Friday, April 02, 2010


thought i should document some of the things that i used from the other weekend.

pack: salomon 10+3 (340g) worked really well. just just just able to fit everything in! made it easy as cp's were at night/day changeover so when i needed more clothes i was generally wearing them. brought the salomon 20 (490g) but didnt use it which is good because its nowhere near as comfy.
water: 3 litre bladder plus a camelbak 'podium' 600ml bottle for sterilization/purification. had a fair bit of water left using 500mls/hr as a guide.
water purification: steripen (100g) (hence the need for the bottle) plus katadyn micropur forte tablets (and didnt drink for 30mins after)
food: the usual during the day biscuits, twisties, sandwiches, bbq shapes didnt feel much like chips, trailmix or le snack. ate very well at night: dried backcountry food the thai chicken was the best. some soups. chocolate!!
waterproof top: outdoor research zealot (gtx) (210g)
waterproof pants: montane atomic (150g) - no need for the heavier golite gtx ones (230g)
thermals top/bottom: polypro
down jacket: montbell ultralight down jacket (800 loft) (200g)
day gloves: manzella (50g) some waterresistance definately not -proof ok for daytime
night gloves: (ruths skigloves) 'kaos' gtx (180g)
beanie: polypro balaclava plus another beanie at night
poles: fizan compact ultralite (315g)
gps: garmin vista colour fixed onto left arm strap easy to see.
epirb: GME410G (250g)
phone: nokia next g (120g)
headlamp: led lenser h7 (110g) either PT zipka 2 (60g) or scout (30g) as backup.
the usual other safety gear: except firelighter (metal) plus vaseline/cotton-balls rather than matches which are useless. salomon has the tinniest little whistle on their packs. '1st aid kit' is leukoplast tape and little scissors :) usual other bitsNpieces: sunscreen in tiny containers, lube, toilet paper...

absolute keepers were the down jacket and gtx gloves at night.
the down jacket only weighs 50g or so more than a single polypro top and is much much warmer caveat is of course to keep it dry.
it was absolutely fantastic on the 2nd night.
also have a 340g one for even colder stuff.
day clothes were basially tshirt/shorts +- jacket if windy also 1xthermal on feathertop
night clothes were 1/2 thermal top, gtx top +- down jacket (needed it 2nd night!!) 1 thermal bottom +- wproof pants plus gloves and the 2 beanies/balaclava.
shoes were montrail HRs. taped my feet, cotton socks :)

and now to nav....
cut up the usual maps with contact over the top...
garmin vista with complete course loaded on using memory map: coloured purple.
absolute gold this software a worthwhile investment $300 per state for topos and software to create the necessary files:
'tracker' left on coloured red very very easy to see at night ie. red line following purple line.
micro-sd chip from garmin inserted with all tracks/side-trails: ie. so you can see when turns are coming up.
this stuff is so good it should be banned.
maybe one day it will.


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