The items listed below are what I use in the mountains in September. They are also suitable for late spring, but if I were to go in summer the lantern would not be needed, also a little of the warm clothing if the weather was good and certain to remain so.
Note how many items are in plastic bags to keep them dry.
The gross weight of my packed rucksack is around 26.5 lb (12 kg), and that is including three to four days’ food and a litre of water.
- Rucksack (Karrimor Jaguar 6, 75 litres), containing all of the following items:
- Sleeping bag (Vango Venom 600), in its stuffsack AND in a plastic bag (the stuffsack is waterproof but I use it to make a pillow and I have found that in rain its outside can get quite wet inside my non-waterproof rucksack).
- Tent (Wild Country Zephyros 1), minus the tent bag but with the poles bag and a peg bag (ultralight spinnaker fabric). Modifications: The original guys are replaced with 2mm Dyneema and Hilleberg sliders, the pegs with Hilleberg V-Pegs, the zip pulls with brightly coloured 3mm Dyneema, and various other minor changes have been made.
- Tent peg pusher, a modified 3/4″ nylon barbed tee.
- A heavy-duty black bin bag, to kneel or sit on in the porch, also to pack wet tent in.
- Self-inflating ground mat (Multimat Superlite Compact 25 S), minus its bag and minus the elasticated retaining bands.
- Roll of anti-slip matting, approx. 40 in x 12 in, to put under ground mat.
- Thermal long-sleeved vest and longjohns (Snow+Rock) )___
- Pair of Meraklon inner socks (Bridgedale), used as bed socks ) in a plastic bag.
- Down jacket (Haglofs LIM Essens), in a plastic bag. New for 2016. Used as an outer garment during lunch stops, and evenings/mornings while wild camping.
- Fleece hat (Lowe Alpine). Returned to using this in 2016 after a trip using a fleece snood that was poor quality.
- Lightweight sun hat, synthetic material (Craghoppers). One hat or the other is packed in a rucksack pocket and one is either worn or carried in trouser thigh pocket.
- Mittens, Gore-Tex and pile. Not included if mild and settled weather is certain.
- Gaiters, eVent (Outdoor Designs). More often worn than packed.
- Waterproof jacket (Craghoppers Kiwi Gore-Tex). Lightly folded in half and laid across the top of the rucksack under the top flap, for easy access when needed.
- Waterproof overtrousers (Vander Maelstrom). Folded and secured with webbing straps on top of rucksack, again for easy access.
- Spare underpants and handkerchief, in a plastic bag.
- Gas stove (Snow Peak Gigapower, with Piezo ignition).
- Gas cartridge, 250 size.
- LED Lantern (Black Diamond Orbit) with lithium batteries.
- Water bag (Chinese, folding plastic, 5 litre). New from Sep. 2016. Previously tried 10 litre size, which proved to be bigger than I needed.
- Collapsible funnel (Chinese), aids filling water bag.
- Water prefilter (Steripen Prefilter).
- Water sterilizer (Steripen Adventurer), with lithium batteries.
- Nalgene Cantene collapsible bottle, 1 litre.
- Easy Sipper insert for Nalgene botttle.
- Titanium pot and lid, 550 ml (MySolo), with a strong rubber band to hold them together. Small items are packed inside it.
- Plastic microwave bowl, 7 in. diameter x 3 in. depth. Bags of foodstuffs are packed inside it.
- Plastic measuring beaker (Chinese, 500 ml), used as a mug and as a measurer of water for freeze-dried meals.
- Plastic teaspoon.
- Plastic dessert spoon.
- J-cloth, used as teatowel, pot handle holder, etc.
- Stanley disposable craft knife, with handle shortened.
- Shaver (Braun M-60), with lithium batteries.
- Stainless steel mirror.
- Small flannel, hotel soap, airline toothpaste, travel toothbrush, small comb, in a plastic bag.
- Pertex towel, in the plastic pouch it came in.
- Toilet paper, a big handful removed from a roll, in a plastic bag.
- Disposable cigarette lighter.
- Paperback book, a small one! )
- Second O.S. map (if needed), minus its card cover. ) —– in a plastic bag.
- A banknote or two, in a plastic bank coin bag. )
- Stormproof camera pouch (Aquapac, new for Sep. 2016), threaded onto rucksack strap, and containing:
- Compact camera (Sony DSC-WX60, new for Sep. 2016), and
- Mobile phone, separated from the camera by the padding in the pouch.
- Waterproof map case (Aqua-Quest “The Trail”), new for 2016, clipped with a karabiner onto rucksack shoulder strap, and containing:
- 1:25,000 O.S. map, minus its card cover OR photocopies of route. Plus my printed route guide and personal details.
- Underpants (Jockey Sport Microfiber Active Brief).
- Microfleece shirt (Paramo Trail Shirt).
- Trousers (Tog 24 Reno) (new for 2017) with webbing belt (Rohan).
- Fleece pull-on (Lowe Alpine Aleutian) – or packed in rucksack if warm.
- Walking socks, synthetic material (Brasher Hillmaster).
- Waterproof socks (SealSkinz Thin Mid-length), worn over the walking socks.
- Walking boots (Meindl Borneo Pro MFS).
- Watch (Casio GW-M850-1ER G-Shock, waterproof, solar-powered, radio controlled, LED backlight, etc.)
Carry in trouser and shirt pockets
- Tube of glucose tablets.
- Car key, minus keyring and remote locking fob, in a zipped pocket.
- Whistle (Karrimor) & LED keyring torch (Inova Squeeze Light, new for 2017) together on a short cord.
- Microfibre glasses cleaning cloth.
- Compass (Silva Ranger 3), on a long cord around neck.
- Walking poles (Leki Makalu).
Food carried for 4 – 4.5 days (for 3 – 3.5 days in italics)
- Powdered isotonic drink: enough to make 8 half-pint drinks (6 drinks).
- Muesli: 12 oz (9 oz) with a little sugar mixed in.
- Powdered milk: enough to make 4 x half-pints (3 x half-pints).
- Instant coffee: a 35mm film pot filled.
- Sweetener: 12 tablets for 4 mugs of coffee (9 tablets for 3 mugs), in a tiny plastic pill box.
- Instant soup: 5 (4) packets.
- Energy bar: 9 (7) bars.
- Yorkie bar: 5 (4) bars.
- Freeze-dried dinner: 4 (3) packs.
- Glucose tablets: 1.5 to 2 (1 to 1.5) tubes.
Muesli, powdered drink and milk are measured into plastic bags, secured with tiewraps, and each is put in a 2nd bag for security.
Also packed is a spare plastic bag and tiewrap to put empty packets and wrappers in.