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Items Planned to carry before attempting trail
Relfections/notes after finishing Trail
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Wool socksSmartwool ultralight
I Rotated two pairs of socks for hiking in due to socks becoming wet. Had 1 dedicated pair for sleeping in. Clean socks on trail are few and far between
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JandlesFoam jandle cutoutsLink
Swapped out these for a pair of Tevas in Hamilton. Walked about 300km in them. Worked great for camping shoes
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UnderwearTorp 7 Merino
Had two pairs of underware, both Merino and cheap. Worked great
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Short sleeve shirtTorp 7 Merino
I rotated two shirts. One for hiking and one for sleeping. Ended up with a as well long sleeve heavy gram merino for the South Island when it became too cold to hike in a short sleeve
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JacketFleece upper
Generic Fleece top worked perfectly. I believe you don't have to invest in a insulated duck down jacket. Save your money
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GlovesGeneric Polyprop
Bought gloves for the South Island. Didn't have any need for them in the North Island and sent my pair home in the Northland.
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Warm hatGeneric Beanie
I would recommend just using a buff for your beanie in the North Island, then invest in one once you reach Wellington.
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PackLowe Alpine Elbrus 65:75Link
Worked great. Was a little on the heavy side but was comfortable and had plenty of space when I needed to pack 9 - 11 days of food for the south island.
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Rain JacketSeaspray Heavy Rain Jacket
I HIGHLY reccomend having a jacket that is thick. For the majority of the North Island I had a thick jacket which kept me warm while I was dretched. Thought it was too much weight and sent it home opting for a lightweight windbreaker. Ending up freezing my ass at certain points in the South Island
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Rain PantsOutdoor research
Didn't need them for the North Island, sent them home after 90 mile beach. Would recommend a cheap pair for Southern portion of the North Island onwards.
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FlashlightBlack Diamond Headlamp
Loved it, worked well. A little dim in comparison to others I examined on trail. Wouldn't use it for night hiking
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Water Bladder
2 1L bottles (gatorade/kiwiblue)
Started out with a osprey bladder, swapped it out for two 1/1.5 Litre bottles and kept them in the side of my pack. Much Much easier IMO
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GlassesGeneric polarized sunglasses
Majority of the time I didn't ware them. But you definitly want a pair starting at Cape Reinga with reflection from the sea and the sand.
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Boots/shoesMerrel Moab VentilatorsLink
Started with a size too small and ended 90 mile with 12 blisters. Swapped for Arrowsmith running shoes. Used two pairs in total. One pair went 1300km! Highly reccomend these shoes if you don't mind getting your feet wet. Definitly dont need heavy boots for the South Island. Im living proof.
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Wool socksSmartwool
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Long sleeve pantsTorpedo 7 Merino
ICEBREAKER long merino tights. This was one of my favorite peices of gear. Kept sandflies off my legs and left my legs warm at night.
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Short sleeve shirtTorpedo 7 Merino
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Pants
Generic $10 pair of short shorts
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HatKathmandu wide brim hatLink
It's no fashion contest when hiking. This hat saved my face and neck from severe burning. Wish I had it earlier on trail.
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BandanaMacpac Merino Buff
Worked great for wind breaking and protecting the neck from sun. Don't bother spending $60 on a Official Buff, buy one from Macpac for $20 - $30 dollars. Works just as good.
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WatchGeneric watch with alarm
Used the alarm feature to wake up as I turned my phone off at night.
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Hiking polesBlackdiamond trail back poles
Loved them. One of my favorite peices of gear. Extremely strong and saved my ass multiple times.
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GaitersFerrino high gaiters
Never used them. Could see a need for them in the Richmond Ranges. Sent them home. Personal preference but I wouldn't bother.
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ShelterItem
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Tent
Zempire Freedom Atom Ultralight
Link
Favorite Piece of gear. I absolutely loved this tent and got alot of compliments.
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Sleeping bagKathmandu Columbus V5
Loved it. Was definitly warm/hot in the North Island yet manditory for the South Island during Feb/March/April.
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Sleeping matTherm-A-Rest Z Lite Mattress
Only person to have a foam matress in my group. Definitly harder to sleep on than a blowup but I loved it for its multi-purpose use as a seat aswell!
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PillowExped Ultralight Air Pillow
Loved it. Would consider just sleeping with a drysack of clothing next time to save weight but you need some luxuries IMO
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CookingItem
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Pot + drink containerKathmandu 2 Peice Pot
Worked great! Didn't use a bowl and just ate out of the pot
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Spork x 2Sea to Summit Polycarbonate
Threw them away for a titanium spork. Small investment and knew it would not break when I was in the bush
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KnifeSea to Summit Polycarbonate
Disposed of it after 90 mile. Didn't need
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StoveVargo Triad alcohol stove
Swapped out for a gas canister and burner.
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Fuel containerVargo fuel containerSee above
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Dish coapBottom Half of 3L milk bottle
Disposed of it after 90 mile
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Water purifierLifeStraw portable water bottle
Swapped it out for a Sawyer Mini which worked great but did take awhile purify water.
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Wind screenVargo wind screenDisposed of.
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LuxuryItem
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KindleKindle paperweight
At most points I was too tired to read, but it was definitly nice to read on trail so would reccomend something like this.
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CellphoneSamsung 4 (Lifeproof case)Worked great.
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Wall charger
Generic wall charger + usb cable
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Battery charger/solar charger
Pebble power bankLink
Cheap power bank. Would definitly consider a bigger one for the South Island but would only use in serious emergencies.
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Journal1B5 exercise book
Ended up using my phone to journal.
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Emergency fire
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Steel & Magnesium StrikerGeneric
I threw all of this out and just had 2 lighters on me. Never had a hard time starting a fire.
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15 x Waterproof MatchesGeneric
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Magnifying PanelGeneric
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Hexamine BlocksGeneric
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Compressed Tinder SticksGeneric
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9g Petroleum JellyGeneric
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ContainerGeneric
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HygeneItem
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Toothbrush + ToothpasteGeneric + Macleans
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Micro towelSea to Summit Drylite
Definitly something that you need if you swam the beaches up north as often as me!
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Suntan LotionCancer Society 50 SPF
I can not stress using sunscreen enough. Especially during the summer months. New Zealand Sun is Harsh and having grown up in it sunscreen is a no brainer for Kiwis.
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Bug RepellentAerogardThrew it out
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ChapstickGeneric x2
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Washing Gloves (Pair)Countdown Select
Used it in rivers to remove grim etc
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Soap + ContainerCountdown Select
Kept the soap. No point having the container.
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