My gear list

A gear list for multi-day Summer trips

This 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 10.1 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.

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.

A note on Shelters/Packs
 Because I am normally by myself I carry an emergency shelter of some sort, either a emergency bivy bag, tarp or tent. If I am mostly going to be staying in huts I take a tarp and bug net as a back up just in case the hut is full.

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'm researching a tent replacement in the 500gm-1 kg range, which is the weight of good quality ultra light tents now. I'm currently leaning towards one of the Copper Spur range which have just gone on sale here, saving for it as they cost around $600 NZD.

I have three packs which I use:

  • 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 1940gms.
My Vaude Accept 65l pack on a multi-day trip on the West Coast
  •  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.
My Vaude Brenta 55 ltr on the Nina Hut Track

  • 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. 
Me and my Rocky Ridge bag on the Christchurch 360 Trail







My multi-day tramping gear list

This is a gear list for Spring-Autumn multi-day trips, I do go out in winter but only for overnight jaunts.




Item Name
Type
Description
qty
weigh
unit
Batteries
tools
AAA 4 spare
1
48
grams
First Aid kit
tools
Home made
1
180
grams
Knife
tools
Victorix folding
1
34
grams
Lighting, tent
tools
Cylum stick
1
25
grams
Compass
tools
Silva ranger
1
64
grams
Survival kit
tools
Misc. items in lightweight metal container
1
145
grams
Repair kit
tools
Various repair materials
1
108
grams
Headlamp, LED
tools
Lenser, LED
1
70
grams
Personal Locator Beacon
tools
REsQLink PLB
1
260
grams
Trekking pole
tools
Leki Lightweight pole
1
225
grams
Pack liner
Pack system
Plastic, MSC yellow
1
174
grams
Pack, 65+10 ltr
Pack system
Vaude Accept 65ltr + 10ltr hiking Pack
1
1950
grams
Or: Pack 55 ltr
Pack system
Vaude Brenta hiking Pack
1
1400
grams
Stove, butane
cooking
Kovea, butane, backpacker
1
124
grams
Gas canister
cooking
MSR, butane, medium
1
350
grams
Lighter
cooking
Bic brand
1
8
grams
Pot 1 ltr
cooking
Annodized aluminium
1
100
grams
Eating utensils
cooking
Knife, spoon Sea to Summit
1
31
grams
Waterbottle
cooking
Plastic, 1 ltr (empty)
2
85
grams
Food Bag
cooking
Sea to Summit, PVC, 15ltr
1
55
grams
Cleaning cloth
cooking
Chux cloth (dry dishes)
1
6
grams
Ground sheet
shelter
Plastic sheeting
1
180
grams
Hiking Fly
shelter
Oz trail hikers fly, 2.1 X 3.0, pegs+ties
1
850
grams
Plus: Mosquito net
shelter
Sea to Summit, 1 person
1
250
grams
Or: Tent
Shelter
Luxe Lightwave, 2 person
1
1285
grams
Sleeping mat, inflatable
Sleep system
Pacific Outdoor Adventurer AC sleeping mat
1
580
grams
Sleeping bag, warm weather
Sleep system
Domex, Packlite (synthetic)
1
1200
grams
Or: Sleeping bag, cold weather
Sleep system
Macpac Escapade XL (down)
1
1325
grams
Hygiene kit
toiletries
Toothbrush, paste, soap, tablets
1
92
grams
Insect repellent
toiletries
Aerosol, Bushman’s brand
1
104
grams
Towel
toiletries
Small, camp, sea to summit
1
134
grams
Bandanna
toiletries
Generic, cotton
2
70
grams
Mossie head net
clothing
Coleman brand
1
18
grams
Shirt short sleeve
clothing
Technical, generic (wear)
1
176
grams
Shorts, nylon
clothing
Nylon shorts (wear)
1
150
grams
Underwear
clothing
Russell Athletic, technical (wear)
1
130
grams
Shirt, L/S
clothing
Stony Creek, polyester
1
165
grams
Shirt, L/S
clothing
Weft, warm, merino
1
190
grams
Pants- thermal
clothing
Cold-Pruf, merino
1
160
grams
Jacket, wet wear
clothing
Macpac, Copland, full length
1
680
grams
Pants, wet wear
clothing
Stony Creek, technical
1
290
grams
Over-mitts, wet wear
clothing
Outdoor Research, technical
1
95
grams
Gloves
clothing
Warm, polypropylene
1
45
grams
Boots, La Spotiva
clothing
Leather, Valojet, size 13 (wear)
1
1400
grams
Socks, 2 pair
clothing
Merino, Smart Wool (wear 1 pair)
2
250
grams
Hat
clothing
Warm, polypropylene
1
82
grams
Sun hat
clothing
Baseball style (wear)
1
114
grams
Top, warm
clothing
Fleece, 200gsm, Hunting & Fishing
1
380
grams






Total Weight
(Tent/larger pack /down bag)

10.05
kgs