Our shared gear set-up for 2017.
My solo gear set-up for 2017- base-weight around 6.2kg.
Having walked the GR11 in the Pyrenees in 2015 and the GR1 across Spain in 2016, we are generally happy with our gear set-up, but still like to look for ways to refine it further. Our current base-weights are between 6.2- 7.5kg (Barry’s is higher), and vary slightly with individual hikes. Our aim is to walk ultralight (5kg base-weight) in the near future, and we have some changes planned for 2017 which we hope will bring us near to achieving this and also improve overall functionality. I’ll be doing a more detailed blog post about this soon. I have also just posted something on how we have learned to hike lighter over the last 2 years here.
Walking hundreds of miles on often rugged trails, with everything we need to keep us safe, fed, and dry on our backs, presents a big challenge that I find constantly intriguing. What follows is an updated list of our current gear. Where possible weights are indicated.
* Base-weight is everything we carry on our backs excluding consumables (food, water, gas), trekking poles and worn clothing.
Western Mountaineering Ultralight (820g)- Rebecca.
Thermarest NeoAir (365g)
Western Mountaineering Megalite (710g)- Barry
Thermarest Prolite (325g)
Sea to Summit 8L ultrasil waterproof stuffsack per sleeping bag.
Shared Shelter System: (Weight shared, approx 800g each)
MSR Hubba Hubba HP
Polychro footprint cut to size (replaces heavier MSR one)
MSR Groundhog mini pegs x 8
Solo Shelter System:
Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo
Osprey Exos 48 – Rebecca
Osprey Exos 58 – Barry
Black Diamond Trail- Rebecca
Black Diamond Trail ergonomic (cork handles)- Barry
Filter: Sawyer Squeeze + 2L compressible squeeze bags
Purification: LifeSystems Chlorine Dioxide tablets
2 x 900ml plastic Smartwater bottles each
Footwear & Clothing
Brooks Cascadia – Rebecca
Salomon XA Pro 3D- Barry.
Bridgedale Trailhead Coolfusion socks (2prs) each.
Dirty Girl gaiters (1 pair each)
Alpkit Balance jackets
Alpkit Parallax rain pants
Alpkit Arro jacket- Rebecca
Rab Vital jacket- Barry
Montane Anti-freeze down jacket (Barry)
Quecha Forclaz 700 down jacket (Rebecca)
Base layer/Mid layer: Merino wool 210gm weight baselayer: 1 each. + Icebreaker Merino leggings (colder trips)
Shirt: 1 x lightweight, sun protective collared shirt each
T-shirt: 1 x short sleeved, synthetic wicking t-shirt each
1 x Alpkit Koulin trail tights (Rebecca)
1 x Craghoppers hiking pants (Barry)
1 x pair light, quick drying shorts each.
Neck buff: 1 each
Sunglasses: 1 x pair each
Hat: 1 x sunhat + 1 x lightweight fleece beanie each.
Gloves: 1 x pair lightweight thermal Karrimor gloves each.
1 x pair Outdoor Research SPF50 sun gloves (Barry).
Cooker: MSR Pocket Rocket 2
Adaptor: Edelrid cartridge adaptor (allows Coleman thread and camping gaz ‘easy-clic) to be used on Pocket Rocket stove- For European Trips
Pot: MSR 1.3 L Quick Solo pot (225g)- only used when we walk as a couple.
Kettle/Cup: Alpkit MytiMug 650 ml (used on stove to boil water and then shared as a cup).
Titanium spork (1 each)
5L food bag each
First Aid & Hygiene:
Basic first aid kit (selection of plasters, 2 antiseptic wipes, safety pins, ibuprofen, compeed, zinc oxide tape, Go Sis rehydration tablets).
Loo roll + Antiseptic hand gel (small bottle)- stored together in a ziploc bag
Small pot Vaseline
Lip balm (medicated)
Sunscreen SPF 50
Small nalgene bottle of camp soap
Tooth brush + small tube paste
1 x knee support
1 x headtorch each (Petzel E-Lite/ Energizer)
1 x bug headnet each (Lifesystems)
Victorinox Pen knife Mini Classic SD
2.5m strong lightweight paracord
Needle and thread
Compact camera (Sony RX100) + 2 extra batteries & charger
Motorola Moto G 4G smartphone (with GPS app and maps downloaded) + Survivor case
Zendure 10000 MaH Powerpack for charging phone
Anker 2 port USB charger plug + 2 USB cables
SanDisk Sansa Clip Mp3 player + headphones (1 each)
Mini flexible tripod for camera (Gorillapod)
small notebook and pen
Euroshirm Liteflex Swing trekking umbrella (doubles as rain protection): 1 each on selected hikes where we expect very strong sun/high temperatures.