to view what I will carry with me. My base weight before food and water) was about 9kg when I started but I dropped off a few things as I went and reduced it to 7.5 kg . Food will be about 1kg a day and we will need to carry between 3 and 7 days food at a time. We will be able to resupply in nearby towns which may involve some hitchhiking in and back. (Added on completion – The most I ended up carrying for food was about 4kg for the longest stretches of 7 days. If it didn’t fit in my 300mm x 350mm food bag I didn’t take it. Most stretches was more like 3kg)
I am definitely past my “Best by Date” so needed to reduce the weight I am carrying as much as possible. So I have spent the last few months scouring the internet to get a good understanding of what to stuff in my pack and what to leave behind.
Anyone who has been to my place knows I have a garage full of gear to choose from including 8 or 9 packs, 5 sleeping bags, 4 tents and enough pots, plates and cups and clothes to outfit an army. So it has been a bit of a mission to come to my final list.
Weight became the decider. But it is hard to get good light weight gear in New Zealand as we tend to be a tough breed who boast about our ability to carry huge loads. But I am too old for that now!! So I have done a lot of online shopping and have managed to get my pack weight down to a bare minimum. It has cost me at least $1 for each gram saved.