So, just over a week to go.
Time for that final kit decision.
All is ready, parcels done and sent off, assorted gear checked out.
I had set myself a goal this year to get under 27lb
(that does not inc Poles and Shoes),
BUT, I may not achieve that, because that would involve things like writing big lists,
and worse than that, getting out scales and weighing stuff, and then cross referencing duplicate items
and decision making on what does not need to go, and that is all a bit
ANALLY retentive isn’t it. (Is that 2 L’s or just the 1?)
So, instead I am just going to make a list of what I reckon I need and will take.
I am not going to make a complete item by item list, (well I might)
because things like washing kit,
and medical supplies (non alcoholic), are all rather personal aren’t they?
I mean, my boss Mr Sloman, has a list of medication that fills half his rucksack.
Anyway, here is my list (PROBABLY)!
Now, having looked at that kit, there may be some Ultralight fanatics that will say.
And my answer to you would be
NO…..YOU don’t need that!
BUT…YOU are not carrying it, so it is indeed irrelevant.
You are of course entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong!
|Shoes Innov8 Roclites|
|Lightweight Gelert GAITERS|
|Berghaus Men’s Temperance II GORE-TEX Pro Shell Jacket
(yes I know Al, we’ll look like bloody twins darling)
|Paclite waterproof Trousers|
|Montane Windproof (32g)|
|PHD Minimus 400 Down Jacket|
|Smartwool 3/4 bottoms|
|Merino T Shirt|
|Paramo Short Sleeve Shirt|
|Montane Terra Pants|
|X socks trekking 3 pairs|
|Down Socks (bloody marvellous)|
|Katmandu merino Boxers|
|Gortex Over Mitts|
|Thin Outdoor gear gloves|
|Crocs (just for Humph 🙂|
|GEAR (inc Electrical etc)|
|Pegs – 1 x Blizzard, 2 x 9″, 7 x 7″ Titanium (2 spare)|
|SilNylon Groundsheet (homemade)|
|Microfibre Flannel for condensation and Tent Cleaning|
|Marmot Sleeping Bag|
|MLD Ultralight Bivy Bag (200g)|
|Neo Air (Full Length)|
|Inflatible Pillow (20g)|
|Thermarest Sit Mat|
|Exos Rucksack (46L) +Pod Rain Cover|
|Rucksack Dry Liner|
|Higear Blaze Titanium Stove (48g) Not sure where I got 32g from?|
|Primus Gas 250g|
|Primus wind shield|
|Titanium Mug + Scourer|
|TGO Plastic Mug|
|Leatherman Lightweight tool|
|Petzl eLight Torch|
|Spare Torch batteries|
|Samsung Galaxy S2 Mobile + Spare battery|
|Phone Charger (also charges MP3)|
|Pentax Optio WG1 Camera and Spare Battery|
|Lowpro Camera case|
|Sansa Clip MP3 player and headphones|
|X mini speaker (it is well light)|
|Spare Boot Lace|
|Tenacious Tent Repair Tape (trust me)|
|Cash and 1 Credit/Debit Card|
|Reading Glasses (I forget them once – buggered)|
|Harmonica in A or G (Maybe?)|
|Printed Maps (some posted in parcels)|
|Set of spare GPS Batteries (3 x AA)|
|Compass + Mini Compass & Thermometer|
|Ortleib A5 Map case|
|Creams etc are usually in small 30ml travel pots|
|Toothbrush & Tootpaste (mini tube)|
|Cut Down Microfibre Towel|
|Toilet Paper + Lighter|
|Wet Wipes in a plastic zip bag|
|Blister Plasters + New Skin|
|Small Pot with Foot Talc in|
|Gehwol Foot Cream (small tube)|
|Roll of 2½ ” Micropore|
|Physio Tape (I broke my leg once it was bloody useful)|
|Sun Cream (ski size tube) includes a lipsalve|
|Insect Repellent (A Vogel)|
|20ml pot Avon Skin So Soft Oil|
|Immodium (Oh Yes)|
|FOOD (This is subjective and also route specific)|
|3 x Outdoors Grub Meals (per night camping)
Some in parcels – 5 needed for Spean Bridge to Braemar
|Jelly Babies (must have)|
|Lucozade Energy Sweets (pkt)|
|Chocolate Bars (unknown no, minimum 2)|
|Energy Drink Powder|
|300ml Single Malt|
|400ml Sloe Gin or Port|
|Instant Soup 3 pkts|
|Instant Chocolate or Coffee Drink 4 pkts|
|The rest varies but might at any time include|
|Cheese or Cheese spread|
|Nuts and Raisins|
Well, that is about it.
I have probably forgotten something.
I will add it when I pack.
I might NOT need it all, but I am certainly going to take it all. (Probably)
NOW, IF you should spot some essential bit of kit I have forgotten, please let me know in a comment.
It might be life saving, or life changing 🙂
A bit annoyed that Lucy or someone appears to have given me a bit of a snuffle.
Need to get rid of it by next Wed that is for sure, or I will be adding cold cure tables to my list