Gear list

What are we taking and how much does it weigh?

Very good questions. Not entirely sure, yet, but here is the latest estimate.

What we’ll wear while walking: T shirt (Icebreaker), shorts, socks (Icebreaker) and boots (Lowa), sunhat, underwear, walking poles (Leki), gaiters, sunglasses/glasses.

Gear carried in Osprey Ariel 55 l pack. This has no relation to the little mermaid, although the pack is kind of the same colour as Ariel’s tail.

Spare clothes: T shirt for sleeping in (Icebreaker), long johns (Icebreaker), underwear, shorts, down jacket (Rab), rain jacket (Outdoor Research), long sleeved top (Icebreaker), socks, neck gaiter (buff), beanie, sandals (Teva)

Camping items: Tent (Hilleberg), inflatable mattress (Thermorest), sleeping bag (Enlightened equipment), silk liner, inflatable pillow (Sea to Summit), cooker and gas, matches, mug, spork, pot, knife, sitting mat

Personal care items: trowel, towel, face cloth, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, toothbrush, toothy tabs (Lush), dental floss, soap (Ethique), sunscreen, lip balm, medications.

Food stuff: rubbish bag, dishwash liquid, dish cloth, tea towel, food bag and food, water bottles/bladder, water filter, shopping bag.

Other: Headlamp (Led lenser) and batteries, GPS, PLB, camera, phone, chargers, battery pack, first aid kit, nail clippers, earplugs/headphones, wallet, Backcountry hut pass, pack cover, notebook and pen, little book of NZ trees for botanising.

The goal is for my pack to weigh less than 15kg, fully loaded with food and water. The more we eat, the less it will weigh!