My kit list
Everything I’ve read stresses the importance of travelling light. Fortunately I have the luxury of staying in B&Bs and so I haven’t to pack a tent and the myriad of other pieces of equipment needed for camping.
My mental total pack weight limit excluding food, water and what I was wearing was 10kg. Here’s what I packed.
|Pack||MW Ventura 40L||1200|
|Cape / poncho||324|
|Water filter||Sawyer Mini||76|
|Camera + batteries||Nikon CoolPix||186|
|Spare AA camera battery x2||Uniross Rechargables||62|
|Battery Charger||Uniross USB||30|
|Trekking poles x2||Eurohike Pinnacle Carbon ULite||404|
Weather / Environmental Protection 1186g
The Montane jacket packs away to the size of a grapefruit. I had purchased a North Face jacket with an artificial down inner, but that outer was 516g (a delta of 200g!). However, the North Face jacket might still be the one I take.
The umbrella might seem an extravagance but I’m surprised more walkers do not carry one. My rain protection includes waterproof internal bags, integrated rucksack cover, outer jacket, poncho (which doubles as a groundsheet / sit mat) and covers the rucksack too, and brolly. Multiple rain layers. I can open all the vents in the outer jacket when using the poncho.
|Cap with Mosquito Net||64|
|Sunscreen stick||Ombra 30||42|
|Sealable plastic bags|
I removed the first sections of the guidebook (about a third of the pages) leaving just the route description. Best route description I’ve found and likely will be my main navigational aid. I have the OS maps app on my iPhone. I’ve also downloaded all the necessary OS maps for offline access using the codes – the physical maps are staying in the cupboard. Back-up if everything else fails are the waterproof Harvey maps.
|Maps x3||Harvey maps||184|
|OS GPS||iPhone 5S||170|
|Charger||iPhone / USB charger||56|
The Sol emergency bivvy is a great size and weight and gives a real sense of security given that I’m walking alone.
The insect repellent from Poundland I’ve found to be really effective on previous walks. I spray the Aussie style hat I like to wear and the flies stay away.
|Bivvy bag||Sol Emergency Bivvy||110|
|1st aid kit||166|
|Energy bars x2||Trek||108|
|Dextrose tablets x3||Body volt||116|
|Spare battery||3x AAA||38|
|Toilet paper||Tesco Luxury soft||28|
This doesn’t include the first layer of clothes worn whilst walking: thigh length underwear (78g), shorts (168g), SealSkinz socks (128g), long sleeve Under Armour top (218g), wide brimmed Aussie style hat (126g).
The layering can begin with an armless Under Armour t-shirt, then long sleeve Under Armour top, then fleece, then down jacket, then outer layer.
The Thinsulate winter gloves are being left at home (98g). I’ve been walking all winter and haven’t worn them.
Big question mark about taking camp shoes. I have a pair of Mizuno’s at 562g. That’s too much weight and I need to find a solution at about 100g.
|Underwear x2||Take 5||156|
|Overnight Socks x3||54|
|Artificial Down Jacket||The North Face||396|
|Clothes w’proof bag||Muddy Puddles||132|
2 weeks with feet in SealSkinz might just need some fungal treatment. The first aid kit contains nail clippers, scissors and Compeed.
The shorts are the 2nd pair for walking doubling up as nightwear. Because I wear thigh length underwear the shorts don’t get sweaty or smelly so I expect to wear the same pair every day unless I fall into a bog and have to wash them overnight.
|Athlete foot cream||Canestan||30|
|Glasses + case||140|
|Notebook + pencil + sharpener||60|
Wearing whilst Walking 1700g
The shoes from Columbia I’ve found to be excellent. Just finished the Cleveland Survival and Allendale Challenge wearing them. They clean really easily. I don’t attempt to keep the water out so they will be permanently wet inside. I have a new pair for the PW start.
The gaiters stop stones getting in and puncturing the SealSkinz. Really like these socks. Single layer and no blisters trialling over the winter. Only packing 1 pair and if there is a problem I can restock when reaching Middleton.
|Wide brimmed hat||Aussie style||126|
|Log armed top||Under Armour||218|
The right hand column was my first kit-list weight. This included a 65L pack (Berghaus Trailhead @ 1700g). A sit mat (138g) was switched to the poncho (324g). I think the increase in weight is balanced by the poncho’s functionality.
Clothing was reduced by removing the camp shoes (need a solution at 100g) and optimising other items.
Overnight was reduced by taking out a sleeping bag liner.
Overall weight was reduced by about 2kg (20%). Total pack weight, assuming only first layer of clothing is worn, is about 11500g. Which reduces as food is eaten and water consumed.
I’m intending to do the Southern Upland Way later in the year using bothies and camping. I’ll need to rethink the packing for that trip.