This is the kit that I used through the Western Arthurs in Tasmania. I used this trip as a testing ground for gear I planned to take on my Te Araroa thru hike in New Zealand, hence some of the stranger items carried like an ipad mini which I would be using for blogging from the trail in NZ.
The Western Arthurs sort of mimics the number of days I would be spending between town resupplies and similar terrain on the longest stretch of Te Araroa, the Richmond Range.
On previous trips to the South West of Tasmania I have slogged it out starting with packed weights close to 25kg 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. I ended up cutting this trip short due to weather but did carry a full 8 days supply of food.
The core elements of my kit basically remain the same from trip to trip but I change gear out quite a bit and continued to find ways to shave weight off my gear. This trip was a gear test more than anything hence some of the strange items (kitchen sink) or double ups (shell pants and a rain skirt; kindle and ipad). You could easily drop more than 2 kg off this list by dropping electronics and clothes.
Compare this to what I actually ended up carrying on Te Araroa, it is way different.
|Osprey pack cover||115|
|Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tarp Tent||650|
|Tyvek ground sheet||80|
|10 x stakes, guy lines, paracord and bag||235|
|Western Mountaineering Summerlite sleeping bag||525|
|Thermarest Neoair – Womens model (higher R value)||318|
|Cooking / Water Storage|
|2 Lt Cambelbak bladder with Sawyer in-line filter||302|
|1Lt bottle plastic water bottle||20|
|Clothing – packed|
|2 x Icebreaker merio boxers||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|
|2 x Icebreaker Socks||110|
|Marmot Precip Shell Jacket||367|
|Good ol aussie thongs||154|
|Clothing packed Sub-total||1923|
|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|
|Maps & trail notes in zip-lock||158|
|Victorinox Pocket Knife||60|
|Mozzie Face Net||20|
|Toiletries – Toothpaste, toothbrush, insect repellant, zinc stick, lip balm, hydropel, talc, sunscreen||164|
|Repair & emergency*||124|
|Thermarest Sit pad||58|
|Camera – Canon D30 Powershot||229|
|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|
|Outdoor Research Gaiters||215|
|La Sportiva Wildcat trail runners||682|
|2XU sun 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|
|Base weight (pack, shelter, sleep, cooking, clothing packed & other)||8282|
|Consumables (weight decreases daily)||7844|
|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, homemade pot cozy, chux, small bic lighter
* Repair Kit – small super glue, dental floss and sewing needle, thermarest patch repair
* First Aid – crepe bandage, gauze pad, few band aids, mole skin, a few voltarem and disprin.