Gear Lists: 4 International Backpacking Teams


Written by Fidgit

A length of days his soul with prudence crown’d,
A length of days had bent him to the ground.
-The Odyssey

Hike your own hike and pack your own pack. Each person’s gear is as different as their hiking style, so it is hard to tell one hiker that what matters to you should matter to them. This has been a struggle as people ask for advice on what and how to pack.

What is most valuable and irreplacable out there is what is between your ears. That thick skull of yours, and also the grey matter underneath. WFR (Wilderness First Responder) training, knowing the principles of LNT (Leave No Trace), and the ability to handle emergency situations; these are the invaluable items you NEED.

To equip you with still more information, I have gathered the pack lists of four highly successful, international hiking duos. I give a brief synopsis of each team, a link to follow their amazing adventures and hikes, then a lists of at least one team-member’s gear. Each list appears as shared.
Basics of which we all carry some variety:delormegarmin

  • Satellite Locator Beacon
  • Shelter
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pot
  • Knife
  • Rain Gear

Jan & Meylin

This globe-trotting duo are the creators of the Greater Patagonian Trail, a network of trails through the Patagonian Andes. They spend a lot of time investigating routes off trail. They are avid pack-rafters and open to exploring land by a variety of slow means. When I think of how to explain Jan I think of Maude in The Big Lebowski saying, “He’s a good man, and thorough.” They don’t have a website, but the body of their work can be found at Wikiexplora- Greater Patagonian Trail.

Jan Mey packraft

Jan & Meylin in their packraft. Photo Credit: GPT Wikiexplora Page

Backpack:

  • ÜLA Catalyst for hiking only
  • ÜLA Epic for pack-rafting

Comment: We convert the ÜLA epic backpack together with the inflatable mattress into two comfortable pack-rafting seats with a nice backrest of the forward seat with this we save some weight since we do not carry the regular inflatable seats.

Tent:

  • Tarptent Stratosphere 2 solid (about 1.2 kg)
  • Tarptent Scarp 2 with crossing poles (about 2.2 kg)

Comment: The scarp 2 is much more wind resistant but as we learned not indestructible by wind. We preferred it more in the south where we were exposed to harsher weather. It’s a good choice when pack-rafting and being more in open areas.

Mey tent

Sudden bad weather is to be expected in Patagonia. Be prepared, like Mey! PC: GPT Wikiexplora

Sleeping bag:

  • Down sleeping bag in the north
  • enLIGHTened equipment with synthetic insulation

Comment: We were concerned to use down in the south with a lot of pack-rafting, but I’m not sure if this concern is justified if you have a tight epic pack.

Mattress:

  • Therm-A-Rest Z-Lite
  • NeoAir Trekker mattress

Comment: We used the NeoAir for two seasons and had only once a hole. But one NeoAir failed towards the end of the first season. We use the NeoAir now for packrafting to make our seats.

Cooking:

  • First two season with campfire only. We built a grill out of stainless steel welding wire that we love and always carry (all 4 seasons). We cook mostly on fire and use other stoves only when needed.
  • Third season: Gasoline stove (50% of distance was pack-rafting so weight was less relevent) . . . not too happy with gasoline . . . blockage, weight, smell, start up time.
  • Fourth season: Gas with screw on burner. This is now our first choice as backup to campfire.
  • MSR Alpine (Two pots stainless steel. 2 L and 1.5 L . . . ideal for cooking on campfire since non plastic parts).
  • MSR Quick Skillet Frying Pan (fish, meat, pancakes, eggs, bread and many other dishes. When cooking with fire, cooking time is unlimited, and you cook different dishes, not like with carried fuel).
  • MSR Plate (serves only for cutting)
  • Baking with MSR Alpine stove on fire (i.e. bread and cake)

Comment: We love good meals and spend quite some time for cooking. It’s part of our hiking pleasure.

Jan mey pot

Cooking pizza. Jan & Mey are certainly more creative with their trail cuisine than most, making sopapillas, baking bread, fish, and even carrying their own adapted grill. PC: GPT Wikiexplora

Solar:

  • Was: GoalZero
  • Switching to: Anker 21 W

Comment: Solar panels have typically only 60% of the published power – oversize!

