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 list My gear list
Several pairs of trail socks 3 x Merino trail socks
Decent trail shoes (light-weight ones that drain well) or boots – personal preference Boots – Lowa Ranger 3
Leggings/shorts/thermals Gaiters – Lowa Alpine Gaiters
2 x Nylon Shorts
1 x Thermals (top and leggings)
2 x shirts 2 x Merino Shirts
Merino long sleeve/thermal top Jersey
Decent waterproof coat (can be a life-saver!) Stony Creek Stow it Jacket
Waterproof trousers Waterproof trousers
Primaloft jacket  Might buy one when I get southward.
Windproof shell Fleece Jacket
Gloves Merino gloves
Buff/wooly hat/sunhat GBI Fire benie
Sunglasses Sunglasses
High SPF Suncream Done, but only SPF 30
Descent backpack Aarn backpack
Light-weight tent/bivy MSR Hubba Hubba
Blow-up sleeping mat Therm-a-Rest – Evolite Regular
Down sleeping bag/waterproof bag One Planet – Bungle -4 Regular DWR
Cooking stove/fuel/cooking pot/spork MSR – WindBurner Stove System
Primus Titanium Cup
Light My Fire – Titanium Spork
Laminated maps No, but I have printed out the Northland set and posted the rest here under files.
GPS with trail downloaded On phone
Compass Silva Ranger
Marker pen/sharpie I got a dry erase pen instead. Should be OK on the maps and I can erase mistakes.
mobile phone/waterproof bag Mobile phone
Spot-tracker No
PLB (Personal Location Beacon) Ocean Signal – Rescueme PLB1 (Beacon)
Strobe light No
SOS Survival Tin Aide Void R1 1st aid kit
First aid kit incl. Hikers Wool Done….possibly excessive.
Emergency foil blanket Yes
Light-weight walking poles – personal preference No – well, maybe. If I meet someone I will try theirs.
A stool tool/loo roll Fiskars Nyglass Transplanter
Headtorch/spare batteries Tikka +
Camera On phone
Food/snacks/water/electrolyte 10x dehydrated dinners.
10x OSM bars.
10x gruel (instant porridge)
Tea Bags/water
Water purification tablets/UV steripen Sawyer – Mini Water Filtration System
Hi-viz vest and/or pack cover – essential for road walking and forestry sections Tuffviz 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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