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.

Spares

I'm taking as little as possible, chosen to be of the most use for the weight carried, to include: needle and thread as it weighs nothing and can save fabric from worse damage, Duct tape to mend and patch anything waterproof, some long nyloc straps which have 1001 uses for tying things together permanently, a short length of Spectra code, 1 walking pole tip, and a nut and bolt or two for my snowshoes.