Packraft:

Jan Gear

Jan, transferring gear from backpack to packraft. PC: GPT wiki pg

  • Alpacka Explorer 42
  • Drysuite
  • Windpaddle Sail

Boots and Shoes:

  • Heavy hiking boots
  • Salomon Techamphibian

Raingear:

  • Sea to Summit Poncho (modified with zipper on both sides, is also used as tarp to build a rain cover over the the tend door i.e. for cocking and packing)
  • Drysuite

Skywalkers al Sur

These guys are pacing quickly across South America. You can follow them on Facebook, twitter, or on their website. We crossed paths in Santiago and had the privilege of escorting them to the latest Star Wars movie (Rogue One), then sat on a lawn  listening to them pick it apart over pizza late into the night.
Justin (Wormhole) is a gifted writer and among the more determined souls I’ve ever met and Dan (Hokey Pokey) is the kindest-hearted hockey player and film-guy ever.
They Ewok like nobody’s business. Did you forget to click on the links above and follow them? That’s fine, you can do it now.

Skywalkers

Dan-left, Justin- Right           PC: Skywalkers website

Hokey Pokey’s Pack:

Clothes

  • 1 pair thick wool socks
  • 2 pairs of walking socks
  • 1 pair of Star Wars victory socks to be worn on last day
  • 1 pair of sock liners but “I don’t really ever use them”
  • 3 pairs of boxers
  • 1 pair of running shorts
  • 2 pairs of pants: one for town, one for walking
  • 1 silk top / under armor style shirt
  • 2 t-shirts: one for town, one for walking
  • 1 waffle top (fleece style shirt)
  • 1 shemag use as towel/pillow/scarf
  • 1 button down shirt “for pretending like I’m a human in town”
  • 1 pair of shoes/boots
  • 1 baseball hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 rain jacket
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PC: Skywalker’s Personal collection

Camping gear

  • Camelback
  • Enlightened equipment revelation 20 degree bag
  • Army woobie
  • Compass
  • 1 pocket knife
  • 550 cord
  • 1 sleeping pad
  • 1 lighter
  • Water purifiers

Shared gear he carries

  • MSR whisperlite international
  • MSR 1 liter fuel can
  • 1 2.3(?) Liter pot
  • 1 MSR flex skillet
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    PC: Skywalkers’ personal Collection

    Fork and spoon for both of us

  • 1 laptop asus zen book with power cord
  • 2 USB batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline/aquafor (use your imagination)
  • Freezer bags
  • Power adapters – 3 of them

Shared gear that Justin carries

  • MSR Hubba Hubba 2 person tent
  • Army poncho
  • Food bag

My electronics

  • iPhone 6

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    PC: Skywalkers’ personal Collection

  • My spot personal locator beacon
  • iPhone power cord/brick
  • Earbuds
  • Moment wide angle lens for iPhone
  • Olloclip lens for iPhone
  • Shure mv88 mic for iPhone
  • Joby gorilla pod for smart phones
  • 1tb hard drive.
  • 120gb ssd thumb drive

Random goodies

  • Toothbrush and paste and floss (because I don’t want to take crap from my dentist when I get back)
  • Deodorant (we share a stick and pretty much only ever use it in town when we remember to)
  • Pen
  • Notebook

Apps

  • filmic pro for total camera control
  • Spotify premium
  • Audible
  • Maps.me (must have)
  • Trail wallet

Fidgit’s List

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  • Backpack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Dry sack
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Umbrella
  • Tent floor
  • Journal
  • Pencil
  • Tent stakes

Clothes

  • Vest
  • Down jacket
  • Gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Town dress
  • Beanie
  • Long johns
  • Wool shirt
  • Stuff sack
  • Socks (4 pair)
  • Undies (4 pair)
  • Stuff sack

On my person:

  • Trekking poles
  • Sun hat
  • Buff
  • Sun glasses
  • Pants
  • Hiking shirt
  • Bra

Kitchen

  • Multitool
  • 1.75 LGatorade bottle10
  • 1.5 L plastic bottle
  • Draw bag
  • Tote bag
  • Water purifier
  • Wooden spoon
  • Olive oil (in 7 up bottle)
  • 2 oz squirt bottle
  • Fuel bottle
  • Bladders (2-2.5 &3 L)
  • Cook bag
  • Windscreen
  • Pot koozie
  • Pot
  • Wipe bandana
  • Stove
  • Lighters (4)

Tech

  • Stuff Sack
  • Wall adapters (2)
  • Cords (3)
  • Smart phone (case)
  • Tablet (case)
  • Garmin InReach
  • Kindle reader
  • Solar charger
  • Charger pack
  • Voltometer
  • mp3 player
  • Headphones
  • Headlamp
  • GoPro (case)

Random

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Neon and the Gearsplosion in the loft in Salta.

