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Published: April 13th 2019
So, what did I take?
The following list (I have a fantastic spreadsheet but I can't work out how to cut/paste into this blog- nothing I try will work with the formatting, so..... I have very laboriously retyped everything). My original spreadsheet has all of the weights/totals/subtotals and links to the products. Below is just a list of items. The spreadsheet was a work of art- lots of colour coding.... There's a couple of snaps of the list with weights - suboptimal pics I know! What worked?
I have star rated and made a few comments. I had a lot of confidence in what I had packed and on the whole was really pleased. I actually had a light fleece zip jacket added into my gear at Pemberton I think but sneakily I managed to offload it to Meg in Walpole as she needed another layer, as in "no Meg, you have my jacket, you need it more than me!", got to save about 250 precious grams in my pack! What didn't work?
Not too much, apart from the Moroccan Beef (plus see comments below). What were the best luxury items?
thermos and my umbrella (even with the issues as described below), but mostly my thermos. The thermos gave me a cup of tea or coffee through the day without having to boil water on the track, it saved me a couple of days at lunchtime with instant soup when I was really cold and hungry, and I generally saved a cup of hot water to get into the hut so that I could have a wash with it as soon as i got in- the restorative power of hot water can't be underestimated! I offset the thermos weight by not taking my proper water bottle and using a gatorade one. On to the umbrella- obviously it was great for rain, and it meant I didn't have to keep putting my jacket on and off, but it was also great for keeping the sun off. I've since seen the reflective ones that you can fix to your pack but I haven't tried them yet. Items Taken Pack
Pack- Osprey Ariel 65L Womens XS ******excellent, I could have gotten away with a 50 or 55L but the 65L has been good for o/s trips that I
have trekked as well as needed to pack normal clothes. Paddy Pallin staff fit it for me and I only needed to readjust it once on Day 2. Love it.
Packliner- Macpac Ultralight M ****** initially thought it was too big until the really wet nights and water crossing when entire pack and shoes fit inside it. Some people use garbage bags as liners.
Pack cover- Osprey L *** leaked, had to buy it as an extra as Osprey don't have it built in to their packs, it got several small tears and punctures that I patched with Tenacious Tape. Shelter
Tent- fly, inner, poles- MSR Hubba HP tent ****** love this tent! Fits me and my pack easily (I'm short though). I like the side opening and high dome.
Drybag- Ultralight MD 6L ***** used it to put inside the tent bag - great to contain the water when the tent was wet
Groundsheet- MSR Hubba HP Footprint ***** essential but expensive Sleep Stuff
Sleeping Bag + silk liner- S2S Trek3 regular ****** well used since 2002 and kept me warm, didn't use the silk liner
until the southern half
Pillow- S2S Aesos ultralight regular *** punctured within first week, patched with tenacious tape. Replaced at Dwellingup, 2nd one still going strong (2019).
Mattress- Thermarest Neo Air Xlite ***** Love it, as a side sleeper my hips didn't touch the ground. Carrying in Pack, On Pack or On Person
Trekking Poles- Black Diamond Distance FLZ 105-125cm ***** essential, packable. Bent when I had a rock fall. Replaced by Black Diamond after the trek as the plastic inside the joints perished
Gaiters- Kathmandu Long NGX *** I'm a shorts and gaiters hiker- they were good but sawed through my salomon boot laces and the plastic stirrup broke on both about half way, I now use S2S Quagmires- way better.
Map/book- Bibb Track Map and relevant guide book *****it was handy having both
Water bottle- empty 1L gatorade bottle ***** really light
Thermos- Oasis brand 750ml************************************* > than 5* see above
travel tissues- generic
hand gel- generic- essential
Compass/whistle -Kathmandu- didn't use
Umbrella- Kathmandu mini *** it was good but disintegrated by the time I reached Balingup, bought a $5 one at the
gen store that lasted until Albany
dry bag- Kathmandu stuff sack 4L***** Cooking System
Fuel Canister- Fuel Canister 230g
Stove- Furno Stove *****
pot + lid- 365 degree Pots 850/350ml *****
Cup- Light my Fire Cup 260ml ******super compact and light
Spork- Light my Fire *** 1 tine broke just before completion but conceptually good
Plastic container + lid ***** generic screw top light weight one that cost about $2.50 for 3, I used it for b/f and dinner everyday to eat my rehydrated food out of, it's still in use!!!
mini lighter ***** better than matches
couple of fire lighters- don't mock me- used them when wood was wet to get a fire going!
washing liquid/scourer- S2S Wilderness wash *didn't use them- discarded early. As I only boil water in the pot they were superfluous
micropur tabs ***** I don't mind the chlorine taste, used them up to Balingup then tended to just drink the water untreated. Added in a piece of stocking to filter the mosquito larvae. Didn't get sick at all.
dry bag for food- Kathmandu 8L dry bag*****although had to patch it due to the mice attack at Blackwood Hut Clothing
Trek Shoes- Salomon ultra gtx titanium/ blue***** my preferred brand for a number of years
Hat- Knock off Northface cap*****although I didn't wear it that much it's useful
Zip off pants- Kathmandu*****
LS merino T- icebreaker siren sweetheart*****
SS merino/coolmax collared T- mountain design **the concept was good but it pilled and shrunk- Mountain Designs replaced it when I finished
ultralight mesh stuff sack- Ultralight MD 12L******
Fleece- Kathmandu Altica*****
Down jacket- Eddie Bauer Ascent*****didn't get it until Collie I think as I thought it wasn't necessary
rainpants- Kathmandu **useless, too sweaty, lasted an hour
Gortex jacket- Kathmandu**** mostly good but breached in solid downpours
Sleeping Leggings- Bonds*****
Sleeping SS merino T- mountain design*****
Sleeping LS merino T- icebreaker siren sweetheart*****
beanie***** although I just used it to keep my food warm!
socks- Macpac, Teva, KTM (sleeping)*****
undies- Exofficio **** conceptually great and quick dry, comfortable
Crocs- knock offs***** Communications
dry bag- Ultralight MD 3L*****
iphone,charger battery pack/cable
headtorch, 3 batteries- Kathmandu*****although I'm going to get a new one with a red light
Batteries AAA (spares) Assorted Toiletries, First Aid Kit, etc
Repair Kit- tenacious tape
Toiletries bag- lightweight Kathmandu
Daily disposable contact lenses
Dry bag (for washing self)- Kathmandu dry bag 1L
KTM tek washer*****
KTM XS travel towel*****
teatree oil***** I put a couple of drops into the water in my dry bag that I used to wash myself
Book (all sub 250g)
Roll elastoplast- acquired at Balingup to tape my achilles ** they actually sell Bibb Track ROC tape now- I think I need some! https://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/shop/bibbulmun-track-branded-rocktape
Non stick gauze
Meds- Panadol, Immodium, Phenergan, Ondansetron (anti-nausea), Anti-inflammatory
Emergency blanket- Kathmandu Emergency Blanket V2- believe it or not I actually used it- initially to put under my tent as my groundsheet hadn't arrived, later to put all my stuff on while packing at the temp camp sites and lastly to wrap around me on a particularly cold, wet night (or 2)
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