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]

Tuesday 8 May 2012

TGOC Kit List

Here we are, sitting on our first train of our journey up to Scotland (yep, I know we're early - it is intentional!), and I seem to be the only person in the blogosphere who hasn't published a kit list.

So, from memory (because it's all packed neatly and this isn't the time or place to be getting it all out for a rummage), below is what I'm carrying:

Rab Quantum 400W sleeping bag*
Silk liner (brand new - old one finally fell apart)
Rab superlight-pertex stuffsack
Thermarest NeoAir Medium in little silk stuffsack

MSR Titan Kettley Thing
Coleman F1 lite stove in own bag
250 gas canister
Pot cosy
3 spoons
Tin-foil windshield
mini-can opener (very rarely used, but lives in the stove bag)
Plastic mug (it's even been washed!)
J-cloth (used for handling hot pots)
Half a washing up sponge
Kitchen kit stuff sack

PHD minimus down jacket in stuffsack
1x Icebreaker 150 short sleeve t-shirt
Footless tights (which Mick calls my 'chicken legs'!)
1x handkerchief
1x walking socks (X-socks trekking extreme light)
1x pants (Decathlon)
1x tent socks (Smartwool ankle ones)
Waterproof smock
Windproof smock
Waterproof trousers (held together with sticky tape...)
Goretex oversocks
Goretex overmitts
Buffalo mitts
Powerstretch gloves
Powerstretch beanie

Washkit (2x toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, moisturiser, contact lens case and solution, mirror)
Towel (well, actually a J cloth for a towel, we won't be showering often!)
Hand-sanitiser gel
First aid kit

Phone (in home-made closed-cell foam wallet)
iPod touch and earphones (ditto)
One double usb plug and leads for phone and iPod (also used for Mick's phone)
Petzl headtorch
Compact camera
Garmin Foretrex GPS
Maps in an Aloksak
Bit of string
Emergency toilet paper (the 'squit kit'; Mick carries the standard sh...toilet kit)

Half a tent in oversized stuffsack (ought to cut it down really...)
2x water bladder
1x Drinksafe inline filter

Tilley hat

5 plastic ziplock bags to hold various bits of the above stuff

All carried in a Osprey Exos 46 and an OMM Trio chest pouch.

So, there you go. Remarkably similar to previous kit lists. It all weighs in (without food or water, but with gas) at 8.4kg.

On top of that there's the clothes I'm wearing. And I'll be carrying my Pacerpoles.

(*my beloved PHD bag is in need of a clean and I didn't think it would cope with both this trip and America in its current state, so I'm reserving it for the US trip)
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  1. I can see that the best chance I have of cutting a little more weight from my pack is to take David!

  2. Have a good trip. We will be following along.

  3. and there is me thinking that 8.4 kg does not sound like a lot - IT SO DOES!!! but only in terms of the actual different items. I am amazed!

  4. Good luck you two.
    (Goes back to kit list - not yet published)

  5. Good kit list Gayle.
    I bet Mick looks good in those footless tights. No don’t go there.

    Have a good trip.

  6. No mention of the boots! I would appreciate your pearls of wisdom on this post of mine Now just finishing the 630 miles of The South West Coast Path.
    Don't think camping in snow is my scene :-)