  • Business Cards
  • Trail register
  • Stickers
  • Gaucho knife
  • Special rocks
  • Pocket notebook
  • Pen
  • Permanent marker
  • Ukulele
  • Extra tent chord
  • “Water” sign
  • Colored string
  • Trash compactor bag
  • Thank you cards
  • Small stuff sack

Personal Care

  • Scrubbing glove
  • 1/2 comb
  • Chapstick
  • Crocs
  • pepper spray
  • Toothpicks
  • Sunscreen
  • baby wipes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Razor
  • TP
  • Body lube
  • Hand sani

First Aid

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  • Cipro
  • Baby Aspirin
  • Ibuprfen
  • Other diarrhea med
  • Gloves
  • Tampons
  • Leuko tape
  • More chapstick
  • Esbit (firestarter)
  • Cortizoide
  • Iodine
  • safety pins
  • Bandages
  • Foot shit

Identification/Finance

  • Passport
  • Passport Card
  • Drivers License
  • Shot Record
  • Credit Card (2)
  • Debit Card (1)
  • Fake wallet
  • Backup wallet
  • Extra cash stash

Pia & Oliver

These wizzes set out from their home in the Yukon, White Horse, to traipse around the globe. They keep an awesome blog when they are not out in some remote camp or deep in the mountains for months on end. We crossed paths on the GPT, and even from just a couple minutes chat and sizing up their packs, we could tell they know their business. If the pack size hadn’t given it away, the thoroughness of their gear list is ahead shows they are ultra-light hikers.

Piia and Oliver

Piia & Oliver on the GPT PC: Nothing to Write Home About

They handed off a trail name of another hiker out on the GPT season, and we tracked him down several weeks later, conferring to him the title of Drag Man. Hopefully Drag Man will meet with Jan for beers in Germany in the coming months; that is how this globe-trotting, quirky, marvelous community of ours weaves our journeys together over the years.

