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Ever wondered what was inside a bushwalkers big pack?  Here is what I carry on a long distance walk in cold climates.  The gear opposite weighed about 33 kilograms.

Don't know if this is of interest to you but I did the list because I forget to put things in my pack.


Bushwalking Gear Checklist. 

  Tent, pegs, poles  


  Tent groundsheet   Spare socks, inner and outer, one set/two day
  Stove, including billy and one eating bowl and tongs   Spare underwear, one per two days
  Fuel bottle, fuel.  I use butane gas.   Thermal Underwear, light grade, top and bottom, for the campsite and sleeping.
  Two three litre "Platypus" water containers   Medium Grade Thermal top and bottom. To walk in in snow/ etc conditions.
  Sitting groundsheet   Beany
  Two spare plastic bags plus strong bags for clothing, food and lunch   Gloves, 2 light versions. (For photo taking)
Poly and silk, for layering for warmth
  Gaiters   Gloves, water/windproof
  Whistle, always around my kneck   Warm pants, synthetic.
  Map, in heavy plastic cover   Warm jacket, synthetic.
  Insect repellant   Rain Jacket
  Sunscreen   Rain Pants
  Compass, binoculars  

Food (one day only)

  Headlamp, spare battery   Breakfast – Meusli
  Knife   Lunch - Jelly Beans, Cheese, Peanut Butter, Dehydrated Fruit Leather.
  Matches, in film canister, plus spares
  Toilet paper   Dinner - Lentils; Dehydrated -  vegetables, rice and  meat; spices; Apricot slice
  Trowel (to dig a hole for sanitary waste)
  Container for Lunch   Tea, artificial sweetener.
  Eating splade
  Snack - scroggin, a mix of nuts and berries and dried fruit.
  Sunglasses, for walking in the snow and windy conditions
  Sleeping bag   Vitamins
  Sleeping bag liner  

First Aid Kit

  Sleeping mat   1, 2, 5inch bandages
  Pack towel   Thermal blanket
  Pot scrubber   Scissors
  Dishwashing liquid   Pen knife
  Shower cap (put inside billy to wash self and cover the camera when raining)   Knee bandage
  Tea holder, for the tea leaves.   Ankle bandage
  Pack cover, if likely to rain a lot.  (Also a cover for the tripod)   Aspro, Electrolyte replacement tablets

Emergency Kit

  Triangular bandage
  EPIRP   Vaseline
  Thin wire   Eye bandage
  10 metres of "twine"   Gauze pads
  Patches for tent and sleeping mat.   Band aids
  Seamgrip (glue)   Safety pins
  Tent pole repair length    Antiseptic lotion
  Salt    Sinus tablets


The above would be what I carry for a winter walk in the high country.

I carry this much because I tend to go by myself and prefer walks lasting three or more days.  In addition to the above is a tripod, film, filters, cleaning gear, two camera bodies, flash and three lenses - this weighs about 10 kilograms.

For winter walking I will wear either 3/4 nylon pants and/or thermal long johns.  The shirt will be either short sleeved nylon and/or a polarplus 100 fabric, depending on how cold it gets, either long sleeved or short.  A hat too.  I always wear boots, I have had two bad ankle injuries.  I find two pairs of socks give no blisters.  For summer walking just the pants and shirt.  If no one else is likely to be around, occasionally my birthday suite. 

I also stand around taking photos.  Eg pre dawn in the snowy mountains in winter snow can be very cold, so it is not uncommon to have three-four layers of clothes on and both sets of gloves in these conditions.  If you were just bushwalking then you could carry one less layer as you would be the sensible one inside your warm sleeping bag.

Knee length gaiters are always worn if I am walking by myself.  (For protection from scrub and snakes)

I also use two walking sticks/snow poles.  Should have been using them years ago, remarkable how much easier it is going up and down with them.

For snow conditions I will include a snow shovel, snow shoes and wear overshoes.

I have a Macpac Minaret, a 2 person tent for the snow and windy places, and a Hilleberg Akto.  A remarkable 4 season tent that weighs 1.5kg.  For lightweight camping I use a very roomy 2 person Tarptent, which weighs 1.1kg

I have cut two two litre plastic milk containers in half and slide them together.  Inside I put my tea, tongs, spoon, matches, washing up liquid and tea strainer.

I always finish a walk with a minimum of one days extra food.

Starting pack weight for a fortnights walking in Tassy or the high country of NSW is 30-35kg.  Finishing weight is around 20-25kg.  Normal weight for a few days is around 25kg, with the camera gear.

I exercise a lot too, I need to.

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