Research Gaiters 215
La Sportiva Wildcat trail runners 682
Buff 35
2XU visor 49
Julbo Sunglasses with bag 54
Watch with suunto clip-it compass 40
Leki Trekking Poles – pair 530
Clothing worn Sub-total 2396
Large Butane Gas canister 644
Food average 650g/day 5200
Water 2Lt 2000
Consumables Sub-total 7844
Base weight (pack, shelter, sleep, cooking, clothing packed & other) 8282
Consumables (weight decreases daily) 7844
Total carried 16126
Worn/carried 2396
Skin out weight (absolutely everything) 18522

* Cook kit included: kovea stove head, 1 Lt Stoic Ti pot and pan, Ti mug, Ti long handle spoon, home made pot cozy, chux, small bic lighter
* Repair Kit – as described above.
* First Aid – as described above.


  1. Hi Mike
    Thanks for this very detailed gear list. Always an interesting comparison even for experienced walkers. And very useful for newbies like me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Ralph, it is always a work in progress. I’ve tried to include absolutely everything – heaps of gear lists often leave many things out. It’s certainly not ultralight but works for me and it is now a bit less with a few items taken out like kitchen sink and swap out sleeping map with pad that then frees up other things like no more thermarest repair kit.

  3. Hi Mick, I enjoyed watching your video on your walk. A question for you and I know it was a few years ago. How did you go with the Six Moons tent on the Western Arthurs walk

    1. Hi Joan. It held up just fine. I wanted conditions to test it and got them. With really heavy rain I basically had to pin up the mesh between the floor and roof to stop rain splashing off the ground and into the tent but other than that it kept me dry in even the heaviest of rains. And while the tent was wet when packing uo, it was able to be dried in minutes with a little sun and rain. Mick

  4. Hi Mick

    Great list, thanks for posting this. Just wondering how the Summerlite sleeping bag went on this trip? Would it be warm enough without the silk liner? If you went again would you go for a warmer bag?


    1. G’day Lachlan, for a summer trip (Dec) to the Western Arthurs the WM Summerlite bag performed really well but I do remember using the liner as a pillow most of the time, rather than its intended use, so you can’t definitely get away without a silk liner over summer. There was one tent bound day spent tucked up in bed and the liner bag was handy. A liner will only add a few degrees warmth. Conditions can change rapidly in south west Tas and it did bucketed down for most of my trip but it was never seriously cold. Winter time would be a completely different picture. At the time that gear list was published I had tackled many week long to 10 day trips and my thinking was always ‘better to be prepared’. I was going to carrying the liner on Te Araroa so even if it wasn’t going to be used in the Arthurs I wanted to test the full pack weight I would be carrying for a longer trip. Now with 2 four month long thru hikes under my belt (Te Araroa and PCT) I am much more confident with my gear choices and will probably never carry a liner bag again – too much weight. I have smarter ways for dealing with cold now including just wearing extra clothes to bed and if really cold rain gear as well. I still have the summerlite bag and it has it’s place but I’m mainly using an Enlightened Equipment quilt these days, which is hugely versatile. For summer and shoulder seasons in southern Tas I’d stick with a quilt these days but would probably carry a heavier bag for winter rather than a light bag and liner separately. Hope this helps. Mick

  5. Thanks foe the gear list and itemised weights! I’m finalising mine and still working out rain jackets. How did the Marmot hold up for you?

    1. G’day. Love the Marmot Precip. I’ve had a few and keep going back to it. Value for money, holds up well in downpours, lightweight and beat of all has pit zips. Best in colder conditions as in humid environments its not so great; or where you want to keep the rain off but the rain in intermittent. You can get wet from the inside with perspiration – that is where the pit zips are handy. Paired with an umbrella I actually don’t mind hiking in the rain.

      1. Thanks much for the info Mick. Will add it to the pool of potential jackets for Black Friday/Boxing day sales. I have a very light just-in-case jacket for QLD hiking, but it wouldn’t hold up to extended downpour, so I don’t mind a jacket dedicated for colder/much stormier weather

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