Piia Oliver Feet

Hiker Feet     PC: Piia’s collection

PIIA Brand Weight P Notes STARS BRING AGAIN?
WEARING
Pants Patagonia Quandary Pant 252 Pants that have already seen some kms made it through like champions. They feel light and dry fast. However they are not thorn proof which makes me wonder if there’s a better alternative. ★★★★ Maybe
Shirt Arc’teryx Phase SL zip Neck LS 110 Basic synthetic shirt. Breathes well, dries fast, smells bad. I get cold easily so I don’t hike with short sleeves. When hiking in heat with a long sleeve the zip neck is essential. The shirt isn’t bug proof which is huge con in tabano country and is the reason why I would take something else next time. ★★★★ No
Underwear Moving Comfort Workout bikini 23 Great synthetic underwear without cotton padding in the crotch (that dries slow). This underwear makes you feel you’re not wearing anything. ★★★★★ Yes
Bra Arc’teryx Phase SL 27 Very comfortable, became my second skin. ★★★★★ Yes
Socks Darn tough Coolmax Vertex 1/4 ultralight 39 Even tough these were ultralight they ended up being too thick for the weather and my running shoes. I changed them for lighter Under Armour running socks. For different shoes they work well. ★★★★ No
Cap OR Echo cap 53 Lightweight, dries fast, and I love the orange color. ★★★★★ Yes
Buff Buff 40 I won’t go anywhere without buffs. ★★★★★ Yes
Knee brace DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite 172 Carried the whole way but didn’t end up needing it. I’ve used it before on my previous long-distance hikes and can recommend to people with knee alignment problems. ★★★★★ Yes
Poles Leki Micro Stick carbon 462 Can recommend to anyone who’s looking for a light pair of poles and knows how to use them. If you’re looking for super, sturdy pair of poles that will hold your weight in any situation and any angle, this won’t be it though. Worked for me. Only 4 stars because the carbide tip broke off. ★★★★ Yes
Shoes Salomon XA 3D pro 629 Performed as well as you could expect from running shoes on a long-distance hike. They are quite comfortable and have average breathability and durability (about 500 km). On the other hand the outsole has quite weak grip and Salomon lacing system is always quite a question mark (easily breakable). After hiking many kms with Salomon, I would take something else next time. ★★★ No
Insoles Superfeet Berry 80 I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the insole itself, but with the combination of my feet and my shoes these gave me major blisters. I threw them away after the first week and used Salomon’s own insoles instead. Worked like a charm. I’ll be using my Superfeets with different shoes. ★★★ No
Glasses NA 23 It’s important to see. NA Yes
Watch Suunto Vector HR 55 Mostly used for time and altimeter. ★★★★★ Yes
Weight 1965
OTHER CLOTHING
Shirt Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight 179 A good, warm base layer that I continue wearing on cooler hikes. On GPT lighter layer would have probably been sufficient enough. ★★★★ No
Long johns Terramar ThermaSilk pants 77 Silk, very light. Not as comfortable as good polyester or cotton. Merino makes me itchy but if it didn’t I would take wool. ★★★ Yes
Shorts Asics Low Cut shorts 78 Can substitute for underwear when needed. ★★★★ Yes
Underwear (2) Ex Officio Give-N-Go String bikini 53 Also underwear without cotton. Breathes well, is more odorless than Moving Comfort, dries fast. ★★★★★ Yes
Socks 2 Under Armour Big Logo No-Show 35 Not durable but fit better than thicker Darn Tough socks. Next time I would take something more durable. ★★★ No
Socks 2 Balega Second Skin Ultralight 26 From Oliver, for night’s comfort. Lets the feet to breathe. ★★★★★ Yes
Waterproof jacket OR Helium II 157 Light shell that protects you from wind and some rain. More breathable than heavy duty shell, but not as durable. ★★★★ Yes
Waterproof pants OR Helium 144 Lost waterproofness faster than the jacket. But so lightweight. ★★★★ Yes
Poncho Integral Design Sil Poncho 223 Works as a raincover for me and my bag. After whole day of rain you start to get wet, but I haven’t found better system yet. ★★★★ Yes
Waterproof mittens DIY silnylon 13 Mostly used when it was snowing, to cover gloves and keep hands warm. For some reason this silnylon wasn’t as waterproof as advertised. Also with DIY items you need to pay attention to seam sealing. I would try cuben next. ★★★ Yes with cuben or better silnylon
Waterproof socks DIY silnylon 26 Mostly used in camp with dry socks when shoes were wet. If the fabric had been more waterproof this would have been a very useful item. ★★★ Yes with cuben or better silnylon
