|The above would be what I carry for a winter walk in the
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.
conditions I will include a snow shovel, snow shoes and wear overshoes.
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
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.
always finish a walk with a minimum of one days extra food.
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.
a lot too, I need to.