Gear list Te Araroa

Straight up this is not a light weight gear list. My total carried base weight was 9.2 kilograms. 

There are plenty of light weight gear lists out there including this one from Carrot Quinn. If you have the money and accessibility for this type of gear I recommend it. The bulk of my kit was purchased in New Zealand, where light weight gear is few and far between and often very expensive. A few bits and pieces, like my neoair thermorest, were bought from Ebay and came from places like Germany. This was purely for massive price savings (the Neoair was $200NZD on Ebay appose to $400NZD at Bivoac). Gear was swopped out and switched up in Auckland where I reevaluated what we really needed and to cut down on unnecessary weight.  I bought some extra layers and replacement socks in Wellington. Gear that was added in is in Italics. The list of gear that I left in Auckland along with the reasons why is at the bottom of the page.

SHELTER

MSR hubba hubba tent 2 person + footprint
1998g

SLEEPING
Thermostat neoair x sleeping pad
355g

RAB atlas explorer sleeping bag 500 fill
1100g

BACKPACK
Osprey exos 58L backpack
1400g

Sea to summit backpack liner 50L
85g

RAIN/MUD GEAR

Osprey backpack rain cover
117g

Outdoor research Helium II rain jacket
175g

COOKING and EATING

Jetboil Zip 345g (added in Auckland)

Gas can small (full)
293g

Microfleece cloth 25g

Lighter
18g

Sea to summit bowl
78g

Sea to summit spoon
10g

Opinel knife
43g

DRINKING

Mapac 2L bladder (empty)
125g

Nalgene 1L with sipper insert (empty)
112g 

Steripen
126g

Sea to Summit thermal cup
74g

MISCELLANEOUS
Microfleece towel
155g

Petzl head torch
82g

Earplugs in case
9g

Wilderness wash
25g

Poop scoop
84g

Rag
28g

Coin and card purse
25g

TECHNOLOGY and OTHER BITS

Sea to summit 8L dry bag
20g

iPhone with lifeproof case
152g

iPhone Charging cable & plug
43g

Lifeproof adapter and iPhone headphones 20g (Added in Auckland)

Kindle
190g

Kindle charge cable
20g

CLOTHES and SHOES (not worn – spare/layers/camp/hut clothes)

North face thermoball jacket
341g

Icebreaker leggings
179g

Icebreaker underwear
24g

Smartwool socks 24g (Added in Auckland)

Icebreaker shirt 105g (Added in Auckland)

Icebreaker skirt 200g (Added in Auckland)

Patagonia jumper 150g (Added in Wellington)

Quick dry Nike tights 200g (Added in Wellington)

Outdoor research quick dri gloves 50g (Added in Wellington)

Teva sandals
500g

TOILETRIES  & FIRST AID KIT                                                                                                           
350g combined including bag –Sunscreen roll on, Toothpaste, Papaya ointment tube, Toothbrush, Tweezers, Nail clippers, Wilderness wash , Cyclosporine x 30 tablets in plastic tub, Toilet paper, Bandaids, Soap bar, Insect repellent, Gerwhal foot cream sachets, betadine ointment tube

CLOTHES and SHOES (Worn)

Lululemon sports bra
103g

Icebreaker underwear
24g

Icebreaker shirt
105g

Helly Hansen shorts
154g

Icebug buff
28g

Icebreaker ankle socks x2
28g + 28g

Salomon wings flyte 2
604g

Outdoor research gaiters
84g

Fizan poles x2
337g

STUFF JACK CARRIED THAT I USED

Battery pack X 2
95g X 95g

Spot tracker
134g

Battery pack cable
19g

Action camera with waterproof case and stick
200g *If we were going to the trail again we would have left this at home and Just recorded stuff on our phones. Its a bit of faff to get out and record when your on the move.

GEAR LEFT IN AUCKLAND

Columbia rain pants 267g  -Honestly I could not be arsed taking off my shoes to get these pants on while I was walking. They probably would have been way too sweaty anyway.

DIY vinyl rain skirt 100g -It was useless. My DIY skills are lacking.

360 degree cookpot set 214g – It was useless and took 20 minutes for water to boil. We replaced it with a pricey but very fast Jetboil

360 degree pocket rocket 111g – see above

Cookpot scorer 7g – Changed our cooking style to boiling water only so no need to scrub pots

Small net bag to hold items 11g – Zip locks work better

Platapus preserve (wine pouch) 10g – Nalgene and bladder was sufficient and we certainly learned the hard way that drinking wine and through walking does not mix!

Sea to summit dishes bucket 56g – We were able to take water from streams in our bowls and rinse them and bury the waste water

Duct tape – 87g – Not needed.

Carabiner with led light 20g – It was from Kathmandu so of course it broke.

Goal zero solar panel -395g – This was soooo heavy and we used it twice. We picked up a second Smaak brand battery pack which was lighter and more efficient.

Plantronics wireless headphones -15g- Poor battery life. Switched to lifeproof jack and regular headphones

Plantronics charge cable – 17g – See above

Hiker gx socks – 80g – Too thick for hot swollen feet

Fleece gloves – 45g – Too hot for gloves. Only regretted leaving these in Auckland when I was freezing on the Tararua ranges. Picked up some Quik dri Outdoor research gloves when we finished the North Island

Sea to Summit hat -44g – Too hot for hats. I just got an extra buff when it was cold.

Swimming bottoms – 50g- Too heavy and I swam in my undies

Sleeping Shirt -140g – Cotton and stupid

Kathmandu fleece jumper -298g – Replaced this heavy jumper with a lighter Patagonia one

Hikers wool – Better suited for tramping boots. The constant river crossings and mud meant the wool shifted about too much and ended up causing more of an issue.

Medical tape & Scissors – Discovered that fabric Elastoplast plasters work just fine. They are a good alternative to moleskin

Emergency blanket – Super heavy and not necessary if we took the correct precautions.

Under armour mid heatgear shorts – 75g – Uncomfortable

Purplerain hiker skirt – 130g – Bought too large and uncomfortable

Solabari long sleeve shirt -155g – Great for 90 mile beach but not practical everywhere else. Sweaty and clammy polyester and white fabric so got super filthy

Icebreaker long hiker socks – 72g – Too hot and chunky

 

6 Replies to “Gear list Te Araroa”

  1. I think you should definitely keep the gloves and hat, there are some cold cold days. And I wouldn’t get rid of the waterproof pants no matter how much they weigh (I found the ones I used in the gutter beside a road and they saved my life). Personally I would bring the Nalgene over a thermocup, you can still use it for hot drinks if you need and it’s. Really convenient for gathering water as well as using the Steri pen (we used chlorine tablets, but same idea) especially if your eater source isn’t empty when you go to replenish or if you need to filter dirt chunks or sand out of the water. I maybe carried a bit too much with me but I definitely did not regret any warm clothing. The stuff I left behind as I went was my fleece (accidental) and my towel, we used one half sized microfiber for dishes and bathing. We also had one wilderness wash thing that we used for ourselves as well as our dishes and clothes and whatever else needed washing. It lasted.

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  2. Were the short/small gaiters good enough for you? I had long ones but I could save another 70 grams getting shorter ones 🙂 Just wondering if it’s worth it.I am most likely using Topo Athletic trailrunners.

    Thanks for the list!

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    1. They worked great for me! My main question for gaiters is can they keep crud out of my shoes? And the OR trail runner gaiters did the job. But if you want more protection for your legs you might want to stick to the good old kiwi long gaiters which are particularly useful for overgrown forests but way too much for the rest of Te Araroa. Cheers for reading 🙂

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