Gloves REI co-op Tech combatible One gloves 65 Hiking in rain and snow storms I appreciated having gloves this thick with me. They don’t dry very fast though. ★★★★ Yes
Warm jacket Mountain Hardware Nitrous Hooded Down jacket 273 I get easily cold but this jacket was definitely enough for GPT. ★★★★★ Yes
Hat Icebreaker Flexi beanie 27 Some warmth and comfort for the evenings. When wind proofed with a hood provides plenty of warmth. ★★★★★ Yes
Gaiters Dirty Girl 26 Excellent! Lightweight, dry fast, durable, and were impressive for keeping rocks and debris out of my shoes. ★★★★★ Yes
Sunglasses + case NA 33 A must. NA Yes
Weight 1435
PACK + SLEEPING
Backpack My Trail Co Backpack Light 50L, size S 918 Unfortunately MTC didn’t have size XS available at the time, which would have fitted me better. Otherwise a good bag, with minimal wear after the hike. Side pockets prone to tearing. ★★★★ Yes
Dry bag 1 JR Gear 70l 124 I can recommend this as a bag liner, although it is only as waterproof as thin silnylon is. For next hike I would change my storing system and possibly not take a liner. ★★★ Maybe
Dry bag 2 SeaToSummit 13l 35 For storing our sleeping bag. As waterproof as thin silnylon generally is. ★★★★ Yes
Dry bag 3 MEC Nano XP 69 For electronics and miscs. OCD in me wants to keep things organized in my bag, although it means extra weight. ★★★★ Yes
Dry bag 4 DIY Cuben 20 For clothes. OCD in me wants to keep things organized in my bag, although it means extra weight. I like cuben better than silnylon for its waterproofness. ★★★★★ Yes
Sleeping bag Zpacks 900 Fill Twin quilt – Long 715 Excellent! Was sufficient for all the cold nights and not too hot for the warm spells. Packs small and is light, and black inside helps to dry it relatively fast. A bit expensive but worth it. Plus snuggles. ★★★★★ Yes
Sleeping pad Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite – S 206 Durable at least in our use. Great, light sleeping system combined with straps and the double sleeping bag. ★★★★★ Yes
Weight 2087
COOKING + WATER
Stove Bushbuddy Ultra 148 Very durable, reliable, light. Even in higher areas we didn’t have difficulties finding enough wood sticks to cook dinner. We only cooked once per day though, because cooking with wood takes more time than with other fuels. ★★★★★ Yes
Pot + bag Snowpeak 1.4 + SeaToSummit 136 Big enough to cook meal for two people. ★★★★★ Yes
Lid+windcover+lighter DIY heavy gauge aluminium foil 38 A must for efficient cooking. ★★★★★ Yes
Spoon Snowpeak 17 I got food in my mouth every night. ★★★★★ Yes
Knife Leatherman Juice2 125 Good overall knife/scissors but too heavy for what we needed on the hike. Broke two weeks after the hike. ★★★ Maybe
Bottles 2 * 1.5 l bottles 40 Just basic soda bottles. Don’t need anything fancier. For Sawyer squeeze I’d prefer having squeezable bag though. ★★★★★ Yes
Water treatment Sawyer mini + Sawyer squeeze (+ flushing syringe) 159 Didn’t need two but wanted to have a backup. If you want to squeeze water to bottles, take the squeeze. Mini works best if you drink straight from a bottle. ★★★★★ Yes
Weight 663
NAVIGATION + ELEC + MISC
SOS InReach Explorer 199 Excellent battery life. We didn’t do tracking but sent message(s) every night and probably could have done the whole hike with just one recharge. ★★★★★ Yes
Paper maps DIY Made based on Garmin Topo Deluxe Chile (that contains some errors) and Dudek’s routes and waypoints and was used as the main means for navigation. However GPS is essential for GPT (see GPS review). ★★★★ Yes
Camera 6D + 24-105 (battery, sd card) 1447 Heavy but essential for me. Call it my luxury item. ★★★★★ Yes
Headlamp Petzl 26 Light and bright enough for evening chores. Not suitable for hiking in dark. ★★★★★ Yes
Recorder 72 To record stories and thoughts of the day. Batteries last several months. ★★★★★ Yes
Recharger + cords Goal Zero Flip 10 70 We took it as a backup to charge InReach and Olympus camera but as they both have great battery lives we didn’t end up needing it (we charged electronics when in resupply cities). Goal Zero is handy as it’s light and I would consider taking it if I knew I needed extra power. Minus points for a bit giddy cord connection. ★★★★ Maybe
ID passport, credit card 30 NA Yes
Weight 1844
HYGIENE + FIRST AID
Toilet kit *See Toilet kit contents -sheet 296 Various Yes
First aid and repair kit *See First Aid, repair kit contents -sheet 350 Various
Toiletries *See Toiletries contents -sheet 179 Various
Towel MSR Microfiber 27 Ended up using as a neck cover in the burning sunlight. Does its job as a mini towel, too. ★★★★★ Yes
Weight 852
CARRIED WEIGHT What we carried in our backpacks 6881
TOTAL WEIGHT What we carried and wore 8846

