Zpacks Hexamid Duo tent on the Pennine Way, Sept 2014
Here is my equipment list, everything I am taking with me.. you have about 36 hours to tell me what I have forgotten! But actually I am more concerned about surplus items.. two fleeces seems like overkill, though they are both very light ones.. only 640g the pair. Still thinking about that. The sleeping bag liner is not for lining the sleeping bag; its for making a barrier between me and refuge hut fleas. The penknife is heavy, but I am so used to having it I can no longer be without it.. got to have a corkscrew! :-) The boots are heavy but they are the lightest full leather boots I know of and fabric walking shoes would not last the distance or cope with mountain conditions. Don't forget I'm going for maybe two months, with no resupply arrangements. Don't think I've done too badly, but all comments & suggestions welcomed.
Remarkably, the pack is 2,400g lighter than the last time I went, thanks mainly to the tent, rucksack and sleeping bag bought from my friends at Zpacks, to some extraordinarily light stuff from Rohan, and to converting to a "no paper or books," fully digital state. Hence the need for a spare phone! At some points I may need to carry more water, but other things will be consumed as I go so it should balance more or less
I shall be carrying around 12Kg, or 26 1/2 pounds, comfortably within the capacity of the rucksack.. and I have managed to fit everything into it, too! There is not much spare room, but if need be I could strap the tent to the outside to make more space.
I'm off very early on Tuesday morning, I have a day in Paris and then the overnight train down to Hendaye, start walking on Wednesday morning. Can't wait!
The weather is looking good at the moment, the most likely difficulty seems as if it might be too much sun, which is definitely a step forward from too much rain or too much snow!
With full rucksack, on top of Buckden Pike, Sept 2014