A gear list for multi-day Summer tripsThis gear list is a work in progress as I am trying to reduce the weight of equipment I carry. I am certainly not an ultra lighter, those guys can get by with with less than 5 kgs of gear. I would like to get my base weight (no food or water) down to the 8-9 kg level. This would provide me with the essentials for survival at a bearable weight.
|My pack leaning on the Anne Saddle sign|
Anyway, I'm currently carrying a total weight of approximately 9.293 kgs. Added to this would be 600-800gms of food per day (dehydrated meals, snacks, tea/coffee, instant soup etc) and water.The plastic water bottles I use are1 litre volume and weigh 45gms empty. I carry two, I would carry more water if going onto dry tops or to a 'dry' hut.
|My pack on the Abel Tasman Coast Track|
As funds allow I am replacing my equipment with lighter and/or better performing gear, my next targets are my rain gear, sleeping bag and pack, for 1-2.5 kgs of savings.
My current tarp is a Oztrail 2.1 x 3.0 metre design with a Sea to Summit bug net for a total of 1.1kgs.
|My tarp set up on the tops near Mt Richardson|
My main tent (a Luxe Lightwave) is 1.28kgs. I carry it if expecting to camp for the night, it gives me more bug free space than the tarp. I use a 6' x 4' piece of light plastic sheeting as a ground cloth with both of these set ups.
|My Luxe tent set up on the QCT, February 2016|
I recently purchased a new Ultra Light tramping tent, it is a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1. This is a 3+ season free standing tent, it is for 1 person but is almost the same size as my Luxe two person tent. This will now act as my main tramping and long trail tent it weighs 990grams!!!
|My Big Agnes, Copper Spur UL 1 tent|
- Osprey Atmos 50 AG, 53+ltr - this is my new overnight pack and could carry enough gear for 1-4 days if required. Total weight is in the region of 1.6 kg
|The Osprey Atmos 50 AG in Anti Crow Hut|
- Osprey Volt 75ltr - This is now my go to multi-day and long trail pack. This weighs a lot less than my Vaude pack and comes in at 1.7-1.8 kg
|Osprey Volt 75 on the Travers -Sabine circuit track|
- Vaude Accept, 65+10ltr - this is for multi-day trips over three days or when I am carrying additional gear for winter conditions. I have taken to this bag with a knife and cut off all unnecessary straps, pouches etc. for a 400gm weight loss, it now weighs 2040gms.
- Vaude Brenta 55ltr - this is the pack I use for short over night trips, Great Walks and for trips up to three days in Summer. It is also my main day trip bag, it weighs 1400gms. I have gifted this to my daughter for when we tramp together.
- A Rocky Ridge 25l - this is a small bag I use for short day walks, and my fitness walking. It is a good bag if I am doing a tops day trip because it only weighs 700gms.
|My gear laid out for packing|
My multi-day tramping gear list