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PC: Piia’s Collection

OLIVER Brand Weight O Notes STARS BRING AGAIN?
WEARING
Pants Marmot Arch Rock Pant 279 Very pleased with these pants – light, yet reasonably thorn-proof (and durable – they’re still going, even after almost daily use for 6 months). I might choose a lighter colour than black next time, though. ★★★★★ Yes
Shirt REI Screeline Shirt 245 This shirt was bugproof – this made a big difference in tabano country. Proved impossible to wash, however – was irremediably grubby by the end of the hike. ★★★ No
Underwear Ex Officio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 3″ Boxer 64 These were great underwear; comfy, light and easy to wash/dry – my only pair on the trail (slept in long johns). ★★★★★ Yes
Socks Darn Tough Crew Light Cushion 60 These socks were good, but I could have gone thinner/quicker to dry. I destroyed 2 pairs (and most of another) over 1400km. ★★★ No
Cap Arctertyx Calvus – L/XL 50 A good hat; light and breathable – were I to do it again, I’d consider adding built-in sun protection for my neck beforehand. ★★★★ Yes
Buff Merino buff 53 Warm, comfortable, used instead of a hat (and sometimes, a handkerchief) ★★★★ Yes
Ankle brace Bauerfiend MalleoTrain S 70 Left behind after first section – ankle in better condition than expected. Nothing wrong with it as a brace for hiking (relatively light and breathable), but I didn’t use it long enough to review. N/A No
Poles Black Diamond Trail Back 567 Very standard poles, but worked just fine – I removed the hand straps, as I don’t use them. ★★★★ Yes
Shoes Salomon XA 3D 9.5 840 Comfortable, light, fast shoes, but not durable (a 500km shoe) – we brought two pairs each, but could have used three (and spent time sewing/glueing ours to make them last). At ~$170/pair, though, that’s getting into $10/day territory. Also, mesh let in lots of sand. For me, still better than heavy, slow-drying boots, though. ★★★ Maybe – haven’t identified a better alternative yet
Sunglasses Gant polarized 54 My first pair of prescription polarized glasses – very glad to have them, I wore them all day, every day (except for a couple of rain days). Impossible to do GPT without sunglasses. ★★★★ Yes
Neck protection Chunk of old huaso shirt 20 After frying my neck, I improvised a neck cover from trailside materials and safety pins. Should have thought of this beforehand. ★★★ No
Weight 2302
OTHER CLOTHING
Shirt Patagonia Capilene 4 252 I liked this shirt a lot – hood and thumb loops made it very versatile (and warm when I needed it). I’m seldom cold, though, and could likely have used a slightly lighter shirt for the GPT. ★★★★★ Yes
Long johns Arcteryx Phase SL – M 110 Comfy, light base layer – mostly used for sleeping. A bit small initially, but nothing that trail life couldn’t sort out. ★★★★ Yes
Shorts Nike 7″ Challenger – M 136 I only used these on southern sections of the trail, as it was too sunny for shorts anywhere north of Lonquimay. Happy with them, though – I tried lots of pairs before settling on these. ★★★★ Yes
Socks 1 Darn Tough MicroCrew Light Cushion 54
Socks 2 Balega Second Skin Ultralight – L 29 Brought these for sleeping (and putting over feet when treating with NOK/tiger balm, to protect sleeping bag), but didn’t use them often – eventually gave to Piia ★★★★ No
Waterproof jacket MEC Synergy 560 Could have used a lighter shell, but I already had this one (and didn’t feel like buying another); overall, though, this meant I could get away with less thermal layering than with a lighter shell, so as a component of my clothing system it worked well. ★★★★ Yes
Waterproof pants OR Helium II 164 I seldom used these, but was still happy to have them. ★★★★ Yes
Waterproof mittens DIY silnylon 13 My mom made us waterproof mitts, socks and bags of silnylon – worked alright (we could have seam-sealed them better), very cheap, very light ★★★ Yes (but with better seam sealing by us)
Waterproof socks DIY silnylon 26 Ditto – if these were fully waterproof, they’d have been extremely useful – changing into dry socks at camp and still being able to use wet shoes would have been amazing – keeping in mind we didn’t bring spare camp shoes). ★★★ Yes (but with better seam sealing by us)
Gloves Icebreaker Sierra – L 50 I really liked these gloves – warm, comfortable and surprisingly durable. ★★★★★ Yes
Gaiters Dirty Girl – L 35 These were great – I’ll replace them when they wear out. Light, quick drying and kept all kinds of crap out of our shoes. ★★★★★ Yes
