Thursday, 15 May 2014

Gear list for the Tay catchment walk

Two days until I start walking. I've had a sense of ground rush this week. A million jobs to do and suddenly so little time to do them. Add in trying to spend as much time as possible with my girls, and finishing a work assignment (although I'm officially on sabbatical now), and the week has flown away from me.

At least now the kit list is finalised and my bag is packed. I haven't weighed it - I probably should but don't have the means to do it and frankly it's not a priority. I think I've honed it down to what I really need without compromising safety and a modicum of comfort. It's heavy but bearable, and would have been a lot heavier if I hadn't changed my thoughts on a few things - that is, got real about weight.

The two big purchases have been a PHD Minim 300 down bag in their recent spring sale, and a Gossamer Gear Mariposa pack from Backpacking Light UK. The overall weight saving, compared with the old synthetic bag and Berghaus Vulcan pack I was originally planning to use, is about 2.5kgs. That's hard to ignore. The Mariposa pack is a masterpiece of design in my opinion. Yes it's spare, light and minimal, but it's the pockets that make it as well. The long side pocket can take a shelter and the big mesh pocket on the bag can be stuffed with rain gear, making it easy to keep your dry things and wet things separate. It's remarkably waterproof as well. The Dyneema material doesn't soak up water and get heavy and soggy like others do.

I may not have made my own gear, but my Mum has: a woollen jumper, which I'm taking instead of a down jacket, and a pair of wool socks.

Anyway, here's the full and (almost certainly) final kit list, now packed along with a couple of days' worth of food and fuel to get me to Kirriemuir:


Waterproof jacket (Rab Myriad)

Waterproof overtrousers (Berghaus Gore-tex Paclite)

Trekmates Gore-tex gaiters

Windbreaker (Montane Lite-speed)

Hand-knitted woollen jumper

Berghaus pullover fleece Half-length zip
Merino wool base layer long-sleeve T (Quechua)

Merino wool base layer short-sleeve T (Quechua)

Shorts (Trespass)

Trousers (Quechua Forclaz 900)

Merino wool socks (Smartwool lite)

Merino wool socks (Icebreaker mid)

Hand-knitted woollen socks For sleeping
Merino wool briefs

Merino wool briefs (spare)

Merino wool leggings (Quechua)

Light fleece gloves (Berghaus Polartec)

Rain mitts (Mountain Laurel Designs)

Liner gloves (Quechua)

Trekmates Gore-tex mountain cap

Sun hat



Plimsolls For indoors wear on rest days.
Alt-Berg Tethera boots


MLD Trailstar

Peg & stake set

Bathtub groundsheet (Oookworks) Multi-shelter groundsheet, second hand
MLD ultralight bivi bag

Sleeping bag (PHD Minim 300)

Silk sleeping bag liner

Neo-air Xlite thermarest Full length

Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri stove system With inferno wood-burning insert
Evernew 900ml pot Meths burner in ziploc tub and fire grate inside
Pot grab Tiny rubber thingy from ULOG, weighs next to nothing
Pot cosy Home made from BPLUK kit
Esbit (x6)

Meths Carry 500mls meths at a time
Waterproof / windproof matches


2 x Lighters

Plastic caddy for stove, esbit, lighters, matches (doubles as mug and bowl)

Pure Hydration 3-litre bladder

Pure Hydration in-line filter

Titanium folding spork

Swiss army knife

Half a sponge/scourer

Lifeventure soap in dispenser



Plastic toilet trowel

Biodegradable loo roll

A few plastic bags for rubbish

Lifeventure trekking towel (small)


Insect repellent

Sunscreen (50+ SPF) Probably optimistic


Dental floss

Cotton wool balls Smear with Vaseline for firelighters

Hand sanitiser gel in dispenser

Gewohl foot cream


Dioralyte sachets

Regular plasters

Blister plasters

Antiseptic wipes


Allergy / hay fever tablets

Daktarin In case of athlete's foot


Bungee cord

Duct tape Wound around trekking poles
Trailstar repair (small tube seam grip + silnylon patch)

Elastic bands

Therm-a-rest repair kit


Rite-in-the-Rain notebook


Plastic travelcard holder with bank card, SYHA card & cash

e-reader Could manage without charger? Very long battery life.
Phone + charger

Camera and bag, Gorilla joby tripod


Camera battery charger

Spare camera battery

USB cable for camera

Zoom HD1 recorder, soft case and windshield

Spare AA battery

Head torch


Gossamer Gear Mariposa Includes hip belt
1 x 70 litre dry bag Clothes stuffsack, sleeping bag + silk liner
Large Vango stuffsack Clothes
2 x 10 litre dry bags Food and camera gear
2 x 5 litre dry bags Bivi bag and thermarest; hats, gloves, windshirt
2 x 1 litre dry bags Tech stuff (Kindle, phone), and 1st aid/repairs stuff
Rainproof rucksack cover (Lifeventure) 50-70ltrs
Trekking poles (Black Diamond Trail flicklock, pair)

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