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.


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


Sea to Summit poncho tarp 8.1 oz

8 titanium tent stakes 2.08 oz

1 old ski pole 6.5 oz


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

*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



Clothing: Insulation

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Down jacket

Zpacks micro fleece hat

thermal shirt and leggings


Brooks Cascadias

Hygiene/First Aid

Travel size toothbrush/toothpaste

small dropper bottle with Dr. Bronner’s soap

hand sanitizer



duct tape


Trash bag liner for rain

Maps in ziplock baggie


ID, debit card in ziplock baggie


bug net for head

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

Swiss Army knife

Want to go light? Check out this article 

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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