Warm jacket Patagonia Down Sweater – L 382 Could have gone lighter, but liked this jacket anyway. Having a hood was critical – made it much more versatile (and warmer) than a hoodless jacket). ★★★★ Yes
Glasses 23
Weight 1834
PACK + SLEEPING
Backpack HMG 3400 Southwest Black – L 953 I was reasonably happy with this pack – it wasn’t the most comfortable, it let in much more water than I expected, and it started to wear out by the end of the trail; it was, though, very light ★★★ Maybe
Dry bag 1 Sea to Summit Lightweight – 35l 165 I added a drybag to my kit in Pucon, ahead of the rainy southern sections (and because my pack was less waterproof than initially thought); should have brought a ligher one from home. ★★★ No
Dry bag 2 DIY silnylon 30
Sleeping bag Zpacks 900 Fill Twin quilt – Long We shared a two-person quilt – this was one of the more expensive bits of kit we brought, but we were extremely happy with it (and whole our sleeping system in general) ★★★★★ Yes
Shelter Tarptent Stratospire 2 1300 This tent was great – light, roomy, sturdy in wind and held up to monsoonal downpours. It takes time to learn how to set it up but once you get it it’s very fast. ★★★★★ Yes
Groundsheet Polycree 100 We replaced this at the ~750km mark with one we packed in our encomienda box
Cord 40 Always useful – clothesline, tent guyline extensions, etc.
Sleeping pad + straps Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite – S 240 We used torso-length pads, and put our packs under our legs/feet while sleeping; worked very well, and wasn’t uncomfortable. We made some DIY straps to hold them together, modeled after Zpack’s; these were indispensable. ★★★★★ Yes
Weight 2828
COOKING + WATER
Stove Bushbuddy Ultra Very impressed with this stove – could cook supper on a handful of twigs, meaning we could always find more than enough fuel for cooking, even above treeline. Could cook in peace – no loud stove hiss. Something very satisfying about making a (tiny) fire every night. ★★★★★ Yes
Spoon Jumbo Hypermercado special 30 Forgot my titanium spork, and had to make do with a regular (heavy) spoon from the grocery store. ★★ No
Lighter Bic Mini x 2 22
Knife Swiss Army Classic 23 Tiny, useful knife. Nothing extra here. ★★★★ Yes
Bottles 2 * 1.5l cheap PET bottles 70 We replaced these every section, and I used one of mine as a dirty water receptacle for filtering with the Sawyer – doing it again, I’d use a Sawyer bag rather than a PET bottle, though; bottle-squeezing was kind of a pain. ★★★★ Yes (but use Sawyer bag instead for filtering)
Water treatment Sawyer mini + Sawyer squeeze + flushing syringe We never used the Sawyer Mini – the Squeeze was much faster (but Mini was backup). ★★★★ Yes
Cup Cheap GSI plastic with handle removed 35 Made meal-splitting easier; also carried backup TuckTape around the cup.
Weight 180
NAVIGATION + ELEC + MISC
GPS Garmin eTrex 20x + Li batteries 147 Excellent battery life, lightweight, no complaints – with only some tracking we used ❤ sets of lithium batteries over 1400km/50 days ★★★★ Yes
GPS data Garmin Chile Topo Deluxe 0 We used Garmin Chile Topo Deluxe data – it wasn’t awesome; reasonable contours, but very incorrect waterbodies and watercourses. Unimpressive. I’m not sure what the alternatives are, though. ★★ Maybe – do better alternatives exist?
Compass compact no-name 10
Paper maps Homemade – Chile Garmin topo data 200 We could have carried fewer at a time if we’d had faith in the encomienda service (which never let us down).
Camera Olympus Tough TG4 247 The Olympus hasn’t fared well – it started focusing poorly in low light after ~1000km: we need to send it back under warranty for repair/replacement ★★ No
Headlamp Black Diamond Spot + Li batteries 84 In retrospect, I could have brought a lighter headlamp. Plenty bright, though (and I appreciated the lock feature which prevented accidentally turning it on in my pack). ★★★ No
Weight 688
HYGIENE + FIRST AID
Sunscreen various 50 Indispensable – we refilled our small bottles after each section.
Lip balm Chapstick something 15 Indispensable – did the whole trip (and more) with just one.
Toilet kit (10d) *See Toilet kit contents -sheet 246
Weight 311
MISC.
Money credit + debit + cash 20
ID passport + ziploc 30
Monocular Vortex Solo 10×36 275 I didn’t use this much (and it got pretty trashed by sand/grit). ★★★ No
Weight 325
CARRIED WEIGHT What we carried in our backpacks 6166
Oliver Cows

Oliver joins a Patagonian parade. PC: Piia’s Collection

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