Equipment choices

The gear one takes makes a big difference to comfort and safety and general happiness, and striking a balance between utility and weight is tricky. Earlier walks in the Pyrenees and Corsica have been really helpful in finding out what works well and how much to bring along. I'm no gear nut, but I do like stuff that's simple, light and effective.

This won't be a wilderness walk, though the weather will be very variable, from -10 to +35C, and I'm choosing things based on my strengths and weaknesses. For example, I'm pretty good at keeping going, and quite quick, but also not very strong and rather frail. I keep warm while moving, but get cold afterwards. I'm comfortable with technology but likely to play it safe with key items.

As this is a walk in aid of a charity, and with sponsors, information has to get back to the UK regularly. Also I need to collect notes and photos for handbooks after the walk.

Gear weights

  • Backpack & enclosures: 560g
  • Backpack 460g
  • Stuff sacks 100g
  • Shelter and sleeping:2015g
  • Tent (complete) 830g
  • Groundsheet, mattress, over bag 435g
  • Duvet 750g
  • Cooking: 370g
  • Stove, stand, windshield 60g
  • Cooking pan, lid & implements 165g
  • Fuel bottle, lighter 40g
  • 2 Water containers complete 105g
  • Electrical: 954g
  • Camera, wide angle lens 600g
  • Tripod 45g
  • MP3 voice recorder 50g
  • Torch 79g
  • Mobile phone 70g
  • Solar charger 30g
  • GPS data logger 80g
  • Spare Summer clothes 1325g
  • Waterproof jacket, trousers, gaiters 510g
  • Wind shirt, Warm shirt, Gloves, Hat 705g
  • Pair of socks 50g
  • Sandals 60g
  • Hygiene & Health: 350g
  • Toothbrush, paste, soap, loo roll 205g
  • Pills, scrubbing brush, water drops, zinc tape 150g
  • Admin: 370g
  • Pen, maps, passport, money, compass 270g
  • Sunglasses 40g
  • Cord, duct tape, nyloc, whistle 60g
  • Summer weight (no water, no food, on the back) 5.95kg (13lb 2oz)
  • Clothes worn
  • Hat, shirt, zip off trousers, socks
  • Walking poles
  • Walking boots & insoles
  • Extra Winter clothes: 595g
  • Warm jacket 320g
  • Over gloves 65g
  • Second mattress 210g
  • Extra Winter gear: 1850g
  • Ice axe, crampons, snowshoes
  • Winter weight (no water, no food, on the back) 8.4kg (18.5 lbs)