A roundup of required tramping gear...New Zealand edition!
|Equipped for a day walk...walking the Bealey Spur Track in 2015|
|Ice axe and crampons..extra weight but vital gear in snow and ice...|
If the answer to any of these question is NO then you are ill equipped.If you cannot survive for 24 hours with the contents of your pack then you need to rethink your gear list.
The golden rule is to be totally self sufficient!
|Ensure you have enough gear to survive 24 hours..?|
|Check the weather before going out...|
The clothing you wear is important
|My standard tramping attire:technical shirt, nylon shorts, tramping socks and boots|
|All of my clothing options laid out...all made from merino or technical materials|
- A generic technical shirt, 100% polyester, nylon, polypropylene or merino
- Nylon sports shorts
- Polyester sports underwear, boxers by preference
- Boots, I am currently wearing Lowa Ranger III's/ Lowa Tibets . I also wear mountain running shoes on the shorter/easier trails
- Technical tramping socks: I wear Bridgedale boot socks and Icebreaker running socks, merino & technical blends by choice
- A ball cap or wide brim hat depending on the sun level
|My typical summer time clothing 'system'...although I hate the term system: shorts, t shirt, boots and hat|
|Protect your ears...turn that ball cap into a Kepi by pinning a bandana to the rim...|
Here is a link to a post about the JMOCS or Jon Moake Outdoor Clothing System ..hahahahahaha... I love those useless military sounding abbreviations.
Going for a short walk
|My daughter Juliet and I on a short walk at Mt Peel Forest in 2016|
- A small pack, 15-20l for carting your gear in
- A wet weather jacket, with hood, wind and waterproof
- A warm top...a 200gms fleece is good
- A warm hat: wool or fleece
- Map of the tracks you are walking
- Water bottle
- Snack foods: lunch if it is that time of the day
- A cellphone or PLB if no cell coverage
- Your wallet and car keys
|A DOC safety message in the Avalanche Creek Shelter, Arthur's Pass|
Day tramping...still requires preparation!
If something hampers your mobility then it is very easy for the dark, rain, wind and cold to take their toll.
|Jon on a day wak to the Lewis Pass Tops in 2017|
You need to be totally self sufficient for at least 24 hour any time you are more than one hour away from civilisation.
|Typical Day tramp gear: Pack, spare warm clothing, first aid, food/water and wet weather gear|
- Pack, 20-45 litres in volume, single compartment preferred
- A rugged plastic bag/pack liner to keep your gear dry in your pack- can also be used for an emergency rain fly if needed
- Wet weather jacket, with hood, wind and water proof
- Warm top: polar-fleece, merino or down jacket
- Wet weather over-trousers, wind and water proof
- Warm hat, merino gloves, over-gloves (I use OR brand Gortex over-mitts)
- Spare clothing: merino base layer, merino legging, socks
- First aid kit plus material for treating blisters
- Personal locator beacon, ACR ResQLink
- Map and compass or a GPS receiver
- Head torch, Black Diamond (not in photo)
- Breathable emergency bivy bag (SOL)
- Water bottles X2 (for 2 litres of water)
- A sharp knife...a little Victorix is fine not that 12" pig sticker you own...
- High energy food: snacks, drink powders, fruit, nuts, sandwiches, crackers and cheese etc.
- Sun hat, buff or cap
- Camera, car keys and wallet (an eftpos card, spare cash and drivers license)
|Warm clothing: merino leggings, merino long sleeved top, fleece hat and polypropylene gloves|
|My Vaude Brenta 401 day pack: wet weather gear and warm clothing|
|Safety and survival gear for 24 hours...note the PLB, first aid kit and emergency bivy|
|The Vaude Brenta 40L on the Bealey Valley Track, 2018|
|Using the Vaude Brenta 50l in the Otira Valley in 2016|
Overnight Tramps: Packs, boots and tents...
Again the aim is to be totally self sufficient for at least 24 and up to 72 hours.
1-3 nights..light but not Spartan
|My base equipment for an overnight tramp: no tent and no food..|
- Medium/large size pack, 50-75 litres in volume
- Sleeping bag, down or synthetic, sub 1kg if possible
- Sleeping bag liner: silk is best also the lightest
- Extra clothing: a second shirt for camp wear, extra socks, spare underwear
- Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the days you will be tramping in a sil-nylon food bag
- Cook pot, a fork, spoon and knife, plastic bags, Chux cloth, the pot should be around 1 litre and titanium or anodized aluminium
- Cooker, lightweight either canister gas or mineral spirits work best
- Lighters...I carry three as I often leave them in huts etc. for other people to use
- Lightweight pack repair kit: spare belt buckle, harness buckle, wire, pull ties, mesh and thread
- Toiletries: tooth brush, camp soap, comb, technical towel (small), a bandanna
- toilet paper, there is none in a back-country hut
- Hut pass or DOC hut tickets. Pay for your visit...no exceptions!
- Bug repellent and a head net (optional)
- Hut footwear- light, jandals/sandals/Crocs (optional)
- Candles for hut use (optional)
- Something to read: book or Kindle (optional)
|Overnight tramp: 53L pack, wet weather gear, spare clothing...|
|Overnight tramp:cooking, sleeping, safety, toiletries and medical equipment|
|My Osprey Atmos AG pack in Anti Crow Hut, on the way to the Upper Waimakariri River|
3+ days....more food required!
|Using my Vaude Accent on the Abel Tasman in2017|
I will look at tramping food in an separate post.
|My base load for a 1-10 day tramp, using a tent....|
|My two person Luxe Firstlight tent set up at Bay of Many Coves campsite, QCT|
If you are using a tarp or tent then of course you also need a sleeping mat and a ground sheet. I use a piece of Tyvek for a ground sheet, this is waterproof and protects my floor area. I sometimes carry a rain fly but most often use a 1 person tent.
My main tent is a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1, my sleeping mat is a Pacific Outdoor thermal insulated mat.
|My Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 set up in Totaranui Campgrounds, Abel Tasman NP|
|Overnight tramp: 75L pack, wet weather gear, spare clothing, tent, ground mat...|
|Overnight tramp:cooking, sleeping system, safety gear, toiletries and medical equipment|
|My Osprey Volt on the track to Speargrass Hut, Nelson Lakes NP|
|Carting the Osprey Volt on the Abel Tasman Coastal Walk in September 2018|
The newer Osprey pack is much lighter and more comfortable to carry.
|My Vaude Accent pack in the East Hawdon Valley, 2013|
- Shelter: tent, bivy bag or tarp or you can sleep in a DOC hut if available
- Sleeping mat, insulated
- Ground sheet for the tent/tarp: store brought, Tyvek, plastic sheeting or space blanket
- A LOT of food...the main weight of your pack really
|Jon atop MacKinnon Pass, Milford Track in December 2018|