New years eve and also the eve of my mammoth trek. I’m in a motel in Kaitaia and checking my gear. As you can see from the PIC it looks a lot! It certainly weighed a lot when I walked from the bus station to the motel. Heres’s what I’ve got
Arcteryx bora 80l rucksack, drysack inner plus black bin liner to keep stuff dry
Karrimor ridge 2 man tent weighing 2.8kg (2 man for when Chris comes over), karrimor xlite air mattress, eurohike 500 down sleeping bag 1.2kg, karrimor deluxe pillow, karrimor cotton sleeping bag inner, emergency blanket.
Meindel goretex walking boots, north face walking shoes, Crocs, silicone insoles. Gaiters. 3 pairs hiking socks, thermal pants and top, hiking trousers, waterproof trousers, fleece top, goretex waterproof jacket, emergency poncho, 2 pairs shorts, 3 pairs pants, 3 shirts, sun hat , baseball cap and wooly hat, bandana, sunglasses, trekking poles, knee pads.
Suncream, shampoo,toothpaste, toothbrush, lipsalve, cold sore cream, ibrufen tablets and emugel, razor, insect repellent, blister plasters, thyroxine medication. First aid kit, tweezers, nail clippers, water purification tablets. Toilet roll!
Compass, GPS (etrex 20), the araroa trail notes and maps (39 pages notes and 18 maps to get me to Pataua in approx 3 weeks). Penknife, spare trek pole ferrules, string, survival kit, binoculars, mp4 player, camera with waterproof box, air mattress repair kit, headlight, plug adapter, cellphone, spare batteries, chargers, tablet (hudl) notebook, pens, passportpassport. Book (Wild by Cheryl Strayed, about author experience walking pacific crest trail). “Sauron’s” ring and necklace which my brother Chris gave me to look after and cast into the “fires of doom” (one of the north island volcanoes)..
Telescopic fishing rod, small reel and hooks,sinkers, swivels
Billy cans, gas cylinder, stove, waterproof matches, flask, collapseable 2l water bottle, 2 500ml water bottlesbottles, knife fork spoon,
Museli, spagetti , rice, pasta “back country” adventure ration pack (2 main meals, cereal and snacks), 1kg of scroggin, macaroni cheese mix, isotonic drink powder, 3 pasta meals, 250g cheese, beef jerky, milk powder, tea and coffee, salt, seasoning sachets.
And finally my Dad’s favourite blue shirt which I will cut a strip of each day and tie on to an appropriate anchor.