Te Araroa gear list

This is a bit of a simple gear list and it isn’t quite finished but should give people some idea of what I am carrying. Most of it was bought at Living Simply with hours of help from Chris….Thanks, Chris! I have matched it up against the prime list given on the Te Araroa site. I’ll edit this up later once it is all finalised, and I have an idea of weight, if I get time.

I have now added a “The other end of Te Araroa” post which explains what gear was used and how it worked as well as some things I would have liked to have had.

Pre Te Araroa Gear List

Te Araroa site gear listMy gear list
Several pairs of trail socks3 x Merino trail socks
Decent trail shoes (light-weight ones that drain well) or boots – personal preferenceBoots – Lowa Ranger 3
Leggings/shorts/thermalsGaiters – Lowa Alpine Gaiters
2 x Nylon Shorts
1 x Thermals (top and leggings)
2 x shirts2 x Merino Shirts
Merino long sleeve/thermal topJersey
Decent waterproof coat (can be a life-saver!)Stony Creek Stow it Jacket
Waterproof trousersWaterproof trousers
Primaloft jacket Might buy one when I get southward.
Windproof shellFleece Jacket
GlovesMerino gloves
Buff/wooly hat/sunhatGBI Fire benie
SunglassesSunglasses
High SPF SuncreamDone, but only SPF 30
Descent backpackAarn backpack
Light-weight tent/bivyMSR Hubba Hubba
Blow-up sleeping matTherm-a-Rest – Evolite Regular
Down sleeping bag/waterproof bagOne Planet – Bungle -4 Regular DWR
Cooking stove/fuel/cooking pot/sporkMSR – WindBurner Stove System
Primus Titanium Cup
Light My Fire – Titanium Spork
Laminated mapsNo, but I have printed out the Northland set and posted the rest here under files.
GPS with trail downloadedOn phone
CompassSilva Ranger
Marker pen/sharpieI got a dry erase pen instead. Should be OK on the maps and I can erase mistakes.
mobile phone/waterproof bagMobile phone
Spot-trackerNo
PLB (Personal Location Beacon)Ocean Signal – Rescueme PLB1 (Beacon)
Strobe lightNo
SOS Survival TinAide Void R1 1st aid kit
First aid kit incl. Hikers WoolDone….possibly excessive.
Emergency foil blanketYes
Light-weight walking poles – personal preferenceNo – well, maybe. If I meet someone I will try theirs.
A stool tool/loo rollFiskars Nyglass Transplanter
Headtorch/spare batteriesTikka +
CameraOn phone
Food/snacks/water/electrolyte10x dehydrated dinners.
10x OSM bars.
10x gruel (instant porridge)
Tea Bags/water
Water purification tablets/UV steripenSawyer – Mini Water Filtration System
Hi-viz vest and/or pack cover – essential for road walking and forestry sectionsTuffviz Hiviz Vest

Some thoughts

Interestingly, my pack has ended up a bit heavier than I was aiming for. 13kgs base weight. With food and water this will add up to an initial walking weight of about 17kgs….which sorta sucks and was partially the reason for buying the dehydrated food. I need to make sure my fitness will be OK as all my training walks were with a 13kg pack. Cest la vie.

( “The other end of Te Araroa” post.)

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