Gear List for the Te Araroa

So you think your old backpack is good enough, right? See what Steve Climber has to say.

No one believes I’m “tramping” through the mountains here because my pack is ultralight. When I show up to huts people ask me if I need food or gear because they don’t think I’m prepared. The ultralight movement hasn’t caught on here.

But I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, the tracks here are very difficult.

10376827_10101115553184530_4471149992927259358_nBackpack

Zimmerbuilt QuickStep cuben fiber backpack w/ hipbelt and sternum strap 10 oz

Shelter

Sea to Summit poncho tarp 8.1 oz

8 titanium tent stakes 2.08 oz

1 old ski pole 6.5 oz

Sleeping

Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20 degree sleeping bag 29 oz

Gossamer Gear polycryo groundsheet 1.6 oz

Gossamer Gear Thinlight insulation pad 1/8″ 2.4 oz

Total: 3.7 lbs

Cooking
*Switched to cold soak method*

Aluminium Pot

Zpacks cuben fiber food sack

titanium spoon

Clothing: Base Layer

Long sleeve polyester shirt

running shorts

2 pair Injinji Toe sox or Darn Tough sox

hat

sunglasses

Clothing: Insulation

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Down jacket

Zpacks micro fleece hat

thermal shirt and leggings

Footwear

Brooks Cascadias

Hygiene/First Aid

Travel size toothbrush/toothpaste

small dropper bottle with Dr. Bronner’s soap

hand sanitizer

ibuprofen

sunscreen

duct tape

Other

Trash bag liner for rain

Maps in ziplock baggie

compass

ID, debit card in ziplock baggie

Bandana

bug net for head

iPhone 5, wall charger, mophie extra battery case, and headphones

Swiss Army knife

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5 thoughts on “Gear List for the Te Araroa”

  1. Chance, good for you! NZ is on my dream list of places to visit. Thanks for the packing list. Hey, I was reading a book about riding the PCT on horseback, written by some woman who did part of it in 2009. Partway thru the book, she ran into you! I felt like I was seeing a long, lost friend. It was so fun to see you pop up in that book (several times). Have fun in NZ. I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures there.

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