The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Thursday, 18 March 2010

K2CW: Packing List

The bags are packed. In my case there’s not a lot of room left over for food, but hopefully I’ll squeeze it all in somewhere.

My kit-list doesn’t entirely make sense when taken in isolation (and I’m not sure I’m going to have time to go through Mick’s too), but for what it’s worth, this is what I’ll be carrying:


OMM Villain 45+10 MSC (with backpad this time, as I’m not initially taking a Thermarest which can double as a backpad)


Stephenson Warmline poles and pegs (Mick has the fabric; to be switched for TN Voyager Superlite at Easter)

Thermarest NeoAir Short in stuffsack (depending on how I find it for the first 2 weeks this will potentially be switched for my ProLite Girly Model at Easter)

PHD Minimus 300 in Big Agnes Pumphouse

Silk sleeping bag liner

Cooking and Eating and Drinking
Coleman F1 Lite stove

Gas Canister

Primus Windshield


Wash up sponge

2 M&S tough plastic spoons

MSR Titan Kettley Thing

Pot cosy

2-litre platty

2-litre platty hoser (with Camelbak stop-valve and bite valve and end cover)

Hose cleaning brush (not for the first 2 weeks)

Sterilising tablets (not for the first 2 weeks)

Up to 6 dehydrated evening meals

Personal Care and Hygiene
First Aid Kit

MSR PackTowl Ultralight (small)

Handkerchief x 2




Toothbrush x 2

Contact lens solution and pot


Sun cream


Wet Wipes (tiny pack)

Hand sanitizer

Toilet paper

Folding hairbrush/mirror combi



Glass case & cleaning cloth

Soap flakes for clothes washing

Petzl Tikka Plus Headtorch
Mobile Phone
Mobile Phone Charger x 2
(I did try to talk Mick into getting a phone that uses the same charger as the Blackberry!)
MP3 Player
Spare batteries
(AAA, phone, camera)
Foretrex 101 GPS

Pacerpoles (carbon – not included in pack weight as they’ll not be in my pack)

Ortlieb Map Case

Silva Compass

Maps in large Aloksak


Small mesh stuffsack for toiletries

Small mesh stuffsack for holding the little stuff

Exped Fold Drybag sack liner

Little Exped Fold Drybag for hats/gloves etc

Really Little Exped Fold Drybag for stuff in lid pocket



Silk shopping bag

Handful of superflimsy little bags to be used for rubbish

Clothes In Pack (assuming fair but cool weather)
Berghaus Paclite Extrem Overtrousers

Montane Featherlite Windproof (to be switched for Paramo Fuera at Easter)

Longjohns (for sleeping for the first 2 weeks, just because I’m nesh!)

Decathlon’s Kalenji Underpants x 1

Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks x 1 (just for toasty toes in the tent at night)

XSocks Trekking Extreme Light x 1

Peaked Cap (to be switched for Tilley at Easter)

Buffalo Mitts (possibly to have a rest at home between Easter and Scotland)

Extremeties overmitts

Rocky GoreTex Oversocks

PHD Minimus down jacket in stuffsack

Exremeties powerstretch beanie

Berghaus powerstretch gloves

Buff (which one? Bright pink paisley pattern or light blue with lizard design?)


Clothes Worn (assuming fair but cool weather; none of the following included in pack weight)

Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock (possibly to be switched for Berghaus Paclite at Easter)

Montane Terra Pants

Icebreaker 200 l/s crew (now more like 150 weight due to wear and tear!)

Icebreaker 200 l/s zip neck

Decathlon’s Kalenji Underpants

XSocks Trekking Extreme Light

Bra (Asda £4 job – really was the most comfortable I found this year!)

Salomon XA Pro (to be switched for a new pair at Easter, which will be ditched at Kilsyth and replaced with my Scarpa ZG65s)


That little lot (without food or water, but with gas) weighs in at around 6.75kg. A bit meaningless overall as that weight only applies to the first couple of weeks; as I’ve mentioned, there will be some changes in kit at Easter, and some more changes at the end of April (just before we get to the lumpier bits of Scotland).

One significant change that may be made is the substitution of Susie (TN Voyager Superlite) in place of Wendy (Stephenson Warmlite). We’ll be camping for the first three nights, then for 2 nights in the second week. It’s the low number of nights camping in the first two weeks that has caused a preference for the light weight of Wendy. However, if the forecast on Sunday morning suggests that Monday through Wednesday are likely to be wet then comfort will win over light weight and we will unpack Wendy and pack Susie. Susie will definitely be the tent of choice from Easter onwards, when we’ll be camping far more often than not.


  1. Wendy, Susie, it's all very confudin

  2. Well, Andy! I got it. Wanda sends her love to Wendy and wishes her comfortable flat pitches.

  3. Bon voyage! Youre organisation is formidable.

    What does "nesh" mean? I suspect I am suffering from the generation gap asking this question.

    Once again all the very best.


  4. Just 6.75 kg ? It sounds like a lot more. Good luck !

    Word = encipodi (= your feet know)


  5. Andy - be glad that Vera didn't come into the equation along with Susie and Wendy!

    Alan - Wendy also wishes for comfortable pitches, although with the tackiness of the NeoAirs, at least if we do find ourselves on a sloping pitch we won't be sliding around on her slippery bottom as much as has previously been the case!

  6. Theo - It does look a long list for the weight, doesn't it? Perhaps it is a little misleading in that I've not included the weight of the clothes I'll be wearing (trousers and Icebreakers) nor the walking poles.

    Of course, the weight will go up remarkably tomorrow when I add food and water...

  7. Nesh = soft, as in namby-pamby.


  8. Will be following your blog Meerkat, good to have found you with long(ish) hair in a pic :)