Originally Posted by Mr Man
And it is!. If you take all that gear as listed, what will the weight come to? Something else has to be left back in the van — your tent? Sleeping bag and mat? Stove??
Priorities first are to live 'out there' in relative comfort and take what is comfortable to carry on your back. Sure, there are muscle-bois out there who will take every camera they can think of, plus tent, GPS, altimeter, iPhone, recorder... ??? . Let them: they "probably" have the physical capacity to do so (in Australia there are only two I think who take large (4x5) outfits into the wilds for 2 weeks of self-contained wilderness walking. Well known Tasmanian photographer died climbing Mount Hayes in 1996 with 45kg on his back, a lot of that a Linhof, 5 holders, 3 lenses and a meter. But the rest of us go out there to enjoy the scenery and experience: a camera is just to record what we see at specific times — not necessarily to create a masterpiece of light and tone on the first day out.
Instead of preoccupation with photographic gear, take the minimum you know you will use. Use the rest of the time to immerse yourself in the scenery and after that, brew up something interesting on your camp stove, like damper. Of course, that cast-iron pot might have to take precedence over the folder...
My 4-night walk kit
'Brutus' the EOS1N, with 17-40mm or TS-E 24mm
Sky1B and POL filters 77Ø, one fitted to lens
2 rolls of 135/36
Notebook and pencil
Weight: 3.4kg, packed
Alt. kit (same duration)
Zero Image pinhole 6x9
XA + 2 rolls 35mm
Weight: 1.2kg, packed
Gitzo GT0931 carbon fibre, 1.8kg
You wants a carry-on list!? All in a Berghaus 60L pack
Titanium stove head + 100gm propane/butane gas canister (substituted with a MSR Whisperlite + 200ml shellite in cold weather/high altitudes)
MONT Moondance 1person tent (1.9kg)
Sleeping bag (1.4kg)
Thermarest Micro (750gm)
Spork, Swiss army knife
Collapsible Sea-to-Summit bowl
Collapsible 2.5L water flask
(inside pack) 1L water flask with hose
Gas lighter (in locked position)
iPood spade (yes, that's it's real name!) + industrial strength paper
Industrial-strength mozzie repellant
Head torch (fresh batteries installed)
Small lantern for inside tent
Change of clothes (Budgie Smugglers are excellent as they dry quickly after swimming)
Bandaids, waterproof surgical tape for treating blisters
Puritabs for treating water
Hand sanitiser goop
Toothbrush (half-size) and 35mm container with stuff inside it
Raincoat (rolled up, doubles as a pillow)
Chux wipe (this is my towel: dries quickly, weighs nothing)
CROCS for around camp, in glow-in-the-dark pink so I can find them at night
Jumper (worn, or packed); just a vest in Spring-Summer
hat or beanie (but not both)
gloves (winter only)
Foldable closed-foam mat (for kneeling/sitting on); bought 25 years ago at a fleamarket...
Wooden spoon (to belt stickybeak tourists peaking over my shoulder)
Superior Little Person's Book of Words (accessory to the wooden spoon)
Food bits (say for two to three nights)
Vit C tabs (counted for walk)
Fish oil caps (good for heart, counted for walk)
M&Ms container for maintenance meds of my 35-year old transplant
Green tea, earl grey tea, camomile tea
35mm container of Red Box/Manuka blend honey (for the tea)
Portion serves of pasta twirls and film container of sauce; another film container with grated cheese
Gravlax, dried tomato, mesculin, blob of mayo and chips (treat for night one!), freeze-dried icecream (just add water and shake)
TinyTuna (75gm diced toona for sandwiches)
Pathology specimen container with Vegemite inside (yum!)
Dry biskits (2 a day)
Powdered milk mixed 50/50 Sustagen SPORT (big energy boost start to the day)
Goobies for brekky (VitaWeeties with cashews or dried apricots)
Chocky (of course, of course) — deep frozen before heading out in hot weather to prevent if being poured instead of chewed...)
Galaxy SII phone (turned off, used only to contact Ranger or in an emergency)
As I've said, I now strongly favour recording my walks with a pinhole — a proven conversation starter wherever I go. And it is much lighter to boot!
Other food stuff, highly variable, depending on climate and walking distance. I dislike packed freeze-dry food. Lots of alternatives though.
Target weight is 17kg (pack) add camera+tripod is c. 24.5kg or a third and a bit of my weight — any more I cannot do, of 61kg).
Now let's see what others are carrying!
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 09-11-2012 at 10:26 PM. Click to view previous post history.